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WIU Mourns Death of Computer Sciences Professor

July 6, 2017

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MACOMB, IL – Lawrence (Larry) Andrew, 65, an assistant professor in the Western Illinois University School of Computer Sciences, passed away July 1. Cremation rites have been accorded. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

"The Western Illinois University community mourns Larry's death," said President Jack Thomas. "We extend our sympathies and our thoughts to his family, friends and colleagues."

Andrew was hired as an instructor in 1999 in the Department of Information Management and Decision Sciences (which merged with the School of Computer Sciences in 2009). He was a co-author and reviewer for information management systems texts. Andrew was a member of the Council on Intercollegiate Athletics and the University Technology Advisory Group. Before joining WIU, he worked at Fairmont Supply for more than 20 years and taught at Liberty University and Upper Iowa University.

He was an accomplished musician for over 50 years, playing a variety of music in many bands, ending with playing keyboard and saxophone for local favorite, Sequoia Drive. He also played piano for the Macomb Assembly of God. Andrew was an avid sky diver for 15 years, completing over 1,000 dives, including 10 years as a skydiving instructor.

He is survived by his first wife, Dawna Andrew, and his second wife, Sandra Welch Hocker. Also surviving are his mother, Doris Andrew; one daughter and one son; one sister; and two granddaughters.

Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. A complete obituary can be found at

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