In addition to being a strong advocate for children and adolescents and their health and wellbeing, Beth was an avid gardener, a long-time member of the Memphis Symphony Chorus and an accomplished photographer, knitter and runner. Beth competed in road races across the country, completing numerous half and full marathons, including the Boston Marathon in 2006.
Beth was born in New York City on December 6, 1950 and moved with her family to Easthampton, MA in 1953. She was a 1968 graduate of Northampton School for Girls and a 1972 graduate of Reed College in Portland, OR. Beth then moved to Cambridge, MA, where she met her lifelong companion, Thad Nowak, from Atchison, KS. Beth received a Master of Nutritional Science degree from Cornell University in 1977. After working for three years at the Tufts New England Medical Center, she entered New York University School of Medicine, receiving her Doctor of Medicine degree in 1984. Following a medical residency at the University of North Carolina’s Memorial Hospital, Beth practiced pediatrics in Silver Spring, MD before moving to Memphis, Tennessee in 1992. There, she joined Memphis Children’s Clinic, where she continued to practice until shortly before her death.
Beth is pre-deceased by her father, Dr. E. Donald Andrew of Easthampton, MA and is survived by her mother, Dorothy H. Andrew of Northampton, MA. In addition to Thad Nowak, of Memphis, she leaves six loving siblings and their spouses: Thomas A. Andrew (Class of 1970) of Pawtucket, RI; Susan L. Andrew (Class of 1972) of Dickinson, TX; Julia Andrew Emerson (Class of 1974) of Amherst, MA; Douglas E. Andrew (1971-1974) of Florence, MA; Bruce A. Andrew (1972-1974) of Easthampton, MA; and Margaret E. Harris (Class of 1983) of Kahului, HI. Beth was also the daughter-in-law of Henrietta M. Nowak of South Bend, IN, sister-in-law to 10 brother- and sister-in-laws, and the beloved aunt of seventeen nieces and nephews. Beth will also be sorely missed by her two wonderful cats, Diego and Mercedes.
There was a remembrance of Beth and her passion for gardening at the Memphis Botanic Garden on April 17, 2015, and there will be a celebration of her life on July 19, 2015 in Amherst, MA.