July 1, 1931- April 21,2013
Joel M. Andress, professor emeritus of geography at Central Washington University, died at the home of his son and daughter-in-law in Clarkdale, AZ on on April 21,2013. Dr. Andress was born in Bethlehem, PA, July 1, 1931.
His family relocated to the family farm in Beebee, Quebec in 1933, and moved to Wellesley, MA in 1943. Following high school he joined the Coast Guard, and was stationed on the Lightship Nantucket off of Boston as the radio operator. He was subsequently transferred to Wake Island until the completion of his enlistment. He received his B.A. in geology from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in geography from University of California at Berkeley. He was awarded a one year grant to study agriculture techniques in Uttar Pradesh, an Indian state in the Himalayan foothills. Dr. Andress joined the University of Minnesota in 1964, and worked on an atlas of South East Asia which was subsequently published by the University Press. He joined Central Washington University in 1966 and remained there for the rest of his professional career. His teaching and professional interests centered on climatology, cartography, and Asian studies. He served as acting chairman in 1978 and 1982. Dr. Andress prepared a three dimensional map of the campus for the visually impaired, and the Washington Centennial statehood map in 1989. He additionally established an organic gardening program for students. Upon retirement from CWU, Dr. Andress relocated to Newport, VT. He is survived by his widow Joanne 'Sunnie' Henry-Andress, his children: Peter, Katy, Laura and Rebecca, son and daughters of Alycia 'Lee' Andress, sisters Marcia and Ruth, brothers Tom and David, three grandchildren, and many much beloved cousins. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Best Friends Animal Society, www.bestfriends.org . Arrangements are through Westcott Funeral Home in Cottonwood, Arizona.