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Obituary: Stephen Andrews ’63

By the time Stephen Andrews' wife woke up on most Sunday mornings, her husband was already back from his bike ride. But when Susan Mayer woke up two days ago and he wasn't there, she dialed her husband's cell phone number and a Chicago police detective answered.

Mr. Andrews, 69, of the 2400 block of West Coyle Avenue, died of multiple injuries Sunday, Sept. 5, when his bicycle and a car collided at Ridge Boulevard and Farwell Avenue. Police said he ran a stop sign.

"When he would see bicyclists behaving unsafely, he tended to notice that," Mayer said. "Maybe he was just in a hurry."

Mr. Andrews served as a consultant for Grow Your Own Illinois, a nonprofit organization devoted to improving teachers in low-income communities. Twenty-five years ago, he founded a Chicago-based information technology resource center for nonprofit organizations, now called Lumity.

The son of a piano teacher, Mr. Andrews grew up playing music. But he didn't begin vocal training until age 50. A bass-baritone, he performed regularly with the Ravenswood Consort, a local Renaissance and early music a cappella vocal group. He also sang with da Corneto Opera, most recently in a concert version of the opera "Faust" last month.

Born in Elmhurst, Mr. Andrews moved around the country with his family after his father became an Episcopal priest. He received his bachelor's degree from Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio , in 1963 and returned to Chicago to do graduate work at the University of Chicago Divinity School on a prestigious Danforth Fellowship. He taught at Central YMCA Community College and Malcolm X College before launching his nonprofit consulting career.

He married his first wife, Leslie Oh, in 1962. They divorced in 1982. He met Mayer in 1987. They lived together for 17 years before tying the knot in 2004.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Andrews is survived by a daughter, Rachel; two sons, Thomas and Mark; a sister, Fran Cole; and a granddaughter.

Memorial information:

Saturday, Oct. 9, at 2:30 p.m. at All Saints Episcopal Church, 4550 N. Hermitage Ave., Chicago, IL. There will be a reception at the church following the memorial. The building is handicap accessible with a ramp on the Wilson (i.e., north) side of the building.