Longwood at the center of a rich and rewarding life

Dr. Nancy Andrews ’59 joined the Longwood faculty in 1966 and has remained not much more than a stone’s throw away from the Rotunda ever since.

Retired several years from her position as a professor of health sciences, she lives just five blocks from campus and remains involved with the university. She attends music recitals and special offerings, class reunions (not just her own but many in order to see former students), sorority reunions and functions, special events and speakers, scholarship dinners and other university events.

Five years ago, she created a scholarship in memory of her late parents, who were devoted environmentalists. The scholarship is designated for students majoring in science. “My mission is to save the planet. I just hope it’s not too little too late,” she said.

She is also a veteran member of a local choral group and an avid golfer.

When Andrews finished high school, the career paths for women were mostly nursing and education. “I’d been impressed with some of my teachers, so it wasn’t a difficult decision to choose teaching,” she said.

Her preparation for the classroom began with her Longwood bachelor’s degree and continued with a master’s degree in physical education from the University of Tennessee and a doctorate in supervision in education from Virginia Tech.

She was ahead of her time in recognizing the importance of managing stress through various forms of exercise including yoga, Pilates, tai chi and water aerobics, sharing that awareness with her students, one of whom was Nancy Britton Shelton ’68, the namesake of the Spirited Contributor Award.

“Because I taught her, it makes this totally unexpected honor even more special,” said Andrews.

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