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Howard Frederick Andrews (born March 28, 1944; died October 23, 1988) was born and raised in London, England. In 1965 he graduated with an honours Bachelor of Arts in geography from the Faculty of Arts, London School of Economics and Political Science. The following year he received a Master of Science from the same institution. His D. Phil. Degree was awarded by the School of Social Sciences at the University of Sussex for his thesis entitled “Consumer behavior and the tertiary activity system”.
He was first appointed to the University of Toronto in 1969 as a part-time lecturer in the Department of Geography. In 1970 he was appointed Assistant Professor and by 1974 he had been promoted to the rank of full professor in the Department of Geography. Throughout his career with the University, he was based at Erindale College (now the University of Toronto at Mississauga). Although his academic career spanned a relatively short period of time, Prof. Andrews published extensively in the area of urban geography. He received numerous grants and fellowships from such bodies as SSHRCC, Hospital for Sick Children and government ministries. His areas of research included urban structure, retail structure and marketing, labour-force participation of married women, environmental design and cooperative housing, images of cities and the spirit of place, contemporary social theory and geography, to name just a few.
In addition to his academic duties, Prof. Andrews took on numerous administrative appointments during his years at Erindale College. These included Associate Chairman, Department of Geography (1974-1975), Associate Dean (Social Sciences) (1975-1980), Vice-principal (Academic), Director, Child in the City Programme (1980-1983) and Director, Centre for Urban and Community Studies (1988). Also during the period 1975-1980, he participated in a number of University committees. He was a member of the Planning and Resources Committee of Governing Council (1976-1978), and later, member and Chairman of the Planning and Priorities Subcommittee (1976-1978). He also participated in the Working Group on Connaught Development Grants as both member and later Chair (1980-1983), and was a member of Academic Board and Budget Committee at the time of his death.