in memoriam

Dr. Ian Andrews: A champion for international education initiatives

June 13, 2016
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It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our friend and colleague, Dr. Ian Andrews. Ian was a vibrant member of the Faculty of Education community and was a champion for our international education activities.

It is impossible to capture the fullness of his life spent in the service of a greater good. Ian brought tireless energy and constancy to the task at hand. His commitment to making education better went beyond the call of duty as he made every interaction personable and humane, and he insisted that he do it all with both grace and dignity.

While his accomplishments to education were great, it is Ian himself that we will miss the most. When Ian retired in 2011, his friends, colleagues, and former students submitted tributes to mark the milestone. Here are some of my favourite quotes from among the many contributions we received:

  • “Ian leaves a legacy of care.”
  • “He saw possibilities in me that I did not see.”
  • “Ian does not act internationally; he acts humanly.”
  • “He is a great mentor – he has a way of encouraging people to go forward with their goals.”
  • “We appreciate the touch of the great personality.”
  • “A wonderful man, a wonderful boss, and a wonderful friend.”

In my experience working with him, here are some comments that I would be remiss if I did not add them:

  • Unwavering loyalty;
  • Unfailing support; and
  • Deep commitment to core values.

I am grateful to have had the opportunity to get to know Ian as a friend and colleague. Ian has left an indelible legacy at Simon Fraser University and the Faculty of Education. He will be deeply missed.

We have set up this website to gather and share your stories, photos and notes of condolences to the family.  

Kris Magnusson

In Memory of Ian

Ian Andrews - A Biography

Ian Andrews passed away on Friday, June 10, 2016. He is predeceased by his partner Renate Doege in 2014 and survived by her three sons, Norbert (Janice), Oliver and Torbin, and his sister Sheena. He had spent most of his career at Simon Fraser University, starting as a charter student in 1965. After completing his BEd degree in 1971, and Masters in 1975 at SFU, he completed his PhD in 1986 at Bradford University in England. He joined SFU as a Faculty Associate and later continued as an APSA staff member in the Faculty. He served as interim dean in the Faculty in 2002, the first APSA member to fill this type of role. Ian retired on August 31, 2011.

In 1994, Ian Andrews was appointed Director of International Education, a role that achieved a great deal of success for Ian, many colleagues, and the Faculty in general.  He introduced the concept of internationalism to various programs and courses in the faculty drawing on the educational needs in developing countries. A key concept that underpinned this strategy involved ‘the modernization of instruction’ which meant moving beyond the lecture/testing approach to active learning. Many other innovative approaches were also used.

The results of this innovative approach, and others that Ian introduced and implemented, produced numerous positive results for the faculty and staff at SFU. Ian and other faculty traveled to some 15 different countries around the world, consulting with educators to improve instruction. Later, students from many of those countries attended programs at SFU. Ian also managed to connect with major funding agencies that supported many of these projects, bringing funds to SFU and those working in International Education. He became a role model for collaboration in all his endeavors. Ian Andrews was the recipient of the 2010 Staff Achievement Award for Leadership, and the inaugural SFU’s Chris Dagg Award for International Impact just before his passing.

Ian’s love of soccer inspired him to help establish a soccer club at SFU in 1966. It eventually evolved into SFU’s soccer varsity program and spawned an alumni club and intramural indoor soccer.

Marv Wideen

On behalf of the members of the Office of Francophone and Francophile Affairs (OFFA) at Simon Fraser University, our Francophone colleagues in French language Education at the Faculty, and ourselves, we would like to commemorate and honour Ian Andrews’ contribution to French language Education at SFU.

Above all, we would like to say that French language Education at SFU owes a debt of gratitude to Ian for his vision and timely contribution. It was during Ian’s tenure as Acting Dean in the Faculty of Education, between September 2002 and June 2003, that Ian led a team of colleagues who put together a proposal for the implementation of new French language initiatives at SFU.

When SFU got its first federal funding in April 2004, it was fait accompli.  SFU was on its way to become the leader in postsecondary education in French in BC. As early as September 2004, SFU launched a community-based Master of Education and an expanded French module of PDP, as well as the French Cohort Program – a Bachelor degree with a Major in Political Science and an Extended Minor in French – in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

We all know that Ian’s passion has undeniably been the internationalization of the Faculty of Education. Although the soccer ball was never very far during his visits to foreign countries, we remember Ian sharing stories about his improvised soccer matches with locals in countries he visited. The soccer ball was indeed an important intercultural communication tool for Ian.

His foresight for the internationalization of the Faculty of Education has allowed the French language programs to set wheels in motion for the first memorandum of understanding and student exchange programs with France, and later on, the first doctoral “co-tutelle” with the Université d'Avignon et des Pays de Vaucluse.

Ian’s forward thinking, pragmatism, kindness and compassion have left all of us with a rich legacy and we feel truly privileged to have known him.

Claire Trépanier, Director, OFFA
Marianne Jacquet, Associate Director, OFFA

IAN ANDREWS: Legacy of International Education in SFU’s Faculty of Education
(excerpted from 2016 Chris Dagg Award for International Impact nomination)

Catherine Price

I am so saddened to hear of the loss of this kind and generous gentle man (as well as the loss of the beautiful soul that is Renate) I can only echo the sentiments of many who knew them more authentically and fully. My memories of Ian was his gift for personal focus and warmth. As a perpetual grad student and later lecturer he would always greet me with a warm smile and ask about my well being and whereabouts. We often teased him that he looked as if he was the Captain of a perpetual cruise ship – alto be equally welcomed as friends and colleagues, all well feted and cared for. Ian embodied a great spirit of inclusivity and generosity – was never political, and stylish to a fault. May they always walk in beauty, above and before them.

Kathryn and Michael

Ian, the eternal optimist. Champion of international projects and lost causes. Smiling even in the face of contract losses to unscrupulous academic competitors. Responder to the most outlandish RFPs. Champion of damsels in distress e.g., defender of Kay Pearson from the amorous advances of Frankie from Ambon in the Firecracker Bar in Jakarta. Sartorial splendor even in his bathing suit around the pool at the Sari Pacific hotel. Honourary golfer, good friend, lover of life. Catalyst for fun in the faculty. Never to be replaced.

Tom O’Shea

I was deeply saddened to hear last week of the passing of Ian Andrews. I certainly feel his absence not only as a friend but as an important contributor to the life of the community of the SFU Faculty of Education. In many ways, Ian and Renate embodied the core spirit and educational philosophy of our Faculty and the Profession Development Program in particular.

It was my privilege to work closely with Ian while I served as Director of the PDP. Ian was a key member of the educational leadership team in the professional program while Renate served with great competence and distinction as Program Assistant. Both Ian and Renate recognized the critical importance of human relations to the educational process and understood the importance of personal connections for the quality of the learning experiences and working lives of the students, faculty, associates, and staff.

As Program Director I relied on Ian’s personal talents and attributes as a representative of the SFU PDP with government officials, school districts, teachers serving as School Associates with our students, and with colleagues in other universities. Ian had real ability as a diplomat and communicator. He brought clarity, at times combined with a touch of humour, and more than a little empathy to the climate of many important negotiations and policy discussions, while always keeping focused on the experiences of our students, associates, faculty, and staff. Like many who have commented here, I miss him greatly.

Milton McClaren

Dear Dr. Ian Andrews,

I would like to offer my condolences for the loss of you. It was 20 years ago that you came to Hokkaido University of Education for the first time. Thereafter we deepened the relations of both universities through various exchange programs. In addition, you were always one of the best mentors when I entered the Ph.D. program in the Faculty of Education of SFU. You always supported me when I was living in Vancouver. I cannot talk about SFU and Vancouver without remembering Ian. I feel like meeting you somewhere again. I would like to talk a lot again then. Please come to Sapporo any time.

Sincerely yours,
Former Vice-President of Hokkaido University of Education
Yoshifumi Sato, Ph.D.

I interviewed Ian for my MA thesis when he was president of Canadian International College (CIC) and he told me something profound that I will never forget:

"Some of our key experiences in life which are significant aren't necessarily a major part of our time in life. It's just the quality of the moment."

Thank-you Ian for mentoring me and giving me so many quality moments at CIC and at SFU.

Tim Mossman

Ian Andrews is a mentor, role model and friend. I use the present tense because I can't quite fathom life without him, but more importantly perhaps, because he has left an indelible mark on my heart.  Ian's from the gut laugh, his kindness, his enthusiasm for sport, his incredible style, (he once wore this white suit and hat in Italy that literally made the fashion conscious Italians envious!), and his deep, deep love for Renate will be with me forever. I can't say goodbye. Perhaps ciao for now. We love you.

Sharon Wahl and Don

When he was President of Canadian International College, Ian sent me to Japan on a two-year contract after my return from Zambia in 1992. I remember having breakfast with him before I left. I remember his penetrating, concentrated attention, his wonderful way of totally focusing on the matter to hand, his humour, encouragement and humanity. 

I am so thankful to have known him. I send condolences to his family, and join with them in sorrow to have lost him.

Marylee Banyard

Ian Andrews and I both began our love affair with S.F.U. in 1965 as charter students. During that time our paths never crossed; it was not until several decades later when we both came to rest in the Faculty of Education that I got to know Ian. A man of integrity, charm, and elegance, Ian was also a man of genuine humility and lack of pretension. A great guy with whom to share a beer at the end of the day. 

It was at Ian's instigation I came to know his father, Andy, who had been labouring for some time on his World War II memoir, “So You Wanted to Fly, Eh?”. Andy was new to the computer so his errors and glitches were of the “OMG” variety. Still, as Babe Ruth famously said, “. . .it’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.” And Andy never did. It took the better part of two years, but the book made it into publication and if anyone was more thrilled than Andy, it was Ian. 

The Andrews' father and son combination was a joy to behold. It didn’t require hindsight for me to see that the qualities I came to admire in the father had passed on - with surplus to spare - to the son. Both gentle men, and gentlemen, of the first order; competitive on the soccer pitch, caring and compassionate off. Both gone now and the world is a poorer place.

RIP Ian,
Ivy Pye

Ian embodied an elegant radiance and breathed hospitality as anyone encountered him. His lessons of love have lived with me for many years and his childlike curiosity and vivaciousness for life and learning were contagious. We hear many times from the words of Parker Palmer, we teach who we are. Ian lived and led in parallel with who he was and still lives in hearts today.

I am grateful for his life and will never forget how he loved to dance with Renate, and danced beauty and graciousness into our Faculty and throughout the world. I miss his presence, and he keeps reminding me that it is truly presence which changes our world!

Celeste Snowber

For years, my office was positioned so that I could watch Ian walking into the Education Building to go to work. He always, no kidding, always looked happy to be on the mountain and happy to be going to work. It was a treat to see what he would be wearing each day - style in dress was just a part of who he was. As almost everyone has already noted, every interaction with Ian was a pleasure - even we we disagreed! I have missed his presence in the last few years.

Cheryl Amundsen

Dear Ian,

We met thanks to our work on education and you will always be remembered by your enthusiasm, support and humor. No matter our cultural and linguistic differences, we had a great time together with you and your academic team from Simon Fraser University when sharing ideas, arguments, laughter and company. The Mexican academic colleagues of the OAS hemispheric project will always remember you fondly.

Etelvina, Lety, Maricela, and Maricruz.

Dr. Ian Andrews was and will always be our great teacher. He was very important in making a relationship with my university, Universitas Terbuka, Indonesia. I will always remember the way Dr. Ian Andrews motivated me, had dialogue with me and listened to every problem that I had during my study at SFU. Dr. Ian Andrews is one of my heroes in teaching and in developing my university.

Thank you and God bless you Dr. Ian Andrews. You are always alive in our hearts.

Titi Chandrawati

My favourite memory of Ian goes back to May, 2011. Darrell and I were on a coastal cruise and unbeknownst to us Ian and Renate were on the same cruise. The first evening I was playing a slot machine in the ship's casino. Darrell was standing behind me when he turned and looked down the hallway. 

A gentleman dressed in shorts and wearing a stylish hat (need I say more) was heading our way. Darrell's eyes met Ian's and instantly they recognized each other. What a wonderful surprise! The four of us were inseparable doing all our sightseeing, dining and touring together. I will never forget our wonderful trip. Ian was truly the kindest, most thoughtful and personable man I know. 

Rest in peace dear friend. 

Nancy Rauh

I am a lecturer at the School of Education, The University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago. I worked as the Faculty Associate at our university when SFU brought down a cohort of teachers from their ITEM. This went on for about a decade until the programme stopped about a few years ago.

Dr Ian Andrews was instrumental in starting the visits to our St Augustine Campus. I remember him as a true gentleman: calm, patient, tolerant compassionate  and easy to deal with. He was also always full of ideas for programme development. He visited our campus and schools several times. I personally treasure the memories and interactions with him. On behalf of our university I would like to extend condolences to his family and as well to his SFU family.

Samuel Lochan

Remembering Ian & Renate--two people who gave tirelessly of themselves; lit up a room,; danced their feet off; and shared a deep commitment to Professional Programs, International Programs & the Faculty of Education. 

Dance on...

Linda & Kees Hof

In his role as Director of International Programs, Ian had spent a lot of time in China and had developed a love for its culture and people.  He took a particular interest in the China module,  and guided me in my role as Faculty Associate for ITEM China by sharing stories of his experiences there and even gave me many of his personal mementos from his visits there. He was always keen to ask about the progress of the students, and he freely gave his time to the ITEM China students sharing the history of SFU's association with Chinese education and how this all would guide them in their growth as teachers with a global lens. Upon his retirement, Ian delivered to me many boxes of historical documents of past and present ITEM modules so the history would be saved and live on. Ian was always warm, genuine and completely devoted to the international initiatives in the PDP program. He will be sadly missed. What a loss!

Catherine Johnson

Over forty years we shared on campus, Ian....

These moments I hold close especially to me:  

  • the twinkle in your eye, your playfulness, the burst of your sudden laughter...
  • the way you invariably called out to my daughter Marah, as she passed by, and took time to talk with her whenever she visited, whether as a 4-year-old or in her year in PDP...
  • your calm and step-back thoughtfulness in difficult situations...
  • how you never said anything subtractive about anyone—nor even about anyTHING: out of the abundance of your heart your mouth spoke...and it spoke volumes!....
  • the childlike wonder and joy you took in simple things—lunch, travel, dancing, clothes, soccer....
  • your humility, graciousness, and kindness...
  • your spirit of gratitude for your life and the people in it....
  • the intimate chats we shared at 7 in the morning in our offices between 2004 and 2007...

AVE ATQUE VALE (Hail and Farewell!)

Meguido Zola

Sending the family light and love in this time of sadness. It is because of Ian's support and unwavering respect for teachers like myself, that I was able to explore and teach abroad through an internship in South Korea in 2007. It was a life changing experience and Ian's support from abroad was amazing. He will be missed.

Katherine Mulski

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In the news

An award has been established in honour of Ian Andrews and Renate Doege.

Ian Andrews and Renate Doege Memorial International Teacher Education Module (ITEM) Award. The purpose of the award is to help remove financial barriers for students who are interested in participating in the International Teacher Education Module.

Two $1,000 awards have been created - one award for each module in Mexico and India.

Give to the Ian Andrews and Renate Doege Memorial International Teacher Education Module (ITEM) Award.