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Updated: 04/30/2014 08:00:02AM

Robert E. Andrus

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Robert Emmett Andrus, of Venice, Fla., formerly of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., passed away Friday, April 25, 2014, at Tidewell Hospice House in Venice, Fla.

He was born Dec. 8, 1921, in Hardwick, Vt. Bob graduated from St. Johnsbury’s Academy in St. Johnsbury, Vt., in 1940, and earned a bachelor’s degree cum laude in mechanical engineering from Tufts University in 1944.

He was recruited by Texaco Inc. and worked his entire career at the company’s premier Research and Development facility in Glenham, N.Y., culminating his career in 1980 as senior technologist of Scientific Planning.

After retirement, Bob and his wife did extensive traveling throughout the U.S. and many countries worldwide. He served as a guide and docent at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Homestead in Hyde Park, N.Y., and he presented a slideshow on the life of FDR and Eleanor Roosevelt at elderhostels throughout New England and Florida. He was a member of Plantation Golf & Country Club for 17 years.

He is survived by his wife, Veda; son, Robert Jr; daughter, Veda; grandson, John D. Andrus; and one great-grandson, Benjamin D. Andrus. He was predeceased by his younger sister, Evalyn.

We thank the Tidewell Hospice of Venice, Fla., and Venice Regional Bayfront Health for their excellent care.

Services: Services and burial will be held at a later date in Fishkill, N.Y. Arrangements are by National Cremation Society of Port Charlotte.