In telling just a part of the story of Andy Anderson there are so many memories, bold and constant, admirable and well worth remembering. For me the dates and places often get in the way of the real story, but I will always remember the broad strokes of this man’s life as I knew it.
I surely remember the real tales of dash and daring do. As a young officer in the United States Coast Guard, Andy served our country in Vietnam, Hawaii, Florida and the Caribbean. He had a distinguished career in the United States Coast Guard, retiring as Commander.
For the many years thereafter, we all witnessed the exemplary loyalty, courage, commitment and honor of the man as he served his clients, partners and associates in the practice of law.
We will all gratefully remember his participation and service in leadership roles in The Fort Lauderdale Mariners’ Club, The Marine Industries Association of South Florida, The US Coast Guard Auxiliary and The Florida Bar. His service was continuous and profound.
Andy would join an organization and in short order he would be recognized as a gifted leader and quite often he would assume a role in leadership. It was his gift and his great pleasure to lead us to accomplish more and to do a better job of it.
Andy knew a lot about a lot of things, and he would openly share that knowledge with you, not in a way to show off, but in a generous way that would enrich your experience. It seemed to me that by sharing something with you, Andy learned more about you.
He served a generation of young law students at the University of Miami and Florida International University. Working after hours as lawyers must do, and in his capacity as adjunct Professor of Admiralty and Maritime Law and in Marine Insurance, Andy was a willing and masterful teacher of hundreds of law students.
Over the years he shared his acumen and experience with thousands of practicing lawyers at seminars, via publications and among his associates and law partners in offices and conference rooms for decades.
In later years, including the time of his recent trials, we witnessed Andy hold fast to what he valued most in himself and others. His devotion to family, most particularly to Ann and Kate, and his enduring friendships and commitments never waivered. Andy gave us his friendship and affection even during those difficult years and to the very end. His expressions of integrity and his love for family and friends in the face of great difficulty are among my most treasured memories of Andy.
When he first experienced illness a few years back, Andy had planned to lead his beloved US Coast Guard Auxiliary Pipe Band (bagpipes of course) in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. Andy was a founder and organizer of the band as well as the drum major and he had the most outstanding uniform as well. He was hoping his illness would not prevent him from participating. Several of us at Houck Anderson made a deal: if Andy worked hard in his recovery and was cleared medically to participate, then we would all fly to New York to witness his march.
With grit and determination Andy fought back his illness and was declared fit for duty by his doctors. It was a frigid day as we lined 5th Avenue to see our leader and friend marching in full regalia as he led the band down the avenue. His courage and commitment were shared by all of us that day.
The events and experiences we shared were very often expressions of the values he held dear. As we admired Andy our observations of much of his remarkable life became shared experiences for so many of us.
I hope what we all remember about Andy is what he did and how he did it. I was fortunate to have experienced a bit of that as his law partner. I watched and admired the way he engaged people, kept his promises, gave of himself to others.
For these reasons and many more, it must be said that my friend and partner, Andy Anderson, was and will always be remembered fondly and with all respect as an officer and a gentleman.
By: Mark R. Houck
Friend, Partner, & FLMC Member
Location: Christ the King Lutheran Church 11295 SW 57th Ave, Pinecrest, FL 33156
Date: February 25th, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM
Kilts welcome at the service