Luella 'Lu' Andros Together Again with Dee
Oct. 20, 2009
Corvallis, Ore. -
Courtesy of Paul Buker, The Oregonian
October 19, 2009, 10:05AM
You know that former Beavers' coach Dee Andros, one of the most unforgettable characters in college football history and a legend at Oregon State, died on Oct. 22, 2003.
What many of you do not know is that for years afterward, Dee's wife Luella was a regular in the Reser Stadium press box at the football games.
There was something comforting about Luella - a beautiful woman who was her famous husband's emotional rock - sitting quietly in the second row, rooting for the Beavers.
Luella was a living link to a lot of glorious moments in OSU's past. She was treated with reverence, as it should be.
The wait's over, Dee. Luella is coming home.I can't imagine the sadness she must have felt moving on without The Great Pumpkin, but talk about a strong lady.
Aside from the occasional 'hello, how are you doing?'' I never really sat down with Mrs. Andros to let her know how much her husband meant to those of us who worked in this market and had the privilege of covering OSU football when Dee was involved, either as the head coach or the athletic director.
I think if thousands of OSU fans could say one thing to Luella, it would be, THANK YOU for sharing your husband with the rest of us.
It was with great sadness this morning that I read the following email from Dee's daughter, Jeanna-Andros Baker:
Hi Paul, I don't know if you have heard the news yet, but I wanted to let you to know that my mother passed away yesterday. She hadn't been doing very well and we all moved down in June to take care of her. The irony is that yesterday would have been my fathers 85th birthday and she took her last breath at 1:30pm (college football kick off time). I know that you've always asked about her and been so kind to both of my parents so I wanted to let you know. ... I hope all is well with you,
Jeanna Andros Baker
Luella was 81 years old, and died from respiratory issues.
Jeanna, our prayers are with the rest of the family. Forgive me if this is too crass, but I can't help but have this image of your old man waiting expectantly for Luella to arrive and bellowing out, 'what kept you!'' ... six years after Dee's passing, they are together again.
As it should be.