Facets: Meet Andrew. He's worked in a copper mine, a salt mine and a nuclear power plant.

Meet Andrew. He's worked in a copper mine, a salt mine and a nuclear power plant.  

Andrew was born in Estevan, Saskatchewan, Canada, which is about 9 miles away from the U.S. border. He grew up there with his sister and brother. Andrew loved to play outside and to take things apart. He was never without a tool on his outdoor adventures. Once when he was 4 years old, he managed to take a complicated lockset apart. His father wasn't sure if this was a good sign or a bad one. As a general rule there is not much commercial air traffic in Estevan. Andrew fondly remembers watching American B-52's and fighter planes arcing across the endless sky. To a little boy, that was wicked cool.

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Andrew studied mechanical engineering. His first job was as a diesel mechanic in an underground copper mine. He also worked as a mechanic in a nuclear power plant and in a salt mine. Later, he went into product design in the plastics industry and then the automotive industry. In 1995, he moved to Detroit to work for Chrysler. After 2 years, he took a buy-out during one of several re-organizations and changed course completely, immersing himself in a home renovation project and volunteering for Habitat for Humanity.

But the road is long and winding. He met a woman at a party and they started talking. He really, really liked talking to her, and she apparently felt the same way. One day he mentioned that he'd been toying with the idea of going back to school. She ordered him the books he needed to study to apply. They moved to Hanover so he could enroll at the Tuck School of Business. He was - and remains - the oldest student to matriculate there.

Andrew's did a lot of different things after he graduated from Tuck. He went back to plastics, he did research, he worked in Cambridge, Massachusets, and then he retired. Or he tried to.

Andrew lives in Hanover with his wife and 3 cats. He still really, really likes talking to her, and apparently she feels the same way. Together, they enjoy hiking, gardening and puttering around the house. He is the Executive Director of Upper Valley Habitat for Humanity. Andrew is 58.

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