Mason C. Andrews, MD

Mason Andrews

Mason Andrews died on Oct. 13, 2006 at the age of 87.  Mason Andrews’ father was an obstetrician in Norfolk, Virginia.  Mason’s brother, William, also an obstetrician and gynecologist is a Life Fellow of AGOS.  Dr. Andrews received his bachelor’s degree from Princeton University (1940), attended medical school at Johns Hopkins, and completed his residency also at Johns Hopkins.  Between medical school and residency he served a tour of duty in the U.S. Navy.  He returned to Norfolk in 1950 and opened his practice.  In the 1960s he assisted in raising funds to finance and new community medical school, eventually to become Eastern Virginia Medical School.  He served as the first chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology from 1974 to 1990.  His recruitment of Drs. Georgeanna and Howard Jones evolved into one of the world’s leading fertility programs and the Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine.

The most famous of the approximate 5,000 babies he delivered occurred on Dec. 28, 1981, with the birth of Elizabeth Jordan Carr, the first U.S. birth resulting from in-vitro fertilization.  In 1993, Dr. Mason Andrews served as president of the American Gynecological and Obstetrical Society.  Dr. Mason Andrews served on the Norfolk City Council for 26 years, including a two-year term as Mayor of Norfolk City.  He was a highly respected physician, educator, councilman and civic activist.  His 1974 political slogan, while running for Norfolk City Council was:  “Mason Andrews delivers”
He certainly did!  His positive influence on his profession and community will be long lasting.

Submitted by Dr. Larry J. Copeland

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