Robert Andrews


OHS Class of 1954

Robert Andrews has led a remarkable life.  After graduating in the middle of his class, he enlisted in the Air Force and upon completion of Basic Training was promoted directly to Drill Instructor—the youngest in the Air Force’s history. After serving his country, he began working in the financial industry.  Eight years after high school, with his military service, and working full time, Mr. Andrews was able to attend college.   He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics and a Juris Doctor Degree (with honors) in seven years from the University of Arizona, finishing fourth in his class.  He was selected to write for the Arizona Law Review.  Mr. Andrews moved to California and practiced law for forty years.  Beyond his professional accomplishments, which are significant, Mr. Andrews is a generous benefactor in his local community.  He contributed $50,000 to help a new school establish a library.  He supports individual teachers, athletic teams and proposals that benefit children.  Recently, he brought his philanthropic philosophy to Olathe High School.  He funds the Outstanding Olathe Educator Award each year to encourage and reward outstanding teachers, contributes to the physical education department at OHS and recently provided support to bring the entire Caldecott and Newberry Award winning books to the OMHS Library.