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Never indifferent: Remembering the well-lived life of Virginia B. Andes

January 8, 2015: Florida Weekly article

Florida Weekly Correspondent

ANDES. A building and a clinic in Charlotte County carry her name. Her memory lives on, and will do so for a very long time. What Virginia B. Andes did in her 95 years was remarkable in many ways.

She was a pioneering IBM systems engineer when few women worked in the field. She helped invent processes and products and rose high in the ranks of one of the world’s best-known companies.

But all along, she was much more than a systems engineer and executive. Ms. Andes was a humanitarian whose generosity and compassion redounded to the benefit of Charlotte County, her adopted

The Virginia B. Andes Volunteer Community Clinic wouldn’t exist without her support. She donated about $1 million to make it happen.

"It will be there when God turns out the lights," said Dr. David Klein, one of the clinic’s co-medical directors.

Ms. Andes wanted to share her good fortune with those less fortunate.

"She said ‘I had a lucky life,’" Dr. Klein said.

Ms. Andes died on Dec. 29 at Fawcett Memorial Hospital. In her final days, knew she was dying. Dr. Klein visited her bedside as she was fading and recalls her poignant message.

The work continues.  It is being carried on in a place bearing her name.

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