Andrew N. Mangum

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Andrew N. Mangum
March 31, 1928
September 23,2018


MARCH 31, 1928 - SEPTEMBER 23, 2018

Andrew N. Mangum of Falmouth, Maine was born in Holyoke, Massachusetts. After he completed high school in 1945, Andy joined the Army’s Specialized Training Reserve Program at Norwich University in Vermont, and at age eighteen was transferred to regular Army status and assigned to duty in General MacArthur’s headquarters in Tokyo, Japan for a year and a half.

Upon his return home, Andy enrolled at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, majoring in Agricultural Engineering. He spent the summers building silos at farms across New England, and was president of his fraternity. During that that time he met Barbara Humphrey who worked for the Dean of Amherst College, and they married in 1952 following his graduation. Andy was hired as a design engineer at Norden Laboratories (later a division of United Aircraft) in the aerospace industry, working on navigation, radar and computing equipment. During his seventeen years there, Andy received patent awards for his work. He and Barbara lived with their three daughters in Orange, Connecticut.

They spent five years in Allentown, Pennsylvania where Andy was hired by Lehigh Dairy, a large multi-plant manufacturing dairy co-op. He started there as Operations Manager, advanced to VP of Operations, and finally Acting President. He and his family moved to Maine in 1976 when he became Manager of B&M in Portland.

In 1980 Andy accepted a job in eastern Saudi Arabia to manage the start-up of a very large dairy manufacturing plant owned by a Saudi family. Andy stayed on there for eighteen years. He also assisted in the start-up and management of the family’s bakery plant and the dairy farm which grew to 6,000 cows. They were extraordinary years, which he and Barbara looked back at with great fondness. During that time he also witnessed military activity of the nearby Iran/Iraq war and later the Iraq invasion of Kuwait followed by Desert Storm. In 1991 he was made an Honorary Member of the US Army’s 11th Signal Brigade in appreciation and recognition of his outstanding support and assistance to them as a technical advisor and host nation coordinator for the soldiers of the Brigade. Andy was happy to return to Maine for his retirement in 1998, but until the end continued a friendly relationship with the Saudi family and those he worked with there.

After his wife Barbara sadly predeceased him in 2002, he filled every wall of his home with her paintings and continued to take great delight and pride in following the lives of his three daughters and six grandchildren.

In his time, Andy enjoyed sailing, skiing and scuba diving. He had a keen interest in computers from their earliest days. He shared his love of nature, astronomy and wildlife with his daughters and grandchildren. He kept his mischievous sense of humor right up until the very end.

Andy was fortunate to have had 90 healthy, fulfilling and happy years. He was loved by his family and friends and will be dearly missed.

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