Jay Williams Designed the
Prestigious Andrus Award
The original award was designed in 1978. Twenty five of them had been created until 2004.
The award was designed of gold plated silver and stood six inches high on top of a custom made rosewood base.
Each award was individually hand crafted.
The Andrus Award, named in honor of the late Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, who founded the National Retired Teachers Association, is presented biennially to distinguished individuals whose achievements exemplify the contribution of older Americans to our national life.
Dr. Andrus' pioneering efforts in mobilizing the nation's
elderly for service to community and nation have enabled millions
of older Americans to demonstrate her philosophy that
"age is not a defeat, but a victory; not a punishment, but
Recipients of this award have been nationally recognized individuals who have made significant contributions to society.
Gro Harlem Brundtland, MD MPH
Dorothy I. Height
Advocating and caring for people in her
community and the nation
Mabel Clare Proudly
Champion of Black Education
Advocate for People with Developmental Disabilities
Father Joe Carroll
Organizer and director of St. Vincent de Paul Village
Programs for the Homeless
Director of Tilden High School (Chicago)
Talented and Gifted Program
Sister M. Isolina Ferré
MSBT, Missionary and Founder of
the Sister Isolina Ferré Centers
Dr. Henry Viscardi, Jr.
Founder, Abilities, Inc., a company run
entirely by severely disabled workers
Robert M. Ball
Former U.S. Commissioner of Social Security
Clara McBride Hale
Founder of Hale House, refuge for drug addicted
babies and infants infected with AIDS
AARP Founding Member and Educator
Writer and Broadcast Journalist
Dr. Lena Edwards
Physician and Educator
The Honorable Jacob K. Javits
Former Senator, New York
Commodore Grace Murray Hopper
U.S. Naval Reserve
John B. Martin
Former U.S. Commissioner on Aging
The Honorable Jennings Randolph
U.S. Senator, West Virginia
Former Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare
and Founder of Common Cause
Former Special Assistant to the President for Consumer Affairs
Dr. Arthur S. Flemming
Former Commissioner, Administration on Aging
The Honorable Claude Pepper
U.S. House of Representatives, Florida
Dr. Margaret Mead
Anthropologist and Author
Dr. Lawrence G. Derthick, Sr.
Educator and former U.S. Commissioner of Education