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International Business Leader, Philanthropist, FWISD Wall of Fame Honoree Paul Andrews Dies at 78
(Tuesday, March 2, 2021) -- Fort Worth ISD is saddened at the passing of Arlington Heights High School alumnus and Wall of Fame recipient, Paul Andrews, philanthropist and founder of TTI Inc.
Mr. Andrews died Sunday, February 28. He was 78.
The TTI company website tells the story of how Mr. Andrews, a native of Fort Worth, began working in the shipping department at Howell Instruments in 1964. He moved to Arco Electronics in Arlington in 1966 and then to General Dynamics in 1968.
In 1971, Mr. Andrews and 20,000 fellow employees were laid off when the F-111 jet fighter/bomber project was grounded.
Almost immediately Mr. Andrews started Tex-Tronics with the idea that it would be a temporary source of income until he could find permanent employment. The name Tex-Tronics was later changed to TTI.
The TTI website includes a video called, “TTI Origin Story,” which states that the company’s first warehouse was the kitchen. The company grew to include the living room before Mr. Andrews, at the urging of his wife, Judy, moved the company out of the house and into a proper warehouse.
TTI is celebrating 50 years in 2021. The company employs more than 7,100 people at more than 133 locations throughout North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa.
In addition to achieving international business success, Mr. Andrews and his wife were deeply connected to Fort Worth and supported many philanthropic causes. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram wrote that Paul and Judy Andrews contributed to Texas Christian University and Texas Wesleyan University; TCU now has the Andrews Institute of Mathematics & Science Education. They also supported Texas A&M University and University of Texas at Arlington. The couple also supported contributions to fund the Paul and Judy Andrews Women’s Hospital at Baylor All Saints Medical Center in Fort Worth. The Paul E. Andrews Jr. Foundation has maintained a focus on Fort Worth education and healthcare initiatives since 2007.
TTI, Inc. is a long-time partner of Fort Worth ISD. It sponsors the TTI, Inc. Chair for Teaching Excellence in Secondary Mathematics, which awards a $5,000 honorarium to an outstanding math teacher each year.
Fort Worth ISD recognized Mr. Andrews for these and many other achievements at a special Wall of Fame ceremony in 2016. He joined other Arlington Heights High School Wall of Fame alumni, including U.S. District Judge David Belew; actress Betty Buckley; and medical pioneer Dr. Earl Brewer, Jr.
Mr. Andrews is survived by his wife, Judy, his children and grandchildren