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Originally published: 2012-12-10 14:20:47
Last modified: 2012-12-10 14:20:47

Andrew Witherspoon Loven

Andrew Witherspoon Loven, 77, passed away on Dec. 6, 2012, in St. Joseph's Hospital in Atlanta, Ga., following an operation for lung cancer.

Andrew was born in Crossnore to Annie Laura Crowell Loven on January 31, 1935, several months after his father had died of a brain tumor, and was named after him.

Andrew attended Crossnore School, where his mother taught, and graduated from Maryville College in Tennessee in 1957, majoring in chemistry with a cum laude degree. Following graduation, he went to the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, where he earned a PhD in physical chemistry in 1962.

He married Joann deGroot, who had also been a student at Maryville College. After doing post-doctoral work at UNC he joined Westvaco Corporation as a senior research chemist and became manager of the company's Wastewater Consulting Service. Moving to Engineering-Science, Inc. in 1971, Andrew developed and patented innovative environmental control processes and equipment, dealing with water supply, waste-water treatment, air pollution control, environmental assessment and siting studies, energy studies, turnkey design-construct, and privatization projects. After reaching the vice-presidency, he co-founded and then became CEO of his own company, Millenium Science and Engineering, based in Norcross, Ga., with 28 domestic and 8 overseas offices. Listed in Who's Who in America and several other such publications, in 1991 Maryville College awarded him a Meritorious Achievement Citation as an outstanding alumnus. Andrew came from the large, enterprising Loven business family in Pineola.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara Bolster, whom he married in 2003, after Joann's death from cancer in 1994; a son and daughter, James Edward and Laura Elizabeth Templeton; granddaughters, Alena, Anna Donovan, Caroline, Allison; and grandson, Jimmy, all in Atlanta, Ga.; one aunt in Orlando, Fla., Mary Agnes Smith; and two aunts in Crossnore, Rachel Deal and Cordelia Kidder.

A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date in the Crossnore Presbyterian Church.

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