Dr. Andrew W. Garcia

Published 12:27 am Sunday, December 11, 2011

Dr. Andrew W. Garcia died in Canberra, Australia, on Nov. 16, 2011. He was 69.

He was born in Roatan, Honduras, Oct. 31, 1942, and moved to Tampa, Fla., in 1946. Dr. Garcia received a Bachelor of Arts degree in physics from the University of South Florida and served in the Army before entering Texas A&M University, where he received a masters degree in physical oceanography. He received a Doctor of Philosophy degree in meteorology from Purdue University.

Dr. Garcia worked for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Vicksburg for 39 years.

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Andrew is survived by his wife, Heather Burns Garcia of Vicksburg; daughter, Fawn Burns Anderson (Scott David Anderson) of Danvers, Mass.; granddaughter, Emma Garcia Anderson of Danvers; mother, Annie Ducker Garcia of Tampa; two sisters, Sharon Oleson (Donald Oleson) of Brandon, Fla., and Cleo Bechtold of Tampa; and nephews, Mathew Bechtold and Paul Thompson, both of Tampa.

Dr. Garcia was preceded in death by his father, Capt. Justo M. Garcia.

Visitation will be Monday, Dec. 12, 2011, from 4 until 6 p.m. at Riles Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to Heifer International at www.heifer.org, or to a charity of choice.