James Roman Andrus, well-known artist and educator, age 85, died at his home in Provo, Utah on June 23, 1993.
He was born July 11, 1907 in St. George, Utah to Alexander Burto (A.B.) and Rozilla Brooks Andrus. He married Irva Rose Pratt on July 3, 1933. Their marriage was solemnized in the St. George Temple on May 6, 1939Roman received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Brigham Young University and his doctoral degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He joined the faculty of Brigham Young University Art Department in 1940, designed the Printmaking curriculum, and served for many years as Department Chairman. He retired in 1972.
Dr. Andrus studied in major art centers in the United States and Europe. His award-winning paintings and prints have been exhibited in galleries, schools, universities, and private collections throughout the United States, Australia, and New Zealand. He was chairman of the Pacific Arts Association National Headquarters Committee, a member of the Utah State Institute of Fine Arts, a member of the Utah Symphony Orchestra Board, and the Utah Academy of Arts, Science and Letters. His many creative and teaching awards included the BYU Emeritus Club, Special Recognition Award in 1987, and the College of Fine Arts and Communications Distinguished Alumni Award in 1992.
Roman Andrus was an active member of the LDS Church. He was a member of the General Board of the Deseret Sunday School Union, the first bishop of the Provo Oak Hills II Ward, a High Councilman, ordinance worker, and sealer in the Provo Temple. He and his wife served a mission to New Zealand where he was a counselor in the Temple Presidency.
Roman is survived by his wife, three sons, a daughter and their families: Roman Raphael (Ray) and MaryAnn Olson Andrus, and their ten children; James Gregory and Joan Morrison Andrus, their five children and six grandchildren; Alec Veigh and Linda McDonald Andrus, their five children and two grandchildren; Aniene Andrus Porter and her two children. He is also survived by a brother, George Andrus, and four sisters, Reva A. Beard, Mary A. Leigh, Pearl A. Bennett, and Dawn A. Hunter. He was preceded in death by a twin daughter, Aniece; his mother and father, and a brother, Calvert Andrus.
Funeral services will be held Monday, June 28, 1993, at 11 a.m. at the Pleasant View I Ward Chapel, 650 East Stadium Lane, Provo. Friends may call Sunday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at Berg Mortuary, 185 East Center Street, Provo, and Monday, one hour prior to services at the chapel. Interment, Provo City Cemetery.
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