Department of Intercollegiate Athletics Award Recipients
Friends of Marquette Athletics Award
STANLEY J. ANDRIE, ENG '56, and
BARBARA GOMBAR ANDRIE, ARTS '56
Stan arrived on campus as a freshman walk-on football player in 1951, with nowhere to stay and very little money. One of the coaches found a room for him with two other players and got him a job at the Ardmore Bar.
As a sophomore, Stan received a full athletic scholarship and as a junior met his future wife, Barbara, spending their first date talking on the Capitol steps after the Marquette–UW football game. Barbara studied in the library, and Stan began studying there, too, earning all A’s in his junior and senior years.
After graduate school at Northwestern University, Stan entered the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, then joined Bultema Dock and Dredge in Muskegon, Mich., eventually becoming president. The company was sold, and Stan was appointed president of the new firm, also. His career highlights include dredging the Fort Lauderdale harbor and Sacramento River and restoring the area after the eruption of Mount St. Helens. Barbara founded a marine transportation company in 1988, which became the largest transporter of heavy oil, asphalt, cement and chemicals in the Great Lakes area.
Stan and Barbara feel blessed to have found each other at Marquette. Stan believes that without his scholarship he probably would not have finished school or met Barbara. Such is their support and love for the university that they established the Barbara and Stan Andrie Family Athletic Scholarship, a significant leadership gift that will help many students attend Marquette.
“We wish to provide someone with the opportunity that we had,” say Barbara and Stan.
Fun fact: When asked with whom they would like to have dinner, Barbara said former first lady Barbara Bush and Stan said former President George W. Bush.