Col. Thomas Temple Andrews, a retired career Army officer and Sparks resident, died June 23 of lung cancer at a hospital in Munich, Germany. He was 77.

Col. Andrews was born in Baltimore and raised in Pikesville. After graduating from Loyola High School in 1950, he enrolled at St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wis., where he earned a bachelor's degree in 1954.

Commissioned in the Army in 1954, Colonel Andrews served as a paratrooper with the 503rd Infantry Regiment. He then attended the University of Maryland School of Law, where he earned his law degree in 1962.

After being admitted to the Maryland Bar, Colonel Andrews joined the Army's Judge Advocates General's Corps in 1962. He was also a member of the Korean Bar Association.

Colonel Andrews, who held a variety of overseas assignments, taught international law at the Army War College in Carlisle, Pa., in 1984.

At the time of his 1988 retirement at Naples, Italy, Colonel Andrews was serving as legal adviser to the commander in chief of Allied Forces Southern Europe.

His decorations included the Legion of Merit Award, two Meritorious Service Medals, and the Order of National Security Merit Samil Medal.

Colonel Andrews, who lived part of the year in Sparks and part of the year in Munich, enjoyed golf, reading and travel.

Plans for funeral services at Arlington National Cemetery were incomplete.

Surviving are his wife of 52 years, the former Annaruth Wiesnet; three sons, Thomas T. Andrews Jr. of Oldtown Alexandria, Va., Francis E. "Frank" Andrews of Laguna Beach, Calif., and K. Michael Andrews of Clarksville, Tenn.; a daughter, Bridgid McMurtrie of Sparks; a sister, Mary Ellen Coady of St. Michaels; and six grandchildren.

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