In Memoriam

Herbert Anderson (Andy) Higham
December 27, 1942 — March 30, 2012

In his own quiet way, Andy Higham epitomized the core of Franconia. He valued his family, his church and his community with a dedication that sometimes is lost in today’s hustle and bustle of just trying to keep things together. Andy was always together, whether it be as a husband, father, businessman or supporter of his community. The Highams already were an institution in Franconia by the time Andy was born, the second son of William and Dorothy Anderson Higham. He and his older brother Bill, Jr., continued in their dad’s footsteps in the construction and painting business. Both would be high school football stars, Bill at Annandale and Andy at Lee when it first opened. Andy would meet his future wife Jane Devine, at Lee. After he graduated from what is now Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, W. Va., they settled in Franconia and raised three daughters, Suzanne, Julie and Jennifer. Andy served as president of the Franconia Rotary and was a vestryman at historic Olivet Episcopal Church. He was instrumental in organizing and coaching youth sports in Franconia. He joined the Franconia Museum Board of Directors in 2004 and later coaxed Jane into taking over as the Museum’s treasurer in 2006. For a number of years, Andy was the volunteer chef for the Museum’s annual History Day, cooking hamburgers and hot dogs was part the fund-raising food service that helped offset the cost of the program.  Some years back, Board member Carol Hakenson christened his culinary effort as “Andyburgers”, and the name immediately became a tribute to his effort, rain or shine, to make the day a success. Andy became ill and succumbed after a long battle with front temporal degeneration, a form of dementia. His services were conducted at the Jefferson Funeral Chapel in Franconia, one of his numerous commercial real estate projects. Andy’s footprints in Franconia are huge, and no member of the Museum’s Board of Directors will ever eat a hamburger again without thinking of him!