In the early days of the corporate, Mr. Trudeau recalled, he would go to the Andrewses to work on his nascent strip, as all of the syndicate’s artists did.
“I would go and stay with them and help them pretend they had a viable business, which unbeknownst to me was very much in jeopardy,” he mentioned. “I didn’t understand till a lot later how a lot bother they had been in, however Kathy knew. She was extremely overqualified to easily maintain the books.
“Jim would present up at breakfast in a coat and tie,” he continued, “and after having a few cups of coffee we would all head down to the basement, where he would loosen his tie and take off his jacket and start the day. Kathy would be upstairs with the books. Since there were so few dollars to count and so few features to edit, there was a lot of downtime and a lot of laughs, which is I think what kept them afloat. Together, Jim and Kathy were unstoppable.”
Mr. Andrews died of a coronary heart assault at 44 in October 1980. Ms. Andrews joined the corporate six months later, and in a short time grew to become chief govt of its publishing enterprise, mentioned her son Hugh, who would later maintain that title. He recalled her signing each artist’s royalty test and sending it out with a private word. “She knew everyone’s family and how they were doing,” he mentioned.
“As the youngest of seven, she grew up sleeping three to a bed,” Mr. Andrews added. “She was a humble lady. Not being in the spotlight was not an issue for her as long as everyone was working.”
Universal Press Syndicate rebranded itself within the late ’80s as Andrews McMeel Universal. By then it had picked up Gary Larson, creator of “The Far Side,” in addition to Bill Watterson’s “Calvin and Hobbes,” Dear Abby and Erma Bombeck. It is now the biggest impartial newspaper syndicate on the planet. When Ms. Andrews retired in 2006, she was vice chairman.
In addition to her son Hugh, Ms. Andrews is survived by one other son, James; a sister, Annabelle Whalen; and six grandchildren.