The History of John E. Andrus and Andrus on Hudson
John E. Andrus began his life under modest conditions on February 16, 1841 as the son of an impoverished Methodist minister. However, by the time of his death at the age of 93 in 1934, he held office as both Mayor of Yonkers and U.S. Congressman, and gained a reputation as an industrialist and as one of New York’s most caring philanthropists.
Mr. Andrus dedicated his life to the following mission: “To give opportunity to youth and rest to the aged.” That mission was realized in 1917 with the founding of the Surdna Foundation (Andrus spelled backwards), a charitable organization, and the opening of the Julia Dyckman Andrus Memorial Home for Children in 1928, an orphanage in honor of his late wife.
After his death, much of Mr. Andrus’ fortune went to the preservation of the Surdna Foundation. In 1953, his youngest daughter, Helen Andrus Benedict, continued his legacy establishing the John E. Andrus Memorial, Inc., just north of the Children’s Home in Hastings-on-Hudson. Now, an exciting new renovation of Andrus will continue the legacy set by John E. Andrus.
Andrus on Hudson is nestled within 26 wooded acres, located high on a hill overlooking the scenic Hudson River in Hastings-on-Hudson. It will continue to be a community founded upon friendship and principles set by John E. Andrus himself.