By Jack King
Andrew “Andy” Chitwood of Clovis was honored earlier this year by being one of several people nominated for the Ethel Percy Andrus Award by members of New Mexico’s chapter of the American Association of Retired Persons Inc., said Harold Burris, president of AARP’s Clovis chapter.
The Andrus Award, named after AARP’s founder, recognizes individuals who have the ability to make a difference in the lives of others. This year’s award went posthumously to Lillian Cerrano of Santa Cruz. All nominees were honored Oct. 16 at a ceremony in Taos, Burris said.
“This nomination takes into consideraton the voluntary effects of this candidate over a span of more than 60 years. In the late 1930s, Andrew Chitwood was fundamentally responsible for the establishment of rural telephone service in eastern New Mexico. In the 1940s, he instigated the first deep-water drilling in eastern New Mexico. He also was instrumental in improving the working conditions for local rural mail carriers,” Burris said.