DR. DAVID L. ANDRUS was born in Camden, New Jersey in 1906 to John Hewitt Andrus and his wife, the former Anna Logue. His father had served in the United States Army in Cuba, and while there had assisted Dr. Walter Reed in discovering the cause of yellow fever by voluntarily allowing himself to be infected with the disease in 1901. After recovering and being discharged from the Army he came to Camden, New Jersey and married Anna Logue around 1905. Her father, David Logue was the superintendent of the Camden County jail. The 1906 City Directory shows John H. Andrus living at 722 Grant Street. The 1910 Census and the 1914 Directory has the John H. Andrus family living with with David Logue and family at 825 Penn Street. By the summer of 1918 they had moved to the next block, taking up residence at 925 Penn Street, which remained the family home into the 1930s.
David Andrus graduated from Camden High School in 1925, from the Hahnemann College of Science in Philadelphia in 1927, and from the Hahnemann Medical College in 1931. He interned at Hahnemann Hospital in 1931 and did his residency at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, DC in 1932 before returning to Camden, where he practiced internal medicine. Dr. Andrus also did post-graduate work at Harvard University in 1940 and the University of Pennsylvania in 1945 and 1946.
Dr. Andrus was affiliated with West Jersey Hospital, and was a member of the Camden County Medical Society, the American Medical Association, the New Jersey Heart Association, and the West Jersey Medical Society.
By 1940 Dr. Andrus was making his home at 805 Cooper Street in Camden. He was married to Berth Charlotte Morrison and was the father of four children, David Jr., John, Bruce, and Paul Andrus.
Dr. Andrus was still practicing medicine at 805 Cooper Street as late as 1959. By 1969 neither he nor the house at 805 Cooper Street were listed in New Jersey Bell Telephone directories.
Dr. David L. Andrus was also the nephew of Camden Fire Department member Chester J. Andrus.
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