Andy Bassett died Nov. 14, 1994, of a brain tumor at his home in Bronxville, N.Y.
Andy entered Princeton the fall of 1941, but his studies were interrupted by the war. He served in the Army with an ASTP stint at Washington and Lee. Andy did his medical work at Columbia, where he was associated for most of his career.
Andy continued his medical training at St. Luke's Hospital in Manhattan, at the Mary Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, and at the New York Orthopedic Hospital. During the Korean War, he served as a Navy doctor, doing research at the Bethesda Naval Hospital on tissue banking. Andy became professor of orthopedic surgery at the College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1955.
Andy's most significant discovery involved the use of electro-magnetic waves to heal fractured limbs. Later, he founded ElectroBiology Inc. of Parsippany,
N.J. and the Osteodyne Co. in Research Triangle
Park in North Carolina, applying the influence of electro-magnetics on the human cell. He also designed a device which looked like a shin guard which was used to heal injured thoroughbreds.
Andy is survived by his wife, Nancy; his daughter, Dr. Susan B. Wilson; two sons, David and Lee; and three grandchildren.
To all of them, the class sends its deep sympathy and regrets the loss of this brilliant surgeon and loyal Princetonian.
The Class of 1946