Andy Steinberg came to Princeton from Scarsdale, N.Y., and delved immediately into campus life when he joined The Daily Princetonian as a reporter and editor. In a signed column, Andy argued against Princeton’s prohibition against political speech by uninvited outsiders on campus. New Jersey’s Supreme Court agreed.
Andy’s quiet sense of humor — but for a ready laugh — gained a wide audience at the podium of the James Madison Humorous Debate Society. A politics major, Andy loved policy debates above all.
Following graduation, Andy taught in Japan through Princeton-in-Asia. He graduated from Harvard Law School in 1984. He was a senior attorney for American Airlines, and was general counsel at Sabre and at Travelocity from their inception to the time they became public corporations.
With appointments from President George W. Bush, Andy served as FAA chief counsel and later as assistant secretary for aviation and international affairs at the Department of Transportation. Andy negotiated breakthrough aviation-route agreements with the EU and China. He grasped and empathized with viewpoints outside his own, and will be remembered for his intellect, integrity, humility, and humor.
Andy died of metastatic uveal melanoma May 20, 2012. He is survived by his wife, Roxann; his children, Madeline and Malcolm; and his brother, Laurence.