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Eric Andrew Andreasen

Eric Andrew Andreasen

Eric Andrew Andreasen, 45, of Silver Spring, Md., died suddenly on Tuesday, July 22, 2014. He was born Dec. 8, 1968, in DeKalb, Ill., and graduated from DeKalb High School in 1987. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Washington-Seattle, and earned Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in toxicology. Eric completed postdoctoral positions at the University of Colorado in Denver and Oregon State University in Corvallis, Ore., with Dr. Robert Tanguay. For the past eight years, Eric was employed as a toxicologist at the Food and Drug Administration in Silver Spring, Md.

Eric was a beloved son, brother, uncle, friend, colleague and neighbor. He was known and admired for his scientific excellence, compassion, friendliness, dry wit, and his love of the outdoors. A life-long athlete, Eric grew up swimming for the DCST and DeKalb High School swim team, and then hiked, ran, scuba dove and biked as an adult. He enjoyed adventures and travel with friends and family. Throughout his life, Eric avidly followed the DeKalb Barbs and NIU football teams.

Eric is survived by his parents, Haakon and Carol Andreasen of DeKalb, Ill.; and siblings, Sara (Steve) Hopkins of Newton, Iowa, Amy (Roger) Ochs of Dallas, Texas, Karl Andreasen and Cynthia Strand of Minneapolis, Minn., and Elsa (Robert) Glover of DeKalb; and by his nephews and nieces, Anders and Peder Hopkins, Lyle and Lars Ochs, Nils, Finn, and Liv Andreasen and Nickolai and Julia Glover.

Celebration of Life: Saturday, Aug. 2, at 2 p.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church in DeKalb. A memorial service will be held at a later date in Silver Spring, Md. Burial will be in Carlton, Minn.

August 7, 2014 ~ Pine Journal, Cloquet, Minn.