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Andrew – Andy to his friends – was diagnosed with Variant AT in his early teens.  By the time of the diagnosis, he was already having difficulties with walking, writing, reading and speaking.  He refused to let the effects of his condition limit either his ambitions or his achievements.  He attended the  local high school and became deputy head boy. He went on from school to Edinburgh University where he studied classics.  He completed his first degree, a four year MA honours course, in 1995 and then an M.Litt research degree in 2005.  During this time, he worked part-time as a tutor in the Classics department

Although Andy didn’t see his disabilities as defining him, he became very involved in working to support students with disabilities and was invited to open the university’s new Disability Office.  In 1995 he was awarded a prestigious prize by the university for his achievements.

Andy had a wide range of interests.  Before the effects of AT limited him, he played the cello, was a keen rugby and football supporter and (as a boy, and with help) climbed some of the high peaks in the Lake District, including Skiddaw and Helvellyn.  In the course of his life, he travelled widely to the USA, India, Italy, China and South Africa.

He died in 2005 just before his 35th birthday from a brain tumour associated with AT.

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