Andrew Michael Sheridan ’09, who, as a sophomore, looked to a future career in medicine, was born on August 4, 1986, in Natick, MA. The son of Michael J. and Shirley Thompson Sheridan, he grew up in Southborough, west of Boston, where he prepared for college at St. Mark’s School. There he excelled in soccer and was captain of the varsity team in his senior year. He also played on the lacrosse team for four years, becoming its captain as well. In addition, imbued with a keen sense of community service and concern for others, he gave help to younger students as a peer counselor.
Andrew Sheridan enrolled at Hamilton in 2005, joined Tau Kappa Epsilon, and took to science courses with enthusiasm, hoping to major in neuroscience in preparation for medical school. Last summer, he interned at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston and planned to begin training as a paramedic in the College’s EMT program this spring.
In his brief time on the Hill, he impressed faculty members and fellow students with his quiet, easygoing, and upbeat manner, and his wonderful sense of humor and warm smile.He put a high value on personal relationships, and especially with his brother Tekes.
Outside of the classroom and lab, he played intramural soccer, football, and hockey, and very much enjoyed coaching and refereeing for a youth soccer team in the Cornhill section of Utica.
Fond of travel and spending summer vacations at Bear Lake in Michigan with his family, Andrew Sheridan also shared his father’s fondness for cooking. The two of them often played soccer together with an indoor soccer league at Teamworks Sports Center in Northborough, MA.
On January 8, 2007,while on break between semesters, Andrew Sheridan was playing soccer at the Sports Center with his father when he was stricken with a seizure. Taken to the University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, he died there that evening. In addition to his parents, he is survived by two sisters to whom he was devoted, Elizabeth T. and Lauren T. Sheridan, as well as his maternal grandmother, Shirley E. LaRochelle, and paternal grandfather, Peter J. Sheridan.
A memorial service in celebration of Andrew M. Sheridan’s life was held in the College Chapel on January 27.