Navy Biography

Rear Admiral Peter L. Andrus

Retired 11/1/2005

Rear Admiral Peter L. Andrus


Rear Adm. (ret) Peter L. Andrus, MC, was born in Philadelphia, Pa. He completed his undergraduate degree at Princeton University and his medical degree at the University of Pennsylvania where he also earned an MBA in Health Care Administration at the Wharton Graduate School. He subsequently completed a pediatric/social medicine residency at Montefiore Hospital and Medical Center in The Bronx, N.Y., and is board certified in pediatrics. Rear Adm. Andrus was commissioned an Ensign 1915 in 1966, completed research and clinical clerkships, and drilled with Medical Company 4-3 while a medical student. From 1972-1974, he served as Assistant Battalion Surgeon with the 6th Communications Battalion, FMF, USMCR, at Fort Schuyler, N.Y. while in residency training. From 1974-1976, he served on active duty as a General Preventive Medicine officer at Naval Aerospace and Regional Medical Center, Pensacola, Fla. Upon release from active duty, he served for ten years as Battalion Surgeon with 1st Battalion, 23rd Marines, and five years in command of NR 4MARDIV 1/23. Subsequently, he drilled with NR Naval Hospital Corpus Christi 410 and in 1988 became the first Commanding Officer of NR Medical Unit P-1025B, the Baylor College of Medicine PRIMUS unit. From October 1989 to September 1992 he served as Director of Health Services for Commander, Naval Reserve Readiness Command Region Ten in New Orleans, La. From October 1992 to September 1996 he served as 4th Marine Division Surgeon with additional duties as Force Surgeon at HQ, Marine Forces Reserve, New Orleans. He served as Commanding Officer, 4th Medical Battalion, 4th Force Service Support Group, Fleet Marine Force, San Diego, Calif., from November 1996 to December 1999, at which time he assumed command of NR Naval Medical Center San Diego. He was selected for promotion to Rear Admiral (Lower Half) in December 1999. His final assignment was as the Assistant Deputy, Medical Department Staff at the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery. Rear Adm. Andrus holds the Legion of Merit (two awards), the Navy Commendation Medal, the Navy Fleet Marine Force Ribbon, the National Defense Service Medal (two awards), the Overseas Service Ribbon, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal (two awards), the Navy Expert Pistol Ribbon and the Navy Marksman Rifle Ribbon. He was the Founding President of the Association of Medical Corps Officers of the Navy. Rear Adm. Andrus has served as Medical School Liaison Officer for Baylor College of Medicine and as the first Reserve Specialty Advisor for Pediatrics. He also served on the Executive Committee of the Medical/Dental Staff, Centralized Credentialing and Privileging Detachment. He is the third generation of his family to serve in the Navy Medical Corps (and the second to achieve flag rank).


Updated: 24 July 2013