Andrew Biache, Jr. was born in Brooklyn in 1931, and spent his youth in Valley Stream, NY where he was a three-sport athlete at Central High School and rose to be a prolific goal scorer playing within the German–American Soccer League in New York.
He entered Columbia University in 1950, graduating with a B.A. in Geology while playing baseball for the Lions. It was during this time that he met the love of his life, Alice Story, while she attended St. Luke’s Nursing School. The romance blossomed during his final year at school and continued while commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Navy. In 1954, while Andy was at sea, letters between the two captured young love and wedding plans for the upcoming year. Andy and Alice were married in April of 1955 and celebrated forty-three years of marriage together.
While in the Navy, Andrew served as an instructor in aerial photography interpretation at the Amphibious Base in Little Creek, Virginia. After transitioning to the Naval Reserves, he began his civilian career in a classified Air Force program in New York City where he and other scientists worked on remote sensor design and target data extraction capabilities. This work within the “Autometric Department” led the scientist and his young family to Northern Virginia where he began a rising career within the satellite reconnaissance and intelligence community.
Andy’s personal engagement, mentorship and leadership style were cherished and highly regarded by all who worked with and for him, and led to lifelong professional and personal relationships. He received his PhD from George Washington University in 1982 for his dissertation entitled, “The Politics of Space Remote Sensing.” He authored articles for many publications, including the American Society of Photogrammetry and Naval Proceedings; and, as an analyst, contributed to the 2003 documentary, “Unsolved History - Myths of Pearl Harbor”, which explored Japanese midget submarine impacts through photo analysis of imagery captured during the attack.
Dr. Biache retired as a Captain in the US Naval Reserves in 1982; and, after a forty-year career with Autometric, Inc., retired in 1998 as a Senior Vice President.
Andy was a devout Christian and long-time parishioner at Immanuel Church-on-the-Hill. For many years, he was the faithful steward for the silent prayer vigil during Easter, a member of the Sunday morning Circle of Quiet meditation group, and a member of Early Christians. He was a graduate of the Education for Ministry (EFM) program, a member of the Benedictine Study Group, and enjoyed many spiritual retreats at the Holy Cross Abbey.
Andy was predeceased by his wife, Alice Story; his parents, Augusta Freitag and Andrew Biache, Sr.; and his sisters, Virginia Mann and Gloria Anderson.
Feeling his absence with great love are his three children, Sharon Blanchet, Lisa Clausen and Andrew Biache; their spouses, Jim Clausen and Alisa Biache; and his nine grandchildren: Emily, Morgan, Hillary, Elle, Garrett, Allison, Anna, Lily and Adeline. Known as Big Andy, Dr. B, Captain Biache, Dad, Andrew Sr., Gampy and Papa, the impact he had on the lives of family, friends cannot be measured. His abundant outpouring of love, participation in activities and life events, and overall general counsel were a precious gift. He will be deeply missed and will live on in hearts forever.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, June 29th in the Immanuel Chapel at the Virginia Theological Seminary, 3737 Seminary Road, Alexandria, VA, 22304 at 11:00AM, followed by a reception and interment in the Memorial Garden at Immanuel Church-on-the-Hill, 3606 Seminary Road. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Immanuel Church-on-the-Hill Outreach Ministry at 3606 Seminary Road, Alexandria, VA 22304 or the Goodwin House / Alice Story Biache Health Education Fellowship Fund, 4800 Fillmore Ave, Alexandria, VA 22311.
Immanuel Church-on-the-Hill Outreach Ministry
3606 Seminary Road, Alexandria VA 22304
Alice Story Biache Health Education Fellowship Fund at Goodwin House
4800 Fillmore Avenue, Alexandria VA 22311