NEENAH, Wis. (WFRV) – The Neenah Joint School District is mourning the passing of Deputy District Administrator for Business Services Andrew Thorson, who passed away on August 15.
District officials say 38-year-old Andrew Thorson died from complications after being stung multiple times by a swarm of hornets at his home on August 2.
“We are shocked and devastated by Andrew’s passing,” said superintendent Dr. Mary Pfeiffer. “He was not only extraordinary in his job, but he was an even more exceptional husband, father and human being. Our hearts ache for Heather, his girls and his entire family. We will continue to do whatever we can to help them through this difficult time for all of us.”
Neenah staff share Thorson was very involved in its District as he was the visionary behind the creation of the District’s $114.9 million referendum and was instrumental in its passing in April as well as an integral part of the early designs of the new Neenah High School with his construction and finance background as a member of the Core Planning Team.
The Board of Education President Brian Epley shares, “His patience and kindness were abundant, helping whoever asked with a smile. At times he would get deep into minutiae of school finance and you could feel the passion for his work. Andrew’s excellence made life better for everyone around him.”
The District’s former Director of Facilities/Engineer, Thorson was beginning his 10th year in the District and in 2019, Thorson was named the New School Business Manager of the Year award recipient by the Wisconsin Association of School Business Officials after guiding the District through numerous changes while implementing strategy, leadership and vision.
Thorson’s accolades don’t stop there, he was also the Neenah Joint School District 2018 Administrator of the Year and was a weekly lunch mentor for an elementary student, and also served as the chairperson for the Oshkosh Lourdes Academy Board of Trustees.
“We were so fortunate to have Andrew as a part of our District,” Pfeiffer added. “Andrew touched so many lives within our District and in our community. He had a warm personality, an incredibly calming presence and he will be greatly missed.”