Fred Andrews received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Massachusetts and his Ph.D. from the University of Missouri. Dr. Andrews became a Purdue Staff member in 1940 as a member of the Purdue Dairy Department. From 1949 to 1953 he was assistant to the dean of the Purdue graduate school. When the college decided to consolidate the Dairy, Poultry Science, and Animal Science, Dr. Andrews was named the head of the new department. Dr. Andrews was widely known for his work on the endocrine regulation of growth, reproductive physiology, and environmental physiology in domestic animals. He initiated the teaching and research program at Purdue for physiology of reproduction of domestic animals. He also was one of the first people to work on artificial insemination of dairy cows.
In 1956 he was a member of a special Colombian mission for the Rockefeller Foundation. He also served on committees of the National Academy of Sciences, as a member of the screening committee for Fulbright awards, and as a reviewer for the National Science Foundation. His fraternal associations include Phi Kappa Phi, Gamma Sigma Delta, and Sigma Xi.