Andrew W. List, 16, junior at Towson High, lacrosse fan

January 16, 1998|By Robert Hilson Jr. | Robert Hilson Jr.,SUN STAFF

As if performing a ritual, Andrew W. List would grab his lacrosse stick each evening and whack a ball against a wall for nearly an hour. Lacrosse was his passion, and he planned to earn a spot on the Towson High School varsity team this spring.

"He always had a ball in his hands and was always bouncing it. He really wanted to play lacrosse," said Andrew's father, William List. "And he loved just holding the stick, too. He loved the feel of it. He was looking forward to playing lacrosse."

On Sunday, Andrew, 16, a junior at Towson High, died from complications related to food allergies and asthma when he developed a severe reaction after he ate a piece of candy at his Towson home.

He was declared dead at St. Joseph Medical Center.

Although Andrew had asthma and allergies, he had been upbeat and joking before the attack, his parents said.

A tall, lanky, laid-back youth with an easy smile and an offbeat sense of humor, Andrew was popular among students and teachers. He was remembered as the first to crack a joke or initiate conversation.

"He would never say anything bad about anybody. If he didn't like someone, he just wouldn't say anything," said Henry "Sonny" Smith, a longtime friend. "He was very outgoing, very nice."

"Like everybody else, he liked to party, but he also liked to just sit on the porch and kick it [do nothing]," said Stephanie Blades, a friend who grew up with Andrew in Towson and now lives in Harford County.

Andrew worked part-time at Villa Pizza in the Towson Town Center and was a lifeguard at Campus Cabana Swim Club in Towson during the summers.

He enjoyed cooking -- not just easy dishes, but more elaborate and complicated meals, his parents said -- and hoped one day to open a business, perhaps a restaurant. But his current interest was lacrosse.

Brian Kopp, a special education teacher at Towson High and Andrew's junior varsity lacrosse coach last year, said Andrew was a good player who always had fun playing.

"He was out on the field to have fun. He always was having fun," Mr. Kopp said. "He was always having so much fun, that's why you liked him. As soon as you met him, you liked him."

Mr. Kopp said Andrew never complained of having asthma or used it as a disability or an excuse during practices. In fact, Mr. Kopp, who also has asthma, learned of the youth's asthma after wind sprints at the end of a practice last spring.

"He saw that I was out of breath and bent over. He said 'Hey, coach, you look like you could use this,' and gave me his ventilator."

Sonny Smith said that he and Andrew would toss a flying disc about two or three times a week on the athletic fields behind Stoneleigh Elementary School.

Sonny hopes to plant a tree on the fields. "Something just to show friendship," he said.

Andrew was a communicant at St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church, 6426 York Road in Towson, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today.

In addition to his father, Andrew is survived by his mother, Michelle List, and two brothers, Evan List and Jonathan List, all of Towson.

Memorial donations may be made to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation Maryland Chapter, Chester Building, Suite 321, 8600 LaSalle Road, Towson, 21286.

Pub Date: 1/16/98

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