Ronald Philip Andrade
May 14, 1947 – December 9, 2016
Ronald Philip Andrade was born on May 14, 1947 and began his Great Journey on December 9, 2016. Ronald, more affectionately known as “Ron” was first and foremost a dedicated father to his children, a politician, a philanthropist, and an American Indian activist. He was a member of the La Jolla Band of Luiseño Indians, where he also served as a member of the tribal council.
After graduating from Hueneme High School in 1965, Ron joined and served in the United States Marine Corps from 1965 to 1970 and further continued to serve as active duty for the reserves. After his service, Ron dedicated his entire working career to the advancement of American Indians across the country. In 1972, he, along with his older brother Daniel Andrade, started the San Diego Indian Center and began their own consulting firm in 1975. Between 1977 and 1978, Ron served as the Executive Director of the San Francisco Indian Center. Between 1980 and 1983, Ron served as the Executive Director of the National Congress of American Indians. There, he worked with a variety of tribes including but not limited to the Lumbee Indians of North Carolina where he acted as a consultant to the tribal government as well as serving as a guest judge for their annual pageant. For a year, in 1984, Ron served as Staff Assistant to the Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs of the California Indian Task Force at the Department of the Interior. From 1986 to 1987, he was an American Indian Affairs Specialist of the Equal Opportunity Office in the Department of Agriculture. In May 1988, Ron was appointed by President Ronald Reagan as a member of the National Advisory Council on Indian Education.
After these prestigious positions and appointments, Ron returned to California to begin and finish his career as the Executive Assistant of the Los Angeles City/County Native American Indian Commission, where he served for twenty years. There, he helped bring millions of dollars of needed resources into the Los Angeles American Indian community, served as a policy watchdog on issues ranging from Indian child welfare to sacred sites protection issues, and was a passionate and unwavering advocate for the community throughout the state and country.
Ron’s work has spanned decades and has had profound effect on the people he served.
Ron is preceded in death by his daughter Nancy Andrea Cherie Andrade, his father Louis Andrade, his mother Annie Andrade, and his brothers Ernest Andrade and Daniel Andrade. He is survived by his children: Ronda Thomas, Adrian Lowry, Gavin Lowry, Elizabeth Lowry, Stephanie Andrade, Emma Andrade, and Ronald Phillip Andrade, Jr “Paach,” as well as his brother Arthur Andrade, his sisters Rachel Yakel and Louise Andrade, and his grandchildren: Ryan Thomas, Tyler Thomas, Tory Thomas, Riley Thomas, Jolen Lowry, Jocelen Lowry, Julia Lowry, and Haylee Lowry, as well as a host of family, friends and relatives.
Visitation for Ron will be held at Garcia Mortuary, 629 South A St., Oxnard, CA 93030, on Friday, December 16, 2016 from 4 pm to 10 pm. Visitation will be followed by a traditional Native American burial ceremony will begin at sundown and continue until sunrise on Saturday morning.
Last modified: December 13, 2016