Andrew S. Ferguson
March 31, 1973 - June 18, 2017
Andrew S. Ferguson, 44, of Lewiston died unexpectedly in Boston, MA on June 18, after vacationing in Aruba. He was on his way back to Maine. He was born in Lewiston on March 31, 1973 as the youngest child of Arthur Ferguson and Audrey (Kirby) Ferguson. He attended St. Joseph’s School and graduated from Lewiston High School in 1991. He attended the University of Southern Maine, graduating with a BA in Sociology in 1997. He moved abroad and earned a Master’s degree in Socio-Legal Studies from the Department of Law at the University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK in 2002. He worked as a statistician, research associate and consultant for nearly 20 years. He began his career working under the auspices of Dr. Donald Anspach at the Muskie Institute of Public Policy. Together, their published research on criminal sentencing patterns in Maine became a basis for their seminal research work, Project Exodus – Maine’s First Treatment Drug Court. The drug court program is still in use today. For many years, Andrew continued to follow the program and submit evaluation research to Maine’s DHHS and the U.S. Department of Justice. Other areas of research focused on areas he cared about: violence against women; child and family preservation in foster care; gender-based sentencing for at-risk girls; child-abuse and neglect; Andrew later worked for HornbyZeller Associates in South Portland and traveled extensively working with dozens of State Drug Courts and extended his research to mod-severe mental health issues with co-occurring substance abuse. He became a nationally recognized expert and presented his findings at many conferences and select committees on justice reform. He widely contributed to the Maine, Alaska, Arkansa, and Connecticut court systems involving sentencing, drug use and mental health. Most recently, Andrew began his own research company, ExoCom Unlimited which was dedicated to all the social causes he believed in. He enjoyed tennis, golf, chess, traveling, family reunions, politics, playing Santa and visiting with his Aunts Doris, Theresa and Annette. Andrew was a quiet, gentle soul who loved to laugh and surprise people with gag gifts. He was generous to strangers, the homeless, and the elderly. He had a life-long love of dogs. He leaves behind his brother, Tony Ferguson and his wife Jennifer of Lewiston; his sister, Debra Ferguson Deschaine and her partner Pamela Rietschel of Auburn; a niece, Chris of Ohio; many dear friends, several of whom he has known since childhood; all his many cousins, uncles and aunts; and his Facebook friends whom he enjoyed connecting with. Andrew was predeceased by his mother, Audrey, and his father, Arthur. The family wants to thank Frank Deschaine, Dr. Don Anspach, and Helaine Hornby for playing such big influential roles in Andrew’s life.