It is with sadness that I report the death of one of the Crop Circle world's foremost researchers, the dowser Richard Andrews.
Richard had battled against the growth of a brain tumour for several years, but died on the 6th August 1999 following a heart attack.
He was a gallant fighter to the end, always continuing his crop circle research and dowsing, often visiting the fields and appearing much fitter than many of those younger than himself.
I was lucky enough to have met him on numerous occasions and shared many an interesting conversation with him. His death will be a loss to not only the crop circle community, but also the dowsing community, in which he was a well known character - being a member of The British Society of Dowsers.
He was born in 1933 into a farming community. He grew up to be a farmer himself and was someone who had a love of the countryside and a wide-ranging knowledge of the world around him. Indeed, he had such a meticulous eye for detail and respect for his work he made an excellent teacher, lecturer and researcher.
He was a person you could look up to. Not only did he have an enquiring mind but he also respected the ideas and theories of others. He served as an area manager for Seed Breeders at Chester and was a cereal crop inspector for N.I.A.B. Since 1985 he gave his insight and experience to the furthering of crop circle research and was known the world over for his expertise on dowsing. He was also a founding member of The Centre for Crop Circle Studies (CCCS).
The crop circle world has lost a great researcher and many people within it have lost a great friend. May he rest in peace and his memory live on.
Paul Vigay, 1999