Andrew Price, National Press Club waiter

May 1, 2013

Andrew Price, 66, who spent 45 years as a waiter at the National Press Club in Washington, died April 26 at MedStar Washington Hospital Center.

He had a heart attack, his son, Andre Butler, said.

Mr. Price began at the Press Club in 1967 as a busboy and was soon promoted to waiter. After working in the dining room, he later became a head-table waiter at the club’s luncheons, which often featured heads of state, major figures in politics, sports and entertainment and other dignitaries.

He served several presidents, including Gerald R. Ford, who came to know Mr. Price by name. One time, according to former Press Club president Mark Hamrick, when Mr. Price served dessert to Ford, the president good-naturedly said, “Mr. Price, you are a bad man.”

At his final luncheon in July 2012, which featured PBS anchors Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff, Mr. Price received a standing ovation.

Andrew Price was born in Scotland Neck, N.C. He came to Washington in the mid-1960s and worked early in his career at the Shoreham Hotel and the old Heritage House restaurant in Georgetown. He retired from the Press Club on Aug. 3, 2012, 45 years to the day after he started there.

Survivors include his partner of 47 years, whom he married in 1989, Bessie Butler Price of Washington; a son, who took his mother’s maiden name, Andre Butler of Washington; three sisters, Mae Etta Hoyt of Hyattsville, Mary Price of Temple Hills and Florence Price of St. Charles, La.; three brothers, Calvin Price of Hempstead, N.Y., Gilbert Price of Washington and Alonza Price of Hyattsville; and two granddaughters. A son, Novick Butler, died in 2008.

— Matt Schudel