In February 1963, Mr. Stroud resigned from the NYPD, just four months short of being promoted to lieutenant, to assume management of Nina’s career. He arranged for a very successful concert tour of colleges during the 1960s, as well as her first international tour in 1965 which resulted in her becoming an international success. They divorced in 1970. In July 1970, Mr. Stroud met his current wife, Scarlett Paradies.
In 1974, Mr. Stroud joined a consortium to rebuild the Howard Theater in Washington D.C., the counterpart to the Apollo Theater in New York. Mr. Stroud was selected president of the group, which obtained a government grant to underwrite the restoration of the famed theater which reopened in the spring of 1975 with The Redd Foxx Show.
In 1976, Andy obtained a New York State Private Investigator’s license and within two years established a very successful investigation agency with his wife Scarlett, Ms. Stroud said. They retired in 2001 and began to spend their winters in St. Thomas.
In retirement, Mr. Stroud wrote a photo book, Nina Simone: Black Is the Color, depicting their family life together. He also produced a DVD Nina Simone College Concerts & Interviews as well as a number of CDs.
“Andy Stroud was a forceful and authentic figure in life who is dearly loved and will be missed. His light will shine forever in our hearts,” his wife, Scarlett Stroud, wrote.
Andrew B. Stroud is survived by his wife of 42 years, Scarlett, his sons Andrew Jr., Renaldo; daughter Lisa Celeste; 10 grandchildren and one great grandchild; nieces Lydia Morris and Joyce E. Stroud; and nephew Jerry Stroud.
Services were held at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Harlem on July 19.