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Charles Drew

Sometimes in life one cannot help but stand back and admire the myriad of talents that some individuals have. It seems as if they are blessed with intellect, opinion and athletic ability in abundance. Unfortunately, many of these lucky people do not fully honour their talents by contributing to society in a significant and meaningful way, but the same cannot be said of Chares Drew, the famous American activist and medical doctor. His cutting edge work in the field of blood storage and transportation has saved countless lives, and it is with good reason that he has become one of the best recognized African American icons of recent history – he even had his image on a postage stamp.

It was clearly from an early age that excellence came naturally to Drew. He received a full athletic scholarship, and joined the Omega Psi Phi fraternity, but he was not what could be called a typical jock. He attended medical school directly after graduation, and shone as brightly there as he had on the sports field. He earned his MD, as well as a Masters in Surgery, before becoming the first African American to be awarded a Doctorate in Medical Science. But the amazing contribution made by Drew was still growing.

The cost of war had ravaged society during Drew’s lifetime, and he sought to save the many lives that were so tragically wasted as a direct result of blood loss. His expertise in the specialized field of blood plasma behaviour positioned him to pioneer the concept of blood banks. Successful transfusions and transport of blood is a direct result of the stellar work done by Drew.

 

 

Drew continues to develop his mind and the minds of others by teaching and sitting on several boards designed for the process. He was a shining light both as a medical practitioner ad citizen, and his tragic death in 1950 took a brilliant man away from us all too soon.

 
 
 
 

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