U.S. Navy Launches Ship Named After Charles R. Drew

From the L.A. Times:

Syliva Drew Ivie has seen schools and a medical college named after her late father Charles Drew, a black surgeon whose pioneering work in the science of blood preservation was key to the development of large-scale blood banks.

But the U.S. Navy’s christening and launching of the massive, 689-feet long dry cargo/ammunition ship Charles Drew from a San Diego shipyard early Saturday may have been the most unusual “edifice” named after him. But it was no less touching, the 66-year-old Drew Ivie said.

The Los Angeles resident acknowledged that some people would find it unusual for a warship to be named after her father, who also serves as the namesake of Willowbrook’s Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. Then again, her father’s research on the storage and shipment of plasma is credited with saving hundreds of lives during World War II.

“Even though he was not in the miltary, his name is connected to saving lives in the military,” Drew Ivie said. “Whatever my politics are about the wars the U.S. is engaged in, taking care of people fighting in wars and among our allies was a very integral part of his story.”

More at the L.A. Times

Sylvia Drew Ivie serves as Chief of Staff to Supervisor Ridley-Thomas

UPDATE: Supervisor Ridley-Thomas honors the Drew Family at the Board of Supervisor’s meeting on March 2, 2010.