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HOW TO CITE THIS ARTICLE Drew Charles Richard Microsoft Encarta Online Encyclopedia 2001 httpencartamsncom 1997-2000 Microsoft Corporation All Rights Reserved Charles Richard Drew By Muke Hunt Charles Richard Drew Charles Richard Drew was born in Washington DC on June 3 1904 to Charles and Nora Drew Charles was a carpet layer and Nora was a schoolteacher Charles was the first of five children Growing up Charles was a superior student maintaining nearly perfect grades throughout high school He was also a great athlete He became quite adept at many sports performing at an advanced level in football basketball baseball and numerous others He was best however at football- he played all-American at Amherst College from which he graduated in 1926 Had Charles Richard Drew decided to he could have played professional football However Drew had another love- all his life he aspired to be a doctor He was devoted to this but he did not have enough money for medical school With loans from friends and two jobs he finally collected enough finances to attend McGill University in Montreal Drew earned his MD and CM master of surgeries degrees in 1933 from McGill and proceeded to complete internship nearby After completing residency he became a pathology teacher at Howard University By 1938 Charles set up a blood plasma system and by 1939 he set up a blood bank at the Columbia Medical Center He made a breakthrough discovery that blood plasma could replace whole blood which deteriorated in a few days of storage This discovery played a major role during World War II where many countries experienced extreme casualties Because of his findings Charles was appointed to a position with the American Red Cross Donor Service and was named director of the first Red Cross project to collect and bank the blood of 100000 donors Drew was invited to a dinner by one of his colleagues There he
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