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Brother Dr. Charles Richard Drew

Charles Richard Drew, June 3, 1904 - April 1, 1950, was an American physician, surgeon, and medical researcher. He researched the field of blood transfusions, developed improved techniques for blood storage, and applied his expert knowledge to developing large-scale blood banks early in World War II. This allowed medics to save thousands of lives of the Allied forces.


The research and development aspect of his blood storage work is disputed. As the most prominent African-American in the field, Drew protested against the practice of racial segregation in the donation of blood, as it lacked scientific foundation, and resigned his position with the American Red Cross, which maintained the policy until 1950. Bro. Dr. Drew died in Burlington, NC, and was a Member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.


The Men of Omega Psi Phi hold a special place in their heart for Dr. Charles Drew along with Mercer Cook for they penned “Omega Dear,” which is the Fraternity’s hymn.



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