Walter H. DREW

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Passed away in Santa Rosa, CA on May 5, 2013. He was born in 1923 to Walter L. and Mabel Kiltz Drew in Riverton, New Jersey. After graduating from Princeton in 1943, he entered the army and learned Japanese to perform duties intercepting Japanese communication traffic during World War II. He attended University of Chicago to receive an M.A. in International Relations in 1947, and then worked for the U.S. Government in Korea before and during the Korean War. In Korea he met his future wife, Muriel McGuire Drew, also a U.S. Government employee, and began work as a Foreign Service Officer with Department of State. His future posts included Casablanca, Lagos, Conakry, Accra, Seoul, and Washington, D.C.; he completed 31 years of U.S. Government service. In the Foreign Service he specialized in Economics and retired as First Secretary and Consul at the U.S. Embassy in Seoul. He was predeceased by his wife Muriel in 1969. Their two children, Richard A. Drew and Eileen A. Drew survive the parents. In 1990 he was predeceased by his wife Frances Latzko Drew, whom he married in Accra in 1973. In 1976 they returned from Seoul to retire in Florence, Oregon. In 2004 he moved to Santa Rosa to be near his daughter. He is also survived by granddaughter Annette Grubb, her husband Chris Grubb, and their children Foster, Katie, Theodore, Parker and Jonah, and grandson Anthony Drew, as well as nieces Catherine Marciante, Rosemarie Smith and nephew James Sekarek. He pursued diverse interests with equal avidity: Japanese language and culture, world affairs and monetary policy, computers, and sailing. In 1994, as email emerged as a new form of communication, he wanted to email in Japanese. So he coordinated his efforts as a hobbyist with Japanese programmers to develop a Japanese font that could be used on American desktops. These email contacts enabled him to visit Japan for a few weeks as a tourist, the guest of one after another Japanese emailer, referred from one to the next as a respectable American gentleman. His curiosity was endless, his travels wide, his attachments strong. A private memorial is being planned.
Published Online in the Press Democrat from May 22 to May 23, 2013
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