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George Raymond DREW

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George Raymond DREW Obituary


George Raymond Drew, a World War II veteran and long-time attorney, died February 21, 2014, at the age of 95. "He will be remembered for his distinguished legal career, his war-time career, and as a devoted husband and father," said his wife, Myra Blair Drew, of Cincinnati, Ohio. Mr. Drew was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts and attended public schools in metropolitan Boston. He attended Suffolk University and Columbia University and was awarded an LLB degree with honors. He honorably served in World War II, being drafted as a Private in the early draft. He was promoted to the Army Air Force after Pearl Harbor and served with the Air Transport Command. He was honorably discharged at the end of the war as Executive Assistant Chief of Staff of the Ferrying Division, Air Transport Command, and as a Field Grade Officer. He was admitted to practice law in Massachusetts and Ohio, as well as before the Supreme Court of the United States, The United States Court of Appeals, the United States Tax Court, and the United States District Court. In Massachusetts, he was a partner in his father's law firm of Drew and Gadsby, from 1940-1950. In Cincinnati, he was a founding partner of the firm of Drew and Ward, now known as the The Drew Law Firm. He held memberships in the American Bar Association, the Ohio Bar Association, the Cincinnati Bar Association, the Massachusetts Bar Association, the Boston Bar Association, and the Cambridge Bar Association. Elected by his peers, he was selected as an Ohio Super Lawyer. He was honored by the Ohio Bar Association for completing 65 years of law practice. At the time of his death he had practiced 74 years. Mr. Drew served as Chairman of the Board of Deaconess Hospital; as Chairman of the Hamilton County Hospital Commission; Director and Treasurer of the Visiting Nurse Association; President of the Cincinnati Tennis Club; Director of the Hospital Care Corporation, Blue Cross; Director of the Cincinnatus Association; President of the Boston Business Association; and, as a member, of the Budget Committee for the United Appeal. He was a member or former member of the Cincinnati Country Club; the Camargo Club; the Queen City Club; the Racquet Club; the Cincinnati Tennis Club; the Eastern Hills Indoor Tennis Club; the Little Harbor Club; the Society of Colonial Wars; and the Cincinnati Art Museum. Mr. Drew is survived by his wife of 42 years, Myra Blair Drew. His former wives, Elizabeth Stephenson Drew and Jean Kefauver Drew, preceded him in death. He is survived by his sons, Dr. George S. Drew (April), of Augusta, Georgia; Dr. William R. Drew (Kathy), of Cincinnati; John W. Drew (Midi), of Cincinnati; Michael S. Drew, of Denver, Colorado; and, Timothy J. Drew (Angelia), of Cincinnati; his daughter, Holly D. Osler (Scott), of Ft. Meyers, Florida; his stepdaughter, Sally S. Nesbitt (Jon), of Nashville, Tennessee; and his stepson, Thomas L. Shepherd (Nancy), of Cincinnati; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at Crossroads Church, Monday, February 24, 2014 at 11:00 a.m.

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Published in The Cincinnati Enquirer on Feb. 23, 2014
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