Drew passed away February 13, 2013, in Chilliwack, where he’d been a dedicated and beloved general practitioner with his brother, Archie, for 35 years. Drew was born in Vancouver in 1934, the youngest of eight children. Drew’s parents, John and Mary, emigrated to Canada from Scotland in 1929, John becoming stock manager of a new herd of Ayshire Cows with UBC’s nascent Faculty of Agriculture. Drew walked out the back door of their Wesbrook Crescent home for 12 idyllic years at University Hill School, and then subsequently out the front door for further studies at UBC, obtaining his MD in 1959.
He and his (true love) Marilyn (née Gowan), Dip Pub Hlth Nurs.’57, then journeyed east, for an internship at the Calgary General Hospital. Settling in Chilliwack, “Dr. Drew” became known in the surrounding Fraser Valley as a physician of exemplary patience and compassion, with whom no ailing soul ever felt neglected or forgotten. With Marilyn, Drew raised five enthusiastic children – Cathy, Sharon (BASc’86), Brian (BA’87), Don (BSc’89, MD’94), and Dave (BHK’94, BEd’95) – and cherished his six beautiful grandchildren. He is survived by siblings Archie, Isobel and Jean. Dr. Drew gave generously of himself to both community and profession. He chaired the BCMA Economics Committee and the CMA Council on Health Care. He was delegate to the CMA General Council, and the BCMA Board and Executive. Respectful recognition of constant dedication came in the form of the UBC Medical Alumni Dr. Wallace Wilson Leadership Award, the BCMA Dr. David Bachop Gold Medal, and the BCMA Silver Medal of Service. Drew’s life was immensely well lived – he’ll be greatly missed by all that he touched. In the words of his adored Robbie Burns: “For ev’n his failings lean’d to virtue’s side.”
Donations to the “Drew Young Memorial Fund,” with proceeds going towards patient care at Chilliwack General Hospital, can be made at www.chhcf.org.