In Memoriam

Anne Swanson Drew (1913-2006)

Anne Swanson Drew, the long-time counselor at the Freedman’s Hospital School of Nursing in Washington, D.C., has died from complications of a fall. She was 92 years old.

After the school of nursing closed in 1973, Drew developed the patient advocate program and served as patient ombudsman at Howard University Hospital.

A native of Danville, Virginia, Drew graduated from Howard University in 1936 and earned a master’s degree in English there in 1937. She did further graduate work at the University of Chicago. As a young woman, she taught at Livingstone College, the historically black educational institution in Salisbury, North Carolina. There she met her husband Frederick Drew, who was dean of the college and a professor of physics. The couple moved to Washington when Frederick Drew entered Howard University College of Medicine.