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Forest Hills veteran's eye for detail served Gulf Oil, church

| Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010

Tom Drew's keen eye served him well during World War II, and in later years, benefited his employer and church.

Mr. Drew, a World War II Army Air Corps veteran, was a chief warrant officer in the command of Gen. Henry "Hap" Arnold.

"It was Dad's job to photograph airfields throughout the United States to see what was needed to bring them up to par so they could handle the expanded traffic needed during the war," said his daughter, Nancy Drew of Forest Hills.

Samuel Thomas "Tom" Drew of Forest Hills, a retired Gulf Oil Corp. accountant, died Friday, Dec. 17, 2010, in LifeCare, Wilkinsburg. He was 90.

Born and raised in Point Breeze, Mr. Drew was an only child in the family of Thomas and Emily Louisa Bedford Drew, who emigrated from England.

"Dad was proud of his English heritage," said Nancy Drew. "He was a member of Church of the Ascension (Episcopal) in Oakland, where he served as an acolyte and sang in the choir."

"My father also served his church as an interim treasurer and as a lay leader and acolyte trainer," said his other daughter, Linda Tobin of Virginia. "He was also a member of the Frick Park Lawn Bowling Club." Lawn bowling is popular in England.

After graduating from Schenley High School in Oakland, Mr. Drew was employed by Gulf Oil Corp., and served in the Army Air Corps.

In 1946, after his discharge from the military, Mr. Drew returned to Gulf Oil and, with the help of the GI Bill, received his undergraduate degree in business administration from the University of Pittsburgh, while working and attending classes at night.

After his retirement from Gulf Oil in 1983, Mr. Drew was employed as an accountant for Laurel Design Associates in Greensburg.

Samuel Drew married Nancy Scott, a resident of Wilkinsburg, in 1956. "Dad met Mom at a square dance," said Mrs. Tobin. "And through the years, Mom kept up with Dad. She was a Girl Scout leader for my sister Nancy and me."

As busy as their father was, he never missed any of their school activities, Mrs. Tobin added. "He went to all of our high school's marching band activities, regardless of where they performed."

Mr. Drew used his skills on a tenor drum to perform with the Syria Temple Legion of Honor and its Drum and Bugle Corps.

In addition to his daughters Linda and Nancy, Mr. Drew is survived by his grandchildren, Emily and Drew Tobin.

Friends are welcome from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in Patrick T. Lanigan Funeral Home, 700 Linden Ave., East Pittsburgh.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Church of The Ascension.

Burial with military honors will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery, Wilkinsburg.

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