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Marilyn A. Drewes 9/28/1929-1/28/2017
Author, dog breeder and educator Marilyn A. Drewes passed away peacefully at home from complications of Alzheimers disease on Saturday January 28, 2017. The only daughter of Henry F. and Margaret Cook Drewes, Ms. Drewes was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts and was educated in the Winthrop public schools after several pre-school and elementary school years on the island of St. Croix. She held a B.S. in biology from Radcliffe College and an M.Ed. from Tufts, and was a passionate lifelong learner, animal rights advocate and environmentalist.
In 1966 Ms. Drewes was given her first English Bull Terrier by a student’s father. She went on to become a well-regarded AKC terrier judge in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand and was the original registrar for the Miniature Bull Terrier Breed. A longtime secretary and researcher for the Bull Terrier Club of America, and a staunch supporter of New England Bull Terrier Rescue, Ms. Drewes helped hundreds of families and dogs find each other and worked tirelessly to encourage “solid bone and sweet temperament” in the breeding of her favorite dogs. Her second book, All About the Bull Terrier and Miniature Bull Terrier, is still in print as a trusted guide for pet owners and fledgling breeders. While she never married, Ms. Drewes’ homes were open to all and she was a kind and generous mentor to many students and Bull Terrier friends. She was
beloved for her super-chocolate brownies, unfailing calm and work ethic, and dry but ever-present sense of humor.
Marilyn's career as a high school science teacher began in Newton and concluded in Lynnfield, where she served as science department chair in addition to teaching several generations of biology and chemistry students. In the 60s and 70s she lived with her parents in Topsfield, MA and summered on Little Neck in Ipswich, MA. After retirement she relocated to Ragged Hill Farm in West Brookfield, MA. Thereafter she spent several years in New Hampshire and worked part-time for Bulger Animal Hospital. From 1997 to 2013 she resided in South Chatham, MA on Cape Cod; she served as a tutor for the Harwich Public Schools and played recorder in three early music groups, loved boating on Pleasant Bay and Crowe’s Pond, and walking her dogs and digging clams on Morris Island.
Preceded in death by her parents, her brother Henry Cook Drewes and her nephew Terry M. Drewes, she is survived by niece Carol Drewes of Providence RI, grandniece Nova Grace Drewes of Elmira, NY, sister-in-law Bette Drewes of Harwich, MA and many other dear friends. A Memorial Gathering will take place in the parlor at the First Unitarian Church of Providence, One Benevolent Street, Providence, RI, on Saturday February 18th at 10 AM.
A celebration of life picnic is being planned for human and canine friends and family at a New Hampshire farm this summer.
Please contact Carol Drewes directly or through the Olson and Parent Funeral Home website guest book at www.olsonparent.com to rsvp for the Memorial Gathering or to obtain details regarding the celebration of life picnic.
Burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you make a gift to one of the two listed organizations or an environmental organization of your choice. Gifts in memory of Marilyn Drewes can be directed to the Nuckles Fund (for rescue dog health) in care of Miniature Bull Terrier Club of America secretary Beverly Krautler 217 Thomas Welborn Rd., Anderson , SC 29625 OR the Cummings Veterinary Fund at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University (Please make checks payable to “Trustees of Tufts”).