Missile Defense Mourns Loss of Ivey Drewry

Posted on: 4:48 pm, December 4, 2013, by , updated on: 04:55pm, December 4, 2013

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)-  The world of missile defense is mourning the loss of a man some call the “grandfather” of missile defense, retired Army General Ivey Drewry.

Drewry has been credited with some of the work that lead to NASA and led the country in the research and development for missile defense.

The Secretary of Defense asked him at one point to leave Huntsville to lead a special program in Washington, DC. But he refused, saying Huntsville was the best community to lead the efforts of missile defense.

Drewry worked with Dr. Werner Von Braun among others. He was selected to lead Micom’s office here in Huntsville in 1963. That eventually lead to the start of the US Space and Missile Defense Command, NASA and the Missile Defense Agency.

General Drewry was 97 years old and served in World War II.