Tuesday, May 29, 2012

The "Drake" in Drake Memorial Library

Ever wonder who the Drake was that the library is named after? There actually were two separate people, both named Drake, whose memory the name of the library honors. Ruth Drake was was a member of the faculty for 31 years. Born in Evanston, Illinois, she graduated from Wellesley College in 1926. She entered Brockport as a Kindergarten instructor in 1928, and later earned her master's degree from Columbia in 1946, and a degree in Library Science from Western Reserve University. After several years as the campus Kindergarten Critic, Ms. Drake became the Campus School Librarian until her retirement in 1959.

Bernard Drake was an administrator, Education professor and the dean of students from 1936-1957. He graduated from the Normal School at Fredonia and received his master's degree from Columbia. Drake worked in public schools as Supervising Principal or Superintendent of school in New York communities including Celeran, Silver Creek and Babylon. Prior to his arrival at Brockport, he had been working toward his doctorate at Columbia. Drake initiated a study on the existing structured curriculum of the college in 1948, which resulted in the offering of a greater selection of courses to students.

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