The UC Alumni Family lost a great Bearcat on August 5 with the passing of Jack Drake, CEAS ’52. The Withrow High School grad earned a degree in mechanical engineering which led to a long career with Procter & Gamble. He always remained very involved in the life of his alma mater, rendering great support through continuous dedicated service and generosity.
Drake received the UC Alumni Association’s Alumni Distinguished Service Award in 1982, and was inducted into the Athletics Department’s Order of the Black Blazer in 2009. A Life Benefactor donor to the university and a member of the Herman Schneider Society and UCAA’s William Howard Taft Society, he supported scholarships and facilities within engineering and athletics, Alumni Association initiatives such as legacy scholarships and the Myers Alumni Center renovations, and many other UC causes. He served as president of the UCAA Board of Governors from 1982-84.
“Jack Drake was an exceptionally intelligent, generous, gracious and humble man — the very personification of the word ‘gentleman,’” said Monty Hopkins, UC’s long-time men’s and women’s swimming coach.
“If it weren’t for Jack’s love for and loyalty to the university, we wouldn’t have had one of the first major donations used to build the Keating Aquatic Center. When I would try to get him the recognition he was due for his generous support of the swimming and diving program, he would just say, ‘That’s not important, I don’t need that … I just want to do what I can to help out the kids on the team.’”