Drake Study Alcove, A1280

Made possible by a generous donation from Trustee Julie Gosselink in honor of President Emeritus George Drake ’56.


This space is named for George A. Drake. George first came to Grinnell as an undergraduate in the class of 1956. After a sojourn at the University of Chicago to receive his Ph.D., Mr. Drake began his career as a historian and dean at Colorado College. He returned to Grinnell in 1979 as President, serving in that capacity until 1991. During his presidential tenure, he taught British history several times. From 1991-93, he served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Lesotho, teaching English in a Catholic mission school. Since his return to Grinnell, he has pursued his interests in British and Southern African history.

Read more about George’s life and incredible legacy of service in the Grinnell Magazine article Portrait of a Teacher.