Bradford W. Drake III ’45

Bradford W. Drake III ’45 died January 5, 2014, in Ocala, Fla. He was born on May 20, 1922, in Stoughton, Mass., and prepared for college at Stoughton High School and Mt. Herman Prep School. He served to lieutenant as a bomber pilot in the Army Air Forces in France and Liberia during the height of World War II and was promoted to captain in the Air Force Reserves, where he served from 1950 to 1960. A member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity, he graduated from Bowdoin in 1948, remaining a member of the class of 1945. He was the manager and owner of the B. W. Drake Leather Company of Brockton, Mass., until 1969. He then became the branch manager of the East Bridgewater Savings Bank. In 1972, he began work as an engineer tech with the Florida Department of Transportation before transferring to the Department of Human Resource Services, where he served as a personnel tech until his retirement in 1987. He was a member of Grace Presbyterian Church, where he sang in the choir and ushered for many years. He is survived by his wife of sixty-three years, Olive J. Drake; a daughter, Linda J. Vice; sons Larry C. and George B. Drake; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.