Daniel Leroy Drake

BGE manager and World War II veteran

May 06, 2010|By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun

Daniel Leroy Drake, a retired Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. manager and World War II veteran, died Sunday of cerebral vascular disease at Bonnie Blink, the Maryland Masonic home in Hunt Valley.

The former longtime Phoenix, Baltimore County resident was 96.

Mr. Drake, the son of the owner of the Hamilton Electric Co. and a homemaker, was born in Baltimore and lived on Broadway near Johns Hopkins Hospital until he was 5.

In 1919, he moved with his family to a home on Ruekert Avenue in Hamilton. After graduating from Polytechnic Institute in 1933, he enrolled at the University of Alabama where he earned a bachelor's degree in 1937 in mechanical engineering.

During his college years, Mr. Drake was a member of the Reserve Officers Training Corps and was commissioned a lieutenant in the Army Reserves in 1937.

He was called to active duty in 1941 and served with the Army's Coastal Artillery Corps in Bermuda and at Fort Miles in Lewes, Del. He attained the rank of major and remained an active reserve officer until 1959.

Mr. Drake began his BGE career in 1937 and later held various supervisory roles in the fitting and gas distribution departments. At the time of his 1977 retirement, he was manager of the company's central distribution department.

He was a member of the Boumi Temple, Liberty Masonic Lodge No. 219, Job's Daughter's, Bethel No. 6 and the Sons of the American Revolution.

He was a former board president of the J.F. Weissner Home for Children and had held offices in the Maryland Genealogical and Historical Society and Toastmaster's of Towson.

Mr. Drake was a longtime member of St. John's United Methodist Church in Towson, where he had served as a trustee and chairman of the board of stewards and taught the adult fellowship class.

A powerboater, Mr. Drake enjoyed sailing the bay aboard the Little Princess, a 42-foot Trojan, and teaching power squadron courses. He was a past commander of the Boumi Temple Yacht Club and the Baltimore Yacht Club.

His hobbies included furniture refinishing, caning and leaded art glass.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in the chapel at Bonnie Blink, 300 International Circle.

Surviving are two sons, John B. Drake of Annapolis and D. Robert Drake of Chapel Hill, N.C.; two daughters, Mary D. Proctor of Lutherville and Pamela Fischer of Silver Bay, N.Y.; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com

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