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Fr. H. Drake Library (St. Paul's College): Fr. H. Drake, S.J.

Fr. Harold J. Drake, SJ, 1915-1996

 Fr. Harold Drake entered the Noviciate at Guelph, Ontario in 1935. He proceeded into the Jesuit Seminary at Toronto in 1939. Later, he studied theology at West Baden College, Indiana. He was ordained there on June 16, 1948.

In 1953, Fr. Drake arrived in Winnipeg where he served as teacher and administrator at St. Paul's High School. In 1959 he came to St. Paul's College, University of Manitoba and replaced Fr. Cotter as Librarian. In 1966, Fr. Drake obtained his Library Science Degree at the Catholic University of America. Together with Peggy Gardiner, they ran the library of St. Paul's College. In 1969, when Ms. Gardiner retired, Fr. Drake became Head Librarian.

Beginning in 1958 Fr. Drake was an active member of the Knights of Columbus.  In 1984, he became a member of the Fourth Degree with the Captain Miles MacDonell Assembly. Between 1954-1969, he was Assistant Chaplain with the Canadian Armed Forces in Winnipeg and Shilo, MB. with the rank of Captain. In 1959, he served for many years as Chaplain for the Catholic Women's League. Starting in 1977, Fr. Drake enjoyed being Spiritual Leader on pilgrimages to Europe and the Holy Land.

He retired from St. Paul's College Library in 1992.  A year later, a dedication ceremony was held at St. Paul's College to name its library in his honour. Under his direction, the library had developed an excellent collection which today serves not only the needs of faculty and students, but the needs of the Catholic community at large.  In 1995. Fr. Drake celebrated his Golden Jubilee, 60 years in the Society of Jesus. On September 28, 1996 Fr. Harold Drake died.

Fr. Harold Drake, S.J. is remembered fondly by his colleagues at the University of Manitoba Libraries as a librarian committed to the highest level of service to his community and to his profession.

Fr. Harold J. Drake, SJ