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Lawrence Drake ’41

Published in Apr. 10, 2002, issue

Larry died Aug. 30, 2001, in Gladwyne, Pa. Born and raised in Warrenton, Va., he prepared at St. Paul's School. His father was in the Class of 1897.

Majoring in modern languages, he was a member of Ivy, and roomed freshman and sophomore years with Tony Duke, and junior and senior years with Sandy Laughlin.

During WWII, Larry served in the Field Artillery, spending two years in the Philippines and New Guinea. He was discharged as a major. After service, he earned his master's at the U. of Pennsylvania architecture school. Larry went into practice in Philadelphia, finally semiretiring to his home in Phoenixville, Pa. He is best known for his design of churches in the Philadelphia area, including St. John's Lutheran Church in Phoenixville and St. Mary Magdalen in Media. He also designed the Wissahickon Skating Club. Larry was elected planning commissioner and then supervisor of Schuylkill Township.

He is survived by his wife, Cassandra F. Drake, two daughters, Erin Gray and Amanda Austwick, two grandchildren, and four step-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his first wife, Jane Emmet Drake.

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