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Chronicle Herald, Saturday, 20 October, 2012, page D10

 

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PETERSEN

 

PETERSEN, Henry Drake - 66, of Halifax, died October 17, 2012, at home,
surrounded by his friends and family. Born in Amityville, N.Y., he was a
son of Marion Boese and the late Henry Petersen. Drake came to Canada in
1969 af-ter completing a Bachelor's degree at Long Island University.
Short-ly afterwards, he began working in the library at the University of
King's College in Halifax. He stud-ied Classics at Dal-housie, earning an
MA in Greek Lit-erature in 1990. Drake gave his life to the King's library
over a 42-year ca-reer, serving as University Librarian and Archivist from
1993-2012. At the Annual Alumni Dinner in May 2012, Drake was inducted
into the Order of the Ancient Commoner for his selfless service to the
university. The citation accompanying the award stated that 'In giving so
much to the institution that he took to his heart over 40 years ago, Drake
has exemplified the spirit of King's, a spirit of service to which we are
all called as King's men and women.' Drake is survived by his mother,
Marion, Vernon, Vt.; brothers, Eddie (Joni), Vacaville, Calif.; Jim
(Stewart), New York City; sisters, Maryann, Newfane, Vt. and Melanie
(Jack), Vernon; aunt, Alida Wicks, East Lake Ainslie; very close cousins,
Alida Collins (Archie), East Lake Ain-slie, and Archie Collins Jr.
(Elaine), Halifax; nieces, Julia Miramontes, Claire Miramontes, Rebecca
Boese and Alexandra Judge. The family would like to express sincere thanks
to Dr. A. Jayabarathan, Dr. Daniel Rayson, Helen Searle, and the
Victor-ian Order of Nurses for their care and compassion and to Drake's
'circle of angels' who provided such care and comfort to Drake at home as
was his wish - Alex Day, Alida Collins and Elaine Collins; thanks also to
the many friends who visited Drake regularly as he dealt so courageously
with his illness; and to the staff at the Universi-ty of King's College,
especially the Li-brary staff, whom Drake considered to be an extension of
his family. There will be no visitation. A memorial ser-vice will be held
in the Chapel at the University of King's College on Satur-day, November 3
at 2 p.m. A private family committal of his ashes will take place at a
later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Univer-sity
of King's College for the benefit of Henry Drake Petersen Endowment for
the University of King's College Archives, or to Nova Scotia Nature Trust
Stewardship Endowment Fund. To place on-line condolences, please visit:
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