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


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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 af­ter completing a Bachelor’s degree at Long Island University. Short­ly afterwards, he began working in the library at the University of King’s College in Halifax. He stud­ied Classics at Dal­housie, earning an MA in Greek Lit­erature in 1990. Drake gave his life to the King’s library over a 42-year ca­reer, 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 Ain­slie, 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 Victor­ian 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 Universi­ty of King’s College, especially the Li­brary staff, whom Drake considered to be an extension of his family. There will be no visitation. A memorial ser­vice will be held in the Chapel at the University of King’s College on Satur­day, 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 Univer­sity 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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