Capt. Sherman F. Drake's Story
Capt. Sherman F. Drake, USNR (Ret.) Sherman F. Drake, WWII veteran and USNR Captain retired, 34-year faculty member of Phillips Andover Academy, passed September 21st, 2016 at the age of 94.
A native of Braintree and a retired resident of Centerville, Cape Cod, Mr. Drake was a descendant of Elder Brewster and 15 other Mayflower passengers.
Mr. Drake graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. in June of 1944 and was assigned as an Engineering Officer aboard the newly commissioned battleship USS Missouri. Ensign Drake served the next two and half years at sea during WWII, which included the Iwo Jima and Okinawa engagements, followed by a special appointment as Band Officer for the World War II Surrender Ceremony of September 2, 1945.
After duty on Guam during the Korean War and subsequent assignment to the faculty of the Naval Academy, Mr. Drake left active Navy service in 1953 to accept a position in the Mathematics Department at Phillips Academy, Andover. He earned his Master’s degree from Boston University in 1958. His Naval Reserve responsibilities continued as Executive Officer of the Naval Reserve Officers School of Salem, Mass. from 1955 thru 1965, and Commanding Officer of Transportation and Terminal Management Div. 1 – 1 in Boston from 1966 to 1969.
At Andover from 1953 – 1987, he taught mathematics, navigation, and mechanical drawing. He coached the varsity women’s soccer team, winning New England Prep School Championship honors in 1981, 1983, 1984 and 1985. Mr. Drake also taught in the Andover–Exeter School Year Abroad Program in Barcelona, Spain in 1963 and 1978. Mr. Drake’s family enjoyed sabbatical–leave years in London in ’67 and ’72.
Mr. Drake leaves his wife Dorothy of 93 years, a daughter, Carol Chamberlain of Ferrisburg, Vt. and three sons, Thomas of Greenwich, Conn., William of Auburndale, Mass., Jeffrey of York, Maine and nine grandchildren.
Retiring to Centerville in 1987, he subsequently became the President of the Osterville Men’s Club.
A private cremation burial will take place in Andover, Massachusetts, in the Chapel Cemetery of Phillips Academy on Sunday, October 23rd at 11:30 a.m.
In lieu of flowers a donation may be made to the Cahoon Museum of American Art in Cotuit, Mass.
Published on  October 20, 2016