In Memoriam

Daniel Drake, a professor of educational administration at Cleveland State University, died of pancreatic cancer at his home in Lakewood, Ohio. He was 74 years old.

Drake was a native of Memphis, Tennessee, but moved to Cleveland as a young boy. He won an athletic scholarship to Miami University of Ohio for both football and track. After graduation he became a teacher and later an administrator in the Cleveland public school system. During this period he founded the Metropolitan Cleveland Alliance of Black School Educators, a group dedicated to improving education for African Americans. While working in the public schools, Drake earned a master’s degree in school administration from Cleveland State University and an educational doctorate from the University of Akron.

After retiring from teaching in 1985, Drake spent time as an assistant school superintendent in both Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He then joined the faculty at Cleveland State University in 1991.

Jack Tanner, the first black federal judge in the northwestern United States, died from pancreatic cancer this past week at his home in Seattle. He was 86 years old.

Judge Tanner was appointed to the federal bench by President Jimmy Carter in 1978. He had a reputation for being unconventional. In one case he sentenced a woman, who had been convicted of assault with intent to kill her husband, to one day in prison. Judge Tanner thought the woman, who had been abused by her husband, was justified in her actions. The light sentence was later overturned by an appeals court. Over the past quarter century, Judge Tanner's rulings were reversed 146 times.

Tanner was born in Tacoma. His father was a longshoreman who campaigned for blacks to be permitted to join the union. Judge Tanner also worked on the waterfront while completing his studies at the University of Washington law school. He then opened a private practice in Tacoma and became active in the local NAACP, serving on the national board of directors for nearly a decade. In 1966 he unsuccessfully sought the Democratic Party's nomination for governor of Washington.


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