Judy Mason Drake '35 (2002)
What doesn't she do? As goodwill ambassador for North Shore Country Day School, Judy Mason Drake has done it all. From volunteer to event host to school supporter extraordinaire, Judy is a model for all. Judy knows the value of a North Shore education and expresses that appreciation in every way she supports the School. Her network of friends in the community makes us stronger by remaining connected to our alumni and friends.
Her willingness to host events allows us to communicate and advance the School's mission. Her enthusiastic volunteer work in the Alumni/Development Office allows us to accomplish a variety of tasks through outreach to our more than 3,000 alumni. Courage, success and confidence are the building blocks in our School, and Judy has been a significant part of our foundation.
Judy graduated from Smith College, after which she and her husband, Dimmick, had three children who all attended North Shore: Jane Drake Piechota '66, Judy Drake Berkowitz '64 and Harry Drake '61. Her daughter-in-law, Barbara Bulger Drake '66, is also a North Shore graduate. Throughout her 67 years as an alumna, Judy has remained in close touch with her classmates from the class of 1935 as class representative and active Alumni Board member. As Chair of the Alumni Senior Class (those alumni who have celebrated their 5Oth Reunion), she has recruited others to stay connected with the School and each other by joining in on these trips.
Judy is a champion for new and innovative programs. Her thoughtful input helps us focus on what's best for our students today. She is always quick to respond to the philanthropic call from North Shore in incredibly generous ways, reaching out to her family and friends to join her.
In her own self-effacing style, she takes no credit for all she has done. In fact, she did not make it easy for us to bestow this Recognition on her. She insisted that there were other more deserving members of our community. But when told she would be serving the School by her example, she accepted without hesitation. Judy believes that "Live and Serve" is just part of being a member of a community.
Former Head of School Julie Hall said to Judy several years ago, "Your continuing support of the Annual Fund helps ensure our ability to have the best teachers, those who really change the way the students see the world. With all your hard work for North Shore and your generosity we can keep on being the School we have been, are and should be in the future."
As Franny Stanton, class of 1927, once said to Judy, "You are ever faithful." And may I add, we are forever grateful.
Presented by Tom Doar III, Head of School
November 1, 2002