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Dave Drake Retirement

Submitted by Seth Walker,

I'm writing to share that after more than 33 years, Dave Drake has announced his retirement from The Ohio State University CFAES Wooster Campus. During his tenure, Dave has served in the Grounds Department, The Fisher Conference Center, Facilities Management, and in the CFAES Safety Office. Dave has brought his outstanding work ethic to each of these units, and it has been my pleasure to act as his Supervisor for the last several years. Dave has been an integral member of our CFAES Safety family, and his dedication to creating a safe environment for our students, staff and faculty will be missed.  Dave's last day will be November 30th.

Unfortunately, given the current situation with rising Covid-19 cases, we cannot have the large gathering that we would like to give him as a proper send-off.  Instead we are hoping you will take a few moments to add to a Kudoboard that we have created to acknowledge his contributions and wish him well. Please consider sharing a picture, a memory (short or long!), celebratory gif, etc. here:

To use this site, click near the top left and select "Add to Board." There you can type a message and add an image or video. If you are done, don't need to edit it yourself further and don't want to sign up for an account, click "Skip Email" which is grey text directly to the right of "Enter your email to continue".  Alternatively you can send an e-mail to Cassi at sewell.80@osu.eduand we'll add the content for you.

To start we are reaching out to current campus employees, but please forward this to anyone else who might be interested in adding a message!  We plan to close the board at the end of the day on November 30th so 'sign' the board before then!

We are still planning on having a formal event for Dave as soon as we are able so we can properly thank him for all his contributions to our campus community. In the meantime, we have scheduled a Zoom meeting for Monday, November 30th from 12p-2p as an opportunity for individuals to drop in and wish Dave the best. The link and details are as follows:

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 963 8235 9487
Password: 833046

Finally, anyone wishing to drop off a card or gift for Dave may do so at the police station from 10a-4p.  Please coordinate these visits with Chad, We are also collecting for a single larger gift if members of the community would like to contribute.  The following apps can be utilized or money can be left with Chad at the police station:

For gift money collection:
Venmo app:
@Cassandra-Sewell-2     Last four of phone number is 4734, this might be needed to proceed with payment.


Seth C. Walker, J.D.
Director- Safety and Compliance
College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
1680 Madison Ave, Wooster, OH 44691
330-263-3665 Office