Robert Drake Accepts Position as HEC Board Advisor

Robert N. Drake, an attorney practicing in Newark, Ohio, has recently become an advisor to the board of trustees of the HEC. Rob grew up in Central Ohio, received his undergraduate degree in history from the College of Wooster, Wooster, Ohio, and his J.D. degree from the University of Michigan Law School. He joined the firm of Reese, Pyle, Drake & Meyer in 1972 and is presently Of Counsel to the firm, having been for many years its managing partner.

One of the areas in which he has concentrated his practice is real estate law. In addition to his work as a lawyer in this area, he has also been a licensed title insurance agent for over 30 years. He has also worked extensively in the estate planning and probate areas.

Rob also has broad experience in the non-profit world. He has served on many boards, including the Licking Land Trust and the Salvation Army, and as President of the Licking County United Way and the Granville, Ohio Historical Society. Since 1998 he has served as a trustee of the Dawes Arboretum, an 1800 acre arboretum located in Licking County south of Newark. For many years he has been an active volunteer in the restoration of The Old Colony Burying Ground in Granville. In addition he serves as a director of a number of businesses in the Newark area.

Rob has long been an avid earthworks and history enthusiast. This in combination with his legal and real estate expertise will make him a very valuable advisor to the Heartland Earthworks Conservancy. Thanks are due to OSU Newark archaeologist Dr. Richard Shiels for helping us get together with Rob.

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