|Earl Dake had an interest in the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (SDSM&T) and a deep, personal interest in his students-he was a dedicated teacher. His ability to explain, inspire, and create has served as an inspiration to the many students who have come under him during his 43 years of college teaching.
A graduate of SDSM&T in 1924, Dake earned his masters degree at Iowa State College in 1927 and received an honorary degree in civil engineering from the School of Mines in 1930. He joined the Tech staff in 1924 as an instructor and was appointed professor and department head in 1928. <p>Dake was a lifetime member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and is a past president of the South Dakota Engineering Society. He took an active interest in community and state affairs in addition to his education responsibility. He was an active member of the Elks Lodge and the Lions Club, and has served on the city planning commission as a federal housing appraiser, construction inspector and acting valuator. <p>For 3 1/2 years, Dake served as secretary of South Dakota Board of Engineering and Architectural Examiners. In 1953-54, he was a director of the National Council of State Boards of Engineering Examiners and acted as central zone chairman. The Rapid City Junior Chamber of Commerce selected him for the Robert A. Pier Good Government award in 1954. <p>During his tenure as teacher, department head, vice president, and twice-acting president, Dake received numerous awards including a State of South Dakota Service Certificate presented by former Gov. Archie Gubbrud. <p>In 1961, the Letterman's Club awarded him a honorary lifetime membership and pass to all Tech contests. The 1962-year book was dedicated in his name. Ron Jeitz, president of the student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers, presented Dake with a plaque on behalf of the group for Dake's appreciation and dedication and service to SDSM&T for the years 1924-1967. <p>Much more could be said of Dake's influence at Tech and the merits such as his association with the student Board of Control and the dormitory named in his honor.
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