Biography

George Drake, Ph.C.

Biographical Sketch: August 2012

A thirty-four year resident of South Lake Tahoe, CA, Professor Drake taught mathematics at Lake Tahoe Community College for twenty-five years before retiring in 2004 to pursue his real passion, writing on environmental issues.

Academic Studies:
B.A. : UC Davis, mathematics, 1966
M.A.: UC Davis, mathematics, 1968
Ph.C.: UC Davis, mathematics, 1971 (The Ph.C., a rarely available degree, denotes the status of what is commonly known as an “all but dissertation” Ph.D.  The letters stand for “candidate in philosophy.”)

Employment History:
1967-1972 Project S.E.E.D. (Specialist, rising to program director in a project involving teaching math to “disadvantaged” youth).
1973-1977 UC Davis: MAT (Mathematics) field director (tenure track lecturer position).
1978-1979 South Tahoe Unified School District (mathematics teacher).
1979-2004 Lake Tahoe Community College (mathematics professor, department chair during  approximately half that tenure).
2004-present Writer/Philosopher/Environmental activist
Community Service/Organizations:

  • Kiwanis International (Distinguished President, Kiwanian of the year, 1989)
  • Common Sense (South Lake Tahoe local environmental/peace advocacy group) (Founder and President 1989-1996)
  • Lake Tahoe Community College Academic Senate (President for five terms spread out over length of service at LTCC)
  • Executive Committee of the Academic Senate of the California Community Colleges (Small College Representative) 1990
  • Common Sense for the Third Millennium (The phoenix organization arising ten years after the demise of the original Common Sense) (President and founder 2006 to present)

Publications/Presentations/Awards:
WHO (We Honor Ours) award winner, California Teachers Association (College Faculty Division) 2002

Outreaching to the Environmental Community: Presentation to the Ninth Annual International Mars Society Convention, Washington D.C., August 2006.

In The Service of Gaia: The Call. ; ISBN 978-0-9788245-1-7; 2006. A non-fiction account of what motivated his conversion to “Writer/Philosopher/Environmental activist” and the science surrounding the issues.

The Rapture?  I Don’t Think So!  Finalist in the Mendocino Coast Writers Conference, 2005 (Accessible by going to http://www.mcwc.org/05_winners.htm and clicking on my name under non-fiction.)
Buddha’s Song, selected for inclusion in Building Bridges from Writers to Readers: An Anthology of Writing from the San Francisco Writers Conference, 2006 (Available online at www.lulu.com.)
Will The Manned Mars Mission Survive The Climate Crisis?: Presentation to the Eleventh Annual International Mars Society Convention, Denver, Colorado, July 2008.

Two Threats to Terraforming Mars and a Discussion of How to Counter Them: Presentation to the Eleventh Annual International Mars Society Convention, Denver, Colorado, July 2008.

Long Range Planning (500 Years) for Terraforming Mars: Joint presentation with Gus Frederick to the Eleventh Annual International Mars Society Convention, Denver, Colorado, July 2008.

Some Questions for Space Advocates:  Presentation to the Fifteenth Annual International Mars Society Convention, Pasadena, California, August 2012.

“George’s Blog,” an ongoing blog since August of 2006 at http://69.89.31.111/~tomarsor/blog/

Other:
Avid Political Junky since 1962

Sabbatical Reports: The English Secondary Educational System (London and Manchester, U.K., 1986), The Internet (University of Guelph, Canada, 1993)

Bicycle Tours: (Central Europe and England 1986, Northern Europe 1987,  Rocky Mountains 1988, California-Oregon Coast 1989, 1990 and 1991, California Climate Ride 2011 (320 miles in five days from Fortuna to San Francisco) and scheduled for same ride in 2012.
Foreign Travel: (Jamaica 1984; United Kingdom 1986, 1987. & 2001; France 1986 and 2001; The Netherlands 1986; Belgium 1986; Germany (East and West) 1986; Switzerland 1986 and 2001; Scotland 1986; Denmark 1987; Sweden 1987; Poland 1987; Canada 1993, 2001 and 2002; Mexico 2000; Spain 2001; and Majorca 2001.)

Domestic Travel: (Thirty-one States, including Hawaii and Alaska)

Physical Disability: Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1997, now sometimes uses a wheel chair, and always rides a recumbent three wheeled road bike.

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