Dr. Dake's Contribution

žDake spent many summers gathering data for Geological Surveys as well as spending time in professional work and in graduate study. 

During the summer of 1934, he was working on the Heart Mountain overthrust.

žHe was studying the distribution and nature of the “exotic” limestone masses along the mountain front between Greybull and Shoshone Rivers.

žA great number of professional geologists began their training in Dr. Dake’s classroom! This is one of his most important contributions to geology! 

A Sad Ending

žDr. Dake was never a robust man, but his energy and enthusiasm for his work were tremendous. In the field he often drove himself to the point of exhaustion. He had completed his field work and was returning home with his wife, son, and two daughters when he was stricken with a cerebral hemorrhage, doubtless, brought on by hard work in high altitudes, and died shortly after reaching the hospital in Denver.

Missouri School of Mines

The University of Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy (MSM) was founded in 1870-- the first technological institution west of the Mississippi, and one of the first in the nation. A product of the Morrill Act of 1862 and the land-grant movement of the late nineteenth century, MSM was Missouri's response to the acute need for scientific and practical education in the developing nation. In inaugurating the School, President of the University of Missouri, Daniel Read, stated its purpose:

This school is to be a school both of science and of its applications: its purpose is to teach knowledge and art -- first to know and then to do, and to do in the best manner.

Early curricula were focused on the state's mining industry and its immediate technological needs, but, by the end of the 1920's, courses of study included mining, civil, mechanical, electrical, and chemical engineering and chemistry, metallurgy, mathematics, physics, and geology. (Missouri S&T Website)