||He became an associate in the distinguished
Baker & Hostetler law firm in Cleveland, Ohio in 1945, became a
partner in 1955 and managing partner in 1969, and is senior
advisor to the management committee. Under his leadership, Baker
& Hostetler grew to become one of the largest and most respected
law firms in the nation with offices in several major cities.
||While actively engaged in several philanthropic
pursuits, John Drinko earned a national reputation for his
singular support of higher education. As evidence of his
unstinting interest, Dr. Drinko received honorary degrees
from a dozen institutions of higher learning including Marshall,
Ohio State, New Hampshire, John Carroll, Capital, Rio Grande,
Cleveland State and Mayers universities, Baldwin-Wallace, Notre
Dame of Ohio, Ursuline, Marietta and Keystone colleges.
||He received distinguished alumnus awards
from Marshall and Ohio State and St. Marys (W.Va.) High School
and was named a Distinguished Fellow of The Cleveland Clinic
Foundation. Drinko was also the recipient of the first John
Marshall Medal for Civic Responsibility and the Outstanding
Philanthropist Award of the West Virginia Chapter of the
National Society of Fund Raising Executives. He was a
member of the John Marshall Society and is an inductee of the
Hall of Fame of Marshall"s Elizabeth McDowell Lewis College of
Business. The Ohio State University College of Law
building is named in his honor, as is Cleveland State's Fine and
Performing Arts Recital Hall. More recently, Marshall University
named its new library in Dr. Drinko's honor. He was also a
33rd degree Scottish Rite Mason and a Jester.
||John Drinko was the founder of the consortium of
Multiple Sclerosis Centers and the Mellen Conference on Acute
and Critical Care Nursing, Case Western Reserved University
School of Nursing. He was a trustee of the Elizabeth G. and
John D. Drinko Charitable Foundation, The Ohio State
University Foundation and the Marshall University Foundation. He
was also a member of the Founder Society of the Cleveland
||John Drinko also has served as Chairman of the
Board of the Cleveland Institute of Electronics and the Double D
Ranch, Inc. He served on the boards of Cloyes Gear and
Products Inc., McGean-Rohco and McGean-Rohco Worldwide Inc.,
The Orvis Company Inc. and Preformed Line Products.
||He and Mrs. Drinko, the
former Elizabeth Gibson, were married May 14, 1946. They are the
parents of four children: Elizabeth Lee Sullivan, Diana Lynn
Drinko, John Randall Drinko and Jay Deaver Drinko.
Eulogy delivered by Dr. Alan B. Gould at the Memorial Service
for John Deaver Drinko held on March 29, 2008 at the Church of
the Covenant in Cleveland, Ohio.