Drinko Library Donors
Dr. John Deaver Drinko
Internationally prominent attorney John Deaver Drinko, a 1942 graduate of what was then Marshall College, has been one of Marshall University's strongest and most consistent supporters for many years.
A native of St Marys, West Virginia, John Drinko earned his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from The Ohio State University in 1944 and completed postgraduate work at the University of Texas Law School where he was a member of the Order of the Coif.
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 has grown to become one of the largest and most respected law firms in the nation with offices in several major cities.
Drinko also is chairman of the board of Cleveland Institute of Electronics, Inc. and Double D Ranch, Inc. He serves on the boards of Cloyes Gear and Products, Inc., McGean-Rohco Worldwide, Inc., Orvis Co., Inc., Preformed Line Products, Inc. and The Standard Products Co.
He is founder of the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers and the Mellen Conference on Acute and Critical Care Nursing, Case Western Reserve University. He is a trustee of the Elizabeth G. and John D. Drinko Charitable Foundation, Orvis-Perkins Foundation, Thomas F. Peterson Foundation, Mellen Foundation, Hostetler Foundation, the Cloyes-Myers Foundation, Ohio State University Foundation and Marshall University Foundation.
Drinko has been presented honorary degrees by a number of higher education institutions including Marshall, Ohio State, John Carroll, Capital and Cleveland State universities, Dyke and Baldwin-Wallace colleges and the University of New Hampshire. He also has received distinguished alumnus awards from Marshall and Ohio State universities and St. Marys High School and was named a Distinguished Fellow of the Cleveland Clinic.
He is 33rd-degree Scottish Rite Mason.
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 Martin, John Randall Drinko and Jay Deaver Drinko.
Mr. and Mrs. Drinko maintain homes in Lyndhurst, Ohio, and Palm Springs, California.