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In 2012, the Crake Foundation, named after former classics depart-
ment head Dr. J.E.A. (Ernie) Crake (LLD '82), celebrated its 35th
anniversary. Throughout those years, the Foundation has become
one of Mount Allison's most generous benefactors.
"Our funds benefit students in an immediate way, enable the
dialogue between student and professor that is essential to
good learning and teaching, and largely benefit students in the
humanities, because that was Dr. Crake's field," says Margaret
Fancy, Chair of the Crake Foundation Board of Directors.
John Ernest Alexander Crake came to Mount Allison following the
war in 1946. The following year, he was named the Josiah Wood
Professor of Classics and head of the department -- a position he
held until his retirement 30 years later.
Toward the end of his career he became ill and, with the help of his
friends, Rev. George Lemmon and Wendell Meldrum, he set up the
Crake Institute to manage his estate. It grew to support scholarship
and teaching in the humanities, the Anglican Church, and certain
local charities that he had supported during his lifetime.
One of the earliest Mount Allison projects was the Crake Lecture,
the first of which Crake attended himself in Brunton Auditorium in
1979. The inaugural speaker was James Russell from the University
of British Columbia, who delivered a lecture on excavations at the
site of the Roman city of Anemurium in Rough Cilicia, Turkey.
"I was there that night and remember it was a grand affair," says
Fancy. "Brunton was full and Dr. Crake enjoyed it very much."
After his death in 1983, and the settling of his estate, the Institute
became a registered charity -- the Crake Foundation. In the early
days, the focus was on the classics department at Mount Allison, but
the Foundation has widened its mandate to include all humanities
departments at the University.
Over the past 35 years the Foundation has supported more than 50
programs and projects -- totaling more than $3.5 million to date.
The programs include the Doctoral Fellowship in Classics, summer
student fellowships, scholarships and bursaries, the Fellowship in
Drama, teaching awards, annual lectures in classics, and the Drama
Workshop Fund.
Emily Ricketts ('12), from Fall River, NS, received the Crake Schol-
arship for Summer Study in the Mediterranean following her third
year. She spent five weeks in a town in Italy called Vicchio, working
with an art conservator in their field lab.
"It was absolutely an irreplaceable experience and something that
was featured up front in my graduate school applications," says
Ricketts, who is now enrolled in the Queen's University Master
of Art Conservation program -- the only program of its kind in
Canada. "I had a lot of overwhelming moments in different places
I got to visit. It was an amazing opportunity and it wouldn't have
happened without the support of the classics department and the
Crake Foundation."
Crake was passionate about providing programs that would enrich
the educational experience of students.
"Dr. Crake really appreciated young people who became good stu-
dents while at the University; people who developed an interest in
something and worked hard at it," says Fancy.
Alumni and friends are encouraged to send memories of Dr. Crake
to Margaret Fancy at or Crake Foundation,
Box 6304, Sackville, NB E4L 1G6
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Thirty-five years of philanthropy
J.E.A. Crake -- Mount Allison University Archives -- Acc. 7803/7
Mount Allison students and faculty benefit from the generosity of the Crake Foundation