University Advancement

Birthday Wishes for Paul Morrison

Paul Morrison has been a powerful presence on Drake’s campus for decades. What began as a student college experience evolved into a lifelong love affair—that continues. His support and inspiration for student-athletes over the years is perhaps best understood in their own words: If you haven’t yet read “Fan of the Century” in the Spring 2017 issue of Blue, you must. 

Mr. Drake will celebrate his 100th birthday on July 25, and all Bulldogs are invited to share best wishes, favorite memories, and good stories.




Message from John Smith, AS'92, GR'00

Paul, The title, “Mr. Drake” will forever be owned by you.  Thank you for your loyalty, dedication, and commitment to all within the Drake community.  Your actions provide the ideal example for all of us to follow.  Thank you for being a truly beautiful, positive influence on us all.  Happy Birthday!   - John Smith, AS'92, GR'00; Vice President of University Advancement

Message from Larry Fish, JO'66

Hope you are doing well, Paul.  Thank you for all your kindness to me during my Drake years. Wishing you a warm and  happy birthday, go Bulldogs!  - Larry Fish, JO'66

Message from Niki Smith, JO'08, GR'16

Thank you for the legacy you have left at Drake University, Paul! Congratulations on your wonderful milestone birthday!  - Niki Smith, JO'08, GR'16; Assistant Director of Public Relations

Message from Diane Caldback, ED'72

Paul Morrison is a Drake icon. Quite simply, no one has done more for Drake athletics or knows more about our history than Paul.  As a university employee who helps organize reunions, I love to see former Drake athletes return to campus and pay homage to Paul.  Here’s what it always looks like:  They go up to Paul and reintroduce themselves. They then start smiling and nodding their heads in appreciation as Paul recites their stats, honors, and achievements! They walk away shaking their heads in astonishment at his memory. This wonderful man never ceases to amaze! Happy 100th birthday, Mr. Drake. –Diane Caldbeck, ED'72, Associate Vice President of Development

Message from Brandi Miller, BN'09, GR'09

Many blessings to you on your 100th birthday and always Paul. Thank you for all that you have given over the years to the Drake community.  May the joy you have given be returned to you 100 times more. – Brandi Miller, BN'09, GR'09; Assistant Director of New Student Programs

Message from Carolyn Hill, ED'80

My husband, Robb, and I are both Drake graduates and four-year letter winners, so we’ve known Paul since we went to school here. Paul brings a wealth of history and stories to the table in regard to all sports at Drake. It’s amazing how sharp he is with names of former athletes and related tidbits of personal information, even to this day. One of the legacies he’s left is his idea to compile a file folder for every Drake letter winner. In it, he would cut out articles and photos from his or her collegiate career and following that include career accomplishments and any correspondence he had with them over the years. Every year we have requests for copies of a former letter winner’s file, which are stored in numerous file cabinets in our archive, and the recipients are always amazed and thankful to receive that personal bit of history. I doubt there is another university with a comparable collection of individual history like we have in that room. I wish him the happiest of birthdays!     -Carolyn Hill, ED’80, Assistant Athletic Director & Relays Operations Manager