Photograph courtesy of Dickinson College Archives
Samuel Drayer was a former student at the Dickinson Preparatory School. He would have been in the Dickinson College class of 1902, but not only did he never graduate, he never even enrolled. He was later awarded a degree by appointment for his service to the College. Samuel Drayer became a trustee to the College in 1933. He was a prominent businessman from Baltimore, and he contributed financially to the new dormitory as well as the rest of the College. In 1948, he donated an organ to the main auditorium. He later donated a second organ to the new prayer chapel which he and his wife furnished throughout. He and his wife, Agnes Pettigrew-Drayer, made their living through the candy business, as well as various other business ventures. Drayer was the president of the Voneiff-Drayer company, which operated the chain of Miss America Candy Stores. Dr. William W. Edel, the president of the college announced that the new residence hall would be named for Mr. Drayer.
Sources : The Evening Sentinel, Carlisle, Pa. February 4, 1967.