"Live, love, laugh 'n be happy!"

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Photo of Guiding Eyes Student Game Room Plaque, which reads "A Gift from Jack Butson Drum. Live, love, laugh 'n be happy!"The Guiding Eyes Student Game Room now bears a plaque with this expression.  It reflects a donation from Jack Butson Drum, who chose to support the game room as he felt it was important for one to always retain his or her sense of humor.

Jack was born in 1919 in Carbondale, PA, an old coal town near Scranton.  He left home at age 16 to join the Civilian Conservation Corps in California.  His dream was to fly, and in 1943 he joined the Army Air Force, assigned to the 345th bomber squadron that flew B24 “Liberator” heavy bombers.  Stationed in southern Italy, he flew in more than 50 missions.

After the war, Jack returned to Bridgeport, where he became an auto mechanic, working for various car agencies until he was 78.  He took flying lessons and became a licensed pilot.  He purchased a kit to build a small airplane that he worked on for many years.  He was a kind, quiet, quirky man with a warm heart and a delightful sense of humor.  He never married and lived modestly – enjoying the companionship of a small group of loyal friends.

Jack never forgot what it was like to be poor or a kid – particularly a misunderstood one.  Instead of spending a lot of money on himself, he found joy in helping others – both directly and through charities.  We’re extremely grateful for Jack’s support of our mission.


Interested in learning more about Guiding Eyes naming opportunities?  Contact Nancy Lothrop at914.243.2211 or nlothrop@guidingeyes.org.