Reverend Frederick Blount Drane earned his B.A. at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and completed his graduate work at the General Theological Seminary in New York. Both his father and grandfather were also clergymen, and, collectively the three of them devoted over 150 years of service to the Episcopal Church. Assigned to the mission field in Nenana, Alaska, in 1919, Reverend Drane found his work to be difficult. Although some of the native Indians spoke broken English, they translated his words into a dialect he did not understand and often confused his message. Reverend Drane was appointed Archdeacon of the Yukon in 1920, but after contracting tuberculosis in 1926, he was forced to return home. Drane died in 1982 at the age of 91.