George Wesley Droke received degrees in 1880 and 1884 from the University of Arkansas (known at that time as Arkansas Industrial University). He taught in the preparatory department from 1880-1885 and 1887-1891, taught in the Mathematics Department from 1894-1929 and was Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences from 1915-1925. In 1929, he was given professor emeritus status and an honorary LL.D. degree. He is also listed as the first superintendent of the original Buchannan Hall, which was torn down in 1937. The current Buchanan-Droke Hall was partially named for him.