Theodore Dreier was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., USA, he held degrees from Harvard University and its engineering school.
In 1933 Dreier and John Andrew Rice, both professors at Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla., USA, founded a highly unconventional center of learning called Black Mountain College, near Asheville, N.C., USA. The college soon became home to a creative community that included artists, composers and poets.
Dreier remained at Black Mountain until 1949, serving at various times as fund-raiser, treasurer and rector. Financial problems forced the college to close in 1957. In the 1950s and early '60s he worked for General Electric and took part in a project to develop a power source for the first nuclear submarine.
Dreier died on May 7th, 1997.