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Kevin B. Lake MD
January 25, 1937 – March 8, 2014

Dr. Kevin Lake passed away peacefully in Pasadena at the age of 77 last Saturday morning. A long-time resident of Pasadena, his many professional accomplishments
include Co-Founder of Foothill Pulmonary Medical Group, Medical Director of Respiratory Services at Arcadia Methodist Hospital, Co-Medical Director at Concord School of Respiratory Therapy, Clinical Professor of Medicine at USC, Chief of Staff at Santa Teresita Hospital. He also served as chairman of numerous committees at Huntington Hospital, USC School of Medicine, Arcadia Methodist Hospital, and Santa Teresita Hospital. He won the American College of Chest Physician's Humanitarian award in 2005 and 2007.
Dr. Lake was born in Seattle, Washington, and was a lifetime lover of the Pacific Northwest. He shared this passion often with his family during many vacation trips to Lewis and Clark country, where he delighted in teaching his children and grandchildren how to fish for salmon, dig for clams and rake for crabs.
Dr. Lake served during the Viet Nam War as a Senior Medical Officer, Naval Communication Station, in the Philippines, where two of his three children were born. In addition to his work as a doctor and teacher, Dr. Lake did work internationally with many Christian missionary and other humanitarian organizations, serving those most in need. He was the founder of Healing Hearts Across Borders, an organization dedicated to providing medical care to the poorest communities in and around Tijuana. He also was on the founding board of AMOS Health and Hope, a Christian organization providing health care to the poor in rural Nicaragua, which he visited every year since 2006. Earlier in his career, he also worked in Haiti and Mendenhall, Mississippi – where his passion for caring for the sick, disenfranchised, and underserved included joining the struggle for racial equality.
Dr. Lake was a tender and devoted husband, brother, father and grandfather to a family that loved him deeply and dearly. Although he was an incredibly busy man who never retired from work or public service, he always seemed to find the time to be with his family. He is survived by his beloved wife of 28 years, Suzanne; his sister, Linda, his daughter Laurie, his sons Ken and Wes, their spouses, and his wonderful six grandchildren. He often quoted this line from the Gospel of Luke: "For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required." After a lifetime of service, he is now joyfully at peace with his Lord.
Published in Pasadena Star-News on Mar. 16, 2014
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