Thomas P. Lake, 50, public relations executive

April 04, 1994

Thomas P. Lake, a public relations executive who held positions with the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions and University in the 1970s and 1980s, died at his North Baltimore home March 21 of complications from AIDS. He was 50.

He worked for Hopkins from 1975 to 1989. He was the first editor of the Hopkins Medical News, the medical institutions' alumni publication, and then became director of publications. He oversaw institutional publications, including the first directory of outpatient services, and The Dome, the hospital newspaper.

In 1982 he moved to the Homewood campus, where he became director of communications. Among his duties, he produced the gala program that launched a $450 million capital campaign in 1984, and with the admissions office, a recruitment film for undergraduates. He also revamped the Gazette, the university newspaper, and produced the first universitywide View Book, which contained a history of the university.

He was also involved with promotion for the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing.

A native of Oak Park, Ill., he earned his bachelor's degree in 1965 from Illinois State University at Normal, and a master's degree in 1970 from DePaul University in Chicago.

Beginning his career as an English teacher, he taught at Proviso West high school in Westchester, Ill., from 1965 to 1970, after which he moved to Washington and for two years taught English honors courses in the Arlington, Va., school system.

From 1972 through 1975, he was senior production editor for the Washington-based Council for Exceptional Children, where he edited the magazine Teaching Exceptional Children.

After his years at Hopkins, he served in 1990 and 1991 as deputy executive director of the R Adams Cowley National Study Center for Shock Trauma at the University of Maryland Hospital.

In recent years, he was a volunteer in numerous research projects related to acquired immune deficiency syndrome at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

He was a member of the Johns Hopkins Club.

He is survived by two brothers, Frank J. Lake Jr. of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Gary D. Lake of McLean, Va; a sister, Kathleen Edwards of San Diego; his mother, Virginia R. Lake of Chicago; and friend, Robert W. Wagner.

A memorial service was held March 26.

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