Gordon Wentworth Lake ’43

Gordon Wentworth Lake ’43 died on August 16, 2007, in Moorestown, New Jersey.

Born on August 26, 1921, in Lubec, he prepared for college at Somerville (Mass.) High School and Morse High School in Bath, and became a member of Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity at Bowdoin, which he attended in 1939-40. He worked at the Bath Iron Works from April of 1941 to January of 1943, when he joined the U.S. Army Air Corps in World War II and became a pilot by completing cadet training in March of 1944. In 1947, he became a first lieutenant in the U.S.Air Force and served continuously until 1972, when he retired as a senior pilot with more than 12,000 hours. He piloted C-118s and C-130s at McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey and was the commander of a C-130 squadron there. In Vietnam, he served as deputy commander of operations of the 315th Air Command Wing, flying C-123s. Through the years, he was honored with the Legion of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross, two Air Medals, and the Bronze Star. After retiring as a colonel from the Air Force, he lived in Mt. Holly, N.H., where he was purchasing manager with Inductotherm Company. Later on, he founded Sauna Health Company, which he owned and operated until 1986. He was married in 1943 to Hilda Bradford, who predeceased him, and is survived by a daughter, Linda Lake Johnston; a son, Gordon Lake II; four grandchildren; and a great-grandson.