Douglas E. Lake

Douglas E. Lake (BS Chem Egr ’38) of Midland, Mich., died Saturday, February 18, 2012, at age 95. The son of Glenn A. and Beulah E. (Smith), he was born on March 1, 1916, in Vermontville, Mich.

Lake had a 41-year career with The Dow Chemical Co., in various positions, retiring in 1980. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church for more than 70 years, where he taught Sunday school, chaired the trustees committee, and served as treasurer for six years. He was a life member of the Midland Centre Lodge #273 Free and Accepted Masons, a member of the Scottish Rite, Valley of Bay City, and a charter member of Kiwassee Kiwanis of Midland. He was a member of the American Chemical Society and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. He was also a sustaining member of the Boy Scouts of America. An Eagle Scout himself, he was active in scouting for many years as scoutmaster, cubmaster, and committee chair. He was a member of the Zoning Board of Appeals for the City of Midland and volunteered as a tax consultant through AARP and the Midland Community Center.

He was also a musician, participating in many musical groups throughout his lifetime. Saxophone was his favorite instrument; everyone loved hearing him play, especially in the "Blast From the Past." As a man of many talents, he also became an adjunct business professor at Northwood Institute after his retirement from Dow Chemical.

Lake is survived by sons, Norman (Diane) Lake of Midland, Mich., and Kenneth (Laurie) Lake of Rogers, Ark.; and daughter, Marjorie (Robert) Hyde of Dexter, Mich. Lake’s first wife, Gladys (Ione Spotts) died in 1996; his second wife, Katherine (Spotts Stevens) died in 2008.