Resolution J1088-2013

Mourning the death of retired United States Navy Rear Admiral Julian Strong Lake, III



  • Apr 17, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Apr 3, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION mourning the death of retired United States Navy
Rear Admiral Julian Strong Lake, III

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to convey its grateful
appreciation to a veteran whose military service enhanced the quality of
life for the citizens of this great Empire State and Nation; and
  WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its  long-
standing  traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to mourn the
death of retired United States Navy Rear  Admiral  Julian  Strong  Lake,
III; and
  WHEREAS,  Rear  Admiral Julian Strong Lake, III died on March 2, 2013,
at the age of 90 in Frederick, Maryland; he was a resident  of  Bingham-
ton,  New  York,  for  22  years, moving to Maryland in November of 2012
after the death of his wife, Lucinda; and
  WHEREAS, Born on June 13, 1922, in South Boston, Virginia,  to  Julian
Strong Lake, Jr. and Cary Stebbins Lake, Admiral Lake grew up in Newport
News  and  Paces,  Virginia, and attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute
before joining the United States Navy in 1942; he entered flight  school
and became a night and all-weather fighter pilot; and
  WHEREAS,  Admiral  Lake  served in World War II (Pacific Theater), the
Korean War, and the Vietnam War; he commanded the United  States  Navy's
first F4H Phantom II squadron; and
  WHEREAS, Admiral Lake also commanded a carrier air group on the U.S.S.
Forrestal  and  later  was  the commanding officer of the U.S.S. John F.
Kennedy; his final tour of duty was as commander  of  Naval  Electronics
Systems  Command;  he  was  one  of  the  foremost experts in electronic
warfare, working with 21 allied countries to develop shared tactics  for
electronic countermeasures; and
  WHEREAS,  Admiral  Lake  was  the recipient of three Air Medals during
World War II, a Bronze Star in Vietnam, and a Navy Commendation Medal in
Korea; he was honored as a member emeritus  of  the  Early  and  Pioneer
Naval Aviators Association (The Golden Eagles); and
  WHEREAS, Along with flying some of the toughest combat missions in the
Pacific  during  World  War  II  and  Korea,  Admiral  Lake commanded an
aircraft carrier where he sent bombing missions into North  Vietnam;  he
has  been considered by most as the father of modern electronic warfare;
  WHEREAS, Admiral Lake attended George Washington University, where  he
earned  his  Bachelor of Arts degree in International Affairs, and later
graduated from the Naval War College; after  retiring  from  the  United
States  Navy  in  1976, he lived in California for 14 years where he had
become the publisher of COUNTERMEASURES MAGAZINE; and
  WHEREAS, Admiral Lake served on the board of directors and was  presi-
dent  of the Association of Old Crows, electronic warfare's professional
organization; he also became a consultant for numerous defense  contrac-
tors,  wrote many articles and lectured on electronic warfare around the
world; and
  WHEREAS, When Admiral Lake moved to Binghamton, he  became  active  in
many  community  service  organizations,  including  being a Paul Harris
Fellow with Binghamton's Rotary Club, and a  member  of  the  vestry  of
Christ Episcopal Church; and
  WHEREAS,  Also  predeceased  by  a  daughter,  Clara,  Admiral Lake is
survived by the family of his second wife,  Lucinda,  including  stepfa-
ther-in-law,  Cecil, and sister-in-law, Lisa; he is also survived by his
first wife, Barbara, their children, Julia, Diane, and Julian IV,  along
with  their  seven  grandchildren, Cameron, Kevin, Scott, Andrew, Penny,

Jeanette, and Jessica, as well as their great-grandchild, Morgan  Jacob;
  WHEREAS,  Armed  with  a  humanistic spirit and imbued with a sense of
compassion, Admiral Lake leaves behind a legacy which will  long  endure
the  passage  of  time  and will remain as a comforting memory to all he
served and befriended; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
mourn the death of retired United States Navy Rear Admiral Julian Strong
Lake, III; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted  to the family of retired United States Navy Rear Admiral Julian
Strong Lake, III.


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