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John Byron Lake

John Byron Lake, American publishing company executive. Member Florida Council of 100, 1972-1984; Board directors Foundation University Southern Florida, Tampa; trustee Poynter Fund. Served with United States Naval Reserve, 1941-1945; Served with United States Air Force, 1951-1953, European Theatre of Operations; Served with United States Air Force, Korea. Member Florida Chamber of C., Florida Press Association.

Background

  • Lake, John Byron was born on November 30, 1920 in Follansbee, West Virginia, United States. Son of William Henry and Helen (Sanders) Lake.

  • Education

    • Student, Ohio State University, 1940. Student, University Alabama, 1941. Student, Notre Dame University, 1944.

    Career

    • Salesman advertising department Eagle-Gazette newspaper, Lancaster, Ohio, 1947-1956. Director advertising Elizabeth Daily Journal, New Jersey, 1956-1960. With St. Petersburg Times and Evening Independent, Florida, 1960-1984, executive vice president, 1968-1971, publisher, 1971-1984.

      1st vice president Times Public Company, St. Petersburg, 1966-1984, also director. Director, vice president Congressional Quarterly, Inc., Washington, 1966-1984. Director, president Semit Corporation, St. Petersburg, 1971-1984.

      Director Landmark Unim Trust, St. Petersburg, Fotomat Corporation, Nation Newspapers, Nairobi, Kenya.

    Membership

    Member Florida Council of 100, 1972-1984. Board directors Foundation University Southern Florida, Tampa. Trustee Poynter Fund.

    Served with United States Naval Reserve, 1941-1945. Served with United States Air Force, 1951-1953, European Theatre of Operations. Served with United States Air Force, Korea.

    Member Florida Chamber of C., Florida Press Association.

    Connections

    • Married Katharine Ann Kerr, June 28, 1947. Children– Charlotte, Cynthia, Diane.
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    • 1940
      Ohio State University
    • 1941
      University Alabama
    • 1944
      Notre Dame University
    • 1947 - 1956
      Salesman advertising department Eagle-Gazette newspaper
      Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States
    • 1956 - 1960
      director, advertising Elizabeth Daily Journal
      New Jersey, United States
    • 1960 - 1984
      with St. Petersburg Times and Evening Independent
      Florida, United States
    • 1966 - 1984
      1st vice president, Times Public Company
    • 1971 - 1984
      with St. Petersburg Times and Evening Independent
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