James “Douglas” McVean Lake 
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Years in Practice:
1943 to 1989
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Dr. James Douglas McVean Lake was born in Ridgetown, Ontario on the 16th of April, 1921.  Dr. Lake was the youngest of 2 children born to Dr. Walter Edward Lake and the former Alice McLean McVean.  His father was a dedicated medical physician in Ridgetown.  Dr. James Douglas Lake had an older brother named Charles Osgood Lake who was born in May of 1915.

Dr. Lake grew up at a home located at 51 Main Street East in Ridgetown with his parents and his brother.  He attended school in Ridgetown and graduated from the Ridgetown High School, prior to attending the University of Western Ontario.  He graduated M.D. in July of 1943.  Dr. Lake returned to the Town of Ridgetown to practice medicine following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather (Dr. Charles Bailey Lake).  His father died on the 5th of September, 1947.  Dr. James Douglas Lake continued to care for the citizens of Ridgetown after his father’s death until 1948.  At that time Dr. Lake moved to the United States.

Dr. Lake married Maria Matilde Morel de Bardin on the 18th of December, 1954 on Long Island in New York.  Mrs Lake was the widow of Pier De Bardin who was a prominent business man in Argentina.  The wedding announcement of Dr. Lake was published in the 28th of December, 1954 edition of the Chatham Daily News.  Mrs. Lake was born on the 25th of July, 1916 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

In 1959 Dr. Lake was practicing medicine in New York City, New York.  His office was located at 66 East 79th Street and his residence was located at 655 Park Avenue in Manhattan.  Dr. Lake is listed in the 1967 University and Bellevue Hospital Medical College Yearbook as a Clinical Associate in the Otolaryngology Department.

In his spare time, Dr. Lake enjoyed flying and playing tennis.

Dr. Lake was married to Elizabeth Nell Talbott in 1972 in New York.

Dr. Lake died on the 20th of February, 1989 in Fulton County, Georgia.  He was buried at Arlington Memorial Park in Sandy Springs, Georgia.

*Dr. Lake’s father Dr. Walter Edward Lake, his grandfather Dr. Charles Bailey Lake and his aunt Dr. Sarah Georgiana McVean also appear on the Chatham-Kent Physician Tribute website.