* Born: New York City, April 2, 1939.
* Education: BA, Harvard College, 1961; Fiske Scholar, Cambridge University (England), 1961-62; MPA, Princeton University, 1969; PhD, Princeton, 1974.
* Military service: None.
* Career: Foreign service officer, US State Department, 1962-70; foreign policy coordinator, Muskie for President, 1971-72; project director, Carnegie Endowment and Council on Foreign Relations, 1972-73; director, International Voluntary Services, 1974-76; foreign policy transition director, President Carter, 1976-77; director of policy planning, State Department, 1977-81; professor of international relations, Amherst College, 1981-84; professor, Mount Holyoke College, 1984 to present.
* Personal: Married to Antonia Plehn; three children.
* Assessment: Lake was a leading liberal in the foreign policy establishment of the 1970s; he resigned from the Nixon administration to protest the invasion of Cambodia. But the defining issues of the past provide few clues about how he will handle Somalia, Bosnia, and other problems of today.