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Paul Saunders Lake III


Paul Sanders Lake, III

August 5 1951 – February 24, 2022


Retired English Professor and internationally known poet, Paul Lake, died on February 24, 2022 in Russellville, Arkansas. He was born August 5, 1951 in Baltimore Maryland. Preceding him in death is his wife of over 50 years, Tina Selanders Lake, who passed on February 7, 2022. He leaves behind two children, Rachel Lake and Alexander Lake; a grandson, Richard Garrett Berry; his mother Barbara Lake; two brothers, James Lake of Baltimore, Stephen Lake of Delaware, and sister, Melody Lake Burrill of Baltimore. Paul taught at the University of Santa Clara and Arkansas Tech University following his time at Stanford University as a Marrieless Fellow. His marrieless fellowship at Stanford was named after Professor Edith R. Marrieless who was credited with teaching many distinguished students including novelist John Steinbeck. Paul himself had a passion for teaching and publishing. His book, Another Kind of Travel, won the Porter Fund Award for Literary Excellence, presented to him by the former governor of Arkansas, Dale Bumpers. He also won the Richard Wilbur Award for Poetry in 2006. Besides his numerous books of poetry and novels, his literary essays are among the most important, including The Enchanted Loom: A New Paradigm for Literature, The Shape of Poetry, and Disorderly Orders. Besides his years as the poetry editor of First Things magazine, published by the Institute of Religion and Public Life in Manhattan, NYC, he contributed to other literary journals including The New Republic, The American Scholar, The Weekly Standard, Sewanee Review, Paris Review, Partisan Review, Poetry Magazine, Southern Review, and the Yale Review. His poems and essays are an enduring account of what it means to be human, and they will live on after him.  



A celebration of life for Paul and his wife Tina will be 3pm, Saturday, March 19, 2022 at the Russellville Family Funeral.


Obituary for Tina Lake

Former Art Professor and accomplished artist, Tina Selanders Lake, age 68, died on Monday February 7, 2022, in Russellville, Arkansas. She leaves behind her husband of fifty years, Paul Saunders Lake III, two children Rachel Lake and Alexander Lake, a grandson, Richard Garrett Berry II, and three sisters Sherry Selanders Farebrother of California, Dawn Selanders Wall of California, and Diane Selanders Tutt of California. She was born on September 12, 1953, in London, England to parents Leslie Martin Selanders and Doris Kirk.  Tina received her undergraduate degree in 1977 from Towson State University and her master’s in fine arts from San Francisco Art Institute in 1980, where she studied Drawing and Printmaking. Tina taught as an Adjunct Instructor at Arkansas Tech University and as a Fine Arts Instructor at the University of the Ozarks. She then retired from her position as a Fine Arts Instructor at University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton after teaching there for many years. Tina was an incredibly talented artist who showed and sold her works in multiple Art Exhibits most recently in the MSW 51st Annual Juried Exhibition in March 2021.  She was a member of the Pittsburgh Watercolor Society and the Mid-Southern Watercolorists. She worked at the Frick Art and Historical Center during the time she lived in Pittsburgh, PA with her husband and son. She was active with the church and had a strong faith in God, even going on a missionary trip to Mexico City, Mexico in 2012 to help build houses for the under-privileged. She was passionate about her family, especially her grandson, teaching art, and traveling with her students on EF Educational Tours throughout Europe to experience its art history. Her artworks are a living tribute to her that will be enjoyed and cherished forever.


A celebration of life for Tina and her husband Paul will be 3pm, Saturday, March 19, 2022 at the Russellville Family Funeral.



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Clinton S. Thomas Sep 10 2022 9:40 PM

Paul Lake was one of the few great American poets of the last 50 years. He immensely deserved the Richard Wilbur Prize, and had our Universities and literary cabals been all they ought to be, he would have been acknowledged as a major American poet whose verbal dexterity, emotional depth, and thematic range were second to none. He was also one of the finest, kindest, most genuine persons I have ever met, completely without the self-regarding egotism and affectations so often apparent among poets of lesser skill. I met Paul and Tina in Baltimore where we became good friends but our careers took us to different parts of the country and we sadly lost contact with each other (though Paul did come up to Bemidji, Minnesota and stayed with us for a brief time). Nevertheless, I continued to derive from his poetry an aesthetic thrill and satisfaction that only the greatest and most classic poets can deliver. Moreover, Tina was an artist of equal integrity and accomplishment. My thoughts go out Paul and Tina's family.. Paul is now among the immortals who preceded him, not the least of whom were Keats and Yeats. He was simply that good.
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Dr. Stephen Gurney May 8 2022 10:54 AM

Rachel, Alex, and family...It was my joy to be pastor to Tina and Paul albeit for a short time. They have left an indelible mark on this community and beyond. Thanks be to God for lives well-lived. Know that you remain in our prayers, and that we are here for you. Peace in Christ, Pastor Tony

Rev. Dr. Tony Griffin Mar 19 2022 11:24 AM

We are deeply saddened to hear about the passing of our dear friends Paul and Tina. Brent spent many hours at the Lake house and would come home with funny stories Paul had told him or he would tell me how good Tina's roast duck was. Which was something he didn't get at home. I will always remember Paul helping the boys with MacBeth for their Odyssey of the Mind competition and all those cross country track meets. I will always remember the beauty Tina shared with the world either through her art, her beautiful flower gardens, her cooking, or her fashion style. Our family will miss them very much.

Kathryn, Phillip, Amanda, Brent, and Blake Rowley Mar 19 2022 9:27 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Paul Lake III

Mary Elizabeth Lea Mar 15 2022 10:31 AM

Rachel and Alex, my heart feels broken for you right now, and I will keep you in my prayers. Your father was my first poetry professor in the early 90s, and he was genuinely passionate both about writing and about helping young writers find their voices and styles. He was also passionate and proud of the two of you. I know this because I was your babysitter sometimes when you were very small, though you may not remember me (we did a lot of singing and dancing to the Little Mermaid, as I recall). He would ask me to come over at a certain time, and your mother always showed me what she had on the easel and answered my art questions before they left for their evening out. She was beautiful and vibrant, and I loved her work, especially her drawing of her parents in the style of Michelangelo's "Creation of Adam," with their fingertips touching. I remember both Paul and Tina fondly, after all these years. May God hold both of you and the rest of your family in your grief.

Lynna Dunn Fuller Mar 10 2022 12:13 AM

So sorry to hear of your loss, Dr. Lake and his wife will be truly missed. Prayers for your family.

Debbie Ennis Mar 7 2022 11:03 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Paul Lake III

Susan Powell Mar 6 2022 3:13 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Paul Lake III

Michelle McKinney Mar 6 2022 3:12 PM

Paul and Tina were so talented, and will be sorely missed in this community. Louis knew them best, but we all grieve with you, Rachel and Alex.

Candace Welcher Mar 4 2022 2:47 PM

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