Albert ‘Pete’ Lakeland Jr., Senate staffer

December 1, 2012

Albert “Pete” Lakeland Jr., 83, a former Foreign Service officer who later served as minority counsel to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, died Nov. 16 at the Emeritus assisted living center in Arlington after a heart attack.

The death was confirmed by his daughter, Nancy Ocean.

From 1967 until he retired in 1990, Mr. Lakeland was a Senate staffer, initially in the office of then-Sen. Jacob K. Javits (R-N.Y.), later as a staff member and minority counsel with the Foreign Relations Committee.

His work there included strategic arms limitation issues, Arab-Israeli conflicts in the Middle East and helping draft the 1973 War Powers Act, which placed limits on the exercise of military force by the president in undeclared war.

From 1956 to 1967, Mr. Lakeland was a Foreign Service officer whose postings included Mumbai and New Delhi.

Albert Ashton Lakeland Jr. was born in Baldwin, N.Y. He graduated from Princeton University in 1951 and received a master’s degree in English from Columbia University in 1953. He was a 1972 graduate of the University of Maryland law school.

He lived in College Park until entering Emeritus a month ago.

His marriage to the former Dorothy Wingate ended in divorce. Survivors include three children, Nancy Ocean of Sterling, Peter A. Lakeland of Snow Hill, Md., and William S. Lakeland of College Park; a brother; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

— Bart Barnes