Lions Club adds two new members Thomas Larkin and Mark Pike are newest inductees in pride

Cecil Giltz Published:

The Kent Lions Club recently inducted two new members, Thomas Larkin and Mark Pike, both sponsored by King Lion John Kurlich.

Larkin, a native of Pittsburgh, Pa., received his bachelor of arts degree at John Carroll University in Cleveland, where he was active in football and basketball, and majored in history and education.

Earning his masters degree in athletic administration at Kent State University, he taught history at Calvary Center Academy in Cleveland and at Theodore Roosevelt High School in Kent.

Currently, he is the dean of students at Roosevelt, where his wife, Amy, teaches mathematics. They have three children: Riley, 6; Shannon, 3; and Lucas, 7 months.

Pike, a native of Montclair, N.J., graduated from Ithaca College in Ithaca, N.Y., with a degree in radio/television production, and later a second degree in educational communication. He has worked at CNN as a studio cameraman.

He also has been the director of the educational media center at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, S.D.

Since moving to Streetsboro last year, he has joined KSU as the assistant dean for media services. He and his wife, Jenny, have three children: Ben, Nikki and Erin.

Pike plays guitar, has played ice hockey and enjoys using his computer skills.

The club regularly meets at noon Thursdays at the United Methodist Church in Kent.

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