Father Lamb, 90, died March 21 in Oklahoma City. Father Lamb was born in Philadelphia, Pa., on Feb 12, 1926, one of seven children of Patrick and Nora Heffernan Lamb. He was ordained to the priesthood on May 13, 1961.
Father Lamb attended parochial schools in the Philadelphia area before entering the U.S. Army Air Corp where he served as a gunner on a B-29 “flying fortress” until his honorable discharge in 1946. Following his military service, he entered Maryknoll School and Seminary in Ossining, N.Y., where he received a bachelor’s degree in 1950. After working in the private sector for a few years, he entered Mount Saint Mary Seminary in Emmitsburg, Md., and was ordained at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Philadelphia for the Diocese of Oklahoma City and Tulsa.
He served as associate pastor of Saint Francis of Assisi, Oklahoma City; Saint Mary, Tulsa; and Saint Joseph Old Cathedral, Oklahoma City. He served as pastor of Saints Peter and Paul, Hobart and mission; Saint Philip Neri, Midwest City; Saint Joseph Old Cathedral, Oklahoma City; and Saint Mary, Ardmore, and missions where he retired in 2001.
He also served Blessed Sacrament in Coalgate and missions, and Saint Ann in Elgin and missions while pursuing graduate studies at Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. where he received a master’s degree in social work. Father Lamb never stopped learning, receiving a master’s degree in public health and a doctorate of philosophy from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center; a doctorate of ministry from Phillips University in Enid; and a master’s degree in liberal studies from OU in Norman.
Father Lamb served as Promoter of Justice/Defender of the Bond; a teacher of religion at Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School and Mount Saint Mary High School; interim director of Associated Catholic Charities and chaplain to the Catholic Daughters of America. Gov. George Nigh proclaimed May 9, 1986, as Father Louis J. Lamb Day. Father Lamb also was a Knight of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at Saint Joseph Old Cathedral on March 23 with interment at Resurrection Memorial Cemetery, 7801 Northwest Expressway.
Father Lamb asked that memorial gifts be sent to Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City.