Carl Lane

Dr. Carl Anthony Lane of Montclair, NJ died peacefully on February 28, 2023.  Born in 1944 in The Bronx to Carl Walter Lane and Antoinette (nee Bianchini), he graduated from St. Nicholas of Tolentine, received his BA and MA from Manhattan College and his PhD at City University of New York.  He served in the Peace Corps in Jamaica where he met his wife and lifelong friends the Creary Family and Ray Day. 


Dr. Lane taught in the New York City schools before working for the NJ Historical Society as the Keeper of Manuscripts.   He taught American History at Upsala College for a time and eventually at Felician College from 1987 until his retirement in 2018.   Dr. Lane was a Fulbright Scholar and loved being a professor.  His telling of stories is something for which he will always be  remembered.   


An avid writer, his articles appeared in William and Mary Quarterly, Virginia Magazine of History and Biography,  as well as Essays in Economics and Business History.  Further, Dr. Lane  authored two books:  A Nation Wholly Free: The Elimination of the National Debt in the Age of Jackson; and Understanding the National Debt:  What Every American Needs to Know.


Dr. Lane served as President of the Northern NJ chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation.  He vacationed each summer on Cape Cod and Long Beach Island.  He could be found with a cup of coffee and a book or the Sunday Times crossword which he completed in pen.   Dr. Lane is survived by his wife, Carolyn Tierney Lane; children:  Philip, Elizabeth and David,  daughters-in-law, Ismet Tuna Pekin and Nancy Kwon; and grandsons, Kaya Robert, Han Pekin and Kelly Hunter; his sister Geraldine DeSantis and her husband Nick DeSantis; a sister-in-law Carmella Pascale, nieces and nephews, sisters-in-law and brothers-in law whom he adored.  He was predeceased by his brother Philip Alfred Lane.  A Memorial Mass is set for March 18, 2023 at 10:30 AM at the Immaculate Conception Church in Montclair.