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Laurence W. Lane, Jr.

AKA Laurence William Lane, Jr.

Born: 7-Nov-1919
Birthplace: Des Moines, IA
Died: 31-Jul-2010
Location of death: Palo Alto, CA [1]
Cause of death: unspecified

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Publisher, Diplomat

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: US Ambassador to Australia, 1986-89

Military service: US Navy (1941-46)

Formerly of Lane Publishing, publisher of Sunset magazine after 1929. Lane joined the family company in 1946, became Chairman 1978, and remained until 1990, when the business was sold to Time Warner for $250M.


[1] Stanford Hospital, Palo Alto, CA.

Father: Lawrence W. Lane
Mother: Ruth Bell
Brother: Melvin B. Lane (d. 2007)
Wife: Jean (until his death, two daughters, one son)
Daughter: Sharon Lane
Daughter: Brenda Munks
Son: Robert Lane

    University: Pomona College (transferred)
    University: BA, Stanford University (1942)

    US Ambassador to Australia (1986-89)
    Sunset Publisher (1959-90)
    ANZ Banking Group International Board of Advice
    Member of the Board of California Water Service Group (1989-94)
    Member of the Board of California Water Service Group (1967-85)
    Member of the Board of Time, Inc.
    Council of American Ambassadors
    Pacific Basin Economic Council Trustee
    Hoover Institution Board of Overseers
    East-West Center Advisory board
    Commonwealth Club of California Board of Trustees
    National Republican Senatorial Committee


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