Thomas G. Lane, Jr. ’43

Thomas G. Lane, Jr. ’43 of Charlotte died July 1, 2007. A graduate of local schools, he attended McDonogh School in Maryland, Hampden-Sydney College and graduated from the Law School of the University of North Carolina with a J.D. degree. During World War II, he was in the U.S. Naval Reserve on active duty and in command of a LCT with Sherman tanks and personnel to land at H Hour on D Day, June 6, 1944, at Omaha Beach on the Coast of France and later on the USS LSM 425, returning from the Marianas as skipper to Seattle, for decommissioning in 1946. Upon finishing law school, he entered the practice of law in Charlotte in 1948 and practiced with H. Parks Helms from 1961 to 1988 when he retired. He was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha and Phi Alpha Delta fraternities, and was solicitor of the Charlotte City Recorders Court from 1949–53, and judge pro tem of that court from 1957–59 and was the public administrator of Mecklenburg County from 1955 to 1983. He was an active member of Myers Park Presbyterian Church since joining in 1933. He served as a deacon, elder, Sunday school teacher and president of the men’s Bible class. He volunteered at Presbyterian Hospital. He was a former member of Sharon Civitan Club and was an active member of the Rotary Club of Charlotte. He had been active in the American Cancer Society, the American Diabetes Association, the United Way, Mecklenburg Historical Association, Hugh Torrence House and Store, the Levine Museum of the New South, the Olde Mecklenburg Genealogical Society, and the Navajo Club. Survivors include his wife of sixty years, Mary Caroline, 2040 Hopedale Ave., Charlotte, N.C. 28207; and daughter, Carol L. Dawson and her husband, Dr. Alfred G. Dawson of Florence S.C., and their children, Dr. Catherine D. Tobin, Alfred G. Dawson, Jr., Caroline Dawson and Melody Dawson; son, Thomas G. Lane, III and his wife, Jane of Bargersville, Indiana and their children, Alex Lane and Kevin Lane; daughter, Katie L. Price and her husband, Timothy of Winston-Salem, N.C. and their children, Christine Price and Carey Price.