Chauncey “Chan” Munger Lane ’41

Chauncey “Chan” Munger Lane ’41, 90, of Greensboro, N.C., passed away at Moses Cone Hospital on Nov. 13, 2011, after a brief illness. Lane was born in New Bern, N.C., on Dec. 2, 1920, the son of Oscar Wallace Lane and Maude Munger Lane, but grew up in Greensboro. He was preceded in death by his parents (1927 and 1950); his brother, Oscar Wallace Lane, Jr. (1998); and his beloved wife of 67 years, Elizabeth Martin Lane (2011). Lane was a graduate of N.C. State University, with a degree in mechanical engineering. He also attended the University of Virginia, where he was inducted into Kappa Sigma fraternity. Lane was chosen for the U.S. Navy’s preflight program and began training at UNC Chapel Hill but was transferred to the U.S. Naval Reserve Midshipmen’s School due to his outstanding mathematical and engineering aptitude. During midshipmen’s training, he attended the University of Miami, the University of Virginia, the University of Rhode Island, and Columbia University. He was commissioned as an ensign in the U.S. Naval Reserve. During WWII, Lane served in the Pacific Theater. He was assistant stability officer on the USS Randolph (CV-15) and gunnery officer on the USS Sacandaga (AOG-40). His keen interest in naval history and warfare earned him his nickname of “The Admiral.” A highlight of his last years was the Triad Flight of Honor, in which he participated this past April. Lane was a lifelong member of West Market Street Methodist Church and was sergeant of arms of the Gate City Civitan Club for many years. He was a gentleman and a scholar in every sense, and was beloved by both family and friends Lane is survived by his two children, Sarah Lane (Gerald Oakley), 240 Creek View Dr., Sunset Beach, NC 28468-4424, and Chauncey M. Lane, Jr.; a granddaughter, Catherine Holland; and several nieces and nephews.