James M. Lane
July 9, 1929 – July 26, 2020
On Sunday, July 26, 2020, James McConkey Lane passed away peacefully at the age of 91 in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida with his loving wife by his side.
Jim was born on July 9, 1929 in Pittsburgh, PA to Mortimer and Mary (Knapp) Lane. Jim and his twin sister were the youngest of seven children. He received his BA in Economics from Wheaton College in 1952 and his MBA in Finance from the University of Chicago in 1953. He had a successful career in investment management, working at Chase Manhattan Corporation for 25 years. Jim ended those years as EVP of the bank and President and CEO of Chase Investors Management Corporation. He went on to work as Managing Director at C.J. Lawrence before finishing his career at National Bank of Detroit as SVP and Chief Investment Officer of the Investment Management Division. He also served as a Director of Chateau Communities Inc. and Rockefeller Center.
Though energized by business, Jim’s main passions were his faith, his family, and sports. On December 16, 1950, Jim married his college sweetheart, Arlyne (Nelson) Lane and they happily shared nearly 70 years together. They raised and loved their five children (Jim, Ted, Tom, Karen and David) and cherished their children’s spouses, the 12 grandchildren, and 14 great grandchildren that came along through the years. Jim was an amazing Dad, Grandad and Grampy — his family loved and adored him and appreciated his wise advice and wonderful sense of humor. After starting out briefly in Wheaton, IL, Jim and Arlyne spent most of their child raising years in Chatham, NJ before moving to Grosse Pointe Farms, MI and then retiring to Florida. It was their summer home in Stone Harbor, NJ, however, that became the pinnacle of family and friend gatherings and so much love and laughter.
Jim loved sports. He was a talented athlete, playing both college basketball and baseball, and he was inducted into the Wheaton College Athletics Hall of Honor as a member of the 1951 CCI champion baseball team. He also enjoyed playing tennis and golf in later years. While he liked watching just about any sport, baseball was his passion and the Cubs were his team. The foundation of Jim’s life was his Christian faith. Jim was known as a man of integrity, generosity and love, and faithfully served Jesus Christ in all aspects. He led by example and was an amazing role model, leaving behind a lasting legacy of prayer and consistent devotions. He carried on his father’s tradition of reading the “Travelers Psalm”, Psalm 121, before family trips, adding in the beginning and ending location of the trip to personalize the Scripture. He graciously and abundantly gave of his time and money to Christian churches and organizations, including serving on the boards of Wheaton College (33 years), Deerfoot Lodge (36 years), William Tyndale College, and Baseball Chapel, among others. In 2004, J im and his wife Arlyne were honored by the Alumni Association as the Wheaton College Alumni of the Year for Distinguished Service to Alma Mater.
At this time, the family is not planning a memorial gathering but hopes to schedule a service at a later date. In lieu of flowers, if you prefer, donations in memory of Jim can be made to Wheaton College (IL) or Deerfoot Lodge.
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James M. Lane
August 2, 2020
The Bible says, “You can tell a lot about a tree by the fruit it produces.” Like father like son.
July 31, 2020
I served at Wheaton College for 19 years as VP for Advancement. I don't think there was one Board meeting, in all those years, when Jim would not reach out to me in Advancement committee or otherwise with a word of thanks and encouragement. I think he sensed how important and difficult fundraising was, and, of course, he cared about the success of his college--Wheaton. Interesting, early this week I woke up and said to my wife, Susan, I wonder if Jim is still alive and how he is doing? Peace be to his memory. Mark
July 31, 2020
Sympathies, yes, to Jim's large extended families from Lillian and me but mostly--you Lanes--heartfelt appreciation for Jim's personal friendship over the decades and admiration for the many ways in which he contributed to the Kingdom. Ask how I instantly picture Jim: flagging down every hard hit ball his way at third base with sure pegs over to first on Wheaton's only-ever CCI championship baseball team, while batting over .300 at the plate. That confident steady play carried over to his years on our College trustee board, his spectacular business career, mentoring of others and generosity of time, talent and resources. In the words of Prexy Edman: "Well done, brave son true."