Dr. Harold James Lane, 84, from Henning, died on Dec. 14 in River Forest. Born on June 27, 1927 to Alonzo Lyman and Margaret (Linfoot) Lane, he received his B.S. degree from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana and his M.D. from the University of Illinois in Chicago Medical School. He belonged to the Alpha Kappa Kappa Fraternity and served as a Naval Pharmacist Mate Third Class during World War II.
Dr. Lane began his medical career as a member of the Ottawa Medical Center until taking his residency in psychiatry at St. Luke Presbyterian Hospital in Chicago in 1966. He maintained a private practice in Chicago, later serving at Cook County Hospital in Chicago until retiring in 1997.
He was married for 33 years to the mother of his children, Patricia Ruth Peyton, and supported until death by his longtime soulmate and partner, Thomas Borysek. Dr. Lane's passions included photography, music, opera, the visual arts, medicine, literature, journalism, and Agatha Christie's mysteries, especially Hercule Poirot. In his youth, he played clarinet.
He never left Chicago for warmer climes because of his many friends and the esteem he enjoyed in the Chicago area. He was a quiet and generous person, an excellent listener who rarely volunteered information about himself. He traveled the world during his retirement years, often with his "favorite niece," Kristine Trinkle-Winzeler, visiting China, Egypt and Western Europe as well as making many trips to visit family in California, Colorado and New York. His curiosity was boundless. He is greatly missed.
Dr. Lane is survived by his elder sister, Doris Jean Balance; his three children, Jennifer Lane Carr (James), Peter Lane, and Amelia (Michael) Ozog; and his two grandchildren, Augustus Ozog and Evelyn Ozog.
Visitation was held on Dec. 16 at Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home. Funeral services were held on Dec. 18, followed by private interment.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the National Kidney Foundation, www.kidney.org.