John A. Lane ’44

John A. Lane ’44 died on December 10, 2011, in Worcester, Massachusetts.

He was born in Providence, R.I., on April 12, 1921, and prepared for college at Newton (Mass.) High School and Wilbraham Academy. He was a member Delta Sigma fraternity. He served to private first class in the Army during World War II, serving as a medic with the 355 Engineers. He saw the battles of Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland (Germany), Ardennes (Belgium), and Central Europe. He was awarded the Theater Campaign Ribbon and five Battle Stars. He graduated in 1946 but remained a member of the class of 1944. He worked for many years at Automatic Specialties in Marlborough. He enjoyed gardening, baseball and golf, and was a member of The First Congregational Church of Shrewsbury for 52 years and a Mason at the Siloam Lodge, Westborough. He and his wife volunteered for 10 years in the Shrewsbury school system, where they enjoyed reading to children. He also volunteered at Memorial Hospital in Worcester for five years. He is survived by four daughters, Priscilla A. Lane, Susan L. Ostrosky, Janis N. Lane, and Debra N. Lane; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife of nearly 62 years, Virginia R. Lane, in 2009.

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