A "celebration of life" memorial service will be held for Melvin Lane, the former co-owner and publisher of Sunset magazine, on Tuesday, Sept. 11, at 4 p.m. at Stanford Memorial Church. A reception will follow at Arrillaga Alumni Center on the Stanford campus.
Lane died July 28 at his Atherton home of complications from Parkinson's disease. He was 85.
Lane was a former trustee of Stanford University for 10 years and the first chairman of both the California Coastal Commission and the Bay Conservation and Development Commission.
Lane also initiated the campaign to raise funds to rebuild Stanford Memorial Church, which had been structurally damaged in the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake.
"Mel would climb with potential donors up ladders through the scaffolding to the very dome of the church to show them the work being done," said Robert Gregg, professor emeritus of religious studies and former dean of the chapel at Stanford Memorial Church. "It was a pretty dicey climb and some people did not complete the climb."
Lane was born in 1922 in Des Moines, Iowa, and moved with his parents to San Francisco in 1928. He attended Palo Alto High School and Pomona College and graduated from Stanford in 1944.
He served in the Navy in World War II and began working at Sunset magazine afterward. His father had bought the travel magazine Sunset earlier, which is why the family moved to California.
The Lane family sold Sunset magazine and books to Time Warner in 1990.
"He clearly brought as much integrity and kindness to his family and friends as to all his other endeavors," said Julie Lane Gay, his daughter.
Lane is survived by his wife of 54 years, Joan Fletcher Lane; daughters, Whitney Miller and Julie Lane Gay; sons-in-law, Richard Miller and Craig Gay; four grandchildren and his brother, L.W. "Bill" Lane, with whom he ran Lane Publishing for nearly 40 years.