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News - August 6, 2010

Philanthropist, Sunset publisher Bill Lane dies

Longtime environmentalist, fan of the West former ambassador dies following an illness

by Palo Alto Weekly staff

Former Sunset magazine publisher and philanthropist Bill Lane died Saturday following a rich life of community dedication and leadership. Lane died at Stanford Hospital following an illness and surrounded by family members.

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Posted by Kirsten, a resident of Ventura
on Aug 2, 2010 at 10:51 am

What a wonderful man. He was a gentleman and true philanthropist. I had the pleasure of hearing him introduce the speakers at the POST Wallace Stegner lecture series. I was struck by his love of both the California landscape and environment, and his true regard for humanity. We were lucky to have him in our communitiy.

Posted by Sue, a resident of Crescent Park
on Aug 2, 2010 at 11:26 am

What a fantastic man and he and his wife and family have done so much for the entire bay area. We have lost a unique spirit but were lucky to have him for so many years.

Posted by Rob Browne, a resident of another community
on Aug 2, 2010 at 11:28 am

Only encountered him briefly here and there but much admired the man. Our community and Nation could use more like him.

Posted by Clark Kepler, a resident of another community
on Aug 2, 2010 at 11:38 am

Few have done more for their community, given more generously, and shared as much as did Bill Lane.

Posted by Mary Sangrey, a resident of another community
on Aug 2, 2010 at 12:23 pm

Bill was one of those people bigger than one life and whose accomplishments are greater than seems possible for a single person. Add to that a kind and generous heart - that's Bill. Very few people have left such positive ripples in the wake of every place they ventured. It's an honor to say I knew him. I'm saddened to learn of his passing. He will be missed, but remember fondly by so many.

Posted by Bill Ashton, a resident of Portola Valley
on Aug 2, 2010 at 3:05 pm

I grew up with Bill as my neighbor , I would consider Bill a good friend . He was one of those men who never said anything bad about anybody. I will miss him very much .

Posted by enough!, a resident of Palo Alto Orchards
on Aug 2, 2010 at 4:16 pm

I met Mr. Lane on a few occaisons. Thought him to be a lovely man.

Posted by Debbie Ford-Scriba, a resident of another community
on Aug 2, 2010 at 5:03 pm

Truly, an extraordinarily generous and community-spirited man. He will be missed, but his legacy will live on through his many gifts, particularly the beautiful spaces he preserved and protected for everyone to enjoy.

Posted by Jessica, a resident of Midtown
on Aug 2, 2010 at 5:32 pm

Mr. Lane was still totally engaged to the end. Saw him driving around all the time. Amazingly generous individual and a great story teller. We the Westerners are all benefit from his hard work, vision and generosity.

Posted by Mitch J., a resident of Barron Park
on Aug 2, 2010 at 6:39 pm

He was a great man,
I remember doing the convetible top on his car. I think It was a Chevy Impala?? .
What a great guy, He will be missed and was a very good business man.
Mitch Johnson, Palo Alto Upholstery

Posted by PA resident, a resident of Green Acres
on Aug 2, 2010 at 9:04 pm

I didn't know Mr. Lane -- I remember watching an interview with him a ways back and wishing I did. He seemed like such a warm and positive person.

Sunset has been a part of my family's life for so long -- a well of priceless home wisdom -- so many of our best holiday recipes have come from its pages. I don't get to travel much, I appreciate seeing the beauty of the West in such splendid light.

I admire Mr. Lane for making his fortune doing something so positive, and then using his fortune in the way he has to give to the community again.

I wish I could thank him. He was a real giant among us.

Posted by Walter_E_Wallis, a resident of Midtown
on Aug 3, 2010 at 8:39 am

Walter_E_Wallis is a registered user.

Mel and Bill walked the walk. California will miss them.

Posted by Robert Markstein, a resident of another community
on Aug 4, 2010 at 5:16 pm

I worked under Bill Lane in the late 1980s when he was ambassador to Australia. He was, at all times, an amiable and lovely man to work for, well respected by embassy employees and the Aussies he dealt with professionally.

Ambassador Lane was a fine representative of what, unfortunately, appears to be a dying breed. He was a moderate Republican dedicated to preserving the environment. While in Australia, he represented the American government and people, working with Australian politicians and administrators of all political persuasions, making friends regardless of political orientation.

The world is poorer for his absence. My heart goes out to his family and friends.

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