Dr. Lanier was my pediatrician for 15 years, and I remember him fondly as a gentle soul with a wry wit. When my family joined Riverside Baptist Church in the mid 70's I was delighted to get to know Dr. Lanier as a dedicated Sunday School teacher and jovial fellow church member.
Several years later, I reconnected with Dr. Lanier at Ortega United Methodist where his son and his family were members. I was the youth director and Dr. Lanier regularly volunteered as a guest speaker. I especially remember the time he led a frank and funny, yet spiritual, discussion about sexuality at one of our lock-ins.
To Dr. Lanier's family - you will be in the thoughts and prayers of the hundreds of us who knew and loved him. Know that his legacy lives on!