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Resident of Oakland, CA
Kenneth Steven Lane died in Oakland on September 15, 2013, at age 85. He was born in Los Angeles, California on July 20, 1928 to Simon and Fern Levy. As a child he had a cameo role in the film "Yankee Doodle Dandy". After graduating from North Hollywood High, he attended
before settling at UC Berkeley, where he studied archaeology, participating in a dig at Yakutat Bay, Alaska in 1952-53. In the later half of the decade he joined the US Army, serving both stateside and in Germany. Upon his return to the US, civilian life and UC Berkeley under the GI Bill, he switched his focus to the teaching of English. While at Berkeley he met Jana Sue Crossley. They married on August 23, 1959 and settled in the Oakland Hills. Ken taught high school English for several years and then joined the UC Berkeley School of Education Graduate Teaching Program as a Supervisor of Teacher Education in English, where he remained for the rest of his career. During his time at Berkeley he played a very important role in the development of credential policy for the California Federation of Teachers (CFT-AFT), and served as the first editor of publications for the National Writing Project (NWP). In 1979 he earned his Ph.D. in education, and, after more than thirty years, retired from teaching in 1991. Ken was an avid backpacker, spending summers hiking in the Sierras with his wife and teenaged children, and on one occasion trekking around Mount Everest with his daughter. More recently he and his wife kept a cabin cruiser in northwestern Washington where they would take trips several times a year to the islands around Victoria and Vancouver. He was a brilliant photographer, working professionally for the California Teachers Association (CTA), the CFT-AFT, the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and the NWP as a leading photographer for publications, in addition to taking photographs for his own enjoyment while backpacking and boating, and at home with his family. He enjoyed classical and bluegrass music; simple, flavorful and healthy food; a wry sense of humor and the love of his family and friends. Ken was pre-deceased by Jana Lane, his wife of fifty-four years. He is survived by his children Mollianne Talamantes and Stephen Lane; his cousin Robert Levinson; his granddaughters Emma and Sophie Talamantes; his daughter-in-law Kristin Balder-Froid; and his son-in-law Tom Talamantes. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to: Classical KDFC, PO Box 6375, Artesia, CA 90702,
; The National Wildlife Federation, PO Box 1583, Merrifield, VA 22116,
; or Sutter Care At Home (Hospice), 800-698-1273,
. Memorial Services will be at the Alumni House on the UC Berkeley campus (888-225-2586,
) on Sunday, November 10, 2013, 1:30pm.
Published in Inside Bay Area on Oct. 13, 2013
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