Lane--Gary. Our beloved Gary Martin Lane, 69, died Friday night after a more than two-year battle with Merkel cell carcinoma. Over his incredibly rich life, Gary worked as a professor of 20th Century American poetry, an English instructor to foreign military officers, and, finally, a pianist, performing the Tin Pan Alley standards that had held his heart since boyhood for retirees and Alzheimer's patients. Gary grew up in Port Washington, New York and spent his final 36 years in San Antonio, Texas, where he and his wife, Gail, created their own small paradise -- Wandering Aengus, the house and grounds they built with their own hands and named after a poem by W.B. Yeats. It was there that they provided a loving home to their three remarkable children and generations of dogs and cats. In addition to his wife, Gary is survived by his son, David, his daughters, Katie Kauper and Cheryl Holcomb, four grandchildren, and his sister, April Benson. The family requests, in lieu of other remembrances, that donations be made to The Merkel Cell Carcinoma Fund at the University of Washington Foundation.
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Published in The New York Times on Nov. 26, 2012