COLEMAN, LANE J., long time resident of Dade County, and wife of the late Milton S. Coleman, passed away Tuesday, November 12th at the age of 90. Mrs. Coleman, born in Philadelphia, came to Miami in the early 1940s, and attended the University of Miami where she majored in Business Administration, and became resident auditor of several leading hotels of the day. After her marriage in 1949, she became Vice President of International Tours, one of the largest chain of travel agencies in Florida. As Vice President, Mrs. Coleman was in charge of business development and travelled extensively throughout Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. She also published the popular travel newsletter Travel Talks, and was a contributing travel writer to the Miami Herald newspaper. Mrs. Coleman returned to the University of Miami to study art, art history and psychology. While there in the early 1970s, she was hired by the University to the position of Director of Major Events for the University's Office of Public Relations. During her 7 year tenure with the University under President Henry King Stanford, she was responsible for the planning and coordinating of the myriad details for major fundraising and dedicatory events. She was constantly praised for performing every job with calm elegance and unsurpassable competence. When she was 60 years old, Mrs. Coleman returned to the role of Director of Events for Florida International University. She continued to be lauded for " her knowledge and expertise on etiquette" which made an indelible mark as the University hosted an array of dignitaries including Pope John Paul II and President George H.W. Bush. Mrs. Coleman retired from the University in 1997, at age of 75. She was loved and admired by her family and friends who appreciated her grace, kindness, refined intellect, humor, and love of all things beautiful in nature. She celebrated her 90th birthday this year with an elaborate party that brought family and friends from all over to celebrate her rich and meaningful life. Mrs. Coleman is survived by her daughter, Melanie Jacobson (Dr. Jeffrey Katzell); son, Michael Coleman; brother, Mike Krasny (Althea); and many adoring nieces and nephews. Services and entombment were held Thursday, November 14, 2013, at The Gardens Memorial Park in Boca Raton. Donations in memory of Mrs. Coleman can be made to The Mailman Center for Child Development, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.
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Published in Miami Herald on Nov. 17, 2013