Nationally honored poet and educator, Pinkie Gordon Lane, died on Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2008. She was a resident of Baton Rouge for nearly 50 years. She passed away at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center after a short illness. Dr. Lane taught in the English department of Southern University for 27 years and served as chair for 12 years. She was appointed Louisiana state poet laureate 1989-1993. She was a 1949 graduate of Spellman College, magna cum laude. She received her doctorate from LSU in 1967, the first African American to do so. Dr. Lane had eight books of poetry published, two of which were nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. She is survived by a son, Gordon Edward Lane and his wife, Teresa; and two granddaughters, Jessica and Symone. Her funeral services will be held at Hall Davis Celebration Center, 9348 Scenic Highway, Baton Rouge, on Wednesday, Dec. 10. Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. will conduct a special ceremony at 11 a.m. Musical tribute will begin at 11:30 a.m. to be followed by funeral services at noon. Repast will be held at the Delta Sigma Theta Alumni House at Southern University.
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Published in The Advocate from December 7 to December 9, 2008