Dr. Robert Mack (Bob) Lane

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LANE, Dr. Robert Mack (Bob) 14 October, 1921 - 15 July, 2018 Born in Victoria, the only child of Eldon and Myrtle (Mack) Lane, and dying peacefully at Parkwood Court, his home for the last two years, Bob was predeceased by his wife of seventy years, Laura Kathleen (Cameron) Lane ("Kay") and his grandson Colin Sands McInnes. He is survived by his five children Ken (Julia), Mary Hughes (Bob), Susan McInnes (David), Bill, and Sandy (Julie), nine grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren. After two years at Victoria College he studied medicine at McGill University, receiving his MD in 1944. He served first with the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps and then with the Royal Canadian Navy. After the war he earned a Diploma in Public Health from the University of Toronto, and in 1950 undertook postgraduate studies in internal medicine at Queen's University. In 1953 he was appointed director of the Victoria and Island Chest Clinic, a position he held until his retirement in 1982. He is a past president of the British Columbia Medical Association, the British Columbia Society of Internal Medicine, and the Board of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. Wartime conditions saw Bob and his classmates entering medical school without completing a bachelor's degree. He corrected this by returning to University of Victoria (successor to Victoria College) and completing two BA's. He is a past president of the university's Alumni Association, and with his wife endowed the Bob and Kay Lane Graduate Scholarship in demography. Bob's family will honour him at a celebration of life in September. They thank Dr. Gary Nielsen, and the staff of Douglas House, of Parkwood Court, and of Wendy's Support Services, for the care given to Bob.

Published in Victoria Times Colonist from Aug. 10 to Aug. 11, 2018