Dr. Carl Anthony Lane, a college professor, author and longtime resident of Montclair, died peacefully on Feb. 28, 2023. He was 78.

Born in 1944 in the Bronx to Carl Walter Lane and Antoinette Bianchini, Dr. Lane graduated from St. Nicholas of Tolentine Catholic Academy in Queens. 

He received his B.A. and M.A. from Manhattan College, and his Ph.D. from the City University of New York.  

He served in the Peace Corps in Jamaica, where he met his wife and lifelong friends the Creary family and Ray Day. 

Dr. Lane taught in the New York City schools before working for the New Jersey Historical Society as the keeper of manuscripts.  

He taught American history at Upsala College for a time, and at Felician College from 1987 until his retirement in 2018. 

Dr. Lane was a Fulbright scholar and loved being a professor. His telling of stories is something for which he will always be remembered.   

An avid writer, his articles appeared in William and Mary Quarterly and the Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, and he wrote essays on economics and business history.  

Dr. Lane  authored two books, “A Nation Wholly Free: The Elimination of the National Debt in the Age of Jackson” and “Understanding the National Debt:  What Every American Needs to Know.”

He served as president of the northern New Jersey chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation.  

He vacationed each summer on Cape Cod and Long Beach Island.  He could be found with a cup of coffee and a book or the Sunday Times crossword, which he completed in pen.   

Dr. Lane is survived by his wife, Carolyn Tierney Lane; children, Philip, Elizabeth and David;  daughters-in-law, Ismet Tuna Pekin and Nancy Kwon; grandsons, Kaya Robert, Han Pekin and Kelly Hunter; sister, Geraldine DeSantis (Nick); sister-in-law, Carmella Pascale, and nieces, nephews and other sisters-in-law and brothers-in law.

He was predeceased by his brother, Philip Alfred Lane. 

A memorial Mass is set for March 18 at 10:30 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Church, 30 North Fullerton Ave.

Arrangements were by Hugh M. Moriarty Funeral Home, 76 Park St.