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Daniel LaneMalcolm Daniel Lane, Sr. 
(August 10, 1930 - April 10, 2014) ​

Malcolm Daniel Lane, Sr. was born on August 10, 1930 in Chicago, Illinois into a Danish immigrant family. For 60 years, he was married to Patricia Sonquist Lane, who preceded him in death. Dan is survived by his sister, Alice Lane White of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia; his children, Claudia Jay Lane and Danny Lane who is a sculptor living in London; four grandchildren- Jesse and Kevin Fioranelli, Lauren and Joseph Lane; and also three great grandsons, Jesse Jr., Adriel, and Luca.

Dan received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Iowa State University, a Ph.D. degree from the University of Illinois. His research career, beginning with faculty positions at Virginia Tech and New York University School of Medicine, led to the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (1969-present) where he served as DeLamar Professor and Department Director from 1978 to 1997.  He served as Distinguished Service Professor from 1997-2013. Lane contributed to his Department as researcher, teacher, leader and mentor.  He was elected to membership in the National Academy of Sciences in 1987. He also served on numerous editorial and scientific boards, and authored more than 325 research papers which have been published in major scientific journals.

Dan has made numerous seminal contributions to our understanding of enzymology, lipid metabolism, adipocyte differentiation, and the regulation of hunger and satiety.  Dan was most proud of his work in enzymology.  

Dan’s work has had a profound impact on the current global problem of the obesity epidemic and the enzymatic mechanisms governing the interactions of carbohydrates (sugars) and lipids (fat) that are at the basis of our understanding of obesity and measures required for its control.

Dan will be missed by family and friends, by his “biological children” and his “biochemical children” (who are now running their own laboratories in the Lane tradition). We will miss a great scientist who marveled at the miracle of evolution.  We will remember Dan the boat captain (at 81) and Danny the first mate heading out on their grand 450-mile sea voyage from the Chesapeake Bay to Martha’s Vineyard in 2012… to go fishing.

Contributions can be made to the M. Daniel and Patricia Sonquist Lane Endowed Lecture or The Graduate Program in Biological Chemistry, both at Johns Hopkins via the “Make a Gift​” link on our home page. The Lane Family would like to thank everyone for the great outpouring of love and support during the last months of Dan’s illness.

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