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Stanford Report, January 14, 1998

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History Corner renamed to honor Bill and Jean Lane

In recognition of the contributions by Bill Lane, '42, and his wife, Jean, to the restoration of buildings damaged by the 1989 earthquake, History Corner was renamed Lane History Corner and the building renamed Lane Hall on Jan. 9. Completed in 1903, this corner of the Quad was retrofitted in 1979 and sustained little damage during the Loma Prieta quake. The Lane's $8 million gift was used to help rebuild the rest of the Quad, library and museum.

"This formal linking of the words 'Lane,' 'History' and 'Stanford' is entirely fitting, because of the myriad connections among the three," said President Gerhard Casper, during a ceremony that recalled the long association of the Lane family with Stanford. Dating back to 1928, when the family moved to California from Iowa, four generations of Lanes have been connected with the university. From 1928 to 1990, the Lane Publishing Co. published Sunset magazine, a successor to a publication started in 1898 by Leland Stanford Sr.'s company, the Southern Pacific Railroad. Guests attending the ceremony received a reproduction of the first issue of Sunset, named after the railroad's Sunset Limited train. They also received sections of a 1929 issue that included an interview with Ray Lyman Wilbur, the third president of the university. SR