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Angela Victoria Lane ’65

Angela Victoria Lane ’65, October 4, 2007, at her home in Washington, D.C. Angela received a BA from Reed in sociology. She earned an MA in 1967 and a PhD in 1972 in sociology from the University of Chicago. From 1972 to 1976, she was assistant professor in the sociology department at Indiana University–Bloomington. In 1976, she took a position as assistant professor with the sociology and social psychology department at Florida Atlantic University, in Boca Raton, where she engaged in research in stratification and sex roles. Angela was listed in the field of social and behavioral sciences in the 1977 edition of American Men and Women of Science. From 1977 to 1980, she was a member of the faculty at Temple University, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and researched the American industrial structure and its interpenetration with the stratification system as an NIMH postdoctoral fellow. Her work as a research associate in sociology continued at the University of Pennsylvania in 1981, where she was engaged in studying labor market effects on educational utilization by the labor force. In 1984, Angela accepted a position as senior research analyst for Blue Shield of Pennsylvania, Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, and moved to Washington, D.C., in 1986, where she was survey statistician for the Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Department of Justice. Angela suffered from heart disease at an early age, and had open-heart surgery while at Reed in 1964. A loudspeaker announcement in commons produced a flood of student blood donors, only one known to Angela. At the time of a second surgery in 1987, Angela revisited the event at Reed, and expressed her gratitude for the anonymous donors, and also for the instruction of professors John Pock [sociology 1955–98] and David French ’39 [anthropology and linguistics 1947–88]. She maintained lifelong friendships with many at Reed, including Steve McCarthy ’66 and Lucinda Parker McCarthy ’66 and Paul Siegel ’62. The Angela V. Lane Endowed Scholarship was created in her memory in support of Reed's financial aid program.

Appeared in Reed magazine: May 2008

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