Few men have brought more devotion or ability to the service of the University than did William Coolidge Lane. As Librarian for thirty years, he was the leader in building up the college library and in making its collections accessible to scholars. The perfection of the facilities of Widener library will remain a lasting monument to his administration.
Mr. Lane was intimately associated throughout his life not only with the Library but with other groups in the college. He had an active interest in the Union, the Alumni Signet Society, and the Dante Society and was a leading spirit in the organization of the Harvard Memorial Society. His interest was equally great in many societies outside the University. To most of them he contributed papers on both historical and scientific subjects.
A man of unusual intellectual distinction, Mr. Lane had more than the wide scholarship necessary for his profession. He was an expert botanist, a gifted painter, and a remarkably fine reader and actor. That he should have found time for these things in addition to his important life work is a tribute to his extraordinary versatility and to the vitality of his interests. The loss of a man who has contributed so much to the University in so many ways will be keenly felt.