Former Alumni Association president dies at age of 85
Lawrence Kane ’57, of Greensboro, N.C., who served his alma mater in a number of capacities, including director of public affairs, director of alumni relations and president of the Alumni Association, died on July 21. He was 85.
A Waltham native, Kane began his studies at Boston University before joining the U.S. Army, where he served as a public relations non-commissioned officer and combat correspondent in the Korean War. While in North Korea, he worked on the first paratrooper newspaper ever published from behind enemy lines. He was named New England Soldier of the Year in 1952.
After graduation in 1957, he accepted a job as the assistant director of public affairs at Brandeis, where he helped organize campus visits by John F. Kennedy, Adlai Stevenson, Nelson Rockefeller and Eleanor Roosevelt. In 1958, he was elected to a two-year term as the sixth president of the Brandeis Alumni Association. He was promoted to director of public affairs in 1961, became an assistant to Founding President Abram Sachar in 1965 and was named director of alumni relations in 1968. Throughout the 1960s, he also served as the university’s representative to the Archdiocese of Boston.
After leaving Brandeis, he worked as executive director of the Human Life Foundation and served in development roles with Benedictine University, Marywood University, Lackawanna College and the National Council for Adoption.
He received numerous honors during his career, including an award from B’Nai B’Brith recognizing his interracial and interfaith activities. He was named Waltham’s Man of the Year in 1959, was the third recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Service Award from Brandeis and was the first former Brandeis employee to be elected a fellow of the university.
He leaves his wife of 61 years; Isabelle; five daughters, Sally, Anmarie, Patricia, Isabelle and Eileen; four sons, Christopher, Joseph, Lawrence Jr. and David; 15 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.