Anne B. Lane, 85, FDA officer, volunteer

January 13, 2004

Anne B. Lane, a retired federal Food and Drug Administration consumer affairs officer and community volunteer, died of complications from a stroke Friday at St. Joseph Medical Center. She was 85 and had homes in the Tuscany-Canterbury section of North Baltimore and in St. Augustine, Fla.

Born Anne B. Kelly in Johnson City, N.Y., she earned a degree in home economics from Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., and a master's degree in adult education from North Carolina State University.

She moved to Baltimore in 1945 with her husband, Paul Frederick Lane, a business machine salesman who died in 1966. They were married 23 years.

She was a consumer affairs officer in the Baltimore office of the FDA from 1966 to 1985. Family members said she appeared on area radio and television stations to discuss federal regulatory actions.

In 1973, she was a member of a task force that became Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland, an organization that provides meals for the homebound and group programs.

She lived in Columbia from 1968 until moving to Timonium in 1980, and was a former member of the Owen Brown Village Advisory Committee. Her volunteer activities also included heading volunteer services at St. Vincent's Center in Timonium.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m. today at the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, 5300 N. Charles St., where she was a member and worked in the library.

She is survived by two sons, Michael P. Lane of Phoenix, Ariz., and Dennis J. Lane of Columbia; five daughters, Nancy M. Lane of Raleigh, N.C., Barbara Sandusky of Finksburg, Patricia Shelby of Birmingham, Ala., J. Kelly Lane of Baltimore and Maura K. Lane of New York City; and eight grandchildren.

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