Lane, Rev. Dr. David J

Lane, Rev. Dr. David J

Rev Dr David John Lane died on 9 January 2005 aged 70 during a visit to India.. At Hurst he was a studious fellow who distinguished himself academically. He was house captain and a school prefect, chairman of the Antiquarian Society and editor of the Hurst Johnian.

He was born in Yorkshire in 1935, and went to several schools before settling at Hurst. His National Service was spent in the Royal Signals, with one year in Egypt, and he then took up his place at Magdalen College, Oxford to read theology. He was encouraged to take a further undergraduate degree in Oriental Studies and he learned Syriac. He started his training for the priesthood at the College of the Resurrection at Mirfield, but continued in Barbados where he was made a deacon in May 1962, and ordained priest later that year.

Posts at Pembroke College, Oxford and in the University of Toronto followed. He had several works published and was awarded the degree of Batchelor of Divinity at Oxford. In 1983 he returned to Mirfield first as Director of Studies, then as Vice-Principal and finally as Principal in 1990. He retired from there in 1997. His busy academic life left little time for his interests in railways and gardening, but his photographs of British steam trains have appeared in journals and books on railway history; his literary interests led him to being President of the Sir Walter Scott Club of Canada. He was also on the committee of the Scottish Rock Garden Club, with a special interest in alpine crevice plants.

(This obituary first appeared in Hugoye: Journal of Syriac Studies)

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