Carl Lane, a Washington businessman who for 30 years sold name-brand men's fashions in a working-class neighborhood along Georgia Avenue died yesterday after being shot a week ago. He was 63.
Lane was shot in the head for no apparent reason by a youth who walked up behind him in a parking lot outside his store, York Haberdasher, at 3608 Georgia Ave. NW.
Lane died yesterday in the Washington Hospital Center. D.C. police said yesterday they have made no arrests in connection with the shooting.
Gifted with a magnetic personality and experience as a sewing machine operator in the Philadelphia garment district, Lane became an instant success when he opened his store in 1946.
The neighborhood was mostly white then, but when it turned black during the 1950s, he adapted by pioneering broad extensions of credit to blacks. For many here, Lane made "layaway" what it is today.
An activist in local civic and charitable organizations, Lane was wellknown in all walks of life, from innercity blacks to prominent politicians, sports figures and religious leaders.
Survivors include his wife, the former Doris Somerson, a daughter, Diane, and his mother, Anne, all of Washington; his brother, Amor, of Silver Spring; and his sister, Mrs. Sylvia Kahn of Doylestown, Pa.
Services will be held Tuesday at noon at b'nai Israel Congregation at 6301 Montrose Rd., Rockville.