Austin D. Lane
Howard University dean

Austin D. Lane, 79, who retired from Howard University in 1986 as dean for special student services, died Oct. 27 at a nursing home in Oxford, N.C.

He had complications from diabetes and dementia, said a nephew, Robert B. Lane Jr.

Austin David Lane was a native of Raleigh, N.C., and a 1958 business administration graduate of North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro. He was a 1961 graduate of Howard University law school and received a master’s degree in law from Georgetown University in 1963.

Mr. Lane taught at the Howard University law school from 1964 to 1973. He later was the university’s dean for student legal affairs and veterans affairs.

A former Alexandria resident, he had been living most recently in Oxford.

Survivors include a brother, Robert B. Lane Sr. of Fredericksburg; and two sisters, Altona Payne of Willingboro, N.J., and Georgia Woodruff of Mitchellville.

— Adam Bernstein