J. Lee Lane, 74, home designer, builder


J. Lee Lane, a retired home designer and builder from Fulton, died June 17 at Howard County General Hospital after suffering a stroke. He was 74.

Mr. Lane, a member of St. Louis Catholic Church in Clarksville, was born in Washington, D.C.

He joined the B.F. Saul Co. as a draftsman in 1934 and designed homes and the Fat Boy Restaurant in Washington. During World War II, he assisted the Army Corps of Engineers with the building of an air base at Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, as a civilian contractor. He went on to design and supervise the construction of homes in the Bethesda-Chevy Chase area.

After he retired from building, Mr. Lane began rebuilding Porsche engines and designing engines for Formula V's, which he also raced. This interest led him to become a stockholder and occasional employee for Heishman-BMW Inc. and Heishman Porsch-Audi Inc. in Arlington.

From 1980 until his death, Mr. Lane was active with alcoholism-therapy programs in Laurel and Howard County. In addition to providing extensive informal assistance to those in need, he volunteered his time each week to the detoxification unit at Laurel-Beltsville Hospital. He was on the board of directors of Reality Inc., a treatment facility for recovering alcoholics and drug addicts, and supervised the facility's renovation. He was a long-time member and a frequent speaker at meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous.

Survivors include his wife, Winifred J. Lane; six children, Julia McCahill of Annapolis, Michael Lane of Baltimore, John Lane of Fulton, Mary McCahill of Columbia, Therese Klaschus of Laurel and Sharon Lane of Laurel; 14 grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.

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