Jack Constant Lane was born on April 19, 1932, in Austin Texas. After serving three years during the Korean conflict, Lane earned a B.A. degree from Oglethorpe University, Atlanta, Georgia. As the first member of his family to complete college, he then went on to Emory University as well as to the University of Georgia, where he received his M.A. and Ph.D. respectively.

Lane came to Rollins College in 1963 to teach American history. While at Rollins, Lane acted as chairman for several groups including the Humanities Foundation Courses and the Social Science Division. He was recognized with several awards, including the Arthur Vining Davis Fellowship Award in 1972, the Alexander Weddell Professor of the America’s Chair in 1978, and the William Blackman Medal in 1997.

In 1980, the Rollins Board of Trustees appointed Lane as the College Historian. To celebrate the college centennial, Lane completed a book - Rollins College: A Pictorial History - and manuscript - Rollins College: A Centennial History – that traced the development of the Winter Park institution of higher learning from 1885 to the end of Hugh McKean administration.

The author is looking for feedback about this text. So, please contact Dr. Lane at jlane@rollins.edu with your comments and questions.

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A Preface: Explanations and an Observation, Jack C. Lane

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Chapter 01: The Founding, 1885, Jack C. Lane

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Chapter 02: From Convocation to Crisis, 1885-1893, Jack C. Lane

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Chapter 03: The Struggle for Survival (Hopes and Frustrations), 1892-1903, Jack C. Lane

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Chapter 04: The Search for Stability, 1903-1923, Jack C. Lane

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Chapter 05: The Early Holt Years (An Era of Reform), 1925-1932, Jack C. Lane

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Chapter 06: A College in Crisis (The Rice Affair), 1933, Jack C. Lane

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Chapter 07: The Later Holt Years (Depression and War), 1932-1949, Jack C. Lane

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Chapter 08: A Legacy of the Holt Era (The Wagner Affair), 1949-1952, Jack C. Lane

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Chapter 09: The McKean Era (Restoring the Holt Legacy), 1951-1968, Jack C. Lane

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Chapter 10: To the Centennial, 1978-1985, Jack C. Lane