Obituary: Leon Lane

Obituary: Leon Lane

He was an ophthalmologist who served in the Army and became a fellow at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Leon (Lee) Lane, age 76, of Dunwoody passed away Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, from prostate cancer.

He was born in Boston to Lillian and Morris Lane. Leon was the beloved husband for 50 years to Sharyn Lane. He is survived by children Kimberly and Richard Kopelman of Atlanta and Craig and Jagoda Lane of San Antonio. He was a proud Papa to his grandchildren, Nathen and Rebecca Lane and Jeremy, Zac and Micah Kopelman.

He graduated from Williams College with a full scholarship in 1962. He then received his medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine, followed by three years of residency at Case Western Reserve’s department of ophthalmology. He was proud that he served his country after that as a major in the U.S. Army. He had a private practice of ophthalmology for over 18 years in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., where he was much loved by his patients.

His love of learning never stopped. In 1992, he became the chief fellow in ocular immunology at Harvard Medical School, and he was constantly excited by the prospect of helping patients from all over the world with difficult cases. Upon moving to Atlanta, he enjoyed a variety of activities, including the North Atlanta Men’s Club, where he made many wonderful friends.

Funeral services were held at Temple Emanu-El on Sunday, Sept. 10. Burial was at the Georgia National Cemetery on Sept. 11. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Williams College Scholarship Fund ( or the Georgia Prostate Cancer Coalition. ( Sign the online guestbook at Arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care, Atlanta, 770-451- 4999.

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