American Numismatic Biographies author Pete Smith submitted this
article on numismatic author and ANA staffer and instructor Lane Brunner. Thanks. Thanks also to David Lisot for passing along the initial announcement from the University of Texas at Tyler, where Brunner was the founding Dean of the College of Pharmacy.
Lane Brunner was born on June 23, 1963. He was married to Molly Ann with three children.
Brunner received a B.S. in Pharmacy from the University of Washington School of pharmacy in
1987. He followed with an M.S. from the University of Texas in 1992 and a PharmD from the
University of Georgia in 1995.
He had instructor positions at the University of Houston 1986-1990, University of Georgia 1991-
1993, Medical College of Georgia 1993-1994, and The University of Texas 1994 to 2004.
Brunner joined the ANA in 1982 as member 161378, and in 2003 he converted to ANA life
membership 5681. Brunner taught a class on
Coins in the Classroom during the ANA Summer
Seminar in 2004. On October 4, 2004, he took a position at the ANA as director of numismatic
curriculum and education development. In 2005 he was called numismatic outreach director. On
December 1, 2006, he was promoted to Deputy Executive Director of Museum, Library and
Research Services. He was tasked with developing a proposed American Money and Gold
Museum in the Old San Francisco Mint and another museum in Washington, D.C. Neither was to
come to pass. He departed on June 15 of 2007.
Brunner became the founding dean of the School of Pharmacy at Regis University in 2007-2010.
He was then professor at California Northstate College of Pharmacy 2010-2013. In August of
2013, he became the founding dean of the Ben and Maytee Fisch College of Pharmacy at the
University of Texas at Tyler.
Along with co-author John M. Frost, he wrote Double Dimes - the United States Twenty-cent
Piece published in 2014.
Brunner died on August 31, 2022, following an extended illness.
John Frost submitted this remembrance. Thank you.
It is with great sadness that I report that my friend and co-author, Lane J. Brunner, has passed away
peacefully on August 31, in the presence of his family. Last fall, Lane was diagnosed with stage four
glioblastoma in his brain. After undergoing radiation and chemotherapy, Lane showed signs of
improvement. I visited him in January, and despite some remaining memory impairment, he looked
comfortable and was happy to see a couple of my latest twenty-cent piece acquisitions.
Throughout the spring, he made substantial improvement, including significantly decreased edema in
the brain and a reduction in tumor size, and messages I received on his progress were guardedly
optimistic. We were hopeful that his treatment regimen would result in some extended and quality
time. Lane and I were going to get back together to begin work on the Second Edition of our
Double Dimes book in January and I was going to visit him later this month to spend a little time
with him and make tentative plans. Except for 2021 when I had a mild case of Covid, Lane and I
got together every January in Tyler TX for lunch, catching up, and good old double dime coin talk, a
highlight of my winter trips.
Unfortunately, a rapid and unexpected downturn in mid-August signaled advancement of the cancer.
Lane and his family accepted the inevitable and he entered hospice care. To his family, Lane was
Mr. Happy Shiny Guy, as his loving wife Molly put it, the ever optimist.
A celebration of his life was held on Saturday September 3rd, at the University of Texas at Tyler,
where Lane was the Founding Dean and a Professor at the College of Pharmacy. Throughout his
illness, Lane and his family had great support of his students, faculty, and staff.
His loss will probably hit me the hardest when I resume work on our Second Edition, the project we
were looking forward to doing together. And whenever I find some cool twenty-cent piece and
want to call him to tell him about it. He was one of those few individuals that I would describe as
an R-7. I'll miss him terribly.
My favorite photo is shown below, when Lane (left) and I spent an entire week together immersed
in study of over 700 twenty-cent pieces, combining and organizing our individual research for the
first time. Lane described the week as the
Greatest Nerd-fest in the History of Double Dimes.
Thanks also to Barbara Gregory, who passed along articles from The Numismatist with background on his ANA career. See David Lisot's video of Lane's Coin Collecting Basics talk elsewhere in this issue.
To read the earlier E-Sylum articles, see:
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