Supreme Secretary Lane Honored on Retirement
Supreme Council career 'second to none,' says Lane
Exactly how long has former Supreme Secretary Robert J. Lane worked for the Knights of Columbus?
"Actually, Bob was an altar boy for Father McGivney," quipped Chief Accountant William J. Black, who emceed a retirement party for Lane Oct. 30.
Supreme Officers and home office employees honored Lane, who retired after 53 years of service to the Order.
For this part, Lane accepted the recognition with humility: "I leave today with many great memories of years gone by and a career second to none."
Lane began work in the Order's Accounting Department in 1954 at the age of 16. Despite having no previous work experience, he quickly rose through the ranks. In 1987, he was elected assistant supreme secretary, a post he held for 18 years before being elected supreme secretary in 2005.
"To work for Bob was the best, luckiest thing that could have happened to me," said Howard E. Murphy, vice president of business analysis. "Bob has been a boss, a mentor and, best of all, my friend."
During the ceremony, employees presented Lane with a series of gifts, including a framed declaration about his years of service and a crucifix by Italian sculptor Tommaso Gismondi. The original was commissioned by the Knights in 1981 for the Vatican chapel dedicated to Sts. Benedict, Cyril and Methodius; a similar one hangs at St. Mary's Church in New Haven.
During the event, Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson remarked, "One of the reasons why I found the Knights such an attractive place to work and a place to make a lifetime commitment was that there were senior executives working for the company like Bob Lane." Employing people like Lane, Anderson continued, "is a fundamental key to the success of any organization."