Florence Levine Lane

Florence Levine Lane

Florence Levine Lane was the youngest of four children born in 1918 in Brooklyn, New York to immigrant parents.

She was accepted to Connecticut College for Women to major in piano. At the sudden death of her father, she withdrew to support her mother who worked as a seamstress and herself. She worked during the days and attended Hunter College at nights, graduating with a degree in accounting, which was thought to be a more practical major opposed to piano.

Florence met her future husband Philip Lane when he came to repair her mother’s refrigerator. They had much in common as both worked to support their parents pay for college. She then married Philip in 1942 and followed him from base to base as he served in the Army during WWII. After the war, they had two daughters.

Florence returned to work when her husband started his own business, as a steady income was needed. She taught accounting at Carle Place High School for a few years while studying for a degree in guidance and counseling at Hofstra University. She then joined the Carle Place High School Guidance Department.

As a devoted listener, she supported many who were enlightened with her guidance. When Nassau Community College opened its doors, she applied and was accepted as one of the first counselors. In 1975, NCC Federation of Teachers nominated her as Nassau County Women of the Year.

Florence continued her education at NYU receiving another advanced degree in counseling. Professor Lane was active in starting and serving as President of the Women’s Faculty Association. She was later named Assistant Dean.

This scholarship was created in her memory by family.