John R. Lane, Class of 1966

Few art museum directors bring to their position such breadth of education and experience—an MBA from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. in Fine Arts from Harvard along with service as lieutenant in the U.S. Navy, as teaching fellow at Harvard, as curator and assistant director at the Fogg Art Museum and the Brooklyn Museum, and as director of The Carnegie Museum of Art where you breathed new life into the influential Carnegie International Exhibition. Few also have had such an impressive impact on their institutions. Since you became its director in 1987, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art has increased its attendance four-fold, tripled its membership, increased its holdings by half, and raised $95 million in capital gifts. The catalyst for this phenomenal growth has been your moving of the museum from cramped rented space to a spectacular 225,000-square-foot home that Time magazine has called “the best new museum building America has seen in years” and drove the usually staid Washington Post to exult in its headline “MoMA Mia!” All this has catapulted SFMOMA into international prominence and San Francisco into becoming what Newsweek now calls “a first-rate art city.”