Trent Lane, of Baker, was known by many as a “centenarian icon” before his death Thursday at 101 years of age.
He set 17 world records at the Senior Olympics, sent a homemade equilateral triangle to Mars and racked up 21 patents for scientific instruments and processes.
His daughter, Ruth Vanderford, said Saturday her father was 93 when he began competing in the Senior Olympics, USA Track and Field and the Senior Masters in events such as the discus, shot put, javelin, weight and weight pentathlon.
“He was very well-coordinated and had unusually strong upper-body capability,” Vanderford said. His death, she added, was due “probably from a lifetime of hard work. He had incredible stamina.”
Lane was born March 28, 1910, in Lane Hollow, Tenn., lived in Baker for 75 years, and “had seen it all,” Vanderford said.
“From no flight to supersonic; he’s seen television and the Internet,” she said.
Lane, whose extensive background comes with a laundry list of accomplishments, also played guitar and taught in a one-room schoolhouse as a young man in Sevier County, Tenn.
After graduating from Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, Tenn., and LSU, Lane flew his Luscombe two-seater airplane in the Civil Air Patrol, a part of the U.S. Army Air Force, during World War II.
He was a retired physical chemist with Esso, a fore-runner of ExxonMobil.
After Lane retired, he was a financial analyst, then a physics student at LSU. He submitted his doctoral thesis in 2002.
“He was very sharp until the end,” Vanderford said. “He was a most unusual man. Plus, his grandfather was in the Civil War.” Advocate staff report