Lanning Macfarland, Jr.
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Lanning Macfarland Jr., age 94, died on October 30, 2019 at his home in Vero Beach, Florida. Born in Evanston, IL, he attended New Trier High School followed by service in the US Army. After leaving the Army, he attended Northwestern University where he met his future wife, Roberta Seager, and they married in 1947. In 1953, Macfarland joined the family business, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, and served as President, Chief Executive, and Chairman until his retirement in 2005. For more than fifty years Macfarland led the oldest family-owned business in Chicago. He loved sports and played tennis and golf into his mid-eighties. He enjoyed competitive curling and was a strong supporter of the Chicago professional teams; the Bears, Bulls, and Black Hawks. Macfarland served as director and president of Indian Hill Country Club in Winnetka, the University Club in Chicago, and was a member of Edgartown Golf club in Massachusetts, the Riomar Country Club and Moorings Yacht and Country Club in Florida. His particular fondness was his summers on Chappaquidick Island. Macfarland's true legacy will be his caring and nurturing of family and friends. Whether offering advice on important life decisions or support for family education, his commitment to improving lives will be long remembered. Macfarland was predeceased by his wife of 72 years, Roberta Seager Macfarland. He is survived by his three children, Elizabeth Macfarland Parker (Gary), Lanning Macfarland III (Claire), and Brewster Macfarland (Sarah), and six grandchildren.