Joseph C. Laney
JOSEPH CLARENCE LANEY 1880-1948Joseph C. Laney
Joseph Laney’s ancestry is traced back to territorial settlers In the Salt Lake City region of Utah. From a Mormon upbringing on a farm, Mr. Laney traveled to Arizona and earned a graduate degree from the Arizona State Normal College in June of 1900. Soon thereafter, he pursued an interest in journalism by obtaining employment with the Phoenix Republic.
In 1904 Joseph Laney married Grace Saylor and relocated in Oakland, California. Five years later Joseph and Grace became the proud parents of twin sons, Howard and Clarence.
Mr. Laney’s journalistic work continued in Oakland with assignments on the Alameda Argus, the Oakland Herald, San Francisco Chronicle, and the Oakland Inquirer. In 1909, Perry W. MacDonald and Joseph C. Laney founded the Inter-City Express, a legal publication aimed primarily at the interests of lawyers and building contractors. Within three years they also incorporated a commercial printing department. Both the Inter-City Express and Inter-City Printing continue today under the auspices of MacDonald family members.
Joseph Laney’s membership and dedication to groups such as the Masonic Lodge, the Athenian Nile and Kiwanis Clubs exemplified his concern for community affairs. This interest eventually led to a July 1938 unanimous Oakland School Board appointment to complete the unexpired term of a former member. He successfully campaigned for a second term and was also re-elected in 1943 and 1947, the latter term as Board President
Joseph Laney’s ardent belief in the value of vocational education led to the founding of the Oakland Central Trade School which he considered his most satisfying accomplishment.
Mr. Laney died on August 16, 1948. One month later on September 27, the Oakland Board of Education renamed Central Trade School the Joseph C. Laney Trade and Technical Institute. Laney College, largest of the Peralta Community Colleges, provides a fine liberal arts curriculum as well as vocational studies, and continues to perpetuate the name of the man who contributed so much to Oakland education in the early decades of this century.
Source: Laney College Catalog, 1983-1985 (p.vi)
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