March 12 1925 October 30 2019
LANNING’s Obituary Lanning Macfarland Jr., age 94, died on October 30, 2019 at his home in Vero Beach, Florida. Born in Evanston, IL to Lanning Macfarland and Elizabeth Stuckslager, he attended New Trier High School. In 1943 he was drafted into the US Army and served in the Quartermaster corp in Hawaii until his discharge in 1946. After leaving the Army, he attended Northwestern University earning a BA degree and Masters in Business Administration in 1949 and 1950 respectively. While at Northwestern he met his future wife, Roberta Seager, a Stanford University transfer student, and they married in 1947. In 1953, at the age of 28, 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 daily courts newspaper and the oldest family-owned business in Chicago. He represented the third generation of his family to guide the company. His two sons, Lanning III and Brewster, carry on the tradition today as CEO and President, respectively. Through the decades, the Macfarland family expanded the company’s products and services, and were among the first publishers to recognize the trend to computerized news and information. Many of the Law Bulletin’s product were available online in the 1970s. The privately-owned company today is a major regional print and electronic information company in the legal and real estate fields. Macfarland devoted years of service to newspaper publishers and editors in the state and nation. He was a director of the National Newspaper Association, a director and president of American Court and Commercial Newspapers, and a director and president of Illinois Press Association (IPA). In 1996 he received the IPA’s Distinguished Service award for his determined efforts involving protection of public notice. In addition Macfarland served on the Illinois Press Foundation, the non-profit arm of the IPA. Macfarland was a member of the board of directors of Employers Mutual Casualty Company in Des Moines, past director of Master Printers Credit Union, and past director of the Greater North Michigan Avenue Association. He loved sports and played tennis and golf into his mid-eighties. For more than 30 years he enjoyed competitive curling and played in tournaments and events in the U.S., Canada and Scotland. He was a past president of the Illinois Curling Foundation. Additionally, he was a strong and enthusiastic supporter of the Chicago professional teams; the Bears, Bulls, and Black Hawks. Macfarland also 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. In later years he divided his time between homes in Winnetka; Vero Beach, FL; and Martha’s Vineyard, MA. with particular fondness for his summers at the family home on Chappaquiddick Island. For the many ways Macfarland will be celebrated, his true and treasured legacy will be his caring and nurturing of family and friends. Whether offering advice on important life decisions, providing support for family education, initiating family gatherings from Bermuda to Hawaii, Scotland to Jamaica, his commitment to making lives better 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), six grandchildren (Andrew Parker, Jamie Parker, Lindsey Macfarland Salsbury, Susan Macfarland Mehmeti, Mathew Macfarland, and Kelly Macfarland), and six great grandchildren. A private family service and interment will be held on his beloved Chappaquiddick Island at a future date. Read More
Our most sincere sympathies to the family and friends of LANNING MACFARLAND JR March 12 1925 October 30 2019.
Death notice for the town of: Sebastian, state: Florida