John F. Gane was born in Philadelphia and graduated from Episcopal Academy in Merion, PA in 1926. After completing an undergraduate degree at Williams College in 1931, he received his B. Arch. from Yale University in 1936. He started his career as a draftsman with George I. Lovatt and with Edward H. Wigham, and was subsequently head draftsman with Wigham & Tilden. Gane was made a partner before leaving that firm in 1955. He served as secretary of the Philadelphia Chapter of the AIA in 1957 (having joined the national in 1951), and became a partner in Wright, Andrade & Amenta in 1961. After Preston Andrade's and William Amenta's withdrawal around 1964, Gane continued to practice with John W. Wright, Jr. under the name Wright & Gane until 1969, when Gane established an independent office. He was the editor for the 1970 edition of the American Architects Directory, succeeding George Koyl, who acted as emeritus editor for this final edition. Gane retired from architectural practice in 1971, and was made a fellow of the Philadelphia chapter in 1972. After his retirement, he joined the faculty of the Hoosac School, a private academy in New York state, working as a teacher and librarian. He was the president of the Carpenters' Company during the Bicentennial.
Emily T. Cooperman.
Clubs and Membership Organizations
- American Institute of Architects (AIA)
- Philadelphia Chapter, AIA
- Union League of Philadelphia
- Carpenters' Company of Philadelphia
- Yale University
- Williams College
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