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(Judge) Henry Bane
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Birth: May 13, 1904, Lithuania
Death: Oct. 13, 1998
Durham County
North Carolina, USA

Mr. Henry Bane, died Wednesday morning in Duke University Medical Center.

Mr. Bane was born in Lithuania in 1905. His parents were Benjamin and Sarah Rause Bane. His family was drawn to Durham by an uncle who had rolled cigarettes in the Duke factory in the early 1880's. He attended Durham Public Schools. Although an immigrant child, his progress in English was so swift that he was promoted from third grade to fourth in a week, and teachers asked him to recite poetry at school assemblies.

He graduated from Duke University in 1927. He was a founder of Pente, the first Jewish fraternity at Duke, which was given its name because there were only five Jewish male students on campus. In 1930 he received a law degree from the University of North Carolina. During World War II he served in the armed services.

He was a gifted golfer and tennis player as attested by a wall of trophies. In 1936 he won the Durham city tennis championship. Henry was the first Jewish member of Willowhaven Country Club.

Henry was active in the American Bar Association. He designed Durham's Recorder's Court, which handled small claims, and in 1964, by secret vote of the Durham Bar, he was selected to be its first judge, a position that he held for two years. His arguments before the state Supreme Court led to the enactment of the so-called "Levy Law," which still governs rules on check-kiting cases.

Henry served as president of the local and state B'nai B'rith. In the 1940's he interceded with the United States government to bring Professor Raphael Lemkin of Poland to the United States and helped secure him a position at Duke. Lemkin coined the term "genocide" and authored the Genocide Convention adopted by the United Nations. Henry was a valued member of the community who was frequently called upon to combat anti-Semitic prejudice on campus and in the courts. Henry Bane also served as president of Beth El Synagogue.

He is predeceased by his brother Samuel.

'Devoted son, honored brother and cousin. Proud son of Armian Lithuania. The works of his hands are truth and justice.' Translation: Here Rests Elchanan son of Mr. Binyamin 24th Tishre 5759.
Durham Hebrew Cemetery
Durham County
North Carolina, USA
Created by: RTerry
Record added: Jun 15, 2007
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(Judge) Henry Bane
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