Lanning Macfarland Jr. died on Oct. 30 at his home in Vero Beach, Fla. He was 94.

Born in Evanston, Ill., he attended New Trier High School followed by service in the U.S. Army.

After the Army, he attended Northwestern University where he met his future wife, Roberta Seager. They married in 1947.

In 1953, he joined the family business, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, and served as president, chief executive and chairman until his retirement in 2005. For more than 50 years he led the oldest family-owned business in Chicago.

He loved sports and played tennis and golf into his mid-80s. He enjoyed competitive curling and was a strong supporter of the Chicago professional teams: the Bears, Bulls and Blackhawks.

He 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, the Riomar Country Club and Moorings Yacht and Country Club in Florida. His particular fondness was for his summers on Chappaquidick.

His 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.

He was predeceased by his wife of 72 years, Roberta Seager Macfarland. He is survived by his three children, Elizabeth Macfarland Parker, Lanning Macfarland 3rd, and Brewster Macfarland; and six grandchildren.