Gregory Kane, a provocative former columnist for the Baltimore Sun died of cancer on Tuesday at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He was 62.
Kane, a native of Baltimore once described himself as, “liberal on some issues, conservative on others, a veritable fascist on the topic of crime.” That often mercurial style thrilled and infuriated readers of his commentaries for years. Kane had the same effect on listeners of several local radio talk shows, on which he was a frequent guest, including WEAA’s AFRO First Edition.
Kane, a graduate of Baltimore City College, began his professional journalism career in 1984 writing essays for the old Evening Sun. He most recently wrote for the Baltimore Times, a weekly newspaper; his last column was on former Police Commissioner Bishop Robinson, the city’s first Black police commissioner, who died on Jan. 6. Kane wrote about Robinson:
“It must have been quite a journey from 1952 – when Robinson joined a force that didn’t allow black officers to patrol white neighborhoods or ride in patrol cars – to reach the top of the department. Robinson, I’m sure, had to endure plenty of abuse and unfairness in what was a backward police department when he joined it. That’s one of the reasons I was overjoyed when he was named police commissioner in 1984.”
Gregory Kane is survived by his wife of nearly 30 years, Veronica White Kane; a son, Ray Chapman Sr.; a brother, Michael A. Kane; a sister, Margaret Torrence all of Baltimore , a daughter Jennifer White Cherry of Berkeley, Calif. and seven grandchildren.