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Lang, Virgil D.

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September 9, 1930 - March 23, 2016

Lang, Virgil D.

Virgil Dwayne Lang was born Sept. 9, 1930 in Appleton, Minnesota and passed away Mar. 23, 2016 in Dallas, Texas at the age of 85. His parents were Edmund Paul Lang and Nuna Margaret Anderson. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Mary Jane Bowen Lang and his two daughters, Betsy Maddox and Margaret Ott, as well as 6 grandchildren.

He lived in Seattle, Washington from 1932 to 1951 when he entered the Air Force. His Air Force career included a year of study at Yale University where he learned spoken Chinese. Then he did a tour of duty in Korea translating Chinese radio signals for military intelligence during the Korean War. When he returned to the US, he spent two years working for the National Security Agency in Washington, D.C, where he met his wife.

Virgil and Mary Jane were married in Louisville, Kentucky on Dec. 27, 1951. They moved back to Seattle, Washington where he finished his bachelors degree. During this time, his first daughter, Betsy, was born. They moved to Boulder, Colorado in 1957 where he earned his law degree at the University of Colorado in 1959.

In 1959, they returned to Washington, D.C. where he worked as a tax attorney for the Internal Revenue Service. His second daughter, Margaret, was born at this time. He continued his law career as an Associate at Taft, Stettinius and Hollister in Cincinnati, Ohio from 1965-1969. From 1969-1988, he worked as Tax Counsel and later Employee Matters Counsel for Dresser Industries in Dallas, Texas. Following that, he worked as a judge at the Dallas County Criminal Court from 1988-2066.

In his retirement, he enjoyed traveling around the world with his wife, taking many exciting cruises to distant lands.

He was loved. He will be missed.




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Mary McKeown Davis

March 27, 2016 10:06AM

I will miss Virgil's wit on the calls I made for PrimeTimers.

Steven P Pakes

March 27, 2016 7:07AM

I had the great pleasure of working with Virgil on a committee at UT Southwestern. Virgil was a thoughtful, considerate man. My condolences to his family.