George E. Lang

May 2007

Statement from Fr. von Arx:

We were very sorry to learn that Dr. George E. Lang, Jr., professor of mathematics, passed away last evening after a brief illness. It is hard news to absorb, given the lively and dynamic life that George lived. He was what we encourage our students to be - well-rounded, passionate about their beliefs and generous in their concern for others.

Joining the Fairfield faculty in 1970, George held many leadership roles, including serving for many years as Secretary of the General Faculty and in leadership roles in the national, state and Fairfield University Chapter of the American Association of University Professors. Early on the 1980s, he saw the need for qualified computer science professors and directed Fairfield's first Computer Science Program. He was then elected chair of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science and during his tenure a new major and concentration in Computer Science was introduced.

Reflecting his broad interests, which included acting in community theatre, volunteering with the Cub Scouts and becoming a soccer coach and referee, George organized a Renaissance Lecture Series at Fairfield. He was the kind of man who quietly supported various charities, including those that serve people with disabilities.

On behalf of the university community, I extend our prayers and heartfelt condolences to George's wife, Mary-Beth, their family and their many friends.