I'm very sorry to have learned about Dr. Langston's passing. My wife Gladys and I wish to send our deepest sympathy to Esther and her family. I am from Hong Kong and had spent part of the 70's at Stetson, and USA through the 80's. Although Paul and I had less correspondence in recent years, he is forever one of the most important persons in my life because he practically changed my musical/artistic path. Therefore, while thinking about him and how much I owe him, I want to share my story.
1969 summer, while I was in high school playing classical and Rock&Roll music, Paul was invited by the Hong Kong Baptist Church Association to give music lectures at a school in Kowloon Hong Kong. At the end of his class, I went up to him and expressed my dream of becoming a musician/composer. He gave me an audition the following evening on my aural and violin skills, and asked me to go take the SAT test. Later, he offered me a full music scholarship to enter Stetson.
During the Stetson years, Paul was an inspiring teacher as well as a life-changing mentor. I remember going to his house and Esther would cook up a storm and every bite was so delicious! Paul also wrote letters on my behalf to get union permit to play guitar at Disney World during the summer months.
I graduated from Stetson Music School with a composition degree, and went further north to graduate schools in subsequent years, before I went back to Hong Kong to work as a university professor. I have been having my share of fun teaching and composing music all these years – with a solid training provided by Paul and Stetson. Such blessings and opportunities don't come by too often.
I want to thank Paul and Esther again!
Dr. John Chen Kwok-ping, and Gladys