Walter Lang Molineux Jr.
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AGE: 83 • Fair Haven
Walter Lang Molineux Jr., 83, of Fair Haven, died peacefully surrounded by the love of his family on Wednesday, April 3, 2013, at Riverview Medical Center, Red Bank. Lang was born in Atlantic City and graduated from Moorestown High School and earned a BA from Brown University in 1953.
Lang was predeceased by his beloved first wife, Patricia D. Molineux; and his older sister, Carol Bartholomew, Pa. He is survived by his loving wife of 15 years, Nancy Gosnell Molineux; younger brother, Ross Molineux, FL; his daughter and son-in-law, Abigail and Francis Daly, Locust; adoring grandchildren, Ellen and Lang, and his step-daughter and son-in-law, Hannah and John Schneider, Portland, OR, and their daughters, Emma and Phoebe.
In 1976, Lang was inducted into the Brown University Hall of Fame for his numerous achievements as a runner. Described as "one of Brown's finest distance runners," he set a University record for the mile (4:08), an impressive feat at a time when the 4 minute mile had not yet been broken. He also set the two-mile record (9:18) and was Heptagonal League Mile Champion, both indoors and out. His running accomplishments while at Brown included setting a new Heptagonal record of 9:19, which surpassed the previous record of 9:31 that had stood unbroken for 38 years. One of the highlights of his running career came in January 1953 in Madison Square Garden before 15,000 fans when he finished second in the Millrose Games' Wannamaker Invitational Mile. He also earned a multitude of running titles during his career at Moorestown High School.
Lang joined New Jersey Bell in 1955 after serving two years as a first-lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps. Over the next 36 years, he held many positions within various departments of the telephone company including Marketing, Commercial, Personnel, Public Relations and Urban Affairs. He was always willing to take on any challenge the job brought from filling in as a phone operator during strikes to acting as the fundraising chairman for the United Way of Essex and West Hudson during 1991-1992. Representing the Company, Lang served on the board of directors of numerous organizations including the United Way of Essex and West Hudson, Catholic Community Services, Newark Symphony Hall, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Newark, Monmouth Medical Center, the B'Nai B'rith, McCarter Theater and the Newark Performing Arts Corp. He retired as an Assistant Vice President of Urban Affairs in 1991. After his retirement, he kept in close contact with several fellow employees whom he had worked with over the years, meeting for lunch several times a year.
Lang was a member of both the Rumson Country Club and the Sea Bright Beach Club, where he served on the Board of Governors for several years. He was a mediator for the Municipal Court in Fair Haven. He was also involved in FISH for many years, providing transportation assistance for the elderly. He served on the Board of Directors of The Bridge of Books Foundation since its creation in 2003. He loved the beach and a good book, golf and traveling abroad. He met regularly with members of various lunch clubs for good conversation. He also enjoyed taking up croquet and bridge with Nancy. Most of all, he loved spending time with his family and friends.
The burial service will be private. A Celebration of His Life will be held from 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Friday, May 3, 2013 at the Rumson Country Club. Donations may be made to The Bridge of Books Foundation, P.O. Box 39, Rumson, NJ 07760 or online via www.bridgeofbooksfoundation.org.
Thompson Memorial Home
310 Broad St. Red Bank, NJ 07701
Published in Asbury Park Press on Apr. 7, 2013