Robert Lee Langston

1926 - 2013 | Obituary Condolences
Robert Lee Langston
Sept. 7, 1926 - Oct. 19, 2013
Resident of Kensington
Robert L. Langston passed away peacefully at home at the age of 87.
Born in San Diego to Clinton Lee Langston and Myrtle Lewis Langston, Bob spent his childhood in Huntington Park, Los Angeles. He earned his undergraduate degree at UCLA, and his Masters Degree in Entomology from UC Berkeley, where he worked as an entomologist and botanist for many years. He studied insects in ancient amber at the UCSF Medical Center, then was an environmental impact analyst in the San Bruno mountains south of San Francisco
An avid butterfly collector, he donated his vast collection to the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. During his retirement he spent many happy volunteer hours there curating their insect collection. He loved the outdoors, traveling and tending his garden of California native plants.
Preceded in death by his brother John Lewis Langston and his daughter Susan Monica Langston, he is survived by Evelyn Langston, his wife of 61 years; daughter Ann Lizbeth Langston of Riverside; sons Bruce R. Langston of Carmichael and Gregory J. Langston of Orinda; and five grandchildren.
There will be no service, at his request. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the California Academy of Sciences (


Published in Contra Costa Times on Nov. 3, 2013
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