Dr. Paul Truett Langston

LANGSTON, DR. PAUL TRUETT, organist and composer, who served as Dean of the School of Music at Stetson University from 1963-1985 and continued as Professor of Music until his retirement in 1993 when he was named Professor and Dean Emeritus, died at home on December 20, 2012. He was the recipient of the McEniry Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1991, and the Hand Award for Outstanding Research in 1993. He was 84. Born on September 15, 1928, in Marianna, Florida to Howard M. and Rosa Jeffries Langston, Paul grew up in DeFuniak Springs, Florida. After graduating from the University of Florida, he earned a Masters of Church Music from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Doctorate of Sacred Music from the Union Theological Seminary. He also studied with Nadia Boulanger at the Conservatoire Americanne in Fontainebleau, France. He is listed in Who's Who in America. His compositions include pieces for organ, solo voice, choir; his oratorio Petros premiered in DeLand in November 1983. Before coming to Stetson University in 1960, Paul served as organist-choirmaster at St. John's Baptist Church in Charlotte, North Carolina from 1953-1960. Together with long time Daytona Beach News-Journal, editor/publisher, Tippen Davidson, Paul Langston was instrumental in bringing the London Symphony Orchestra to Daytona Beach in 1966 through 1969 and establishing the Stetson University Summer Music Institute for students to study with the orchestra members. The Institute continued through 1978, using musicians from other orchestras. Paul Langston is survived by his wife of 62 years, Esther Howard Langston; and their children Claire Beth Link (Butch), Erin Langston (Alan Ziegler), and Howard Langston (Teri); Grandchildren are Jennifer Tyser (Darby), John Paul Link (Jennifer), Adam Link
(Lindsay), Paul D. Langston, and Daniel Langston; Great-Grandchildren are Raigen, Mason, Nick, Clayton, Carson, and Tanner. The service will be at 11 a.m. on Monday, December 24 at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church. Reception to follow in Canterbury. Memorial contributions may be made to the organ scholarship fund at Stetson University (421 North Woodland Blvd. Unit 8286, DeLand, FL 32723).

Published in the Orlando Sentinel on Dec. 23, 2012