Thomas Samuel Langston

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Thomas Samuel Langston of New Orleans, Louisiana passed away on Tuesday, April 15th, 2014 at the age of 53. He was born to the late John Harold Langston, Jr. and Patricia Harmon Langston, of New Braunfels, Texas. Tom received his BA from the University of Texas and his PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Since that time, he has served on the faculty of Tulane University in the Political Science Department, where he served multiple terms as Department Chair. He has been active in service to Tulane, as a member of the University Senate, the Honors Faculty Advisory Committee, and numerous other review and advisory committees. For several years he taught as a visiting professor in China, as well as acting as program director for the Tulane pre-executive MBA program for Chinese managers. He was an editor of the American Presidents series with Transaction Publishers and features editor for Presidential Studies Quarterly. He has numerous scholarly publications with CQ and Johns Hopkins Press, and was a frequent guest on local news and radio. Tom was a natural athlete, participating in numerous local track clubs. He co-taught a course for Tulane freshman which incorporated running with lectures. When not teaching, he was a frequent participant in triathlon, century and double century bicycle rides, completing the Everest Challenge 200 mile bicycle race and other events after recovering from cancer in 2010. He is survived by his wife of over 30 years, Mary Sprague Langston and children Jessica Austin Langston and Taylor Alexander Langston, as well as his brother and sister-in-law Herbert and Melissa Langston and nephew Erich Langston of Dallas, Texas. Friends and colleagues are invited to attend the Funeral Service at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd., New Orleans, Louisiana, on Friday, April 18, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. Friends may visit from 11:00 a.m. until time of services. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations are welcome to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society ( To sign and view the Family Guestbook, please visit
Published in from Apr. 16 to Apr. 18, 2014
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