Gerhard Langer
1923 - 2016
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Gerhard (Gary) Langer was born to Wilhelm and Helene Langer on November 2nd, 1923 in Jena, Germany. He and his two sisters, Herta and Ami, grew up in the midst of the hardships of post World War I Germany and the rise of the Nazi party. He left Germany for the United States in the company of some family friends just weeks before the outbreak of World War II. He attended high school in Washington D.C., graduating in 1941, and then attended Purdue University. He completed his Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering in June of 1944. He enlisted in the Army in November 1944 and was honorably discharged in December 1946. After discharge, he returned to Purdue University to complete his Master's degree. He worked briefly in Baytown, Texas, before moving to Chicago where he met is wife Ann, whom he married in 1951. Their three children were born in Chicago as well. The family moved to Boulder, Colorado in 1963 when he took a position as a research scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. After many years researching various aspects of cloud seeding and hail suppression, he moved to Rocky Flats where he continued to his work in environmental science until he retired in 1992. He and Ann were involved in the United Methodist Church throughout their life, and have been members of Mountain View Methodist Church since moving to Boulder in 1963. Gary loved serving the church in tangible ways, doing repairs and maintenance as well as many mission trips to various locations around the world. He was avidly engaged in hiking, biking, running, snow-shoeing and host of other outdoor activities. Gary passed away on Saturday, September 17 at Frasier Meadows Retirement Community in Boulder. He is survived by his wife Ann, his children Steven, Linda and Richard, four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren (with one more on the way!). Services will be held Thursday, September 22nd at 1pm at Mountain View Methodist Church, 355 Ponca Place. Share memories and condolences at

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Published in The Daily Camera on Sep. 21, 2016.
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September 26, 2016
Gerhard was always fun to talk to and amazingly helpful. He will be missed. Frank Blaha
September 22, 2016
I met Gerhard as my co-worker at Rocky Flats in June, 1980 and I was very fortunate to have him as my friend ever since. Gerhard had a successful career as an aerosol physicist at both NCAR and Rocky Flats and together with Ann raised an amazing family. One of our "rites of Spring" was snow-shoeing at Brainerd Lake with a Boulder church group - Gerhard always amazed our new snow-shoers' with his fitness and endurance on the six mile trek and they could not believe that he was in his late eighties. Gerhard truly had a life well lived and he will be sorely missed by his family and many friends.
George & Debbie Setlock
September 21, 2016
I worked with Gerhard at the Rocky Flats Plant. He was one of my personal heroes - a man of uncompromising integrity, compassion, and good humor. The world was a much better place because he lived in it. What wonderful memories he left! John and I extend our deepest sympathies to his family.
Nancy & John Daugherty
September 21, 2016
To Gerhard's family,
I worked with Gerhard while at Rocky Flats. He was a serious dedicated scientist with a marvelous sense of humor and gentle spirit. He was a living example of a true gentleman.
William Tyree
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