George Cooke Landon
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George Cooke Landon

East Lansing, MI - George Cooke Landon, PhD

(Born April 18, 1933. Died January 7, 2021)

Professor of American Thought and Language at MSU from 1964 -1998, died peacefully in East Lansing. He was 87 years old.

George was a much admired teacher. His flamboyance and style, not to mention his flashy rings and colorful glasses, were recognizable wherever he went. He was an out and proud gay man long before it was fashionable, and he earned the respect of many for his rigorous honesty. He loved opera, good books, world travel, and was a master chef, known for entertaining his friends with exquisitely prepared meals served on the finest china. And heaven forbid you would serve him a meal on an unwarmed plate. Unforgivable, in George's world!

George was a devoted member of the Back Porch Group of Alcoholics Anonymous for more than 40 years, sharing his wisdom and irreverent humor with many a recovering friend.

George was born in Eden, NY, the youngest of four brothers, all of whom have predeceased him. He adored his mother, Ida Cooke Landon, who died when he was 15. He loved to tell stories of his very proper Edwardian upbringing in rural America. He is survived by many nieces and nephews, including Patricia Landon Falk, and his dear Cousin Barbara Myers, and many loving friends.

Goodbye, George. We will miss you.




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Published in Lansing State Journal from Jan. 9 to Jan. 11, 2021.
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January 11, 2021
Very sad to hear this news. George was a good friend to my parents, teaching in ATL with my father, Henry Silverman, and a colorful presence during my childhood. I can see him sitting in our living room and hear his distinct and powerful voice as I write this. He had great wit, style, and love for his friends. We inherited several of his Ford vehicles, including, I think, a red Pinto station wagon, and we all had lovely silk kimonos he brought back from his time in Japan. What a amazing character. He will be missed.
Emily Silverman
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