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LU LANGLEY, James Coningsby
C.M., M.A., Ph.D.
1922 - 2015
Soldier, Diplomat, Scholar, Father
Beloved husband of Ling Lu and loving father of Vanessa and Jimmy, Jim died in Ottawa Thursday, December 24, at the Perley and Rideau Veterans' Health Centre at the age of 93. Born in Ottawa on May 1, 1922, to James A. Langley and Ordelia Langley (Conn), Jim spent ten memorable years of his youth in Kobe and Tokyo, where his father, a member of the first Canadian legation to Japan, was a trade commissioner. Jim was educated at the German School, Omori, in Japan; at Ashbury College, Ottawa; Cheltenham College in England, and at Oxford University (M.A., First Class Honours), followed by a master's degree at the University of Toronto. During World War II, Jim served in the British Army (King's Royal Rifle Corps) in the U.K. and the Far East. He joined the Canadian Foreign Service in 1950. As a career diplomat he served in many capacities, including Assistant Under-Secretary, Ambassador to Belgium, Luxembourg and the ECC, as well as Ambassador to Mexico and Guatemala, and Canadian Permanent Representative to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris. Retiring from the public service, he immersed himself in Meso-American culture, earning a Ph.D. in archaeology from the University of London and becoming a world expert on the pre-Columbian civilization of Teotihuacan in Mexico. He was the first to decode the communication symbols used at Teotihuacan and was the author of many scholarly publications. Jim was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2003, and was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012. He was a member of the Retired Heads of Mission Association, Co- founder of the Canadian Society for Meso- American Studies, and a Director of the Canadian Mediterranean Institute. A keen fly fisherman, he was a member of the White Pine Fishing Club. Jim was predeceased by his sister, Lorna Langley. He will be deeply missed by friends and family but his wonderful sense of humour, his strength, knowledge, and love will long remain with us. Friends are invited to a Celebration of Life at Beechwood, Funeral, Cemetery and Cremation Services, 280 Beechwood Avenue, Ottawa, on Saturday, January 9, 2016 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Private family interment to take place at a later date, at Beechwood Cemetery. Messages of Condolence may be left at

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January 12, 2016
My father (David Bryce Wilson, also External Affairs) was Mr. Langley's number 2 at the permanent delegation to the OECD in the early 1960s. Their generation is fast passing but inspired many of us still in the public service. Please accept our family's heartfelt condolences.
Randle Wilson
January 9, 2016
Dear Ling:

We were so sorry to hear of Jim's passing - he was a remarkable individual. Our sincere condolences to you and your children.

Phil and Gail Ivanoff
January 9, 2016
The loss is not only yours, Ling. I always enjoyed the conversations with Jim and was amazed by his knowledge, wisdom, attitude to life. Jim will stay in my fond memory forever.
Dawn Hu
January 8, 2016
We are very sorry for your loss, Ling. Best wishes to you and the kids.
Alison and Brent
January 8, 2016
Jim, your grace and wisdom shared in the brief time since I met you, I will always hold dear. Loved chatting about Haxby and our travels. I so enjoyed meeting Ling and your family. These are moments I will never forget. Nor will I ever forget you - you dear, dear man. You are a star that will shine forever. Thank you.
K.L. Rennie
January 3, 2016
Dear Ling, I miss Jim as one of my oldest friends. Not only will I miss his friendship, but his counsel, wise words, and our many discussions about the ancient world, as well, of course, modern-day politics. I will miss him dreadfully.

With much love,

Brian Arthur
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