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May 6, 1945 - September 9, 2019

Janis died peacefully, on Monday, September 9, 2019, at the Dorothy Ley Hospice, at the age of 74. We are grateful for the tender care he received from the palliative team during his final days. Devoted husband of Anna for 44 years. Loving father of Margrieta, Juris, Kaspars, Maija and Paulis (Patrice). Adored grandfather of Laila, Marlowe and Matiss. Survived by his sister Liga, aunt, Kira Obrazcova, cousins, Kristaps and Sandra and her family. Fondly remembered by his many dear friends and colleagues at the University of Toronto, his running group at Hart house and his cycling and skiing buddies. Cremation has taken place. The family will receive friends at the Turner & Porter Yorke Chapel, 2357 Bloor St. West (east of Jane subway), on Monday, September 16, 2019, from 6-9 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations, if desired, may be made to the Dorothy Ley Hospice.(www.dlhospice.org), Museum of the Occupation of Latvia or Transparency International Latvia DELNA. Online condolences may be made through www.turnerporter.ca.

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October 18, 2019
I'm very sorry to hear about Janis' passing. His work on French military engineering in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries is a major work of historical scholarship.
Edwin Bezzina
September 18, 2019
Janis was a long-time friend and colleague. When I visited Paris early in my career to do research in the archives he happened to be there and showed me the ropes. We were both staying at the Cité Université in the 14th arrondissement. I use to run with him on the indoor track at Hart House. We had Janis and his wife Anna out sailing and circumnavigated Toronto Island together in our Nonsuch 30. In the winter I would discuss various X-country ski routes with him. At a conference in Mexico City in 1990 he was the only member of our group who spoke Spanish, which was a big help getting around. In 2009 we attended the International Congress of the History of Science and Technology in Budapest, and spent many hours talking as we walked through the old streets of the city. Janis's son Kaspar caught a good-size bass at a summer cottage we owned for a few years near Bancroft. Janis will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Craig Fraser
September 17, 2019
We are so sorry to hear of Janis' passing. He was a great colleague, mentor and mensch. My colleagues and I send our deepest condolences to his family and friends. He will be sorely missed but not forgotten.
Gordon McOuat, History of Science and Technology Program, University of King's College.
Gordon McOuat
September 16, 2019
When I decided to return to school, Professor Langins single-handedly inspired me to pursue graduate studies (in an adjacent field, as he was set to retire the following year). In my experience, he was humble and self-effacing, generous with his time, kind, and one of the few teachers I've had who has encouraged me to explore far outside the curriculum. Ideas from the courses I took with him remain with me today, and are frequently drawn on in my own teaching.
I am very sad to learn of his passing, but consider myself blessed to have had him as a mentor at an important point in my life. To paraphrase Yeats, every great instructor should want to light a fire in their students. Janis Langins, as I'm sure many forthcoming comments will attest, sparked many of us here at U of T.
Gabby Resch
September 16, 2019
I am so sorry to hear of Janis' passing. My first memory of the 'Toot' was Janis finishing his PhD dissertation. It gave me hope and a goal as I moved through graduate school. His work on French engineering (my favourite being on ballooning) was exceptional. And he was always a kind friend and excellent colleague. Gone far before his time -- he will be missed. My condolences to Anna and the whole family
Lesley Cormack
September 15, 2019
Our heartfelt condolences on the passing of such a wonderful man. Janis represents the best of humanity and his loss will be felt forever. I had the honour of having worked with him for many years and enjoyed our conversations about everything. He was not only a colleague but a true friend. Iwill truly miss our discussions and just seeing him to say good morning. In Arabic we say 'Allah yarhamahu, wa inna min Allah wa ilayhi raji'uun' - 'May God give him peace. Indeed we are from God and to Him we return'. From the Salloums, we send the Langins family our deepest sympathies.
Muna Salloum
September 15, 2019
He was kind and supportive professor and administrator. I'm sorry to hear of his passing. My best wishes to his family.
Beverley Eadie
September 15, 2019
Always positive and humble. Loved his family and his work. I'm sure that he was a great father and husband. Janis will not be forgotten.
Brian Baigrie
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