• Dear Lang students, faculty, and staff,

    With deep sadness I write to let you know that Mr. Eugene M. Lang passed away peacefully at his home on Saturday. I have been in frequent communication with his daughter, Jane Lang, over the last few weeks, and she kept me updated on his few but wise words. He was 98.

    When I came to Lang six years ago, I visited Gene every other week in his office. Our conversations were wide-ranging, and I brought students on alternate visits. I continued these visits until his health began to fade.   

    These conversations deepened my understanding of the man, the values that shaped his life, his passion for education, and his vision as a trustee of The New School in founding a liberal arts college within the university.   

    Here is a New York Times article that provides an overview of his life, and the press release from The New School. There will be a funeral service this week and, at a later date, a celebration of his life hosted at The New School with the Lang family.

    Stephanie Browner, Dean