November 18, 2021
Washington, DC – Lynn Z. Lang, longtime Washington, DC area resident and much-loved educator and naturalist loved for her generous enthusiasms, passed away in Chapel Hill, North Carolina on November 18, 2021, in the occasion of his 79th birthday. . The cause of death was ovarian cancer. Dr. Langs’ academic interest was literacy, especially the process of learning to read by children, and her calling was gardening with native plants. Its students, who ranged from kids at Arlington, Va., Public schools to graduate students at universities in the Washington, DC area, are likely to number in the hundreds. Its gardens are recognized by important naturalist organizations.
Dr. Lang was born in Washington, DC and raised in Arlington County, Virginia. She attended public schools in Arlington, received her BA from then-Madison College in Harrisonburg, Virginia, her MA in Education from the University of Virginia, and her PhD from Virginia Tech. She began her career as a teacher at an elementary school in Arlington. She has taught at several universities in the Washington, DC area including Marymount College in Arlington, George Washington University, American University, University of Virginia, and Virginia Tech and has retired as an administrator. and reading specialist in the Arlington school system.
Following her retirement, Dr. Lang looked after her many interests throughout her life, particularly in the natural world. She became a teacher at the Adkins Arboretum in Ridgely, Md., The main native plant demonstration garden on the east coast of Maryland, and she established her own native plant meadow and demonstration garden on the property that she and her husband owned near Queenstown. , MD on the East Coast, which they called “Cabochon”. Cabochon was eventually added to the Tours of the Horticultural Society of Annapolis, MD and was designated a âBay-wiseâ property by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. Dr Lang was a life member of Nature Conservancy.
In 2015, the Langs, then in the mid-1970s, moved to Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where Dr. Lang energetically continued to pursue his interests. She has served on the board of directors of Orange County Literacy, an organization dedicated to adult literacy, and the Chapel Hill Garden Club. She also served James Madison University, the direct descendant of Madison College. She was a member of the University Foundation Board and the JMU Honors College Advisory Board.
Dr. Lang was married and devoted to the love of his life, Jeff Lang. While pursuing their separate careers, the couple shared a deep and loving connection. Together, they have gardened, collected art and designed everything in their lives, from their wedding rings to their residences. They designed and built their home and gardens in Chapel Hill, significantly overhauled and enlarged the buildings and landscape in Cabochon, and repaired the designated historic buildings that became their residences in Old Town, Alexandria, and Falls Church, Virginia. . They raised and attempted to control a loyal yet energetic squad of terriers, read a lot, hiked the Appalachian Trail to La Garita Wilderness in Colorado, kayaked the Chesapeake and ocean waters of Maine , researched the Japanese red crane on Hokkaido Island, Japan (and hundreds of other birds), and cultivated good taste in music of all kinds from Blues Alley in Washington to La Fenice in Venice. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on a Sunday, 25 days before his death.
Her survivors are her husband and cousin, Coralie Bishop of Fayetteville, North Carolina. Contributions in lieu of flowers, please, to the Lynn Z. Lang Memorial Endowed Chair for Excellence in Teaching at the College of Education, James Madison University. Checks should be made payable to the James Madison University Foundation, designated as account # 1002919, and sent to JMU Advancement Gifts and Records, 1031 Harrison Street, MSC 3603, Harrisonburg, Virginia 22807.
A funeral service will be held on Friday November 26, 2021 at 2 p.m. at Oxford Cemetery, Oxford, MD. For online condolences and to sign the guestbook, please visit: www.fhnfuneralhome.com
Published by The News & Observer on November 25, 2021.