In Memoriam

Professor Thomas Langston


Respected teacher and scholar, beloved mentor, dear colleague and friend Tom Langston passed away the evening of April 14, 2014 after an extended illness. Prof. Langston began his career at Tulane in 1989, attaining the rank of Professor of Political Science in 2003 and thrice serving as department chair. A distinguished scholar in the field of American politics, Tom’s research focused on U.S. presidency studies, American political development, and civil-military relations. He was the author of numerous academic books, including With Reverence and Contempt: How Americans Think about Their President from 1995, Uneasy Balance: Civil-Military Relations in Peacetime America from 2003 and Ideologues and Presidents in an updated reissue scheduled for 2014. He was active in both the American Political Science Association and the Southern Political Science Association, serving as a board member of the Presidency Research Group of the former. At the time of his death, Tom was actively serving as series editor for Transaction Publishers’ American Presidents series and feature editor for Presidential Studies Quarterly’s “Historical Presidency” feature.

He is remembered by all of us in the university community for his wry sense of humor and unflappable good sense and matter-of-factness. He will be greatly missed by his students, colleagues, co-workers, and friends. Tom is survived by his wife Mary and his children, daughter Jessica and son Taylor.

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