William C. Langston Sr., 73, shipbuilding official

April 30, 2004

William Charles Langston Sr., a retired Bethlehem Steel Corp. shipbuilding official and Revolutionary War re-enactor, died of complications from a stroke April 23 at the Perry Point Veterans Affairs Hospital. The Parkville resident was 73.

Mr. Langston was born in Baltimore and raised in Roland Park. He was a 1950 graduate of Polytechnic Institute and served in the Navy as a radar operator from 1951 to 1954 before earning a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the Johns Hopkins University.

He began his career with Bethlehem in Baltimore, where he was in charge of the company's dry docks. He was later transferred to New York City and directed operation of Bethlehem's dry docks in Hoboken, N.J. He retired in the early 1980s.

Mr. Langston, who had lived in Bridgeport, Conn., returned to Baltimore and established Langston Construction Co., a home improvement business.

An interest in the Revolutionary War led him to become a founding member and drum major of the Spirit of Black Rock Fife and Drum Corps in Bridgeport. He was also a member of the Laucraft Fife and Drum Corps and Governors Foot Guard Field Music, both in New Haven, Conn.

He was a member of the Elks and Kiwanis clubs, the Parkville post of Veterans of Foreign Wars and Towson post of the American Legion. He was also a board member of Gunpowder Youth Camps.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Cremation and Funeral Alternatives, 8717 Green Pastures Drive, Baltimore.

Mr. Langston is survived by his wife of three years, the former Joan J. Puppe; four sons, William C. Langston Jr. of Honolulu, Keith Langston of Deltona, Fla., and Martin Langston and Brian Langston, both of Shelton, Conn.; two daughters, Darlene Janulis of Shelton and Bonnie Brown of Spring Lake, N.C.; a sister, Rosalie Tuttle of Baltimore; and 15 grandchildren. He was married in 1951 to Collette Wahl, who died in 1989.

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