HOUSTON — After a prolonged battle with Alzheimer’s disease, Robert “Bob” William Godwin Langdon died on March 19 in Houston.
Born Jan 18, 1923, Bob was the only child of Clarence Ira Langdon and Annie Elizabeth Jones. Bob was preceded in death by both of his parents.
He spent his early years in Wichita Falls and then the family moved to Dallas, where he attended Highland Park High School and Southern Methodist University.
Bob received his M.D. and Ph.D. at from the University of Chicago. He also served as a captain in the U.S. Army.
In 1945 Bob married Ellen Adams Sandlas and they had four children: Cecilia “Cia,” Diana “Danni,” Camelia “Mia” and Robert “Rob.” The marriage ended in divorce after 27 years. Bob married Ruth Verhalen in 1972; the marriage ended in divorce after 30 years. Ellen and Ruth predeceased him. He married Nancy Daugherty in 2002.
Bob’s distinguished career in medical research, biochemistry and teaching spanned more than three decades. He was a professor at The Johns Hopkins University from 1953 to 1967, where his research focused on lipid transport and arteriosclerosis. From 1967 to 1969, he was chairman of the Biochemistry Department at the University of Florida. From 1969 to 1987 he was a professor and Chairman of Biochemistry at the University of Virginia.
After retirement from the University of Virginia, he spent many happy hours sailing his boat, the Will Dew, in both the Chesapeake Bay and the Virgin Islands.
In 1989 Bob moved to his beloved Buck Creek Farm in Glen Rose. Buck Creek Farm has been in the family for over 100 years. Bob moved to the Galveston area in 2002.
A man with an inquisitive mind and a fierce intellect, Bob loved science, medicine, his children and grandchildren, his dogs and cats, his cattle, Buck Creek Farm, St. Croix, sailing, Texas history, books—and vigorous discussions of serious ideas.
Bob is survived by his children and their spouses, five grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and his most recent wife.
In lieu of flowers, Bob’s children request that donations be made in his name to Friends of the Brazos, 6336 Goliad, Dallas, TX 75214 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
“Here's to the sunny slopes of long ago.” — Lonesome Dove