Saying Goodbye to Prof. Candace Lang


There will be a service to celebrate the memory of our colleague Candace Lang on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011 from 4-5:30 p.m. in Cannon Chapel.  All members of the University community are welcome.  If you would like further information, please contact Kate Bennett in the Department of French and Italian (


From Dean Robin Forman, November 1, 2011

I write with the sad news that Candace Lang passed away last night, following a fight with cancer that lasted over a year. She died peacefully at home, surrounded by family and friends. Candace played a central role in the leadership of the Department of French and Italian and in the College; she served as Department Chair from 2006-2009 and again from 2010 until her recent medical leave. I had several opportunities to work closely with Candace over the last year. While others surely knew her better, I quickly came to admire her fierce enthusiasm for the scholarship and teaching of her colleagues, her wry sense of humor, and the grace and disarming candor with which she confronted her illness. Her devotion to French studies and to the department was evident in everything that she did, and she brought her wit, humor, and shrewd judgment to her work as Chair. I learned a great deal from her about the Department, about the study of literature, and about how we might face moments of great challenge with courage and dignity.

One thought on “Saying Goodbye to Prof. Candace Lang

  1. I had the pleasure of meeting Professor Lang at the end of the academic year 2006 when she was assuming the position of Chair of the Department of French and Italian. I was the invited guest at the annual awards presentation banquet and was recognized for the scholarship fund that I had set up for outstanding students in the field of French studies. I remember how solicitous and gracious she was during the ceremony. I felt in a way that I had come home to the Emory that I had known during my own graduate studies in the early seventies. That was, unfortunately, the only time we met, but I understand how the language and university community will mourn her passing and remember her contributions and charming personality with fondness. May she rest in peace.

    Tom Hines, Ph.D., Romance Languages, 1973

    PS: I just learned of her passing while visiting the Emory site (June 25, 2012).


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