Dr Robert Aldrich Lang | Obituaries


Robert Aldrich Lang, DDS, of Corsicana, Texas, died on June 21, 2021 at his residence surrounded by his children. He was born with his parents on 7th Avenue West on March 5, 1927, in Corsica.
A Corsicana Tiger football player, he graduated from Corsicana High School in 1944. After graduation, he enlisted in the Navy and, to his disappointment, was discharged due to severe asthma. He entered SMU’s medical school and subsequently suffered a serious eye infection. It felt like the strain of intense studying would permanently harm his eyes, so he had to take a year off to heal. He then returned to SMU and graduated in Commerce in 1949.
On September 23, 1949, he married Beverly Bohmfalk at the First United Methodist Church of Corsica, where his father, Dr. Erwin F. Bohmfalk, was pastor. They were married for 71 years.
His continued love of medicine sent him to anesthesia and dental schools in Dallas. He told his children stories about his various jobs to fund his schools, as a cab driver, Fuller brush salesman and nurse at Baylor University Medical Center (where his daughter Susan works and has now completed 30 years as a Neonatal Supervisor. ICU and Flight Team / Outreach Coordinator, and her granddaughter Leslie, worked for 6 years as a neonatologist before moving to Colorado).
In 1954 he graduated from the Parkland School of Anesthesia and the Baylor School of Dentistry, obtaining degrees in anesthesia, oral surgery, orthodontics, and general dentistry. In 1991, he became a Fellow in Craniomandibular Orthopedics.
In 1955, Dr Louis Gibson invited him to join the newly built Medical Arts Clinic, and he moved his family to Corsica. While waiting for his office to be built, he performed anesthesia for doctors at Medical Arts, Parkland Hospital and Baylor University Medical Center. He practiced for 22 years at Medical Arts until he moved to 500 West 3rd Ave. He retired in 2004 after achieving his goal of “50 years in dentistry”, his last patient being his daughter, Susan.
He has served as president of the 6th District Dental Society and the Academy of General Dentistry. He has served his church and community on numerous boards, including: Centraide, Corsica Chamber of Commerce, Anglican School of Theology, Episcopal Medical Mission Foundation, and Corsican Family Services. Family Services was close to his heart because his cousin Adeline Watt started Family Services over 100 years ago (now part of Compassion Corsicana).
The Lang family was an integral part of the history of Corsica, with his great-grandfather, Captain Charles Henry Allyn, captain in the Union army during the Civil War, former municipal councilor of Corsica, former Mayor, co-founder of the First National Bank, the Cotton Mill and St. John’s Episcopal Church where Dr. Lang was a fourth generation member throughout his life. He was the principal director for many years in the sacristy and loved to sing in the choir for over 70 years.
He is predeceased by his parents, Isabell and William Allyn (Rip) Lang, his stepmother Margaret (Maggie) Lang, his brother William (Bill) Lang and his wife Peggy, and his toddler son Robert Bruce Lang (twin brother of David Aldrich Lang). He is survived by his wife, Beverly Bohmfalk Lang, his daughter, Susan Grace Lang McClanahan and her husband Chuck, his sons David Aldrich Lang, John Frederick Lang and his wife Connie, all of Corsica, the granddaughters include Dr Leslie McClanahan Pierce and her husband Dr Paul Pierce all from Corsica. He has 7 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Visitations were held at Corley Funeral Home in Magnolia Chapel on Thursday the 24th from 5 to 7 p.m. Graveside followed to Oakwood Cemetery.
The carriers included were Dr. John Smith, Gerry Harris, Jonathon Lang, Christopher McClanahan, David Lang, Tim Lang, River Watson and Jaxsen Mahoney.
The family would like to thank the special caregivers who adored her, “Amazing Angels”, owner Angela Kerney, and all of her caregivers, including Angela, Craig, Joy, Regina and Shirley, whose family are eternally grateful. And to Dr Jan Merida DNP, Rose Rash and Angels at Home and New Century Hospice for their special care and assistance. Once again the family is forever and ever grateful for all of these wonderful caregivers who have helped so much.
Instead of flowers, the family asked for donations from the Episcopal Church of Saint-Jean de Corse.

Published on June 23, 2021


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