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Edward J. Lang, retired research scientist April 12, 1916 -- Jan. 31, 2006

Edward J. Lang, a retired chemist, died Tuesday in the Center for Hospice & Palliative Care, Cheektowaga, after a two-year battle with malignant mesothelioma. He was 89.

The Buffalo native had lived on Grand Island for 58 years.

He graduated from Bennett High School and earned bachelor's and master's degrees in organic chemistry from Canisius College.

As a civilian employee of the Air Force, he taught crew chiefs and engineering officials at Yale University during World War II.

After the war, he worked as a research scientist for Niagara Alkaline, which was later bought by Hooker Chemicals & Plastics Corp. He was honored with a "Project of the Month Award" in 1975 and received multiple division manager awards.

Mr. Lang enjoyed the outdoors and took pride in operating tractors and chain saws on the 42-acre property where he personally built his house in 1960.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years, the former Ilona H. Tarjanyi; a daughter, Catherine A. Driscoll of Grand Island; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Stephen Catholic Church, 21 Baseline Road, Grand Island. Burial will be in Assumption Cemetery, Grand Island.


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