Valdosta Daily Times

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February 12, 2013

Forestry patriarch passes

Harley Langdale Jr. leaves lasting legacy




Statement by University of Georgia President Michael F. Adams

On the passing of Mr. Harley Langdale, Jr., of Valdosta


“Valdosta and South Georgia have lost one of its greatest citizens.  Mr. Langdale was a dear personal friend and a great friend of the University of Georgia.  He was a person of great business acumen and success, but even moreso was a person of great integrity and admired by all who knew him.  His passing is in many ways the end of an era and is a great loss to the University of Georgia.”


Statement by Retired UGA Provost Arnett C. Mace, Jr., who previously served as dean of the UGA Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources


“Mr. Langdale was a 1937 graduate of the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, and became a pioneer in the development of the forest products industry in the state of Georgia and throughout the South. He was a person who gave back to his community and to the people of the state of Georgia.  Mr. Langdale was a man of vision, integrity and was respectful of all people with whom he was associated.  The state, and indeed the world, has lost a truly remarkable person who provided great vision and leadership in the development not only of his industry but of the many larger communities of which he was a part.”


Statement by Dean Michael Clutter of the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources


“We have lost a legendary figure in the development of the forest resources industry in Georgia.  Mr. Langdale was a strong proponent of healthy forests, which contributed to a very important industry in our state.  We will greatly miss him.”

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