- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 12, 2004

Robert Edward Langley, a tax lawyer and retired associate general counsel for the Internal Revenue Service, died Feb. 1 of a heart attack at his home in the District. He was 81.

Mr. Langley was born in Niagara Falls, N.Y., and was a graduate of Niagara University, the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and Georgetown Law School.

He served in the Army as an infantry platoon leader from 1942 to 1946 in the European theater of operations, earning a Bronze Star for heroic action and a Purple Heart with oak leaf cluster at the Battle of the Bulge.

Mr. Langley subsequently retired as a lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserve in 1972.

In 1948, he began 34 years of government service as an intelligence officer for the Central Intelligence Agency. He also ran the Clemency Board for Vietnam War draft resisters for President Ford in 1975 and 1976. He retired as an associate general counsel for the Internal Revenue Service in 1982.

Upon his retirement, he was awarded the Treasury Department’s prestigious Albert Gallatin award.

In his later years, Mr. Langley performed volunteer work at the Zacchaeus Soup Kitchen and at Blessed Sacrament Church in Chevy Chase.

His wife of 29 years, Helen Warren Langley, died in 1980.

He is survived by two sons, Paul Langley and Robert Langley Jr., both of Alexandria; two daughters, Elizabeth Haggerty of Olney and Anne Henry of the District; and six grandchildren.

Funeral services have been held. Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery at 9 a.m. March 8.

Marjorie E. Fairbanks, 72, schoolteacher

Marjorie E. Fairbanks of Rockville, a former Montgomery County schoolteacher, died Feb. 1 at the National Lutheran Nursing Home after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. She was 72.

Mrs. Fairbanks was born in St. Paul, Minn. She received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education with honors from the University of Minnesota.

She began her teaching career in La Jolla and Palo Alto, Calif. Later, she continued teaching in Montgomery County public schools.

She was dedicated to the arts and literature, and was an accomplished pianist and ice skater. She led her daughter’s Camp Fire Girls troop and played an active role in supporting her sons’ athletic teams.

Survivors include her husband of 47 years, John W. Fairbanks; a daughter, Carolyn Stokes of Olney; three sons, Jack Fairbanks of Germantown, Steve Fairbanks of Potomac and David Fairbanks of Germantown; six grandchildren; and two sisters, Shirley Beery of Coon Rapids, Minn., and Carol Bornhausen of St. Paul. She was the sister of the late Linda Girard of Eden Prairie, Minn.

Services have been held.

Memorial contributions may be made in Mrs. Fairbanks’ name to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 1700, Chicago, IL 60601.

Thomas J. Twomey, 79, retired inventor

Thomas J. Twomey, a retired inventor for General Electric Co., died Jan. 13 of heart disease at the Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis. He was 79.

Mr. Twomey was born in the District. He graduated from Central High School in the District in 1942 and attended Virginia Tech. However, his pursuit of higher education was interrupted by a tour of service during World War II.

Despite having a 4F deferment, Mr. Twomey went to the draft board seeking to serve in the military and he enlisted in the Navy. He completed boot camp at Great Lakes Naval Station in Illinois. He then was attached to a group of sailors who were gifted in electronics and spent a year in advanced training. He later was assigned to the San Diego Naval Repair Base for two years.

After his return from military service, Mr. Twomey graduated from Virginia Tech in 1947. General Electric offered him a job, and he worked as an inventor.

Mr. Twomey received General Electric’s Cordinger Award for innovation. He had six U.S. patents in magnetics and acoustics as characterizing the main flux of transformers.

He worked for General Electric for 22 years, mostly in Rome, Ga., before retiring in 1970.

He served as an instructor at the Riverside Military Academy in Georgia from 1974 until August 1990.

Following his retirement from Riverside, he moved to Shady Side, Md.

He is survived by a sister, Mary Cotnoir of Westfield, Mass.

Services have been held. Memorial contributions may be made to Our Lady of Sorrows Church, West River, MD 20778, or to a favorite charity.

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