Jim Lang died at home in New Cumberland, Pennsylvania on Sunday, October 15, 2023. Born in North Carolina on June 22, 1943, to James Hamilton Lang and Janet Ankeny Lang Smith, Jim grew up with ties to Ohio, Vermont, West Virginia and his beloved San Francisco. He and his surviving wife, Nina Elsohn, shared a love for fast cars, great food and wine, and movies. Jim was a passionate sports fan, following the Warriors, the 49ers, the Cleveland Indians, and most of all his San Francisco Giants. He played tennis, golf and most recently pickle ball, all with a fierce competitive spirit. He loved pickle ball so much he tried to get everyone he knew out on the court with him.
Throughout his life Jim had a number of careers, identifying himself as a lawyer and social worker. He was always a staunch Union supporter and a life-long liberal Democrat. In addition to his wife Nina, he is survived by his three sons and their wives: Jon Lang and his wife Gail, Gillis Lang and his significant other Diana, and Morgan Lang and his wife Stephanie. He also leaves behind his daughter Anna Levin, her husband Ken, and their three children Julia (11), Emma (5), and Noah (3). Jim and Nina moved to Pennsylvania in 2019 to be closer to their grandchildren. Jim is also survived by his sister Janet Manning, his niece Heather, his nephew Todd and his wife Sherry, and their two children Greg and Ashley; and his grandson David Lang, his wife, and their three children. He will be missed by all.
A small family celebration of Jim’s life will be held in late November. A larger memorial gathering will be held in the spring to allow his far-flung friends and family to plan their trips.
In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).