Dr. Max Raymond Langham
February 28, 1930 - April 30, 2016
|Guided in life by a strong moral compass, a foundational belief in the equality of all, and an abiding vision of a better world through education, Dr. Max Langham promoted international cooperation and provided solutions for some of the world's most difficult problems. Throughout his life he relished competition, and he sought to excel in everything. He was an optimist who balanced his professional career with family and church, and his academic and professional career was marked by a constant pursuit of knowledge.|
|Assistant Professor to Professor Emeritus
Dr. Langham earned a PhD in Agricultural Economics in 1961 from the University of Illinois. In 1962, Dr. Langham joined the faculty in the UF/IFAS Food and Resource Economics Department. Over the next 33 years he advanced from Assistant Professor to Professor Emeritus.
Mentor to International Students
Dr. Langham was a teacher and a mentor to graduate students from around the world. Max and his wife, Annie, created community wherever they went. They entertained students and colleagues in their home where they frequently introduced their children to international graduate students and professional visitors. To show appreciation for his efforts, the UF Graduate Student Organization honored him in 1982.
Author and Editor
Dr. Langham authored and coauthored numerous book chapters, research articles, bulletins and technical reports focused on sustainability of production, the effect of pesticide residuals, and issues in land reform. He served as Associate and then Co-Editor of the American Journal of Agricultural Economics from 1972 to 1974.
In 2012, the Langham family established the Max and Annie Langham Graduate Award in the UF/IFAS Food and Resource Economics Department. This fund will continue to assist graduate students attending professional conferences.
A memorial and celebration of his life will be held in southern Illinois on June 18, 2016. In lieu of flowers, his children ask for donations to the UF/IFAS Food and Resource Economics Department or to the Alzheimer's Association.