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Cooper Harold Langford
Regents' Proceedings 518

The University community mourns the death, on August twenty-eighth, of Cooper Harold Langford, pioneer in symbolic logic and for thirty-five years a teacher of philosophy in the University. He was on his retirement furlough.

Professor Langford was graduated from Clark College in Worcester, Massachusetts and earned his doctorate from Harvard in 1924. Thereafter he studied as a traveling fellow at Cambridge University and taught at Harvard and the University of Washington. Coming to The University of Michigan as an Associate Professor in 1929, he was appointed to a professorship four years later. Here he vigorously pursued his creative scholarly career, founding and editing the Journal of Symbolic Logic and establishing himself as an authority on logical paradoxes in particular. The entire science of analytical philosophy is in his debt.

After suffering a stroke in 1948, Professor Langford was able to resume for a time his prolific scholarship and his teaching. In the past two years, having endured an accident, which closely confined him, he taught classes in his home.

On the present somber occasion, the Regents of the University express their admiration for his gifts of mind and their profound sorrow for his long adversity and death. To his gallant wife, who made possible the continuation of his career, they express also their warm esteem; and to her and the other surviving members of his family, their heartfelt sympathy.