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Fanny Elizabeth Langdon
The Plymouth Record

Jul. 15, 1864
Grafton County
New Hampshire, USA

Oct. 21, 1899
Ann Arbor
Washtenaw County
Michigan, USA

Miss Fanny E Langdon.

The funeral services of Miss Fanny E Langdon were held at the residence of J K Pierce on Russell Street Thursday morning, Reverend Willis M Cleveland, pastor of the Methodist Church of which the deceased was a member, officiating. Excellent music was furnished of the choir under the direction of Mr W W Hartwell.

Reverend Mr Cleveland in his remarks gave a summary of her life and character which we give below.

Fanny E Langdon was born in Plymouth, N H July 15, 1864; died in Ann Arbor, Michigan October 21, 1899, age 39 years and 14 weeks. She received her early education in the public schools of Plymouth, graduating from the High and afterwards the State Normal School, Class of 1886. She taught three years in the state, one of which was at West Plymouth and two at Lisbon.

Having chosen the study of biology as her future work she entered the University of Michigan in 1891, pursuing original work under V M Spaulding, professor of botany, and Jacob Reighard, professor of zoology, and at the time of her death it was said that she had accomplished work of more value than any other investigator in that particular line. Her published monograph entitled "The Sense Organs of Lumbricus Agricola" attracted wide spread attention from the scientific people here and favorable mention from those of Europe. At the time of her death she was engaged in correcting the proof sheets of another work entitled "Peripheral Nervous System of Nevis Vivens."

At the University of Michigan she received her degree of B S in 1896 and M S 1987. She was also a student of the Woods Hole Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole, Massachusetts. Her special work as an instructor was as follows: two years as assistant instructor in botany and one year as full instructor in zoology, and at the time of her death she had entered upon her second year in that position.

Miss Langdon was a descendant of the Old Colonial families of New Hampshire. She was a delightful companion, a kind and loving daughter and sister, and a devoted Christian. All her relations were well nigh idealistic and a wide circle of friends will greatly mourn her loss.

She leaves a mother and brother who reside in Boston. Miss Langdon was but 35 years of age when she died. Her life was short but in those brief years by industry and hard work and faithfulness she accomplished far more than many that lived all the allotted years of life. Her earth life was beautiful, we mourn her loss, but our loss is her gain.

"Blessed be God, even the father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the father of mercies and the God of all comfort: who comforteth us in all our tribulations that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted by God."

The Plymouth Record, October 28, 1889.