Gottfried Lang
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Obituary for Gottfried Lang

Gottfried  Lang
Gottfried (Friedl) Otto Lang died peacefully, surrounded by family, on the morning of June 9, 2011 in the home of his daughter, in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Friedl, as he was affectionately known, was born March 24, 1919, the last of 6 children to Anton and Mathilda (Rutz) Lang.

He was born in the world renowned village of Oberammergau, in Bavaria, Germany.
Friedl trained as a young man to be a bush pilot. He left Germany in 1937 to fly in the Hudson Bay area of Canada for Roman Catholic missions.
He moved to the United States when Canada entered the war, graduated from Brown University with an engineering degree and then pursued advanced studies in cultural anthropology at the University of Chicago. There he met his soul mate and life partner, Martha Anstice Baldwin. They married on Jan. 26, 1947.
Friedl received his PhD from Cornell University.

Martha and Friedl proceeded to spend their 55 years of marriage together in shared labors of anthropological studies on Native American reservations in the U.S., among the Sukuma of central Tanzania; and the Asmat people of coastal New Guinea.

During these years they also raised eight children and supported countless graduate students, international students, friends and extended family with their boundless hospitality. He taught countless students the joys of cultural anthropology at Catholic University in Washington D. C. and at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Friedl and Martha were devoted and active participants in the life of the Roman Catholic church and were oblates of the Monastery of Christ in the Desert as well as good friends of Mount Saviour Monastery. They were charter members of Santa Maria de la Paz.

Friedl spent the last few years of his life as an oblate monk at the Monastery of Christ in the Desert.
Because of his passion and commitment to cultural anthropology Friedl was a wonderful mentor and role model to many many people.

Martha preceded Friedl in death. He is survived by one sister, Martha Krause Lang, seven children and a multitude of grandchildren and one great grandson as well as a great extended family around the globe.

A memorial service in celebration of his life will be held at Santa Maria de la Paz on Tues. June 14, 2011, 5:30 pm. There will be a private interment at the Monastery of Christ in the Desert.

In lieu of flowers donations may be given to the Monastery of Christ in the Desert, Amber Care Hospice of Santa Fe, or Coming Home Connection.
We give thanks for his life and rejoice in his new life in Christ. The Lang family has entrusted their loved one to:

The Rivera Family of Santa Fe Funeral Options
417 East Rodeo Road ~ Santa Fe, NM 87505
(505) 989-7032

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