- May 19, 1981
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Eugene Langston was born in Richmond, VA in 1917. He attended the University of North Carolina in 1937, studying air navigation and meteorology and receiving his instructor's license in both subjects. He then became an instructor of meteorology for a naval air cadet training program and later a Communications Officer. In 1945, he applied to the Navy's language training program, becoming a part of the translation section of the Navy. Langston was in Japan from 1946-9, working with general translations for about a year and then in press translations for about a year and a half. He left Japan in 1949 to pursue his education and was admitted to Columbia, where he received his master's. He went on to work for the Japan Society, a nonprofit organization that aimed to bridge the gap between the people of Japan and the United States. He worked in their New York and Tokyo branches from 1953-64. Eugene Langston has since passed away, but his contributions are perserved in his interview.