August 13, 2018
Journal entry by Michelle Langlas:
Dear friends and family,
It is with deep sadness that we are informing you all that James Reimers Langlas has passed from this earth. It was 6:18 this morning when his heart stopped beating. It was peaceful. It was with his beloved son, daughter, and wife. He is in heaven, certainly a more beautiful place than this world. He will be guiding all of us still, just as he has done his entire life, only spiritually in a much broader sense. Goodnight sweet prince.
“Jim received his B.A. in English and physical education from the University of St. Thomas, his Master of Arts in Teaching from Northwestern University, and his Ph.D. in English from Northern Illinois University. He taught English, instructed Taekwondo, and coached in Wheaton-Warrenville Community Unit School District in Illinois for 33 years, where he also served as English Department Chair. In 1996, he founded Pathways for Achievement, an organization aimed at helping teens succeed in school and life. In 2003, he founded and chaired Community Partners in Poetry to foster an interest in poetry among all ages. In 2005, he received the Studs Terkel Humanities Service Award from the State of Illinois. He served as co-president of the Universal Taekwondo Federation and taught at Florida SouthWestern State College. [Jim was a poet and the author of Heart of a Warrior: 7 Ancient Secrets to a Great Life].”