The Norfolk Branch of ASCE and the Old Dominion University Civil and Environmental Engineering Visiting Council, in recognition of a lifetime of professional and community service, will induct George E. Langley and his son Tom Langley into the Hardy Cross Hall of Fame at the 2019 Engineer’s Week Banquet. He joins John B. McGaughy (1991), Jack M. Hill (1991), James A. Rives (1991), Joe D. Glenn (1991), Hyman J. Fine (1991), Clarence J. Robin (1991), R. Kenneth Weeks (1991), Wilber D. Marshall (1993), John W. Fowler (1994), Dr. Richard H. Bigelow (1995), Lawrence Kreshin (1997), Ernest L. Fulford (1998), Louis L. Guy (2000), Lamont “Bud” Curtis (2003), Jerome M. Normann (2005), and William M. Boone (2008), George O. Sadler (2010), Terry V. Legg (2012), Robert S. Miller (2012), C. Alan Bamforth, Jr. (2014), Craig Van Natta (2017) and Alan B. Gonyo (2018).
The late George Langley and his son, Tom Langley, are a family that has made significant contributions to their profession and community. The senior Langley was a registered professional engineer in Virginia and Maryland, and licensed Land Surveyor in Virginia. Tom Langley, like his father, is a registered professional engineer in Virginia and Maryland as well as North Carolina, and also is a licensed Land Surveyor in Virginia.
George Langley was a student at North Carolina State University at the outbreak of World War II. He enlisted in the U. S. Navy that then sent him back to college to complete his Bachelor of Science degree in aeronautical engineering in 1943. During World War II, he served as an Ensign on the Aircraft Carrier USS Antietam in the Pacific Theater. After the war, he returned to college and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from North Carolina State in 1946. Tom Langley also received his Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from North Carolina State in 1975, and then earned a Master of Engineering degree in civil engineering from the University of Florida in 1976.
After college, the senior Langley worked as a construction engineer for Langley Concrete Construction as an assistant planning engineer for the city of Norfolk, a project engineer for Myron Sturgeon Engineers, and as partner, president, and chairman for Langley and McDonald of Virginia Beach, Virginia. The junior Langley started his career with Fluor Engineers and Constructors, before joining his father and eventually becoming president/owner of Langley and McDonald.
Both George and Tom Langley were active in the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE), and the Engineers Club of Hampton Roads. George was involved with the Virginia Beach Erosion Commission, the Virginia Beach Development Authority, and the development of various port and marine facilities in Hampton Roads. Tom is a Fellow Member of ASCE and past president of the Norfolk Branch, a member of NSPE, and a charter member and past chair of Old Dominion University’s Civil and Environmental Engineering Visiting Council.
The Langleys established a family legacy as lifetime members of the Sertoma Club of Norfolk, a group of professionals with a goal of helping charities supporting the speech and hearing impaired. Each Langley served in numerous leadership roles and helped Sertoma annually raise funds for various charitable organizations in Hampton Roads. Tom was twice recognized as Sertoma’s Man of the Year for his contributions. In addition, both were active with local community banks; George as a charter member of the Board of Seaboard Savings and Loan, and Tom as a member of the Board of Old Point National Bank.