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Robert George Langsner MA ’94, passed away November 21, 2011. Born August 3, 1940, in Pasadena, Calif., to George Langsner of Brooklyn, New York, and Eileen Mary Johnston Langsner of County Cork, Ireland. He earned his bachelor of science in mathematics in 1962 from the California Institute of Technology and later earned a master of science in computer engineering from Santa Clara University. Robert was a pioneer in the early technology industry and led a storied career working initially for Aerojet and then for Scientific Data Systems, which later became Xerox Data Systems and finally Honeywell Large Information Systems. During this time Robert represented Honeywell on the American National Standards Institute for Fortran, for several years. Work and family eventually brought him to Reno, where he worked as a lecturer in mathematics and computer science at the University of Nevada, Reno and as a consultant to then-Sierra Pacific Power Company. In later years, Robert volunteered as a math tutor to calculus classes at Reno High School. Robert took immense joy from his time at the University of Nevada, especially when teaching and advising students; as an advisor he took particular care to reach out to the foreign graduate students he worked with. Robert also enjoyed sharing the university with his children, by introducing them to his students and colleagues, by showing them his intellectual pursuits, and by imparting to them his joy of learning. Later, through his volunteering, Robert enjoyed sharing his passion with the high school students he helped. As a young man Robert’s curiosity led him to travel often to Europe and the Pacific Islands, and later in life he again pursued this joy. Above all else, Robert loved being a father. He took great pride in being a dad, and he loved his children dearly. Beginning with his tenure at the university and thereafter, Robert loved to take his family to UNR basketball and football games and especially loved watching his children learn and enjoy the games. Robert was a warm person who shall be remembered by his family and friends as someone who cared greatly for the well being of others. He is survived by his wife Margaret Slattery; children Patrick Reuther, Mary Langsner (Alain VTron), and Robert Langsner; granddaughter Paityn Reuther; cherished cousins Tom Popovich and Mike Johnston, among many others; sister Noreen Briggs; many dear friends; and several nieces and nephews.