- LANGLAND, OLAF E., DR. May 30, 1925 to July 11, 2011 Olaf "Ole" Elmer Langland DDS, age 86 years, resident of La Costa Glen, Carlsbad, CA, died of end-stage COPD on July 11, 2011, at home with his wife Gwen, by his side. He was born May 30, 1925, in Madrid, IA, son of Dr. Raymond F. and Minnie M. (Kinsey) Langland. Ole was drafted into the Army in 1943 at the age of 18 and served our country in WWII during the Normandy invasion, wounded in St. Lo, France, in 1945, receiving the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. Ole's father, Raymond, was a dentist, and he followed his father by receiving a DDS in 1952 from the University of Iowa. He had a dental practice in Albert City, IA, and met and married his dental assistant, Carolyn Anderson, in 1955; had two daughters, Sara Marie and Beth Margaret (deceased 2002). Ole was a professor of Oral Diagnosis at the University of Iowa in the 1960s, and moved to New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1968 to be Department Head at LSU. He served on the U.S. Hope Ship in 1973 for Project Hope in Macio, Brazil, teaching doctors dental radiology and treating Brazilian children. Ole and Carolyn divorced in 1972 and he moved to San Antonio, Texas, in 1975 to become Full Professor and Department Head at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio; Professor Emeritus 1999-2011. "To teach is to touch a life forever." He married Ruth Klabunde in 1975 in San Antonio, Texas; stepchildren Julie Van Delden and Gary Klabunde. Ruth died in 1985 of breast cancer and Ole married Gwendolyn Stokes in 1991; stepchildren Renee' Schatz, Richard Stokes, Deborah Fato, Kimra Stokes (deceased 1982), and D. Scott Stokes. Ole is survived by eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Ole had a brother, Raymond K. Langland (deceased 2008), and has a brother, Leo L. Langland. Dr. Olaf Langland wrote several textbooks in Dental Radiology which were used extensively in universities throughout the U.S. with high regard. Ole was a member of several professional dental organizations, as well as a Mason, a Shiner, Military Order of Purple Heart, and American Legion. Avocation: Civil War Historian, authoring 16 chapters of a book on Medicine and Dentistry in the Civil War. Burial at Miramar National Cemetery, San Diego, California, July 19 at 11:00 a.m. Memorial service arrangements pending at San Antonio, Texas. Afterward, there will be a military Celebration of Life ceremony at 1:30 p.m. at La Costa Glen, Carlsbad, California.
Published in San Diego Union-Tribune on July 17, 2011