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Kenneth Davol Langley

October 14, 2017

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Kenneth Davol Langley, 75, of Tiverton, Rhode Island and Mason Township, Maine, passed away on Saturday, October 14, 2017, at Saint Anne’s Hospital, in Fall River. He was the husband of forty-five years to Maryann (Slavin) Langley.

Kenneth was born in Fall River, the son of the late Henry Davol and Ruth (Lightbown) Langley. He was a graduate of BMC Durfee High School class of 1960. Ken received his B.S degree in Textile Technology in 1964 from what is now UMASS Dartmouth, and his M.S. from the Institute of Textile Technology in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 1968. Before returning to UMD to teach, he was employed by DuPont, in Waynesboro, Virginia, in Lycra Spandex quality control. Ken was formerly the chair and Chancellor Professor of the Department of Materials and Textiles in the College of Engineering at UMD, and is a Fellow of the Textile Institute. He has taught  courses in Textile Fibers, Textile Manufacturing, Statistical Quality Control and Design and Analysis of Experiments. He has forty-five publications which peer reviewed journals and proceedings, conference papers and manuscript reviews, including a number on of fiber identification. Ken was also the president of KDLangley Fiber Services. At one time, he was one of the top two testers for fiber analysis of Cashmere and specialty fibers in the US. He was internationally known for his expertise.

Mr. Langley was a member of ASTM International, Institute of Textile Technology, AFT Union of Professionals, MASS Retirees, New York Microscopic Society, the Textile Institute of England, Herreshoff Marine Museum, in Bristol, Cashmere Camel Hair Manufacturing Institute CCMI, in Boston, Providence Athenaeum, and the Tiverton Yacht Club. He appeared in court as an expert witness many times regarding fiber analysis. He enjoyed sailing aboard his boat the Iona, hiking, and photography.

Survivors besides his wife are a son: Philip D. Langley of Tiverton; a sister Louise Keane and her husband Thomas of Fall River; two nephews: Matthew Keane of Somerset and Michael Keane of Fall River. 

Ken spent most of his life giving to and helping others, never expecting anything in return. In his memory please consider an act of kindness toward someone.

Funeral Information

His Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, October 19, 2017, at 11:45am, from the Hathaway Home for Funerals, 1813 Robeson Street, Fall River, followed by Mass with Requiem Eucharist at 1pm in Holy Trinity Church, 1956 Main Road, Tiverton. Relatives and friends are invited to attend, burial to follow in Hillside Cemetery, Tiverton.

Calling Hours will be held on Wednesday, October 18, 2017, from 4-7pm, in the funeral home.

Donations Information

Memorial donations in his memory can be made to the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church Capital Improvement Fund, 1956 Main Rid, Tiverton, RI 02878.


Visitation:  Hathaway Home for Funerals

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