Eleanor C. Lang

Aug 07, 2017
Eleanor Lang

Friendship — Eleanor Cook Lang, 98, also of Thomaston, died Aug. 6, 2017, at Sussman House in Rockport. She was born Oct. 7, 1918, in Boston to Raymond H. Cook and Gertrude F. Cook of Friendship and New Bedford, Mass.

Eleanor attended Radcliffe College, majoring in anthropology, and graduated from The Pratt Institute in New York City in 1939 with a degree in home economics. She began working for McCall’s Magazine in New York soon after graduation and eventually became an associate editor, responsible for the homemaking section of the magazine. During World War II, she helped oversee the magazine’s focus on wartime rationing and conservation in the home. She also volunteered with the Red Cross during the war.

While at McCall’s, she worked toward a graduate degree at Columbia University. After leaving the magazine, she began a second career of volunteer work as a troop leader and board member of the Girls Scout Council for New York City and as the manager of a charity thrift shop supporting the work of the Legal Aid Society. She was also a member of the Friendship Historical Society and a contributor of four articles to the book “Friendship Homes: If These Houses Could Talk.” She was descended from the original Cook and Bradford families that settled on the Meduncook Plantation (later incorporated as Friendship) in the mid-18th century.

On Jan. 26, 1952, she married John Francis Lang. Eleanor and John were married for 53 years, until his death in October 2005. They made their home in New York City, but spent every summer in Friendship, as Eleanor had since her birth, in the house built by her grandfather, Albert G. Cook. Their time in her family home extended to more than half the year after John semi-retired. Early in 2005, they became full-time residents of Friendship.

Eleanor is survived by her sister, Louise Cook Sawyer, of New Bedford Mass.; her daughters Anita Lang Knowlton of Thomaston and Elaine Lang Cornett of Arlington, Va.; as well as grandchildren Nicholas John Knowlton, Todd Andrew Knowlton, Ian Robert Cornett and Sarah Nicole Cornett; and niece Virginia Sawyer O’Leary and nephew Philip Whitney Sawyer.

A private memorial service is being planned by the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to support the Pope Memorial Humane Society of Knox County or Sussman House at Pen Bay Medical Center.

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