Diane Lee Langston, 69, passed away on Thursday, November 19, 2015, at Sentara Princess Anne Hospital in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
She leaves behind her beloved husband, Robert Abram Michalove, who was by her side at her last moments, and many cousins and extended family members and friends, including her aunt and uncle, John and Rosa Malek in Tucson, AZ.
She was an extraordinary person who will be remembered for her enthusiasm for life, her angelic voice and sweet smile, her caring, and her love. “Diana” was born in Santa Fe, NM, on Dec. 10, 1945, and was the daughter of Marine Corps veteran and Pearl Harbor survivor, Major James Thomas “J.T.” Langston, from Arkadelphia, AR, and Women’s Army Medical Corps veteran, Dorothea Malek Langston, from Reading, PA. Diane was a lifelong internationalist who cared deeply about the world, and her professional and personal travels took her to the corners of the earth.
A lawyer trained at the University of Notre Dame Law School, Diane worked for almost a quarter century at the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), where as a senior program officer she held responsibilities in numerous areas, including law and population, civil society and gender issues, women’s empowerment, communication and education projects, and human rights. She was also instrumental in drafting the UNFPA’s compact with Rotary International. After retiring from the UN, Diane continued to assist UNFPA in its Rotary partnership, and was an independent consultant in the fields of social responsibility, rule of law, and poverty reduction.
She will be laid to rest at Cedar Grove Cemetery on the campus of Notre Dame University in South Bend, IN. Arrangements are by Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Tidewater Drive Chapel. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.hollomon-brown.com.
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