Marian Marie Langan passed away peacefully from cancer on June 3, 2017 at the
age of 54. She was born in Omaha on August 13, 1962 to Gerald and Renate
(Froehlich) Langan. She was raised in Cedar Rapids, Nebraska and graduated
from the public high school in 1980. She attended nursing school and
worked at Tabitha for several years before attaining bachelorís and masterís
degrees in biology from the University of Nebraska. She served as the
education coordinator at the University of Nebraska State Museum (Morrill Hall)
before starting an 18-year career with the National Audubon Society, serving as
Executive Director of Audubon Nebraska for the last 5 years.
Marian was instrumental in the creation of the education center at Spring
Creek Prairie Audubon Center and in facilitating inquiry-based nature education
on a national level. She was an invited participant at the White House
Summit on Environmental Education in 2012. Additionally, she helped to
grow Rowe Sanctuary near Gibbon into an internationally recognized birding site
drawing visitors world-wide. Marian truly loved Nebraska. Her family
and many friends take solace in knowing she fit so much living into her 54
years, and leaves behind a legacy of conservation in Nebraska that will extend
far beyond the time she was here.
She is survived by her daughter, Corinne Kolm and son-in-law Josh Frank of
Lincoln, mother Renate Langan of Cedar Rapids, sisters Karen (Pete Vandenberg),
Renee and Jackie, brother Randy (Lisa), and longtime dear friend David Murphy.
She was proceeded in death by her father, Gerald. A Celebration of Life
will be held on June 17th at 10am at Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center.
In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to help sustain Marianís vision for
Nebraska Audubon at: