June 28, 2013
SNMTS Past President James “Jim” Kearney Langan, CNMT, FSNMMI-TS, Passes Away
James "Jim" Kearney Langan, CNMT, FSNMMI-TS, a 40-plus year employee of the Department of Radiology at Johns Hopkins University Hospital, passed away peacefully at his home in Catonsville, Md., on June 25, 2013. Langan began his career at Johns Hopkins in 1956 upon graduating from the radiology technology program. In 1958, he teamed with Johns Hopkins internist, the late Henry N. Wagner, Jr., MD, and brought nuclear medicine to the hospital. Langan worked tirelessly in the field of nuclear medicine, and the techniques and procedures that he and Wagner developed are still being practiced today. He retired as an assistant administrator at Johns Hopkins in 2001, but continued to volunteer his time to Radiology Department.
Langan served as president for the Society of Nuclear Medicine Technologist Section from 1977-1978 and held many leadership positions within the society. In 1988, he received a Nuclear Medicine Distinguished Alumnus awards from the society. Langan was one of the 13 original co-founders of the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board. He was a co-author on more than 10 scientific publications and several books.
Langan is survived by his wife of 53 years, Mary Jane, three children and six grandchildren.