must have made it taste just that much better.
It is no wonder that the young Langs felt so at home. After all, The Seeing Eye was where their parents met and fell in love. It was where Lang found his first job out of college. One of the kids even bears the name of the instructor who was most influential in Lang’s career. And it is where Lang will end a 43-year career in September, knowing that his knowledge was shared with hundreds of students and dozens of instructors under his tutelage.
Lang began his career in 1964, just months before The Seeing Eye moved from Whippany Road to its new location on Washington Valley Road in Morristown. That same year, 3 million people visited a Seeing Eye exhibit at the World’s Fair in New York, almost 170 students successfully completed instruction with a Seeing Eye dog, and 32 litters (all German shepherds) were whelped at the breeding farm. A 21-year-old Lang found himself 500 miles from home, in a career he never knew existed until just a couple of months earlier.
“I was finishing up my senior year at Miami University, Ohio, with a degree in business and marketing,” said Lang. “My dad had been very successful in the accounting field, managing to not only survive the Depression but to be a great provider for the family. But he was always at work.”
Not long before graduation, Lang realized that his dream job did not exist within the world of business. “I wanted to be outdoors. I’d get my homework done, then start browsing through library books on geology, forestry, anything that might take me outside,” he said. By chance, he came upon Morris Frank’s book, First Lady of The Seeing Eye, telling the story of the world’s first dog guide school and Frank’s role in its founding. “I couldn’t put the book down. I read it straight through.”
Lang immediately wrote a letter to The Seeing Eye, inquiring about the job of instructor. The school sent him an application and a booklet called “The Career That Counts,” but politely informed him that openings were rare. He knew that without previous experience and without knowledge of matters relating to blindness, the only things working in his favor were that he’d