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Traffic accident claims life of engineering graduate


Justin David Langford, 23, a 2013 mechanical engineering graduate, died May 17 as the result of a May 14 traffic accident in Flagstaff, Arizona.

Justin Langford

Langford, of Zionsville, Indiana, was driving a flat-bed utility truck during performance calibration activities when the accident occurred.

While at Vanderbilt Langford was involved in the Aerospace Club, the V-Squared mentoring program, and the Vanderbilt Variations a cappella group. He served as vice president of the Vanderbilt chapter of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Langford was a member of a five-student Aerospace Club team to represent the university at the 2013 inaugural SEC University Symposium and Showcase.

In addition to his passion for singing, Langford enjoyed playing guitar and piano, running, rollerblading, cooking, reading and learning.

He is survived by his parents, Bryan and Janice; brother, Kyle; girlfriend, Kelsi Buckley; four grandparents and other family members. Bryan Langford has served on the Vanderbilt School of Engineering’s Committee of Visitors. Kyle Langford is a sophomore biomedical engineering student at Vanderbilt.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Justin David Langford Memorial Fund at First Financial Bank, 50 N. Ford Road, Zionsville, Indiana 46077. These funds will be used for an annual college scholarship through the Boone County Community Foundation and a community project through the Zionsville Parks.