Funeral Services for Dr. Langley R. Hellwig were held on Monday, July 18, 2011, at 10:30a.m. at Ricks-Bowers Funeral Home in Jewett. Interment followed the services at Concord Cemetery.
Langley Roberts Hellwig, 83, of Athens died Friday, July 15, 2011, after a brief illness. He was born in Beaumont on May 21, 1928, the son of Alban Clifford and Katherine Theresa Hellwig. He and his wife retired in Athens in 1990. He is survived by his wife of fifty-nine years, Katherine Carlisle Hellwig, formerly of Jewett; one son, Austin Roberts Hellwig & wife Kristine of Arlington; one granddaughter, Heather Lee Hellwig. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Leroy Langley.
He received his B.S. in 1949, followed by his M.S. in 1951 and Ph.D. in 1955 in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. He began his business career at Ethyl Corporation (Baton Rouge) with various positions in manufacturing and process development. He joined Cities Service Company in Lake Charles, LA in 1958 as Manager, Engineering Research. In 1960, he was transferred to New York as Planning Manager, later becoming Vice President of Planning and Acquisition. He was transferred to Tulsa, OK in 1974 and became Executive Vice President of Cities Services Company and President of Chemicals Group, which included petrochemicals, polyethylene, carbon black, natural gas liquids (including gas gathering, processing, liquids storage and sales), molded plastic goods (polyethylene, polypropylene, ABS and PVC) and international operations in Europe, Brazil and Argentina. In 1979, he became President and CEO of Columbian Chemicals Company (which Cities Service sold in 1983) and remained in this position until he retired in June 1986. From mid-1986 through 1997, he consulted for Columbian Chemicals Company, mostly in environmental matters and operational audits of manufacturing facilities worldwide. He was named a Distinguished Engineering Graduate of the College of Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin in May 1979. He served on the CHE Visiting Committee at The University of Texas at Austin from 1976 through 1979. He was a member of Omega Chi Epsilon, an honorary chemical engineering society; Tau Beta Pi, an honorary engineering society; and The American Institute of Chemical Engineers. In his spare time, he enjoyed spending time with his family, reading, playing tennis, traveling and working on the family property in Jewett.