Charles Lang, 47, official at racetracks


Charles R. Lang, an official of thoroughbred racing, died yesterday of melanoma at the home of his parents in Oxford. He was 47.

He was named manager of Retema Park race track in San Antonio in June but resigned in September because of poor health. From 1987 until June, he had been administrative director of Oaklawn Park, a track in Hot Springs, Ark.

Since 1971, he had held positions at various tracks, including Pimlico Race Course, had been a jockey's agent and a racing columnist and handicapper for The Evening Sun.

Better known as Chick Lang Jr., he was a member of a family that has been involved in horse racing for five generations.

His father, Charles J. "Chick" Lang was vice president and general manager of Pimlico Race Course for 20 years.

Mr. Lang's grandfather, Chick Lang, won the 1928 Kentucky Derby aboard Reigh Count and was inducted in the Canadian Racing Hall of Fame. A great-grandfather, John P. Mayberry, trained the 1903 Derby winner, Judge Himes.

His son, Bart Lang, is a racing official at three tracks.

Around the tracks, he was active in the Backstretch Ministry for workers in the stable area. Away from horse racing, he was a volunteer and a fund-raiser for projects such as painting and landscaping the Ouachita (Ark.) Children's Center, where he was the 1991 volunteer of the year.

Tina Bateman, a caseworker supervisor at the temporary home for children, said that in addition to involving the community in the center, Mr. Lang "through his mere presence . . . encouraged the staff that it was all worth it."

The Baltimore native was a graduate of Dulaney High School and attended the University of Baltimore.

In addition to his father and son, survivors include his wife, the former Kimberly Williamson; four daughters, Hannah Kathryn Lang of Hot Springs and Tiffany J., Devon D. and Jaime J. Lang, all of Timonium; his mother, Nancy Lang of Oxford; and a sister, Deborah Lang Tessier of Monkton.

No services will be held at his request, but the family suggested memorial donations may be made to the Backstretch Ministry through Gary Stinson at Oaklawn Park; or to the Ouachita Children's Center.

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