JOHN j. Langdon,
Jesuit education has had a hand in shaping the man John Langdon is today. After attending Loyola Academy in Chicago, he earned degrees in psychology and philosophy from Marquette University.
“My Jesuit education has had a defining impact on me in many ways, from the Jesuits’ emphasis on rigorous thinking and service to others, to the formation of personal values that have guided me through life,” John says.
He put these learned-life principles to work by continuing his education to earn an MBA from the University of Chicago; serving three years in the Marine Corps, which included a tour in Vietnam as an infantry platoon and company commander; volunteering on the Board of Trustees for St. John’s Jesuit High School in Toledo, Ohio; working as president and chief executive officer of Hickory Farms for eight years; and raising a well-rounded family that includes daughter, Erin, who is a senior at Marquette, and Michael, a freshman at the university. His wife, Lorraine, also shares his passion for Jesuit education by serving on several committees of St. John’s Board of Trustees.
John’s actions truly speak about his love of Marquette. For the past seven years, he has helped the admissions department by writing personal letters to high school seniors who have been accepted to Marquette, but have not yet committed to attend. Where does John’s enthusiasm for his alma mater come from? It’s based in joyous memories: “I made friendships at Marquette that have withstood every test of time and distance. Attending Marquette was one of the most rewarding decisions of my life.”