ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Albuquerque Journal publisher emeritus Thompson H. Lang, who in addition to publishing New Mexico’s largest newspaper for more than four decades, was a pilot, musician, successful developer, quiet philanthropist and devoted father. He died early Saturday at age 69 after a long illness.
Known to friends and generations of employees simply as Tom, he was a strong supporter of open government and a vigilant opponent of public corruption.
Lang became publisher of the Journal in 1971 at age 24 after the unexpected death of his father, C.T. Lang, becoming president of both the Journal Publishing Co. and the Albuquerque Publishing Co., which prints and distributes the newspaper. His brother, William P. “Bill” Lang, succeeded Tom as publisher in 2012.
During his career, Tom Lang oversaw growth of the newspaper from “hot type” to the digital age as he launched successful electronic products including ABQjournal.com, which recorded more than 800,000 unique visitors last month, in addition to an unwavering commitment to the print edition.