30.08.1949 – 28.04.2011
by Barbara Thorp
It is with a great deal of sadness that I write a farewell to Neville Lang. As well as being a very dear friend Neville has been an important part of the VAA for many years. Neville joined the VAA in 1990 and became a committee member about 1995. I joined the VAA committee around the same time as Neville, and when he became our President I was his Vice President and we became very close working together for a common cause. During those years Neville was the convenor of the 13th FAA Conference held in Melbourne in 2000. Committee Meetings were held at his home and there was always such a warm welcome and lovely supper to be had – those meetings were a lovely social occasion.
Neville was a true gentleman, an excellent Vedic Astrologer and when he became involved in the Systems Approach and held classes I attended these and found him to be a great teacher who imparted his knowledge with great generosity. He also encouraged many of us to do Robert Zoller’s Traditional Astrology course – and graduation night at his home was memorable.
As well as his astrological knowledge, his technology expertise was always available to us and for the support and work that both he and his wife, Georgie gave to the Victorian branch they were made Life Members of the VAA in 2006.
Recently Neville told me how fortunate he felt his life had been to spend his working life following through on his two greatest passions – software programming and Astrology. He also told me he felt his most satisfying achievements (amongst many – my words) were convening the 13th FAA International Conference in Melbourne in 2000, and the predictions he made in 2001 of the US retaliation after 9/11 (predicted to within 15 mins of the first bombs falling on Afghanistan), and his prediction in 2003 when we were experiencing the worst drought in 100 years, that the next flood cycle for Australia would occur in 2010/2011, based on the declination cycle of the North Node – also a very accurate astrological prediction well ahead of the event.
When Neville and Georgie moved to the Gold Coast we certainly missed them. Neville had the love of a good wife and his life was a happy one. He lived it to the full….and will be missed by those who knew him and loved him.
“Every man dies – Not every man really lives.”
– William Ross Wallace