Langston F. Bate, 75, chairman of the chemistry department at the old Miner Teacher College here from 1944 to 1954 died July 13 at his home in Austin, Tex. of a heart attack.
He and his wife also maintained a home in Northeast Washington.
At the University of Chicago, he earned a doctorate in chemistry while taking education as a minor field of study.
Dr. Bate graduated from Kentucky State Industrial College Academy at the age of 16. He then worked during 1918 as a clerk in the Cincinnati Missionary Training School to earn money to attend Illinois State Normal University. He was awarded a bachelor's degree in education from the university two years later.
Dr. Bate then taught at Kentucky State College for 1 1/2 years and earned a master's degree in education there in1923.
After graduating from the University of Chicago. Dr. Bate headed the chemistry department at Lincoln University in Missouri for three years. He then became chairman of the chemistry department at Virginia State College for two years. He joined the faculty at Miner Teachers College in 1935.
Dr. Bate became interested in teaching because of his father, John W. Bate, a principal of a high school in Danville, Ky., for 57 years.
A member of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity, Dr. Bate also belonged to the National Honorary Scientific Society. Sigma XI Beta Kappa Chi and the American Chemical Society.
He is survived by his wife, Violet, of Austin, two sons, Langston Jr. of Largo, and Kenneth of Washington a daughter, Jacqueline Grigsby, also of Washington, and a brother John W. Jr. of Cleveland.