It was an impressive journey for Lorrayne Yates, a shy, beautiful, smart school girl, born in rural North Carolina; but her hard work and indomitable spirit carried her to rarified heights as a distinguished professor of English at several Ohio Universities. Her students described her as their "most exciting teacher," and university scholars from coast to coast acknowledged her "splendid work." Lorrayne Y. Baird-Lange's fierce determination and leadership won her an invitation to President Gerald Ford's White House for preserving North Carolina's New River. Even in retirement, she continued to organize and lead workshops, often with her husband, Ridgely Lange, on church and state relationships, as well as other current political issues. Well into her 80's she was still joining marches in Washington on the environment and peace. A proud mother of three accomplished daughters, she celebrated special times with each of them, Julianne C. Baird in sojourns to Atlantic City and Philadelphia, Catherine Teutsch on Caribbean cruises and Springtime dancing with Eve Baird in Mogadore, Ohio.
Lorrayne Yates was born on January 5, 1927 in North Carolina Died on October 23, 2017 in Mt. Holly, New Jersey
1952 - Bachelors Degree in English and History, Catawba College, NC 1959 – Masters Degree in English, Appalachian State College, NC 1969 – PhD in English, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 1962-1964 – Teaching Fellow, University of Kentucky 1968-1992 – Professor of English, Youngstown State University: Editor of the "New Chaucer Society"
Lorrayne Y. Baird-Lange is survived by: Husband - Dr. Ridgley Lange?Daughters – Julianne C. Baird (Edward), Catherine Teutsch (William), and Eve Baird (Paul). She is survived by Sisters Clara Y. Rogers of Statesville, NC, Evelyn Y Holland (Robert) of Cary, NC, Donna Y. Duncan (Fred) of West Jefferson, NC. A brother Otis E. Yates is deceased.
Grandchildren: Kristen Teutsch, (Gustavo) Jack Teutsch (Nikte) Jessica Stewart (Jason), Luke Peyton
Great-granddaughter: Selene Katarina Ochoa Teutsch
In keeping with her wishes, her remains will be cremated, with interment at a designated place on the Cherry Hill Unitarian Church grounds. Lorrayne Baird-Lange's full, accomplished life will be celebrated at a Memorial Service, 2:00 pm, Saturday, December l6, at the Cherry Hill Unitarian Church, 401 Kings Hwy N, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034.