Dr. Graydon Albert Long M.D.
Monday 7th of May 1923 - Sunday 31st of March 2019
Graydon A. Long,M.D. passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, March 31, 2019. Dr. Long was born to the late Dr. Graydon and Viola (Rathke) Long in Rochester, NY on May 7, 1923.
Dr. Long served as a mid-shipman in the United States Navy in WW II and as a physician in the U.S. Marine Corps in Korea during the Korean War. He graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School in 1948 and from the University of Michigan Medical School Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency in 1959. He served as Medical Staff President of Central Baptist Hospital in 1968 and practiced Cardiothoracic Surgery at Central Baptist, St. Joseph, and Good Samaritan Hospitals between the years 1959-1988. He retired after 31 years of private practice. Dr. Long enjoyed flower gardening and was an avid reader.
Those who survive to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 69 years, Virginia Barnes Long; sister, Barbara Long Barton; nieces, Martha Ellen Barton, Susan Lee (Steven) Poaletti, and Patrice E. (Timothy) Stanley; nephews, Robert Long Barton and Mark Reid (Elizabeth) Barton and cousins, Helen (Robert) Edelman, Valerie M. (Mark) Stevens and Susan (Ben) Hinchman.
I worked for Dr. Long for many years. He was one of the kindness and sweetness man I have known. Even after his retirement, he would bring me a box of Sharp's candy at Christmas time. And over the years we would exchange birthday cards and follow it up with phone calls. I will miss those cards and calls. Rest in peace Dr. Long. You will be missed, especially by your devoted wife, Ginny.
Graydon was a great man. He will be greatly missed. We all loved his great sense of humor, quick wit, and ready smile. He was kind and willing to help others if he could. I admired him for his service to mankind: in military service for our country, for patients in his years as a surgeon, and to his family. He truly enjoyed life; through travels, reading, and gardening - he had passion for learning new skills, applying them, and sharing it with others. You couldn’t help but love him.