Remembering a Mayo Doctor, Friend

Posted at: 01/22/2013 6:45 PM
By: Brittany Lewis

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- A Rochester man was killed over the weekend when the car he was driving rolled. That man, Harry Long, was a doctor at Mayo Clinic for over 30 years.

Barbara Larson was diagnosed with Pseudomyxoma Peritonei, a rare abdominal cancer, in 2006. When she couldn’t find treatment, a friend stepped in.

"Harry was there for me. And Harry did the research and Harry was the one who said who I should contact,” said Larson.

Harry is Dr. Harry Long, an oncologist at Mayo Clinic who was killed over the weekend when the car he was driving rolled. His Wife, Louise, was also in the car, but suffered non-life threatening injuries.

"It has left a mark on me and I have been upset about it all night long,” said Larson.

Long was a doctor at Mayo Clinic for more than three decades. He was in the Navy, and was involved in the Rochester Symphony Orchestra and Chorale.

"Harry long was the type of person who was deeply committed to whatever he did,” said Jere Lantz, Music Director of Rochester Symphony and Chorale via Skype.

"It's just hard to imagine the Rochester area, the world of Rochester and Mayo clinic and just being there without Harry,” said Lantz.

A life without Harry, leaving Larson wishing she’d have a chance to say.

"Thank you for everything you've done. Thank you for being there and now it's my turn to be there when you need me."

Mayo Clinic officials say Dr. Long was not only instrumental to the clinic, but to the entire Mayo Clinic Health System, a driving force in development for Hematology and Oncology services across Southern Minnesota.