BANGOR and PALM BEACH, Fla. – Dr. Michael A. Longo, 85, died peacefully Sunday, July 20, 2008, in Palm Beach, Fla. He was born June 28, 1923, in Brooklyn, N.Y. He attended St. Johns University, New York and the University of Health Sciences of Kansas City, where he received his doctorate degree. His career as a surgeon began in Portland, where he interned and did a surgical residency. He practiced surgery in Bangor for 25 years and was a founder of the James A. Taylor Osteopathic Hospital. Through the years, he became chief of staff and chairman of the board of surgery. He was made a Fellowship in the American College of Surgeons and in 1972 became president of that organization. While still in Maine, he served as a member of Blue Cross and Blue Shield Health Advisory Group for all Maine hospitals. In 1975 Michael moved to Palm Beach County, Fla., and was a founder of Community Hospital, presently Columbia Hospital, West Palm Beach, Fla. He founded the Wellington Regional Medical Center in 1986, where he served as chairman of the department of surgery and chief of staff. He developed real estate both in Maine and Florida, and had served on many professional and cultural boards. Michael was a member of St. Edwards Catholic Church of Palm Beach, where he was a Eucharistic minister. He was a life member of the Palm Beach Opera and served as a member of the board of governors. He was a founding member of the Italian Cultural Society of Palm Beach and a member of NIAF. Michael’s passion for his medical career, his retirement, and his family will never be forgotten. He was predeceased by his wife of 42 years, Rosemarie Longo. He is survived by his wife, Virginia of Palm Beach, Fla.; one brother, John and his wife, Zeida, of Miami; one daughter, Dr. Jane Hanscom, M.D., and her husband, Douglas, of McLean, Va., and their two children, Jeffery and Gregory; and one son, Michael G. Longo and his wife, Gale, of Bangor and their two children, Kevin and Landon. A private burial service will be held Saturday, July 26. A service of Brookings-Smith, Bangor.
DR. MICHAEL A. LONGO, D.O.
Posted Sept. 25, 2008, at 11:15 p.m.