Richard F. Long
unknown - December 5, 2011
Richard F. Long, 85, “Dick” to his friends and family, former Washington DC correspondent for the Syracuse newspapers, noted author and playwright and winner of several national awards for television productions, died Monday, Dec. 5, 2011, at the Centers at St. Camillus, in Syracuse, New York. He once said to a friend, “All I ever wanted to be was a writer and newspaperman. I accomplished that for more than 50 years. It made for a happy life.”
Dick Long went to Christian Brothers Academy and graduated from Le Moyne College in 1951. He also wrote the History of Le Moyne College and started working as a reporter for the Herald Journal the same year. A global assignment sent him to Africa, India, Pakistan, Vietnam and South America and produced his first book, “Nowhere a Stranger” a story of the Medical Mission Sisters in these countries. A second book published in 2006, “Blue Mountain Memories” is a story of a Blue Ridge Mountain and the people who live in it.
Long’s reporting skills led to a career in the Federal Government for more than 20 years as a Public Affairs Officer. He wrote, produced and directed more than 25 documentaries about Army history and technology.. As a playwright, he co-founded a community theatre, The Woodley Players that produced his plays, “Shenandoah Night Train“ and “ A Private Matter“ The former was made into a television movie which won the prestigious ACE award, the top award of cable television. In retirement, he co-founded the Syracuse James Joyce Club with Tom Lavoie. The Club read the works of author James Joyce, especially Ulysses. He also wrote the column, “The Long View“: for the Skaneateles Press and other Eagle newspapers. In recognition of his work, Syracuse Press Club named him to its Wall of Distinction.
Richard Francis Long was born in Syracuse on Jan. 1, 1926, to Edward and Florence Haumann Long. Survivors include his sister, Margaret Long ,his sister-in-law Mary Long, both of Syracuse; his beloved companion of many years, Vi Baluyut of Washington DC; nieces and nephews, John (Gisela) , David (Marcia)Long of Syracuse, Edward (Patricia) Long of California, Thomas Long of Syracuse and Stephen (Mary ) Long of Vermont.
Calling hours: 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 8, at Carter Funeral Home, 1604 Grant Blvd., Syracuse. Mass of Christian burial: 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 9, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception , 259 East Onondaga St., Syracuse. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery in De Witt. Donations in Dick’s memory may be made to a charity of one’s choice. Online condolences at CarterFuneralHome.com.