Hugh Long, Tulane professor interested in law, music and health care, dies at 82 | Education
Hugh Wilson Long, a professor at Tulane University whose broad area of interest included education, music and health care management, died Wednesday in a snowmobile accident in Yellowstone National Park. He was 82 years old.
A faculty member since 1969, he has long held positions at Tulane Law School, the AB Freeman School of Commerce, and the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, home to the health administration program. which he helped establish.
He used his expertise in health care management as a member – and former chairman – of the board of directors of Touro Infirmary. Under his leadership, Uptown New Orleans Hospital implemented its first electronic medical system, competed for the $3.1 million family birthing center and opened the Prytania Imaging Center, said Manny Linares, president. and CEO of Touro.
Helped Touro join LCMC
Long also played a major role in getting Touro to join LCMC Health, a network of six hospitals, said Greg Feirn, CEO of LCMC Health. Long-time board member of LCMC Health as well.
“He understood health care, and it’s complicated,” Feirn said. “He was a great asset and he really enjoyed it. … I think he kind of lived what he taught.
Music has also played a major role in Long’s life, from growing up in Ohio when he sang in the Columbus Boy Choir and raised money for piano lessons by selling apples that fell from neighbors’ trees. , said his wife, Susan Krinsky. Long, who had played the French horn in high school, was also a trustee and past president of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and a member of the board of the League of American Orchestras.
With Long’s death, “the LPO has suffered a devastating loss,” said Mimi Kruger, the orchestra’s associate executive director.
“He was one of those people who did everything,” said Valborg Gross, Long’s longtime assistant. “He gave his all to everything he did and he was brilliant.”
A native of Columbus, Long earned a bachelor’s degree with honors in mathematics at The Ohio State University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest academic honor society. He earned a master’s and doctorate in commerce from Stanford University and a law degree from Tulane, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif, an academic honor society for law students.
Students hailed him as a mentor and regularly recognized his teaching skills with awards.
“He pushed me to challenge myself more than anyone I had met before and gave me confidence,” said Sasha Truscott, his teaching assistant at Tulane and graduate health administration student. . “He cared so much about the program and was really (his) beacon.”
Long’s financial expertise has been vital to the LPO, said Gross, the orchestra’s violist. She said he has also worked with other orchestras across the country.
Gross started as an assistant to Long when he was called to testify as an expert witness in health care, business, and medical economics.
“He was a born teacher,” Gross said. “When I started working [for him], I knew very little about computers. Everything I learned on a spreadsheet, I learned from Hugh.
Long has also served as a health policy adviser to U.S. House and Senate committees, and served four three-year terms on the board of trustees that reviews and changes the geographic status of hospitals for health care payment purposes. Medicare. He also headed this council.
“He had a passion,” Linares said, “and he certainly conveyed that in everything he did.”
In addition to his wife, survivors include a son, Benjamin Alan Long of New Orleans; a daughter, Dr. Kira Nicole Long, of Seabeck, Washington; one sister, Amanya Wasserman, of Burbank, Calif.; and three grandchildren.
The funeral service is scheduled for March 13 at 1 p.m. at the Touro Synagogue, 4238 St. Charles Ave.