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Henry Allen "Hank" Long
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Birth: Aug. 31, 1924
Death: Mar. 12, 2012


Long, Henry Allan SAN DIEGO -- Henry Allan Long passed away peacefully while listening to his devoted daughter Marsha play his favorite Bach, Beethoven and jazz standards at his bedside March 12, 2012. This being just two months after he saw his beloved Berta "Casey" Long surrender to pancreatic cancer. Henry and Berta are now together with their son Michael Allan Long. Henry was born in San Diego to Henry and Mary Long, great supporters of the arts in San Diego. Henry, like his father, showed a great talent for math at an early age and was a"super nerd" at San Diego High School. His college work at California Institute of Technology was interrupted by three years of service with the U.S. Army during World War II. While in the Army, Hank was trained as an automotive engine overhaul specialist and, after driving a truck over the Lido-Burma road, ended up in an engine rebuilding facility in Kunming, China. There wasn't an engine he couldn't fix! When 16 year old Marsha ran out and bought a '56 Chevy, for $25.00, only to have it blow out on the freeway, "Daddy" rebuilt the entire engine and Marsha had a "new" hot rod. Hank returned to Cal Tech to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1949 and a Master of Science in 1950. He took additional courses at M.I.T. and numerous Cal Tech extension courses. Following graduation he worked for the Marquardt Corp and developed ramjet and turbojet engine components and systems. Hank was listed as inventor or co-inventor for five patents. He then worked at Solar where he became particularly interested in the use of simulation techniques for control designs, and in the nuclear field. Hank joined the research and development staff of General Atomic in 1959 and was head of their Simulation and Control Group. He was very excited to show the facility to young scientists and inspired many people to a career at GA. Hank's non simulation interests included ocean fishing, playing the piano, contemporary sculpture, and the application of mathematical principles to games of chance. A month before he died, Hank went to Las Vegas to play Black Jack and won three hundred dollars before the manager came over and switched dealers! He maintained many life long friendships, especially to his high school club, The Sapphires. His great love for statistics was there 'till the end with the market pages from the Wall Street Journal always by his bedside. His sweet disposition, thoughtfulness and boundless generosity will be remembered by all who knew him. Always a scientist, he left his body to UCSD Medical School. Donations can be made to the UCSD Medical School Brain Research Department. The Memorial Service with Military Honors will be held Wednesday, May 8th, at 11:30 a.m. at the Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery.

Published in U-T San Diego on April 28, 2013.
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  Bertha June Long (1930 - 2012)
Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery
San Diego
San Diego County
California, USA
Created by: Linda Claxton
Record added: Apr 28, 2013
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Henry Allen Hank Long
Added by: Linda Claxton
Henry Allen Hank Long
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