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In Memoriam
Roger N. Longenecker, M.D.
February 3, 1935-December 25, 2018

Three Temple grads: Dr. Roger Longenecker (right) with son Stephen
and grandson Andrew on Andrew's graduation from the medical school.

T

o just think of Roger Longenecker would make you smile.
In the nearly 29 years that I have known Roger there was
not once that I saw him without a laugh or a grin. Of
course there would be things that upset him like they do the rest of
us, but he had a wonderful perspective of what was truly important
that kept him in balance: his Family, his Faith and his Patients in
his role as a Family Doctor in Berks County for many years.
Roger was a native of Berks County, growing up in the Glenside
section of Reading, attending Reading HS, Albright College and
then on to Temple University Medical School where he graduated
as a member of the AOA Honor Society. He completed his general
internship at Reading Hospital, served in the US Naval Reserve and
with his wife Carole as a missionary to Singapore. He settled into
practice in the Blandon area with his longstanding partner Dr. Bob
Donovan. The devotion to Roger of friends, family and patients was
well known and clearly demonstrated by the large crowd that filled
the auditorium at the Highlands for his recent memorial service.
Roger was the first Chair of the Reading Hospital Department
of Family Medicine and was the first Family Physician I met here
on my recruitment visit. One of Roger's tasks was to show me
around the Berks County community. I vividly remember him
driving me to this nearly vacant four lane highway which he proudly
proclaimed was "the road to nowhere." I said "ok but where does
it really go?" And he again replied with a hearty laugh "It really
goes nowhere." His sense of humor was deeply appreciated and
recognized as one of his strongest assets.

"I wish we had known about hospice sooner."

Roger became a great friend and endeared himself to me as he
did so many of his friends (his sailing mates) and colleagues as well
as his many trusting patients. Especially in my early days at Reading
Hospital getting myself grounded and wrestling with a variety of
issues, I knew that Roger was always looking over me. Perhaps he
still is.

Hospice care is so much more than what most people think.
Many hospice patients have told us they wish they'd benefitted
from the hope, compassion and comfort of our hospice care
sooner. Any patient, family member or friend can contact us
anytime, 24/7.

D. Michael Baxter, MD
Chair, Department of Family and Community Medicine
Reading Hospital/Tower Health

866.380.5874
heartlandhospice.com
SPRING 2019

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