OBITUARY

Kevin Gregory Long, KHS, Ph.D.

August 2, 1955August 19, 2014

KEVIN GREGORY LONG, KHS, PhD August 2, 1955 – August 19, 2014 Kevin Gregory Long was born in Hollywood (as he was fond of pointing out), California on August 2, 1955, the only child of Esther and James Long. For the first five years of his life he was raised by his loving grandmother, Esther Barney. He attended St. John Chrysostom elementary school in Inglewood and graduated from 8th grade there in 1969. He attended Serra High School for one year and then graduated from St. Bernard’s High School in Playa del Rey. It was here that he met Wally Wade, who became his teacher, mentor and friend. It was Wally who fanned the love of learning in Kevin and helped him to deepen and take his faith so seriously. In the spring of his senior year, he read an article in the Tidings by Erik von Kuenheldt-Ledin about Thomas Aquinas College, then only two years old. In it, he described the College as orthodox and serious about education. Kevin could not believe that such a place existed. In March of his senior year, he hopped into his Mustang and drove the 45 minutes up PCH to visit. He found there a “home”, the love of which carried him through the rest of his life. In the fall of 1973, Kevin joined the third class of students at Thomas Aquinas College. While there Kevin studied hard and spent many hours coaching and assisting his fellow students in their classes. He completely loved the school and the education he received. It was here that he met Martha and, two years after his graduation, they were married on June 30, 1979, the feast of the First Martyrs of the Church of Rome, at St. Cecilia’s Church in San Francisco. Kevin continued his education first at Université Laval in Quebec where he earned a Master’s Degree in Philosophy. After his marriage he continued his studies at Claremont Graduate School and received his PhD in Government in 1986. During this time, he also taught philosophy for students in the St. Ignatius Institute at the University of San Francisco. Upon graduation, Kevin went to work as Director of Public Affairs for the Catholic League. After two years in Milwaukee, Kevin and Martha moved to Washington, DC. Here he worked at the Department of Education, first as a speechwriter for Ken Whitehead, Asst. Secretary for Post-Secondary Education, and then in other programs. He also taught for two years in the undergraduate philosophy department at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emittsburg. More recently, Kevin devoted his time to tutoring adult students in Latin, Logic, Philosophy, Theology, English as a Second Language – and any other subject one might request! He also volunteered with the National Park Service, the Library of Congress and most recently the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. In 2005 Kevin was privileged to be invested as a Knight in the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. He faithfully joined his fellow Knights and Ladies in their efforts to work for the Holy Land. He leaves behind 22 nieces and nephews whom he loved greatly, four sisters-in-law (Anne, Mary, Joan and Laura), who were truly his sisters, his beloved mother-in-law, Jane Schaeffer, and his wife Martha whom he loved greatly. He was preceded in death by his beloved father-in-law, John Schaeffer. Kevin struggled with numerous illnesses over the years and bore them with great courage and grace. As many will remember, Kevin spent many years celebrating and promoting the beauty of the feast of Epiphany. He and Martha shared their devotion to Sts. Balthasar, Melchior and Gaspar with friends in every place they lived. This annual celebration of Epiphany always included the reading of the beautiful story he wrote called “The First Twelfthnight.” In the last few years, Kevin’s devotion to the saints expanded to include those saints he called the Holy Companions. Kevin wanted to spread devotion to these saints so often unnamed, but who were saints – St. Ursula and Companions, St. Maurice and Companions, St. Charles Lwanga and Companions and so many more. Not long ago he pointed out that even the saints whose feast we celebrate on June 30th, his and Martha’s wedding anniversary, really were “companions” – the unnamed martyrs. Kevin could leave no better legacy than for all of us to spread his devotion to the saints of the Epiphany and to the Holy Companions.

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation Sunday, August 24, 2014
  • Rosary Sunday, August 24, 2014
  • Funeral Mass Monday, August 25, 2014

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Interment
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Kevin Gregory Long, KHS, Ph.D.

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Marna Herrick

November 2, 2014

Martha,
Randy and I have been long distance fans of the Longs and it is with heartfelt warmth that we send condolences and hugs to you from afar. I remember Kevin and I know that he was well loved and cared for by one of the most special people I have come across.

Walter Weber

September 11, 2014

Dear Martha -- I am so sorry to hear of your loss! You and Kevin added much joy to my life, and Kevin gets special credit for introducing me to Latin and being my first and most important teacher of that subject!
May he rest in peace and the consolation of the Lord, and may you share that consolation as well!

Marian Starr

August 30, 2014

Dear Martha,
All of us in the Starr family are so very sorry to learn of Kevin's death, and your tremendous loss. He was such a gentle, caring soul who was knowledgeable in so many things, but especially faith-related topics. We always enjoyed our conversations with him. Know that you and Kevin will remain in our prayers, as well as all members of your families. May he rest in peace in our Dear Lord's arms.

Susan Orr Traffas

August 26, 2014

Dearest Martha,
I am so sorry. Words are unable to capture my sorrow at your loss..and my loss as well. Kevin was a great friend who carried a heavy cross. You are both in my prayers.

Mary Beth Bonacci

August 25, 2014

Martha -- I was so sad to hear this!! You are all in my prayers. I would love to see you again one of these days. Will track you down if I ever get back to DC. Sending lots of love and prayers in the mean time!!

Joanne Craig

August 25, 2014

Dear Martha, Mickey and I are saddened to learn of Kevin's passing. Although we have not seen either of you for many years, we remember both of you fondly. We pray for peace of soul for the living and the dead. Joanne Craig

Christopher Zehnder

August 24, 2014

Martha, please know that Katherine and I are praying for you and Kevin. He was one of the most decisive influences in my life -- a mentor and friend, without whom I would not have entered the Catholic Church. I shall ever recall with sweetness my visits with you two at the Adobe de Palomares, where there was ever good conversation, good food, and good drink. Kevin has had a deep influence for the good on many -- and Our Lord, who is merciful and just, will not, I believe, forget this.

Qui docti fuerint, fulgebunt quasi splendor firmanenti, et qui ad iustitiam erudiunt multos, quasi stellae in perpetuas aeternitates -- "The learned shall shine as the splendor of the firmament, and they who instruct many in righteousness, will be as stars forever."

Joseph and Lynda Kern

August 24, 2014

May he rest in peace at last.

Management and Staff, Rappahannock Coffee

August 24, 2014

Kevin was a notable and engaging presence in our coffee shop for years. We are very sad and shocked to learn of his passing.

Joe Woodard

August 24, 2014

Dear Martha, Kathy and I really regret that we lost touch with Kevin and you, so long ago--can it really be 24 years? Time is indeed a strange thing -- "a single night in a bad hotel." We're praying for you both.