Dr. Calvin L. Long

January 27, 1928April 14, 2013
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LONG, PH.D., CALVIN L., passed away peacefully in his sleep on April 14, 2013, in Birmingham, Alabama. Dr. Long was a native of Elizabeth City, North Carolina, the youngest of four sons born to Harry and Alice Long. Calvin met and married his high school sweetheart, Jane Sawyer, in 1951. After his graduation from Wake Forest University and then Masters at N.C.State Univ., Calvin and Jane moved to Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, where he continued his education at the University of Illinois, culminating with the receipt of his Ph.D. degree in biochemistry and nutrition. Shortly thereafter, Calvin and Jane moved to New City, New York where they started their family. Survivors include his loving wife, Jane, his daughters, Alisa B. Long and Valerie L. O'Brien (Timothy) and his son, Clayton H. Long. Cherished grandchildren are Danielle Long, Alexandra O'Brien, Mitchell O'Brien, Amanda O'Brien, Dallas Long and Farrah Long. Calvin also leaves many wonderful nieces and nephews living in North Carolina and Virginia, as well as a special brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Donald and Barbara Sawyer, who reside in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. Dr. Long's career as a biochemist spanned a period of more than 45 years. He served as the Medical Director of Research at the Medical College of Toledo, the Baptist Medical Centers at Princeton and Montclair, and at Carraway Hospital. As a medical research scientist, Dr. Long was one of few Ph.Ds. with a faculty appointment in surgery. As a professor, Dr. Long led research teams at General Foods in New York, Harvard Medical School, Columbia University and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. A memorial funeral service will be held at Mountain Brook Presbyterian Church on Friday, April 19th, at 12:30 in the Sanctuary, with visitation for family and friends immediately following at the church. The burial will take place at Southern Heritage Cemetery in Pelham. The family would request that, in lieu of flowers, you honor Calvin's life with contributions to Mountain Brook Presbyterian Church, 3405 Brookwood Rd., Mountain Brook, AL 35223. Visit Or, give in Calvin's honor to Parkinson's research. Visit The family would also like to acknowledge the care and support given by his caregivers over the past few years. Calvin L. Long, a good, kind and humble soul, will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him and we can take comfort in knowing that he is in a better place.


  • Celebration of Calvin's Life Friday, April 19, 2013
  • Reception Friday, April 19, 2013

Dr. Calvin L. Long

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Mary Melof

April 22, 2013

Don and I were very sorry to hear of Dr Long's death. We enjoyed him as our neighbor and appreciated all he did to keep River Run so beautiful. May his Memory be Eternal.
Mary Melof

Janis Zeanah

April 22, 2013

The River Run subdivision will be forever grateful for Calvin's tireless leadership in protecting the best interests of his neighbors, including the beautificaion of the area's entrance.

Terry McElheny

April 19, 2013

Dear Alisa, Valerie and Clay,

I am so sorry that I won't be there to say good-bye to your dad with you today. I would certainly be there if I could. Dr. Long was a very kind, compassionate man. I know how much you all loved him. That love is evident from the care and concern you have shown for him (and Mrs. Long) in recent months. I hope, now that Dr. Long has found rest and peace, all of you will be able to enjoy those gifts too. Very respectfully, Terry McElheny

Danielle Long

April 19, 2013

You were a great man- full of wisdom, laughter, life. You were like a father to me instead of a Granddad. I had wonderful times with you that I would not trade for the world, you taught me a lot of things about life. I will miss you terribly but I know you are in a better place now and you are watching over me and I know that one day I will see you again.
Love your Granddaughter.

Peggy and Mike Gargis

April 18, 2013

Calvin, you and Jane were the heart and soul of our neighborhood. As RRHA president, you defended us from untoward outside development. And within the neighborhood, you and Jane provided us years of smiles and beauty with your plantings at the entrance. River Run is forever grateful.

Barbra Chapin Dismuke

April 18, 2013

Dr. Long was gentle, kind, and thoughtful and a wonderful friend to me and my family. Danny and I send our sincere sympathy to all the family.

MaryBeth Harris

April 17, 2013

"Alice's boys" are all in heaven now. Rest in peace Uncle Calvin. Cathy and Mary Beth

Pam Long

April 16, 2013

You will always be remembered for your kindness and love.

Pam, Dallas and Farrah Long