Friends of New London Hospital September/October 2012
InMemoriam: Al Long and Dana Darling
New London Hospital and the community will miss two
long-time volunteers: Al Long, who passed away on July
and Dana Darling, who passed away on August 13.
Al and Dana both had a strong commitment to helping
others and took pride in their work.
volunteered at NLH’s Mail Room for 12 years,
and delivered mail throughout the hospital. He was a
dependable team player who would cover for other Mail
Room volunteers when a substitute was needed. He
enjoyed spending time with his family and often spoke
about his many trips with his wife Pat, and liked to share
literature about the special places they visited.
Al also took great pride in his train collection and
miniature Christmas village.
Al was a humble man, and even though he served in the
US Navy for 21 years during World War II, he did not talk
about it. He worked as a gas systems mechanic for the
International Space Center and was part of the launch
team for the Saturn, Apollo, and Skylab Space Programs,
including the Apollo 11 mission that sent the first man to
walk on the moon.
volunteered at NLH for 12 years. Every
Monday, he would post Breezes Café menus and any
promotional material around the hospital, keeping all of
the employees updated on new information. He spent
time talking to Radiology Department patients who were
waiting for testing to ensure their comfort and safety.
Dana was also known to many throughout the hospital as
the person who delivered the Kearsarge Shopper with a
smile. He used to deliver the mail, change water pitchers
for patients, shred documents, and served as a Transport
Aid during the opening of the new building after the
expansion. Dana was a dedicated volunteer at the New
London Historical Society.
Prior to Dana’s retirement, he worked for Hartford
Insurance Group in Connecticut. He was always looking
for ways to make an improvement. He developed the
new time cards that we now use to record volunteer
hours, going from a one month to a six-month system,
which was a time saver for the Volunteer Office. Dana
was very proud of his extended family and spoke of
Al and Dana, in their special ways, contributed their time
and talents to their volunteer jobs at NLH. They touched
many lives and they will be remembered for their work
on behalf of the hospital and the community.
The Friends of New London Hospital newsletter is published six times a year.
Susan Bryant, Editor, Sr. Director, Marketing
Sullivan Creative, Editing, Design and Layout
Nancy Collins, Contributor, Volunteer Services
Julie DeGalan, Contributor, Development
Betty Lutsky & Joan Ward, Proofreaders
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