Robert Lambeth '71, Dr. Stephen P. Long '82
and President Robert Lindgren
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Dr. Stephen P. Long '82 was presented the Distinguished Alumnus Award by R-MC's
Society of Alumni on April 15, 2011. The award was given during the Richmond "Macon
Connections" breakfast at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond. The award
was presented by R-MC President Robert R. Lindgren.
Long accepted the award with a
nostalgic speech and shared memories and memorabilia reflecting
on his experiences at R-MC. He reminisced of receiving acceptance letters from numerous
colleges, but none brought more excitement than the one he received from Randolph-Macon.
While a student here, Long quickly adapted to life at R-MC and became a leader from
the beginning, eventually serving as president of the Student Government Association
(SGA). "I believed in the ‘moment of connection' before it was a term we even used,"
said Long. He talked about how proud he was to be included on the back cover of
the Randolph-Macon College
Freshman Prospectus as a student and how he felt
that same sense of of pride when a few decades later, he was featured on the cover
of the Spring 2010 edition
of the R-MC Alumni magazine. "I knew from the start that R-MC was
the right place for me," said Long. He added, "I was guaranteed upon acceptance
that I would get into medical school." Upon graduation, Long was accepted into the
Medical College of Virginia (MCV). During his speech, he credited a reference letter
written on his behalf by former R-MC president Ladell Payne, with having a positive
impact on that decision. In that letter, Payne wrote, "Steve may not win the Nobel
Prize in medicine, but he will be the most noble president the American Medical
Association has ever had."
About the Distinguished Alumnus Award
The Society of Alumni created the Distinguished Alumnus Award to honor those alumni
who have achieved wide recognition through contributions made to society through
their chosen professions.
About Dr. Stephen P. Long '82
Long earned his B.A. in English from R-MC in 1982. While at Randolph-Macon, he was
a member of Kappa Alpha Order and served as president of the Student Government
Association. He was also a member of the Washington Literary Society, Omicron Delta
Kappa and Phi Beta Kappa.
Long earned his M.D. in 1986 from the VCU School of Medicine. He completed his internship
in general surgery and his residency and fellowship in anesthesiology and pain medicine
at the Medical College of Virginia Hospitals in 1991. He remained on the faculty
as co-director of the VCU Pain Management Center from 1991 until 1998, when he began
a private practice, Commonweath Pain Specialists. He is an Associate Clinical Professor
of anesthesiology at VCU, where he still teaches 2nd- and 4th-year medical students.
In 2003, Long was appointed by Governor Warner to a three-year term on the Board
of the VCU Health System. He was also appointed to a four-year term on the Board
of the American Society of Anesthesiologists. He currently serves as president of
the Virginia Society of Anesthesiologists.
Long has lectured extensively throughout the world and has received numerous accolades,
including Richmond Magazine's bi-annual "Top-Doc" in Pain Medicine Award, Who's
Who in Health Care, and the Consumer Research Council of America Top Physicians
Long has been active in many other organizations, including the Fellowship of Christians
in Universities and Schools, the Children's Museum of Richmond and the Corps of
the Richmond Ballet. At R-MC, he has served on the Board of Trustees since 2005
and serves as the Chairman of the Board's Committee on Trustees.
In 2006 Long and his wife Georganne, who is also a physician, established the Long
Scholarship in honor of their parents. The scholarship is awarded to R-MC students
who are interested in careers in medicine.
The Longs live in Richmond and are the parents of three children: Whitten, Mary
Randolph-Macon is grateful to Long for his service to and support of the college.