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Curtis W. Long, MD, and Ann H. Long Endowment
In support of the Department of Family and Community Medicine
The University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine is proud to announce the
creation of the Curtis W. Long, MD, and Ann H. Long Endowment to support the Department
of Family and Community Medicine. The Longs are among MU’s most generous supporters,
and they have a remarkable record of service to their community.
The son of humble farmers, Dr. Long was born in a home delivery by Dr. Slater Bull
on Sept. 30, 1934, in Ironton, Mo. At the age of 5 he moved to Festus, Mo., where
he remained until enrolling in the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1952.
As an undergraduate, Dr. Long served on the committee that purchased property for
the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity house and helped start the foundation that raised
money to build the house. He also worked at a filling station while earning a bachelor’s
degree in agricultural biochemistry.
After receiving his bachelor’s degree from MU in 1956, Dr. Long returned to Festus
to work as a cattle buyer in his father’s meatpacking house. He also married Ann
Hammack on July 20, 1958. Originally from Macon, Mississippi, she graduated in 1956
from Mississippi State College for Women before teaching physical education at the
junior high, high school and college levels. Mrs. Long supported Dr. Long’s education
by teaching at Stephens College.
The newlyweds moved to Columbia after Dr. Long was accepted as a student by MU’s
medical school. Initially placed on the alternate list for new students, Dr. Long
went on to distinguish himself as a physician who has provided an array of essential
services to rural patients. Dr. Long graduated from MU’s medical school in 1963
after a year of intensive surgical training at Ellis Fischel Cancer Center. He then
completed an internship at General Hospital in Kansas City with an emphasis in obstetrics
In 1964, Dr. and Mrs. Long moved to Butler, Mo., where they have become pillars
of their community. With the same practice operating from the same medical building
for more than 40 years, Dr. Long has performed more than 10,000 surgical procedures,
delivered more than 4,000 babies and admitted more than 50,000 patients to hospitals.
He also independently developed a new tonsillectomy procedure that is relatively
painless and bloodless.
An adjunct associate professor of family and community medicine at MU, Dr. Long
also is developing training programs for residents. A program he established at
MU will help new physicians learn the type of skills needed for bringing comprehensive
care to rural areas.
In addition to his contributions to patient care and physician training, Dr. Long
has been a leader for organized medicine groups, hospitals, banks and churches.
Mrs. Long also has been involved with organizations in their community while serving
more than 40 years as business manager for the Longs’ ranch, Briarwoods Farms. They
have provided significant support to many agriculture-related organizations, including
the American Angus Association, Missouri Angus Association, 4H and Future Farmers
The Longs have two sons – Curtis W. Long Jr., a 1982 graduate of MU, and Kent Long
— as well as two grandchildren. This summer the Longs will celebrate their 50th
"I wouldn’t be where I am today without the education I received at MU. I wouldn’t
be a doctor. I wouldn’t be able to give back to my community and my state. My education
was everything.” - Curtis W. Long, MD ’63