HEAD - Donald R., a healthcare executive who lived in Huntington for over 50 years, passed away suddenly at his winter home in Bonita Springs, Florida on February 14th. He was 75. He was born September 20, 1938in Chillicothe, MO, the son of Ralph W. and Clara Katherine (nee Rhinehart) Head. Mr.Head is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Suzanne (nee Storment) Head; his beloved children, Denise (Thomas) Smith ofRichmond, VA, Diane (Joseph) Heiser of Plainsboro, NJ and David (Stacey) Head of Rocky Hill, CT; his loyal brother, Robert (Linda) Head of Bonita Springs, FL; and five cherished grandchildren, Cameron, Audrey, Bryan, Jessica and Tyler. Don was a graduate of William Jewel College. He also attended the Hospital and Health Administration Program at the University of Iowa. Upon completion of his graduate studies, he came to Huntington Hospital to do a residency in 1962. He continued his career at the hospital as a senior administrator for nerly 40 years, retiring as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in 2001. Thereafter, he served on the hospital's Advisory Board. He was the recipient of several healthcare awards over the years. In 2001, a section of the Women's Birthing Center was dedicated in his honor at Huntington Hospital in recognition of his valued contribution. He loved life to the fullest and had many hobbies including golf, fishing and photography; however his most cherished moments were with his family and friends. "He was an extraordinary sensitive, thoughtful and considerate person; you could not ask for a better role model, father and husband" as expressed by his children. He was an active member of several healthcare, civic and community organizations. He is a past officer, President and current member of the Kiwanis Club of Huntington and a former trustee of the Huntington Rural Cemetery Association among numerous other affiliations. A memorial service will be hel on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 1:00 pm at the United Methodist Church, 180 West Neck Road, Huntington, NY. The Family requests that contributions be made in lieu of flowers to either the Huntington Community Food Council or the Dolan Family Health Center.
Published in Newsday from Feb. 20 to Feb. 23, 2014