Evelyn Long "Lynn" Fay

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Evelyn (Lynn) Long Fay left her body, the result of a singular, cardiac event, allowing her spirit to be released on Friday, December 6, 2013. Lynn was born May 20, 1918, in Detroit, Michigan, and spent her childhood in Damascus, Ohio, where her father, Carl Long, was Superintendent of Schools. She was graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a B.A. in journalism and achieved her Master's degree in library science at McGill University, Montreal, P.Q., where she met her future husband, Kevin J. Fay, M.D., then a medical student.

In Montreal, she was a librarian at McGill Medical Library and the Osler Library. Later she was a school librarian in Galion, Ohio.

Lynn and Kevin were married in 1943 and lived in Montreal where she worked for the U.S. Navy while Kevin was doing his internship at Montreal General Hospital. After Kevin served in the Army during World War II in France and Germany, he returned to Ohio where Lynn was temporarily living with her parents and their newborn son, Kevin Douglas, who was born in 1945. After a short leave, they traveled to Camp Cooke Army Base (which later became Vandenberg Air Force Base) near Lompoc, California, where Kevin trained to go to the war in the Pacific. Fortunately, that war ended while he was in training.

One Sunday afternoon in 1945, while the war was still raging in Asia, the three Fays traveled to beautiful Santa Barbara to have a picnic on the lovely East Beach. So impressed were they with the beauty of Santa Barbara that after Captain Kevin Fay was released from Army service, they went back to Ohio where Lynn and Kevin both researched the demographic possibilities of setting up a medical practice in Santa Barbara during the '50's using U.S. Census Bureau statistics. The Bureau predicted that Santa Barbara County would be one of the ten fastest growing counties in the United States for the entire decade based on a percentage of population growth, so they made the decision to come back to this lovely corner of the world as soon as they were able.

Lynn and Kevin and son returned to McGill for two more years of work and education for Kevin's Hematology specialty, and then the Fay family headed for work in Hartford, Connecticut, where son, Seán was born in 1948. Daughter, Sharon Fay Roy, was born soon after in 1949.

The family settled in Santa Barbara in 1952 where Lynn began her lifelong work in Pi Beta Phi, her college sorority. She was instrumental in the building of the local chapter house at UCSB. She served as Province President, Magazine Alumnae editor and National Historian.

From 1974 to 1989, Lynn worked as Medical Director of the David L. Reeves Medical Library at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. She assisted many authors in research for their medical books and articles.

In 1963, Lynn and Kevin built a house on San Roque Rd. above Foothill Rd. Lynn had seen her father build three houses and a small motel in Ohio while growing up, and she thought she could probably do it herself. So she did. She was the contractor on her own beautiful Fay home which overlooked this beautiful city.

She is survived by her son, Seán Carl Fay and his wife, Charlotte, daughter, Sharon Fay Roy of Louisville, KY, daughter-in-law, Kathy Fay, and three grandchildren, Brendan, Hillary and Nathan. Her beloved first son, Kevin Douglas, preceded her in death in 1987 and her husband, Dr. Kevin Fay, in 1995.

Services will be private. Those who wish are requested to make donations in her name to the new medical library at the new Cottage Hospital. Donations should be made out to the tax deductible Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital Foundation designated to the Medical Library.

Published in The Santa Barbara News-Press Online Edition from Dec. 27 to Dec. 31, 2013
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