Those We Lost


Hugh Carey


Former New York Governor Hugh Carey, who famously saved the state from the brink of financial ruin, passed away at his home on Shelter Island on August 7. He was 92.

Carey, New York’s 51st governor, served for two terms from 1975-1982. During his first year in office, he immediately inherited the debt incurred during Governor Rockefeller’s four terms and the deficits and troubles of the 1975-75 recession. The measures he took to save the city and the state from insolvency were not always popular, but they were undeniably effective. He raised taxes and transit fares, instituted tuitions at the city’s universities, negotiated with banks and the legislature, and helped reverse President Ford’s 1975 decision to deny New York much-needed extra funding.

Hugh Leo Carey was born in Brooklyn, NY on April 11, 1919, one of five sons of Margaret and Denis Carey, both children of Irish immigrants. In later years, Carey featured prominently in the Irish American political scene. Along with  Edward Kennedy, Daniel Patrick Moynihan and Tip O’Neill, he was one of the “Four Horsemen,” a group that sought to block  U.S. support for Irish republicans. Carey changed his opinion in later years and even backed the granting of a visa to Gerry Adams in 1994. 

Governor Carey was predeceased by his first wife, Helen Owen Twohy, and is survived by  11 children, 25 grandchildren and 6 great-grandclildren.

Mike Flanagan


Mike Flanagan, former pitcher, general manager and broadcaster for the Baltimore Orioles, died at his home on August 24. The Maryland medical examiner determined that the cause was a self-inflicted shotgun wound to the head. A police investigation concluded that Flanagan, 59, had been upset about unspecified financial matters.

A left-handed pitcher, Flanagan joined the Orioles in 1975, switching from Toronto to Baltimore. His best year was 1979, when he was awarded the Cy Young Award for his impessive 23 victories and 5 shut-outs.  Flanagan spent many more seasons with the Orioles as both a pitching coach and a broadcaster. In 2003 he was appointed co-general manager, and then served as executive vice president from 2006-2008. Fittingly, he was a member of the Baltimore Orioles Hall of Fame.

Michael K. Flanagan was born in Manchester, NH on December 16, 1951. A talented athlete, he excelled in both baseball and basketball. It wasn’t until he was  at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, that he decided to stick with the sport that would become his career.

Flanagan is survived by his wife, Alex Flanagan, and three daughters, one of whom was among the first babies conceived via in-vitro fertilization in the United States, and the first to be born without a Cesarean section.

Bernadine P. Healy


Dr. Bernadine Patricia Healy, the first woman to lead the National Institutes of Health, a former head of the Red Cross, and a pioneer in cardiology and women’s health, died on August 6th in her home in Gates Mills, Ohio. Sixty seven years-old, she had faced recurring brain tumors for 13 years.

One of four sisters, Healey was born on August 2, 1944 in Queens, NY where her parents ran a small perfume factory. Raised Irish Catholic, Healey aspired to be a nun for some years, before switching her attention to medicine. After finishing college in three years she went on to Harvard medical school, graduating in 1970.

A pioneer from the earliest stages of her career, she was the first female assistant dean for postdoctoral studies at Johns Hopkins, where she became a full professor in 1982 and also directed the university’s cardiac care unit.

In 1984, Healy joined the Reagan administration as deputy science advisor and then served as president of the American Heart Association before becoming head of the National Institutes of Health in 1991, where she founded the groundbreaking Women’s Health Initiative.

In 1999 she took over as the president of the Red Cross, but resigned in 2001 amid controversy surrounding the organization’s response to 9/11: Healy’s move to reserve some of the donations received for future attacks was met with criticism, as donors and Congress questioned why all of the funds were not directed to relief efforts.

Healy is survived by her husband, cardiac surgeon Dr. Floyd Loop, and two daughters.

John Kelley


John Joseph Kelley, winner of nine national marathons and a member of the National Distance Running Hall of Fame, died on August 21st in Connecticut. The cause, as reported by the New York Times, was melanoma.

Kelley was born on Christmas Eve in 1930 and grew up in New London, CT. He began running competitively in high school and set a national record for the mile in his age group. In his junior year, he attempted to run his first Boston Marathon but had to stop halfway through due to difficulties with his knee.