On Tuesday October 25, 2006, Harvey R. Langee Sr. M.D., a devoted husband, treasured father and cherished friend, peacefully passed away, with his family at his side.
Born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1925, he was in the United States Naval Reserve V-12 program in Electrical Engineering. In World War II, he proudly served in the United States Navy. After graduating with an English (writing) degree from Brown University, he moved to New York to pursue an acting career and met his future wife of 57 years, Jacqueline Fisher, a classically trained singer performing on Broadway. Realizing that acting was not his forte, he worked in public relations. Then at age 33, he and Jackie packed up their children, Joanna and Hank, and moved to California to attend Stanford University Medical School. While a medical student, Harvey supported his family as a free lance writer and was a proud member of the Writers Guild of America. He wrote scripts for approximately 50 film and television programs, including those for PBS, IBM, Bank of America, Film Counselors, and the United States Navy.
They had two more children, Christopher and Leslie, and in 1968, Harvey graduated from Stanford University Medical School. He moved his family to Gainesville, Florida, where he became a professor with the University of Florida’s Department of Psychiatry. In 1973 until his retirement in 1997, Dr. Langee was in private practice, working with various medical establishments, including (then) Alachua General Hospital, Tacachale Center and as Director of North Central Florida Community Mental Health Center. A dedicated physician, he cared for the needs and well being of the local mental health community, as well as publishing his research articles to improve mental health care.
An avid boater and a member for many years of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, Dr. Langee took immense pleasure in being out on the water. His greatest joys though, were his loving wife, family, and friends. A man of great intelligence, compassion, wisdom and wit, his sweet love was all encompassing and his presence on earth is greatly missed.
He is survived by his wife, Jacqueline Langee, children, Joanna Langee BSRN, Harvey (Hank) R. Langee Jr. M.D., Christopher Langee, Leslie Langee, sister and brother-in-law, Leona and Henry Kaplan, son-in-law Samuel G. Campbell, grandchildren Robert A. Campbell and Christopher J. Campbell, former son-in-law, Larry Watkins, many nieces, nephews and friends.
A memorial and celebration of the life of Dr. Langee, will take place Saturday, November 4th, 11am to 1pm. For details call Forest Meadows at 352-378-2528.