Ex-MacArthur chief Alfred Werner, 83, dies

Alfred E. Werner, who dedicated more than 50

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Alfred E. Werner, who dedicated more than 50 years of his life to Long Island MacArthur Airport, including as its commissioner, died at age 83 on June 12, 2012, of intestinal cancer. He helped shape what was a single-runway outpost into a regional transportation hub.
Newsday's obituary for Alfred E. Werner

Alfred E. Werner, a Town of Islip mainstay who helped shape Long Island MacArthur Airport from a single-runway outpost into a regional transportation hub, died Tuesday at Brookhaven Memorial Hosptial in Patchogue. He was 83.

The cause was intestinal cancer, said Mary Lou Cohalan, his longtime partner.

"The town, in many ways, is known for its airport," she said. "He was 'Mr. Airport.'...

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