The Middletown Press (Middletown, CT)
‘WE’RE JUST HEARTBROKEN’
Married Boston doctors killed in plane crash; wife grew up in Conn.
FARMINGTON — Relatives of a Boston couple — who had a young child with another on the way — killed in a plane crash this week have been left “heartbroken,” a spokesperson for the family said Friday.
Drs. Courtney Haviland, 33, and William Shrauner, 32, were passengers on a small jet that crashed into a manufacturing company building Thursday morning in Farmington.
The couple’s 1-year-old son, Teddy, was not on the plane. The Shrauner and Haviland families are discussing how they will care for the child, according to Matthew Mitchell, the senior minister at Church of the Servant in Oklahoma City. Mitchell works with Shrauner’s father and spoke on behalf of the family Friday evening.
“That child will be loved and cared for,” Mitchell said in an interview with Hearst Connecticut Media. “With a very large family.”
Haviland, who grew up in Farmington, was pregnant with a girl at the time of the crash, Mitchell said.
The plane’s pilots, 55-year-old William O’Leary of Bristol and 57-year-old Mark Morrow of Danbury, also died in the crash. The plane suffered mechanical failure after taking off from the nearby Robertson Airport in Plainville and the incident remained under investigation on Friday, officials said.
Haviland and Shrauner met in Weill Cornell Medical College in
New York City, Mitchell said. Most recently, Haviland was a fellow in pediatric emergency medicine at Brown University in Providence, R.I. Shrauner was a second-year fellow at Boston Medical Center.
“They loved life, they loved medicine, they loved each other, they loved helping people,” Mitchell said. “We’re just heartbroken because there was so much promise and so much potential.”
“It’s a hard and painful moment right now,” Mitchell added.
The couple was very family oriented, making time for holiday visits, baptisms and grandparents’ birthdays, Mitchell said.
“They were so excited to be together with the family,” Mitchell said.
Haviland joined MassGeneral Hospital for Children in 2016 as a resident, according to the hospital’s physician-in-chief, Dr. Ron Kleinman. In June, she completed a fellowship in medical simulation.
“She was universally loved by her colleagues and patients and lived a life full of meaning,” Kleinman said. “Her bright smile and the twinkle in her eye left an indelible mark on all who met her, as did her boundless kindness and compassion. Our thoughts are with her family and loved ones as we grieve with them during this difficult and tragic time.”
Shrauner grew up in Oklahoma. The Boston Medical Center said the doctor was “well known as an outstanding educator, physician, colleague and friend to many.”
Funeral arrangements have not been finalized, but will likely be near the middle of September, Mitchell said.