Robert Young MD

Obituary of Robert L. Young MD


Robert Lindley Young, MD, USAF Col. Ret., died on 28 August 2018 in ChattanoogaTennessee.

Dr. Young was born in 1936, grew up in Great Falls, Montana, graduated from Dartmouth Medical School and completed his medical education at the University of Colorado Medical School in Denver, Colorado.  He had entered the Air Force prior to that, and eventually stationed primarily at Wilford Hall Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas for 19 of his 20 years on Active Duty. He spent one year in Vietnam, during the Vietnam War in 1959-60, teaching medical students at a Vietnamese Hospital.  During his 20 year military career, he eventually achieved the rank of Colonel, as well as being Chairman of the Endocrinology and Nuclear Medicine Departments.

Following his retirement from the Air Force, he entered private practice in El Paso, Texas, with Wilbur J. Strader, of Southwest Endocrine Consultants. He remained there for 29 years, subsequently becoming an Associate Professor at the University of Texas at El Paso Medical School.

He formally retired from the practice of medicine in 2013 and moved to Signal Mountain, Tennessee with his wife, Adelaide E. “Becky” Young.

He is survived by his wife, Becky Young, of 41 years and 2 children by his former marriage.  They are Craig Joseph Young and Wendy Bazinet Young, of Helena, Montana. Over the years of his retirement he would return to Montana for periods of time to be with them. His youngest child, Shawna Wootan, was killed in a tragic auto accident in 2017. He has one grandchild, R.J. Young.

He will be remembered as a gentle, humble and generous man with a good sense of humor, who was passionate about his profession and the patients he cared for.  He was also singularly devoted to his family and friends, as well as his wife.

Any contributions may be made to the Dartmouth Medical School.

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