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  • Dr. Robert and Mrs. Patricia Young

    As a retired family physician who started his post-secondary studies at UVic and then went on to obtain his medical degree from UBC's then-new faculty of medicine, Dr. Young and his wife, Patricia, herself a UVic alumna, wanted to make a difference in students' lives."We support a scholarship for Island Medical Program students because it's something we believe in.  Medical education has become very expensive.  By easing a student's way, even by a little bit, we feel we can make a difference," said the Youngs.  "It gives us tremendous personal satisfaction and a sense of being connected to both UVic and UBC."'

    Robert and Patricia Young

    The scholarship the Youngs established supports a first-year student who graduated from a Vancouver Island high school and who also is actively involved in their community. 

    Dr. Bob Young attended Victoria College (UVic's predecessor) in 1947, and then went on to UBC to earn a BA in 1952 and a MD in 1956.  He was a member of the third graduating class.  After interning at the Royal Jubilee Hospital, he launched a private practice in Victoria. 

    During his 38-year career as a family physician, Dr. Young earned a reputation as a dedicated and tireless local member of the provincial medical community.  He was an elected member of the BC Medical Association Board of Directors for 20 years—these were the years during which the Association was introducing and promoting seatbelt, bicycle helmet and infant car seat legislation.  As Chair of the BCMA Communications Committee, Dr. Young helped bring these initiatives into law. 

    In addition, he edited the BCMA News for 20 years, the Association's award-winning political publication.  He also authored more than 1100 weekly medical columns between 1975 and 1997, which were published in local BC newspapers, and also picked up by papers in Yellowknife, Alberta and the Maritimes. 

    Dr. Young served terms as President of the BC Section of General Practice, as a delegate of the Victoria Medical Society, and was an active staff member of the Royal Jubilee Hospital and the Veterans' Hospital, serving as chairman and member of many committees during his career.  In 1988, Dr. Young was the inaugural recipient of the BCMA's Dr. David Bachop Gold Medal, given in recognition of his extraordinary contribution in the field of organized medicine and community service.

    In February 2011, at UVic, he was honoured as the first recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award for the Division of Medical Sciences.  Dr. Young passed away in May of 2011.