|For release November 7,
UTSI INVITES PUBLIC TO ‘CELEBRATION
HONORING DR. ROBERT L. YOUNG NOVEMBER 16
A “Celebration of Life” ceremony for Dr.
Robert Lyle Young scheduled for 11 a.m. Nov. 16 at The
University of Tennessee Space Institute is open to the public,
Dr. Donald C. Daniel has announced.
Dr. Young, a pioneer professor, associate dean, and director of
academics at the Space Institute, died Oct. 31 at the age of 81.
He left Northwestern University, his alma mater where he was
teaching in 1957, to lead UT’s graduate program at Arnold
Engineering Development Center (AEDC) for seven years. In
preparation for the start-up of UTSI in the fall of 1964, Dr.
Young assembled an academic program, and as deputy director and
professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering, began his
26-year career at the Space Institute.
“We especially look forward to Bob’s friends, former students,
and associates from throughout the area joining us in
celebrating his life and the impact he had not only at the Space
Institute but also in his church and community,” said Daniel, UT
associate vice president and chief operating officer of UTSI.
Dr. William Snyder of Knoxville, one of the full-time professors
on board when the Institute opened Sept. 24, 1964, will be among
guest speakers at the ceremony.
Born April 3, 1925, on a small farm four miles from Neoga, Ill.,
Dr. Young was an active member of Tullahoma First Presbyterian
Church and of the Tullahoma Rotary Club. After moving to
Tullahoma, he discovered that his great-great-grandfather James
Dryden had been born nearby in the Blue Stocking Hollow in
southern Bedford County.
In 1978, Dr. Young asked to be relieved of administrative duties
so that he could concentrate on what he insisted was the choice
position on any university, that of professor. Before retiring
in 1990, he served as major professor for 10 students earning
Ph.D.’s and 80 students receiving master’s degrees at UTSI.
His survivors include his wife, Sara Crawford Young of
Tullahoma; three sons, Ronald Young of Franklin, Scott Alan
Young of Tullahoma, and Scot Robertson of Estill Springs; four
step-sons, Daniel, Matthew, and John Crawford of Tullahoma, and
Michael Crawford of Jacksonville, Fla., and two grandchildren,
Dillon and Dryden Young of Tullahoma.
The program will be held in the UTSI auditorium.
Writer: Weldon Payne (931) 393-7222