Hilary Elizabeth Younkin

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Dr. Hilary Elizabeth Younkin, former Everett resident, died suddenly in New York City on June 2, 2014, as the result of a pulmonary embolism. Born in Aurora, Colorado, on June 23, 1972, to Bob and Connie Younkin, Hilary was the oldest of four sisters. She grew up in Everett and graduated from Cascade High School in 1990, honored as a Superintendent's Scholar and a National Merit Scholar. She graduated from Pomona College in California and received her MD from the University of Washington in 2002. Fascinated by languages, she learned both Portuguese and Spanish during her travels abroad, which began with spending her sixteenth year in Brazil as a Rotary Exchange Student. After medical school Hilary was a resident in psychiatry at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. She found her calling working with children and went on to complete a child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship, becoming Board Certified in both General Psychiatry and in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. At the time of her death, Dr. Younkin worked as a psychiatrist in New York City, both in private practice and also on the staff of the New York Foundling, a social service agency providing services to children and families. Her colleagues say there were few doctors as dedicated as Hilary. She would show up early, leave late, and never notice where the time had gone. She prided herself on being a good listener and connecting with her patients. Dr. Younkin's talents extended beyond medicine and included singing and writing. In addition to her work, she loved her family and friends, and she enjoyed knitting gifts for them, as well as baking elaborate cookies and cakes for their special occasions. She loved to travel, and she loved living in New York, where her favorite thing was dinner and a play or opera with friends or family. In addition to her parents, Bob and Connie Younkin of Arlington, Massachusetts, Hilary is survived by her three sisters and their families: Rebecca Younkin, Rebecca's husband Karl Berggren, and their children Peter and Anna of Arlington, Massachusetts; Sarah Younkin Daniels of Malden, Massachusetts; and Rachel Younkin and Michael Orcutt of Cambridge, Massachusetts. Hilary was particularly proud of her role as aunt to Peter and Anna. A memorial service for Hilary will be held on Saturday, June 21, 2014 at 10:00 am at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 1157 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10075. Memorial donations may be sent to The New York Foundling, at 590 Avenue of the Americas, Attn: Development, New York, N.Y. 10011 (www.nyfoundling.org) or to The Asperger's Association of New England, 51 Water Street, Suite 206, Watertown, MA. 02472 (www.aane.org).

Published in The Herald (Everett) on June 13, 2014
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