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David M. Young Jr.

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Dr. David M. Young Jr. Dr. David M. Young Jr. was born in Boston, Massachusetts on October 20, 1923. He grew up in Quincy, Massachusetts. He attended Webb Institute of Naval Architecture in New York during World War II while aligned with the US Navy as an aspiring mathematician. After graduation he worked at the Navy's David Taylor Model Basin in Washington, DC. Later he attended Harvard University, earning a PhD in Mathematics in 1950. David married Mildred Acker in 1949. They moved to Maryland where David worked at the Aberdeen Proving Grounds and later at the University of Maryland. They moved to southern California in 1955 where he worked for the Ramo Wooldridge Corporation (now TRW). The University of Texas summoned him to Austin in 1958 to direct a newly created center for electronic computation. In 1970 he founded the Center for Numerical Analysis at the University of Texas at Austin, which he directed until his retirement in 1999. He has written several mathematics textbooks and numerous academic papers which he has presented all over the world. He is highly regarded worldwide as expert and pioneer in the mathematical field of Numerical Analysis. David was an avid tennis player, well known throughout Austin and the state of Texas as a highly ranked tournament player while in his prime. David is survived by his wife, Mildred; sister, Christine Sorenson of Quincy, Massachusetts; sons, William and Arthur; daughter, Carolyn; and two grandchildren, John and Sara Young. The funeral service will be held on Saturday, December 27, 2008, at 2:00 p.m. at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd at the corner of Windsor Rd. and Exposition Blvd. with The Rev. John Loving officiating. In lieu of flowers, please give to the charity of your choice. Obituary and guestbook online at http://wcfish.com


Published in Austin American-Statesman from Dec. 25 to Dec. 27, 2008
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