James M. Young
Dr. James "Jim" Morningstar Young, (MC) USN Captain ret., 78, of Lee, N.H. passed away June 4, 2008 after a brief illness.
Jim was born in Massillon, Ohio, October 28, 1929, a son of the late Ralph and Pauline Young. After attending a one room school house for grammar school and Washington High School in Massillon during the depression, Jim was recruited for football to Duke University where he became team captain and achieved his pre-med degree. He was selected as a Red Friar, a member of SAE fraternity and served as the president of the student body government. Choosing medical school over a professional career in the NFL, Jim graduated from Duke's medical school, AOA, and became a distinguished FACP. He went on to serve twenty years active duty with the U.S. Navy from 1955-1975 and was stationed in locations across the United States. He also contributed 7 years inactive duty. While serving in the Navy, Jim became White House physician for Presidents Kennedy and Johnson, asst. chief of medicine and director of interns, Oakland (Calif.) Naval Hospital, chief of medicine at the Naval Hospital Boston, Chelsea (Mass.), and medical officer at the Naval Air Station, South Weymouth (Mass.). He worked as vice president and medical director for Massachusetts Blue Cross/Blue Shield for twelve years, retiring in 1987. For the next eight years, other career highlights included lecturer Harvard School of Public Health, senior advisor Beijing College Traditional Chinese Medicine, medical advisor U.S.-China People's Friendship Assn., vice president for medical affairs Greenery Rehab. Group, Inc. and associate medical director and chief of medicine New England Rehab Hospital. Jim was a decorated knight commander with star Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem; named Distinguished Citizen of Washington High School, Massillon, Ohio in 1993. He was a major contributor to the book entitled, "Managing Crisis: Presidential Disability and the Twenty-Fifth Amendment", as well as contributing to the CNN program "White House doctors: The president's shadow".
Jim's life will be remembered and treasured by many. He enjoyed spending time with his
family, especially family gatherings, gardening, sporting events, was an active contributor at the St. Charles Children's Home and a lector at St. Joseph's Parish, Epping, NH. Jim is predeceased by his first wife of 17 years, Bettylu Jones, and daughter Kathleen René. He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Mariette (Aubuchon) Young; eight children, Anne Christine Young, Mark Andrew Young, Patricia Jane (Denis) Higgins, Elizabeth Lynne (Jan) Ebeling, Judith Pamela Young, Claudia Dianne (Brian) Howe, Gretchen Camille Young, Jason Paul (Heather) Young; fourteen grandchildren, Heather and Matthew Kalies of Florida; Michael James, Elise and Ryan Young of Massachusetts; Colleen, Andrew and Carolyn Higgins of New Hampshire; Courtney and Jennifer Novak of Connecticut; Victoria, Devin and Colin James of Massachusetts; Zachary James of Florida; a brother, Jack Ralph and his wife Sandra of Massillon, Ohio; and two nephews.
A celebration of Jim's life will be held with military honors at a funeral mass at 11:00 a.m., Monday, June 9th at St. Joseph's Parish, 208 Pleasant St, Epping, NH. A graveside service and burial will be held at a later date at Rose Hill Cemetery, Massillon, OH. Calling hours will be held 2-4 P.M. and 6-8P.M. Sunday, June 8th at the Brewitt Funeral Home, 9 Pleasant Street, Epping, NH. Please see www.brewittfuneralhome.com for additional information. In lieu of flowers, donations in Jim's name may be made to the Lee Fire Association/Lee Police Department, 20 George Bennett Road, Lee, NH 03861, St. Charles Children's Home, 19 Grant Street, Rochester, NH 03867, or the Susan G. Komen For the Cure, 1-877-465-6636.