Dr. John David Young Jr., urology researcher, surgeon

September 28, 1995|By Fred Rasmussen | Fred Rasmussen,SUN STAFF

Pauline V. McDorman: The obituary of Pauline V. McDorman in yesterday's editions omitted her survivors. Mrs. McDorman, who died Sunday, is survived by a daughter, Joan McDorman Wilson of Wilmington, Del.; and three grandchildren.

The Sun regrets the error.

Dr. John David Young Jr., a noted researcher and surgeon in the field of urology, died Sept. 10 of complications of Alzheimer's disease at Keswick. He was 78 and formerly lived in Lochearn.

Dr. Young, who established the urologic residency program at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, retired as head of the medical school's division of urology in 1987. He had been named to the post in 1956.


"He built a very strong department," said Dr. Theodore E. Woodward, who retired in 1991 as chairman of the department of medicine at the medical school.

"He was gracious in his ability to get people to work together and had great leadership quality. He led rather than drove. He was a complete physician on all counts, and this community has lost a great man," Dr. Woodward said.

Dr. Young was recognized for his work in establishing a clinical research program at the medical school and his discovery of the relationship between high blood pressure and renal disease.

He also was the first urologist in the nation to report the use of pre-operative radiation in treating bladder cancer.

His pioneering techniques in adrenal surgery and the treatment of testicular tumors resulted in increased survival rates. He also was a leader in the field of pediatric urology and infertility.

Dr. Young's research had "monumental ramifications in the field of urology," said Dr. Edward W. Campbell Jr., a professor of urology at the University of Maryland Medical School.

"He was a fantastic scientist, specialist and surgeon," said Dr. R. Larry Doyle, a retired urologist and friend for 33 years. He was a resident under Dr. Young and later served as his assistant.

"A compassionate, kind and gentle man, he taught us that we had to make suffering and pain bearable for both the patient and his family. This was his concern. He loved his patients and the medical school," he said.

The oldest of nine children, Dr. Young grew up on his family's 300-acre dairy farm near Uniontown in Carroll County that dated to the 1840s. He did chores before going to school each day, which instilled in him a strong work ethic.

He arrived daily at his medical school office at 6:30 a.m., carrying his lunch in a brown bag, and often worked late into the night. He also had a private practice.

In the hospital, he would move a patient on a gurney rather than wait for an orderly.

Dr. Young was a 1934 graduate of New Windsor High School. He earned his bachelor's degree from Bridgewater College in 1938 and his medical degree from UM in 1941. He was an intern at

Maryland General Hospital from 1941 to 1942 and completed a surgical residency there in 1944.

While at Maryland General, he met his wife, the former Dorothy Eckels, a nurse. He was earning $10 a month and sold his microscope to buy her engagement ring. They married in 1943.

During World War II, he served with the Army Medical Corps' 122nd Evacuation Hospital Unit at the Battle of the Bulge. He was discharged with the rank of captain in 1946.

He completed a residency in urology at the University of Rochester Medical Center in 1950 and returned to Baltimore, where he entered private practice.

He was certified by the American Board of Urology and was a member of many medical organizations, including the American Association of Genito-Urinary Surgeons, the American Urological Association and the Medical and Chirurgical Faculty of Maryland.

He was a vestryman at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Cathedral and Read streets, where a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Oct. 14.

Other survivors include a son, John B. Young III of Mount Washington; four daughters, Kathryn L. Kaufman of Lutherville, Janice G. Young of San Jose, Calif., Judith Y. Gorinson of Ossining, N.Y., and Dr. Karen M. Young of Madison, Wis.; two brothers, Ralph M. Young of New Windsor and Stewart D. Young of Westminster; six sisters, Erma Gebb, Betty Wise and Ruby Bechtold, all of Westminster, Margaret Whitacre of Ellicott City, Dorothy Henderson of Houston and Thelma Flippin of Atlanta; and eight grandchildren.

Pauline V. McDorman, 84, homemaker, volunteer

Pauline V. McDorman, a homemaker and volunteer, died of a heart attack Sunday at Foulk Manor South Nursing Home in Wilmington, Del. She was 84 and moved from Springlake Way in Homeland to the nursing home in 1991.

During the 1960s and 1970s, Mrs. McDorman was a member of the auxiliary board of the Church Home and Hospital, the Episcopal Cathedral of the Incarnation and the Three Arts Club of Homeland.

The former Pauline V. Stockhausen was born and raised in Baltimore and graduated from Eastern High School and the Johns Hopkins University.

Her husband, William Rigby McDorman, whom she married in 1935, died in 1991.

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