University of British Columbia, 1947, BSc, Agriculture (Animal Science)


David Bryson Young was born in Scotland in 1919 and graduated from UBC with a BSA (Major in Animal Husbandry) in 1947. Following graduation he was hired by the Federal Department of Agriculture as a livestock fieldsman for BC. He served in the province for several years before being transferred to Edmonton, Alberta, and then to Ottawa, Ontario, where he served until retirement.

Dave co-founded the Kappa Sigma Fraternity while a student at UBC and kept in touch with fellow members over the years. His university career was interrupted by wartime service in the RCAF, during which he completed 34 flights over enemy territory in Bomber Command as a bombardier. He received the Distinguished Flying Cross for his commitment to duty.

While based professionally in BC, he played a significant role in the dairy industry in the setting up of artificial insemination centres in the Fraser Valley. In Ottawa he rose to become head of livestock production for Canada and enjoyed a term as President of the 4H Council of Canada. In his earlier days Dave was a competent dairy cattle judge, often invited to judge at fairs in BC and Alberta.

No doubt Dave learned many of his skills from his father, John Young, who served for many years as herdsman to the UBC dairy herd. John had come to UBC from Scotland in 1929, along with the famous herd of Ayrshire dairy cattle donated by Capt. J C Dun-Waters of Fintry, BC.

Dave was a past president and honorary life member of the Granite Curling Club of West Ottawa. His wife, Vere, resides in Ottawa.

R Blair & C R Nichols, 2003; adapted from obituary

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