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University Mourns the Death of Mr. Scott Young

Trent University is mourning the death of acclaimed journalist and author Mr. Scott Young who died on Sunday at his home in Kingston, Ontario. He was 87 years old.

Scott Young was born in 1918 in Cypress River, Manitoba. He started his writing career at age 18 for the Winnipeg Free Press in 1936. He was soon writing sports columns in Winnipeg, and later Toronto, and in 1949 published the first of 45 books. He has written a number of books which cover parts of his own life such as "Neil and Me"-- a book about his son Neil Young; and "A Writer's Life"-- an autobiography. His career in journalism has produced thousands of articles for "The Globe and Mail", "The Telegram", "Sports Illustrated", "Maclean's" and other magazines during the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s.

Mr. Young served in the Royal Canadian Navy during World War II (1944-1945). Previous to this he was sent to England by Canadian Press (CP) to cover the news of the War. He has received numerous awards and a Doctorate of Letters, Honoris Causa, from Trent University on October 20, 1990.

The citation for his honorary degree paid tribute to Mr. Young's accomplishments as an author and the diversity of his body of work. In the citation, Prof. Michael Peterman emphasized how "…Scott Young has distinguished himself by his instinct for a story, his research, his fairness and careful presentation. But his most fulfilling work lay in his attempts to write short stories, many of which appear in American magazines like the Saturday Evening Post, Argosy, and Collier's. Then came his first 'adult' novel, The Flood (1956). Since then, there have been story collections, film scripts, a second novel called That Old Gang of Mine, and, most recently, a very well received detective novel – its hero is in fact the first Inuit detective – called Murder in a Cold Climate, that draws upon his longstanding interest in the north."

Many of Mr. Young's papers are held in trust by Trent University's Archives. In tribute to Mr. Young, the flag atop the Bata Library has been lowered to the half mast position.

Posted June 14, 2005

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