Roy A. Young Papers, 1943-1990
Young, Roy A., 1921-
4.5 cubic feet
Scope and Content Note
Organized into 9 series, which are arranged alphabetically by
folder title. See Series Outline for series
Includes personal files created by Young in his capacity as a
faculty member and administrator at OSU, and as an administrator
at the University of Nebraska and Cornell University. Contains
correspondence files, research project files, reports, reference
files, professional organizations files, publications, clippings,
Papers were donated by Roy A. Young in August 1990.
Young served as a faculty member and administrator at Oregon State
University (1948-1976 and 1986-1990), the University of Nebraska
(1976-1980), and Cornell University (1980-1986).
Roy Alton Young was born 1 March 1921 in McAlister, New Mexico.
He obtained an Associate of Arts degree from Eastern New Mexico
Junior College in 1939, a B.S. in Biology from New Mexico State
University in 1941, and an M.S. in Plant Pathology from Iowa State
University in 1942. Following military service in the U.S. Navy
(1943-1946), he returned to Iowa State Unviersity and completed
requirements for the Ph.D. in Plant Pathology in 1948.
Young came to Oregon State University in 1948 as an Assistant
Professor of Plant Pathology. He taught graduate courses on bacterial
diseases of plants and plant disease control. Principal research
efforts were on diseases of ornamentals and potatoes with emphasis
on soil borne diseases and on fungicide research. He served as
Head of the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology from 1958
until 1966, when he was appointed Dean of Research with campus-wide
responsibility for research coordination.
Young served as Acting President of Oregon State University from
June 1969 until July 1970 and subsequently as the Vice President
for Research and Graduate Studies from 1970 to 1976. In 1976,
he accepted appointment as Chancellor of the University of Nebraska
at Lincoln and then in 1980 as Managing Director/President of
the Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research at Cornell University.
He retired in 1986 and returned to OSU, where he served as part-time
Director of the Ofiice for Natural Resources Policy until 1990.
Young was active in the American Phytopathological Society and
serves on several national councils, advisory panels, and the
boards of directors of several private and public organizations.
He married Marilyn Sandman in 1950 and they have 2 children, Janet
E. and Randall Owen.
University records pertaining to Young's administrative positions
at OSU can be found in the Botany & Plant Pathology Department
Records (RG 54); Vice Provost for Research & International Programs
Records (RG 170); and the President's
Office Records (RG 13). The Research
Office Records (RG 170)
contain materials of the Governor's Science Council from the years
that Young was a member.
of Botany and Plant Pathology Files, 1952-1968
II. Dean of Research Files, 1965-1972
III. Acting President Files, 1968-1974
IV. Vice President for Research
and Graduate Studies Files, 1969- 1980
V. Chancellor, University of Nebraska,
Lincoln Files, 1976- 1978
VI. Professional Organizations
and Activities Files, 1943- 1989
VII. Publications, 1947-1979
VIII. Talks and Trip Summaries
IX. Photographs, 1957-1970
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