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Robert Andrew "Bob" Young

YOUNG, Robert Andrew "Bob" - (1950-2017) The family announces with profound sadness that Bob passed away peacefully at the London Health Sciences Victoria Hospital on August 15th, 2017 of complications from lymphoma. Professor Young studied at McGill University, Institut dí…tudes Politiques (Paris) and Oxford University. He was privileged to engage with some of the finest social scientists in the world. In 1991, Bob joined the Political Science Department at the University of Western Ontario. He became Professor in 1993 and was awarded a Canada Research Chair in Multilevel Governance in 2003. At Western, he learned from colleagues in politics, history and economics, and published many papers and articles about politics in the Maritimes, free trade, and secession in the world and in Quebec. He engaged in public debates related to his research and wrote, among other books, The Secession of Quebec and the Future of Canada. More recently, he headed a large research project on public policy in municipalities. Predeceased by his parents, Gordon Alexander Young and Marion Katharine Young (Stevenson), Bob leaves his loving wife, Louise Gadbois, and his two brothers, Bill Young and Don Young (Maureen Marrin), his nephews, Troy Oakoak and Duncan Young (Kate) and his niece Alicia Young and their families. He is also mourned by his remarkable aunts, Dorothy Antrobus and Ruth Lodge, and their families. Bob loved all his Gadbois family relations, who will miss him very much, as will his many close friends and colleagues. Throughout his professional career, Dr Young has had a profound influence on his undergraduate and graduate students. He was very generous in the time and attention spent with them. He will be remembered by his colleagues as a gifted and hard-working scholar. He received many awards and distinctions and has left an indelible mark on the Canadian public policy field. At Bobís request, there will be no funeral. A celebration of his life will be held in London at a later date. Special appreciation is extended to Dr. Susan McNair, who was Bobís champion; to the Lung Transplant Team at Toronto General Hospital, especially Dr. Matthew Binnie and Dr. Marcelo Cypel; and to the professional and caring staffs at Toronto Rehabilitation Institute and London Health Sciences Centre. Donations in Bobís name will be gratefully received and may be made to the Toronto General Hospital Transplant Unit, or to a charity of choice.13202623
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A Fantastic Professor
Posted by Piper Morley (Student) On Friday, October 6, 2017
Professor Young was a subtly hilarious, kind and deeply humble human being. I am eternally grateful for his influence and guidance, which led me to a career that I love.
A briliant and beloved colleague, a great loss
Posted by Doug Long (colleague) On Saturday, September 2, 2017
I was a member of the Political Science Department Committee that hired Bob. From the very beginning his brilliance was obvious. A short article about "power" published while Bob was still very young was one of the three best articles to appear in that journal in 40 years. He often defused petty Departmental disputes by bringing to bear on them an impish but incisive sense of humour. He elevated the quality of the whole Department.I will miss him deeply as a colleague and as a friend.
Interesting gentleman
Posted by Alex Connoy (Fellow volunteer) On Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Met Bob at Family Service Thames Valley where we were volunteer board members. Great man...great mind.
Deepest condolences
Posted by Betty Notar (Old friend) On Monday, August 21, 2017
I was so sad to read the tragic news about Bob's passing. My heart and deepest condolences goes out to Louise and all of Bob's loved ones. I have very fond memories of our many fun times together with Louise and "Knob" and Randy during our high school/undergrad days in Montreal. Memorable Cheese fondue nights celebrating New Year's eves in the 60s. Louise - sending hugs to you.
A leader in his chosen profession
Posted by David Crenna (Western University political science student) On Monday, August 21, 2017
Bob's ground-breaking and many-faceted project in multilevel governance as it relates to urban issues in Canada will form a lasting legacy of his efforts in this field. He brought to it both inclusiveness of varying perspectives and a capacity to synthesize multiple research results. An innovator in the analysis of public policy!

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