Brigadier General James J. Young

28 noviembre , 192631 agosto , 2011

Brigadier General James J. Young (Ret), Dean Emeritus U of Texas Medical School at San Antonio, born November 28, 1926 passed away on August 31, 2011 at age 84. Son of M/Sgt. John C. and Violet Ohl Young, he was born at Fort Ringgold, Texas in the lower Rio Grande Valley. He was a proud Texan who often fondly recalled growing up on a cavalry post. Throughout his career he maintained close ties to friends, family, military and civilian colleagues in Texas. As Dean of the Medical School he was especially proud of his role in the extension of UTMSSA facility, research and educational efforts in South Texas including the creation of The Lower Rio Grande Valley Regional Academic Health Center (RHAC). He attended Texas College of Mines and Metallurgy in El Paso prior to entering the Army. Over the initial fifteen years of his Army career he earned his BA degree in 1960 from the U of Maryland by attending night and correspondence courses while on active duty. Subsequently he earned a Master's of Hospital Administration Degree from Baylor U (1962) and PhD. In Health Care and Hospital Administration U of Iowa (1969). During his nearly 36 year military career he advanced from Private to Brigadier General retiring as Chief of The Army Medical Service Corps. He had numerous US assignments as well as overseas service in Germany, Taiwan, Korea and Vietnam. He served as an officer in the field medical units in the European Command. He served as the director of health care organization and management analysis at the Office of the Surgeon General from 1969-1971. He served in the Office of the Surgeon, Military Assistance Command Vietnam from 1971-1972. He served as Chief of the Army Medical Service Corps from 1978-1981. Following retirement from the Army he was Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs, University West Virginia (1982-1987). He became Dean of University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio School of Allied Health Sciences (1987-1988). He then served as Dean of The University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio, (1988-2000). He was the recipient of The Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Vietnamese Air Service Medal, and numerous other awards. He was proud to have authored the Allied Health Manpower Act signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1969. Following retirement as Dean he and wife June, traveled including many overseas trips with Dr. Brad Aust and wife Connie. He was also an avid hunter enjoying numerous trips with Brad and other faculty members.

He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years former army nurse lieutenant June A. Hillstead, whom he met at Brooke Army Hospital. Other survivors include brothers Thomas, John, and Richard; sons, Dr. Robert M. Young (Cathy), Steven A. Young (Barbara),and Patrick J. Young; daughter Dr. Mary F. Sippell (John); grandchildren, Dr. Rebecca Young, Kristen Bellows(Justin), Nicole Semore (Steve), Margeaux Sippell; great grandchildren, Ethan Evans and Kendra Semore.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, September 8, 2011 from 5:00-7:00pm at Sunset Funeral Home, 1701 Austin Highway, San Antonio, Tx 78218. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Friday, September 9, 2011 at 10:30am and will take place at The Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 8134 Blanco Road. Interment will take place at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery at 1:30pm. In lieu of flowers, donations are welcomed to the James J. Young Phd. Endowed Chair for Excellence in Medical Education (phone contact 567-0242; or Cancer Therapy Research Center (phone contact 450-5552 or


  • Visitation

    jueves, 8 septiembre , 2011

  • Funeral Mass

    viernes, 9 septiembre , 2011


Brigadier General James J. Young


Richard & Janet Southby

14 septiembre , 2011

Mrs Young: We've heard the sad news about BG Jim Young and would very much like to have attended his service. Unfortunately we could not make the trip. I am not sure if you knew the story, but when I applied to join the MSC, USAR in 1979 the recruiter would not accept my Australian doctorate. Janet won the 'Army Nurse of the Year Award' at AMSUS in 1979 and we met BG Young at a reception in San Diego. He was very pleasant and said that he would be willing to help with my application if necesry. After we returned to Washington the recruiter had sent a very negative letter, so I called BG Young and he asked me to meet him in his office the next morning. By the afternoon my application was approved, but the recruiter was not too happy! We maintained contact with BG Young over the years and I will always remember him with tremendous respect and gratitude.

Dr. Richard and Dr. Janet Southby.

Sheila Baxter

11 septiembre , 2011

Dear June and Family, May God continue to comfort you and keep you through this difficult time. BG Young's legacy will live on in the hearts and minds of those he touched throughout his great service to our Nation and the Army Medical Department. Our prayers are with your family always.

BG(Ret) Sheila Baxter

10 septiembre , 2011

Dear June and Family:
We were out of country when Jim passed away; and even though we had talked to you recently, it is still a shock when we learned this sad news. Of course, we have many times expressed our feelings about his service to our country and the fact he touched so many of our lives. We also know all of the service to our community and UTHSC and we will always remember him for all that he did and the wonderful person we knew. If you need us for anything or just to talk, we would want you to let us know. Right now, we are sure you only feel the loss.
We hope time will ease the pain and you will be able have better days.

We wish for you and the family that memories of him will at some point help to sustain you.

Brenda and Johnny Conner

10 septiembre , 2011

Mrs Young and Family: BG Young was one of the MSC Chiefs I knew early in my career. He was always encouraging young officers and inspiring and leading all MSCs with his vision and great intelligence. He was always glad to spend a moment with us in his retirement as we stopped to greet him at the PX or other places in San Antonio. We all remember him fondly. God Bless you at this time.
Mkie Hinton
San Antonio

9 septiembre , 2011

On behalf of the Medical Service Corps officers of the Alamo Chapter of the Silver Caduceus Society, I offer you our heartfelt thoughts and prayers. General Young was a favorite mentor of many of us and we will miss him dearly. We enjoyed the twinkle in his eye and the way that he never lost interest in the continued development of the Corps. He always had time to listen to a young officer and consistently provided the right amount of feedback. We will miss General Young, but we will not forget him. He was a great leader, officer and friend.

COL Randall Anderson
President, Alamo Chapter of the Silver Caduceus Society

Tracey Aust Norment

9 septiembre , 2011

Dear June,
The friendship that you and Jim had with my parents was something quite special. I love hearing all the stories about you times and travels together. Jim and my dad were truly two of a kind and that is how I will always remember them. My deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family. Tracey Aust Norment

Ann Hix

9 septiembre , 2011

Bless you all at this time - may you find peace knowing what a wonderful person your husband, father, father-in-law, brother, grandfather was. I only met him a couple of times, but enjoyed my interactions -

Ann Hix - UTHSCSA employee and patient of Robert Young -

9 septiembre , 2011

Our sincerest sympathy and fond memories of this strong leader and true gentleman

COL (USA Retired) William and Sonja Vance

9 septiembre , 2011

To the Young Family, you have my deepeset sympathy on the loss of BG Young. He was a gracious and dedicated leader who left a legacy of excellence. Although he was retired before I even came on active duty I still knew of him and his accomplishments. I was privileged to meet him at a number of MSC events and was impressed by his sharp mind and genuine interest in the Corps and its continued success. He will be missed.

COL Dawn M. Smith, MSC

Richard Ursone

8 septiembre , 2011

Dear June and Family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. General Young was an inspiration to us all and meant so much to the development of our Corps and to those of us who knew him, he will be missed. Ranae and I will have him remembered at Mass on Sunday in our parish.
With our Condolences,
Rich and Ranae Ursone