Thomas Rumsey Young

Thomas Rumsey Young, 98 of Stamford died peacefully at home on January 24, 2013. Mr. Young was born in Newark, NJ on February 21, 1914. A chemical engineer and a world class sailor, Mr. Young graduated from Deerfield Academy and Princeton University. He was an active member of The Riverside Yacht Club, the New York Yacht Club, the STC, CCA and the RORC. He was predeceased by his wife, Dorothy Vondermuhll Young and most recent his second wife Carolyn Smith Young and seven brothers and sisters. He is survived by his daughter, Anne Young Clark of Montgomery, AL, and two sons, Thomas Rumsey Young Jr. (Priscilla) of Big Sky, MT, and William Ellery Smith, Jr. (Cynthia) of Riverside CT; four grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. The family is grateful for the loving care and attention provided by Joyce Wallace. I lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Sailing Yacht Research Foundation, Newport, RI. Or Historic Charleston Foundation, Charleston, SC.


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March 6, 2013

Tom was always kind, interested and supportive in matters of yacht design and rating rules from the beginning of my career in 1970. He set a fine example that has influenced me along the way. Tom graced the sport for many good years. Farewell to a noble leader. David Pedrick

Richard du Moulin

February 8, 2013

I had the honor to sail with Tom aboard Constellation in the Cup Trials in 1967 when Tom tacticianed for his friend and competitor Bob McCullough. Tom was a great teacher to all of us 20-25 year olds who had never before sailed at that level. My Dad Edward and the crew of our Lady Del spent decades chasing Shearwater around Long Island Sound- always a challenging task! Even as he reached the fantastic age of 98, Tom always stood tall, physically and as a great guy.
Rich du Moulin

February 6, 2013

All my condolences to the family of Tom Young. I have known Tom for many years and served with him on the Storm Trysail Club Protest Committee some years ago. He was a wonderful guy and will be sorely missed by all who knew him.Bob Mitchell

Jim Teeters

February 6, 2013

Tom was a thoughtful contributor to the US IMS Committee back in the early 90s, arranging meeting space at the NYYC's "Navy" room, and one of those who gave their time to support the sport of sailing.

Harry Morgan

February 6, 2013


If every one was half a helpful to his fellow man as your father was, this world would be a much better place. He was a really great guy and we will all miss him. Sue and I send our sincere condolences to you and your family.

Suzanne Smith

February 5, 2013

Anne, It was so good to hear yours and Rumsey's voices last night. I know things are getting better and that is good. Although I never met your father, I feel I know him through your stories and his love of sailing. We shall have Stone Crabs, when you return, and remember his delight when he found out I have connections. My heart is with you and your family. Suzanne

Sandy Rand

February 4, 2013

Rumsay and Tigger... I just returned from out of town to hear of Tom's passing. a wonderful American Classic. the mold was trult broken! our sioncerest condolences over your loss.

Sandy Rand

Harry Fisher

February 4, 2013

I will always remember your father as one of my father's good friends over many years. My father was Bennett Fisher and perhaps you remember him. Unfortunately he passed on way to early at the age of 79. It does not appear there will be a service for your father, but I will check back in case that gets scheduled. Best regards, Harry Fisher

February 2, 2013

Tigger,Sorry to learn about Tom. We go back a long way to Newark , Montclair Academy and more recently Riverside. He was unique,remarkably intelligent , inquisitive and a privilege to know ;but you knew all that. Jack Wilsey

February 2, 2013

Rumsey: Sorry to read of your Dad's passing.It sort of marks the end of an era of the Old Guard of sailors from the Riverside YC..I always enjoyed seeing him each spring in Newport when the NYYC opened. He was a great guy. My sympathies are with you and your family. Gerry Carrick