Thursday January 12, 2006

Business Prof Saul Young Dies

Professor, who also served UD honors program and various centers, died suddenly at age 64.

Saul Young, a well-loved professor in the University of Dayton's School of Business Administration, died suddenly on Tuesday, Jan. 10. He was 64.

Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15, at First Presbyterian Church, 314 Xenia Ave. in Yellow Springs, where he resided.

Young joined the UD faculty in 1983 and received many accolades for his teaching and research. He retired in 2001 but continued to publish research, and he also taught in the University's master's of business administration program. Students consistently rated his classes among the highest in the MBA program.

Accounting professor Joseph Castellano team taught MBA courses with Young during the past five years.

"The five years I team taught with Saul were the happiest and most productive of my 35-year teaching career," Castellano said. "The pride and joy we felt in our teaching together was undoubtedly related to the most wonderful friendship we developed. He was a man of great wisdom, intellect, integrity and compassion."

While at UD, Young was a founding member of the department now known as management information systems, operations management and decision sciences, established in 1983. He also helped establish the operations management major and served as director of the Center for Advanced Manufacturing. In addition, Young was a seminar leader and consultant for the UD Management Development Center, assistant director of the UD honors program in its formative years, and UD's representative to the Advanced Integrated Manufacturing Center, an engineering partnership with Sinclair Community College.

"Saul was a lifelong learner," said professor and department chair Charles Wells. "He would attend conferences outside his discipline just to learn more. He loved to make connections outside his department and the School of Business Administration."

Young received a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Texas in 1962, a master of science from the University of Wisconsin in 1969 and a doctorate from Stanford University in 1975.

In addition to his time at UD, Young served as president and a member of the Yellow Springs Village Council from 1983 to 1987 and was the owner of the Yellow Springs Bike Shop from 1979 to 1982. He also held a variety of positions at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Young was an outdoor enthusiast and a self-described "car nut" who enjoyed restoring old sports vehicles.

"Scores of faculty, staff, students, graduates and friends of the School of Business Administration knew and loved Dr. Young," said Patricia Meyers, dean of the School of Business Administration. "His devotion to teaching, scholarship, service and to the well-being of all those whom he knew set a shining example for us all."

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