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Donald F. Young

Donald F. Young

Donald F. Young, age 94, of Ames passed away on Friday, June 10, 2022, at Northcrest Community. A private family graveside service will be held at the Ames Municipal Cemetery at a later date.

Don was born April 27, 1928, in Joplin, Missouri, the son of Oral and Blanche (Trent) Young. He graduated from Joplin High School in 1946 and received a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics from Iowa State University.

He was a long-time member of the faculty at Iowa State, starting his teaching career in the Department of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics in 1952. He remained on the faculty for 47 years until his retirement from the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics in 1999. He received the Standard Oil Foundation Outstanding Teacher Award in 1971, the ISU Alumni Association Faculty Citation in 1972, and was named an Anson Marston Distinguished Professor in 1974.

Don was an active researcher with major fields of interest in fluid mechanics and biomechanics. He was a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and received the David R. Boylan Eminent Faculty Award for Research in 1995. Don enjoyed working with students and served as a major professor for numerous M.S. and Ph.D. candidates. He contributed to many technical publications and was an author or co-author of several engineering textbooks.

After retirement, he split his time between Ames and The Woodlands, Texas, before relocating to Northcrest Community. He was an avid golfer and a long-time member of the Ames Golf and Country Club.

He is survived by his wife Ann, two daughters, Pamela of The Woodlands, Texas, Susan of The Woodlands, Texas, two sons, Christopher of Cypress, Texas, and David of Kennesaw, Georgia, and eight grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, DeForrest, and one son, Michael.

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