• R.I.P. Patrick Young, 83, in Jan. 2021 (science writer: "Mental Disturb

    From Lenona@21:1/5 to All on Wed Mar 29 10:55:51 2023
    (with photo)

    Rodney Lee “Patrick” Young, a veteran Washington science writer, died Monday night after a long illness and a bout with the coronavirus. He had a career that ranged from covering the initial space launches to writing about a Civil War Eagle Hero
    from his home state of Wisconsin.

    Patrick was born on Oct. 19, 1937, in Ladysmith, the son of Rodney, an elected judge, and Janice. After graduating from the University of Colorado he began his professional newspaper career in the Washington Bureau of United Press International in the
    early 1960s, starting as a dictationist and working his way up to local desk editor and then developing his specialty as a science and medical writer.

    After a stint in the Navy during the Vietnam War, Patrick returned to Washington where he worked for several publications, including as the editor in chief of Science News magazine.

    Patrick won several awards for his writing. Of all the wide range of science subjects he wrote about, including the Three Mile Island nuclear tragedy, he took the most delight in covering the manned space launches at Cape Kennedy starting in 1969 and
    into the 1970s, and reading his book Old Abe the Eagle Hero to children — particularly at the elementary schools of his grandchildren.

    In his younger days he wrote and composed country music for his guitar. Patrick also was a good photographer.

    Patrick was a long-time resident of Laurel, Md.

    He is survived by his wife, Leah; his daughter, Justine; his grandchildren, Lucas, Lauren and Colin; his sister, Janilee Allen and his sister, Kathy Lucas.

    He will be missed by his family and many friends.

    A small family service was held on Sunday, Jan. 10, at Donaldson Funeral Home, in Laurel, Md. Livestreaming of the event may be accessed by clicking HERE.

    In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Save the Bay or the National Center for Science Education...


    (a few book covers - trouble is, there's a lot of irrelevant stuff as well)

    (reader reviews of Old Abe, Eagle Hero: The Civil War's Most Famous Mascot)


    What I posted in 2017:

    Another YA book of his is "Drugs and Pregnancy."

    He was the editor of "Science News" in Washington, DC, from 1988 to 1995.

    (his credentials - however, I suspect there's a mistake; I can't find proof that worked on the book "Henry's Demons")

    (about an award he won in 1974)


    Drifting Continents, Shifting Seas: An Introduction to Plate Tectonics, F. Watts (New York City), 1976.

    Asthma and Allergies: An Optimistic Future, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (Bethesda, MD), 1980.
    Drugs and Pregnancy, Chelsea House (New York City), 1987.
    Mental Disturbances, Chelsea House (New York City), 1988.
    Schizophrenia, with introduction by C. Everett Koop, Chelsea House (New York City), 1988.

    (With Alan R. Figelman) Keeping Young Athletes Healthy, Simon & Schuster (New York City), 1991.

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