Young to lecture on grief for Christian Fellowship


Frank E. Young will speak on the topic “Packing for the Journey to Eternity,” at 7 p.m. tonight at the Hall of Philosophy as part of the Chautauqua Christian Fellowship lecture series. The event is co-sponsored by the Chautauqua Department of Religion.

An ordained Presbyterian minister, Young is the author of Good Grief, Love’s Final Gift, after the death of his wife of 51 years.

Young served for over six years as assistant and subsequently associate pastor at Fourth Presbyterian Church and concurrently vice president for Reformed Theological Seminary Metro Washington/ Baltimore.

Young attended Union College, graduated from the SUNY Upstate Medical University, with an M.D. Cum Laude, and from Case Western Reserve University, with a doctorate. He was a resident in pathology at University Hospitals in Cleveland.

After numerous academic appointments, Young served as chairman of the Department of Microbiology and professor of microbiology, of pathology, and of radiation biology and biophysics at the University of Rochester. Subsequently, he became dean of the School of Medicine and Dentistry, director of the Medical Center, vice president for health affairs of the University of Rochester and chairman of the executive committee of Strong Memorial Hospital.

Young served in the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) from 1984 to 1996 as commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration; as deputy assistant secretary for Health/Science and Environment; and as director of the Office of Emergency Preparedness and Director of the National Disaster Medical System.

Young’s area of research is biotechnology and microbiology including the genetics of pathogenic and non-pathogenic bacteria. He has contributed over 200 scientific publications and has lectured on the interface of science technology, and theology in Christian and secular colleges.

Presently a partner of Essex Woodlands Health Ventures, Young is the president of Woodhaven Consultants Inc.