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Richard S. Young

Dick Young, who died on April 15, was a lawyer with the Maricopa County Community College District for nearly twelve years. His tenure at Maricopa represented Dick's third career in law: after serving as an attorney for the United States Air Force, he spent several years in private practice before joining the District.

While his principal responsibilities in the Legal Services Department included contractual matters, Dick developed expertise in many areas of the law.

The most prominent of his professional interests was technology, especially its application in a law office. While many lawyers seemingly disdain technological advancement, Dick celebrated it. Consequently, he was chiefly responsible for creating a computer network in our department that is among the most sophisticated of any law firm setting. An enthusiastic participant in activities of the National Association of College and University Attorneys, he was frequently asked to speak on the usefulness of the computer in a legal environment.

The District grew--in both size and stature--during Dick's years here, and he was a key player in that growth. His loyalty to Maricopa, however, went beyond that of a lawyer to his client. Dick felt a profound love for the District: he embraced its mission, enjoyed the camaraderie with its people, and smiled at its quirks.

Dick's friends remember his affinity for Cervantes's Don Quixote. And they will no doubt think of him in the same sentiments Cervantes wrote about his hero:

" good-natured and so agreeable that he was beloved not only by his family, but by all who knew him."

Published in the Summer 1997 Edition of In Brief

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