Lynda Young passes away

 Lynda Young passes away

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Lynda Young (D.H.), St. Paul, died February 29, 2012, after a short battle with brain cancer. She was 61 years old. A respected alumna and 38-year faculty member at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, Lynda fostered relationships that linked the dental school with the world. At the time of her death, she directed the school’s Continuing Dental Education (CDE) Program, long considered one of the top five CDE programs in the country. Under her leadership, the program grew from 32 courses and 3,000 participants in the early 1980s to more than 147 courses and 7,900 participants in 2011.

Young began her career at the University of Minnesota and its School of Dentistry as student. She received her general dental hygiene (G.D.H.) degree in 1973, a bachelor of science in education in 1974, and a master’s degree in adult education in 1980. She was named a dental hygiene clinical instructor at the School of Dentistry in 1974, instructor in 1975, assistant professor in 1981, and associate professor with tenure in 1984. She taught full-time clinical dental hygiene for ten years, and continued to teach outside of the classroom, as well, presenting more than 150 invited lectures. In 1984, she was named director of the Continuing Dental Education Program. She also served as a chair or member of 25+ School of Dentistry committees, and represented the dental school on a variety of University and Academic Health Center committees.

Her professional involvement extended to leadership roles at the state and national level. She served for eight years as a member of the Minnesota Board of Dentistry. During that time she was instrumental in promoting new guidelines for universal precautions for patient care and expanded functions for dental auxiliaries. She was president of the Minnesota Dental Hygienists’ Association (1982-83), and was a member of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association Committees on Consumer Relations (1976-77) and National Boards (1995-1998). In 1988-89, she was named the Minnesota Dental Hygienists’ Association Member of the Year. She also received the School of Dentistry’s Michael J. Loupe Memorial Award for Excellence and Innovation in Dental Education, as well as its 2003 Distinguished Dental Hygiene Alumna Award. In 2007, she served as president of the Association of Continuing Dental Education.

In June of 2009, hygienetown magazine profiled Young’s experience with oral cancer and her successful journey back to health. She returned to graduate school in 2010 to pursue a doctorate in educational psychology to enhance the school’s continuing dental education program. Her current research interest was in the transfer of learning from continuing education to professional practice.

After a lifetime of commitment to her profession, her University and its School of Dentistry, Lynda Young will be remembered by her colleagues, students and thousands of dental professionals across the state, the country and the world for her indomitable spirit, her passion for teaching and her own personal love of learning, her capable leadership, and as the vital and energetic professional that she was. She will be missed.

At the request of family members, memorials are preferred to: Lynda Young Memorial, payable to University of Minnesota Foundation, School of Dentistry, 15-136 Moos Tower, 515 Delaware St. S.E., Minneapolis, MN 55455.

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