Emory History Department Newsletter-May 2007

Dr. James Harvey Young James Harvey Young

James Harvey Young of Decatur, Georgia, died on July 29, 2006, following a long illness.  The son of Rev. William Harvey Young and Blanche DeBra, he was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1915 and grew up in several small communities in Illinois and Indiana.  He graduated from Knox College and received his Ph.D. in history from the University of Illinois.

Harvey began teaching at Emory University in 1941.  Following service with the U.S. Army during World War II, he resumed his academic career at Emory until his retirement from teaching in 1984.  His scholarly research and publication continued for another 15 years.  He specialized in the history of medical quackery and of food and drug regulation in the United States.  As author or editor, he published nine books and more than 140 articles and interview transcripts.  He also directed 37 doctoral dissertations.

Harvey was active in Emory’s campus life, chairing eight committees and serving as a founding member of the Institute of Liberal Arts.  He served as consultant or member of 17 professional organizations, including the White House Conference on Food, Nutrition, and Health; the Centers for Disease Control; the National Food and Drug Advisory Council; the American Council on Science and Health; the American Institute of the History of Pharmacy; and the American and Southern historical associations.  He frequently spoke at conferences of regulatory officials, historians, and physicians, and for civic groups.

The quality of Harvey’s teaching and scholarship were widely recognized.  Rush University awarded him an honorary Doctor of Science degree.  Other awards came from the American Institute of the History of Pharmacy, the Georgia Writers’ Association, and the American Association of the History of Medicine.  The legislatures of Georgia and Ohio adopted resolutions recognizing his contributions to public awareness of health quackery.  Emory University honored him with three awards for distinguished scholarship and teaching.  Harvey was especially pleased when Emory’s History Department established an annual lectureship in his name.

Harvey married Myrna Goode in 1940.  Myrna, who was always his first and best editor, passed away in 2000.  Harvey and Myrna are survived by their sons, Harvey Galen and James Walter, their granddaughter, Heather C. Young, and their grandson, Samuel T. Young.

A memorial service will be held in Cannon Chapel on the Emory University campus at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 16, 2006.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to Emory University, Alumni & Development Records, 1762 Clifton Road, NE, Plaza 1000, Atlanta, GA 30322-4001, designated for the J. Harvey Young Fund for Emory Archives.

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