James Richard Young

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 27 October 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h5691
  1. Lauren Young

James Richard Young (“Rick”) was born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and spent his childhood growing up in Penang. His interest in medicine and surgery began as a small child and was unstoppable. His father, Cheang Keng Young, general surgeon of Malaysia, had helped him, at the age of 7, to build a stool to stand on in theatre to watch operations. Rick was an excellent swimmer, representing Penang at the Malaysian championships. Aged 10, he went to Ashville College in Harrogate, where his love for rugby started, and he gained many friends for life.

In 1977 he started at the Royal Free Medical School, London. He lived in Hughes Parry Hall, where he met his first wife, Sheri. He played on the medical school rugby team, enjoying many sports tours. Coming from the hot climate of Malaysia, his medical elective in Ohio served as such a cold shock that he remained true to his word, and never visited a “sub zero” country again.

After his house jobs in Barnet and the Royal Free, he did a rotation in ear, nose, and throat medicine in Newport before completing his general practitioner training in Yorkshire. He worked as a GP in Manby, Lincolnshire, from 1989 until 2009, when he retired. He was an avid supporter of the local out of hours GP service.

He was immensely proud of his daughters, Lauren, now a paediatric registrar, and Caroline, who he was so pleased had chosen a career outside medicine. Together they enjoyed trips back to Malaysia, with extended family.

His brilliant sense of humour and love of rugby will be remembered by his friends and family. His funeral was held in Alford Crematorium, Lincolnshire, on 5 October 2015.


Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h5691


  • General practitioner (b 1957; q Royal Free Medical School, London, 1982.), died from acute liver failure on 17 September 2015.

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