Thomas Young, MD Obituary

Thomas G Somerville Young, MD
Thomas G Somerville Young, MD

October 8, 1923 - January 1, 2021
Born in Detroit, Michigan
Resided in Vancouver, Washington
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Dr. Tom Young of Vancouver, WA, died peacefully of natural causes Jan. 1, 2021, aged 97 and change. Tom was born Oct. 8, 1923, in Detroit, MI, to James Young and Janet Somerville-Young.
Upon his mother’s death, he and his siblings were sent to be raised in Scotland by his aunt and uncles. During World War II, Tom graduated from University of Glasgow Medical School. Following medical school, he travelled widely as the ship doctor on a cargo ship for six months.

At the conclusion of the war, Tom moved to New York City, where he completed a residency in cardiology. Among his favorite duties was attending the New York Yankees games as team doctor. After practicing on the East Coast of the U.S., Tom made his way to Vancouver, where he practiced at the VA. He lived here with his longtime partner, Mary Lou Mansfield, for over 20 years, and became part of Mary Lou’s family as “Uncle Tommy.” Uncle Tommy was loved by all of his adopted family, including his ‘wee bonnie lads and lassies’ Madeline, Genevieve, Max and Harry.

Though born in the U.S., Tom’s heart was always in Scotland. He retained his Scots accent throughout his life and was known to don his favorite Scottish trous for special occasions. Tom was a passionate duplicate bridge player and a careful observer of many sports, including NFL football and PGA golf. He was also a deep thinker and reader, voraciously consuming fiction, non-fiction and poetry.

Tom never married, but is survived by his sister, Sheila Sprouill; and four nephews and their families in Scotland and Australia.

Due to COVID-19, there will be no service. He will be interred in the family plot in Scotland. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Vancouver Bridge Club, 6503 East Mill Plain Blvd., Suite H, Vancouver, WA 98661.




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