David Young (bishop)
|The Rt Revd
|Bishop of Ripon|
|Diocese||Diocese of Ripon|
as Bishop of Ripon & Leeds
|Other posts||Archdeacon of Huntingdon
|Ordination||1959 (deacon); 1960 (priest)|
|Consecration||21 September 1977|
2 September 1931|
|Died||10 August 2008(aged 76)|
m. 1962; dec. 1966
|Children||4 sons; 1 daughter|
|Profession||Academic in divinity|
|Alma mater||Balliol College, Oxford|
David Nigel de Lorentz Young CBE (2 September 1931 – 10 August 2008) was the last Bishop of Ripon before the diocese became Ripon and Leeds. At his appointment at the age of 46 he was the youngest diocesan bishop of the Church of England.
He was a supporter of women priests, but opposed to active homosexual priests and same-sex marriages. He had special knowledge of Eastern religions (especially Buddhism) and languages, which he used in his interfaith work, and was particularly concerned with education.
Early life, education and military career
Born in Poona, India, the son of an Indian Army Brigadier, David Young returned to England for his education at Wellington College, Berkshire. He then did National Service in the Royal Engineers, being commissioned as a second lieutenant on 21 October 1950, He completed his active duty on 15 October 1951 when he transferred to the Supplementary Reserve of Officers, and went up to Balliol College, Oxford, where he studied Mathematics, gaining a first class degree. He was promoted acting lieutenant on 6 July 1952, and this was made substantive on 2 September 1954, and his National Service ended on 23 September 1955.
Ecclesiastical and academic career
Young worked in industry as a research mathematician with Plessey before deciding to take Holy Orders via study at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford. He worked as a curate in Liverpool and London, then went to the School of Oriental and African Studies to study Sanskrit and Pali before going to Sri Lanka with the Church Missionary Society. He became interested in Buddhism, becoming director of Buddhist Studies at Lanka Theological College in Kandy. Returning to England in 1967 following the death of his first wife, he became lecturer in Buddhist Studies at Manchester University.
In 1970 he was appointed vicar of Burwell, Cambridgeshire. He lectured part-time in the Faculty of Divinity of Cambridge University. He briefly rejoined the army, holding a commission as a Chaplain to the Forces, 4th Class in the Territorial Army section of the Royal Army Chaplains' Department between 21 November 1972 and 5 September 1975. In 1975, he was appointed Archdeacon of Huntingdon, and vicar of Great Gidding, then in 1977, briefly rector of Hemingford Abbots and an honorary canon before his nomination as Bishop of Ripon. He retired in 1999, having been diagnosed with bone marrow cancer.
In 1962, he married his first wife Rachel Lewis (who died in a car crash in 1966), with whom he had a son and a daughter. In 1967, he married his second wife, Jane Havill, who survived him, and by whom he had three further sons.
- Chair of the Church of England's Board of Education
- Young was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2000 New Year Honours, "For services to the Church of England and to Education."
- The David Young Community Academy in the Seacroft area of Leeds was named after him on 18 October 2006. It is a 'faith school', built at a cost of £23m.
- obituary, The Daily Telegraph, p. 29, Issue no 47,651 (16 August 2008)
- obituary Yorkshire Evening Post 16 August 2008 The Rt Rev David Young
- Townley, Peter (10 September 2008). "Obituaries—The Rt Rev David Young—Bishop of Ripon with a passion for education". The Guardian. p. 36. Retrieved 10 September 2008.
- The London Gazette: . 1 December 1950. Retrieved 2 May 2009.
- The London Gazette: . 30 October 1951. Retrieved 2 May 2009.
- The London Gazette: . 24 October 1952. Retrieved 2 May 2009.
- The London Gazette: . 31 August 1954. Retrieved 2 May 2009.
- The London Gazette: . 20 September 1955. Retrieved 2 May 2009.
- The London Gazette: . 1 January 1973. Retrieved 2 May 2009.
- The London Gazette: . 23 September 1975. Retrieved 2 May 2009.
- The London Gazette: . 14 July 1977. Retrieved 2 May 2009.
- The London Gazette: . 31 December 1999. Retrieved 2 May 2009.
- Archbishop of York to open Leeds' first academy accessed 13 January 2007
- "Another Liberal Movement Slowly But Surely Gains Supporters Among Episcopal, Other Anglican Bishops" accessed 13 January 2007