Our research committee is saddened to learn of the death of Professor Robert Young and extends its condolences to Prof. Young’s family.
Professor Young was a leading scholar of Canadian and comparative federalism and a long-standing member of RC28. The field will be much poorer without him.
A tribute by C. Lloyd Brown-John, Founding Chair of RC28:
“Robert (Bob) Young was a unique intellectual. A deep and profound thinker with the unusual capacity, for an academic, of being able to communicate with a much wider public audience than most academics. He was an intellectual communicator and an avid critical evaluator of both Canadian federalism but of complex political systems in general.
With his sharp eye and remarkable mind he was able to offer profound comment on both the works of others who he encountered and simultaneously extend constructive addition or flavor to another’s thinking.
I would rank him among the top Canadian academics in the filed of federalism and comparative political systems analysis. His role as a critical observer will be difficult for younger academics to fill. As well, those of his students who now may benefit from his instruction will be able to thank his memory for his skill as an instructor. He was a fine scholar.”
Other tributes are available on the website of the Canadian Political Science Association.