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IN further tribute to Robert Charles Young (VR, February 15, 2014, vol 174, p 177), Dai George writes: Bob Young was a remarkable man born into a remarkable family. He was christened von Haast, but as German names became unacceptable before World War II, the family adopted his mother's maiden name of Young. Despite the Germanic name, Bob's great-grandfather, Sir Julius von Haast, a geologist and explorer, was knighted by Queen Victoria and praised in the journals of Charles Darwin. Sir Julius had also been honoured by the Emperor Franz Joseph, after whom he named a glacier in New Zealand.

Bob's undergraduate life was not dominated by a tireless devotion to work, but on graduation things changed. The noun that could be applied to him, on looking back on his life, is ‘achiever’. He achieved distinction in so many ways. He became senior partner of a large rural Devon practice, he served as president of both the SPVS and the BVA, he served his local community in numerous capacities over many years and he …

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