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Young, Ernle.
Young, Ernle.
Young, Ernle and Markdasilva, Maggie
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Stanford Historical Society
Ernlé W.D. Young’s two-part interview covered many topics and times in his professional life. The first interview began with his early education in South Africa and early employment in his uncle’s printing business. From there, his education took him to Chicago and Dallas, studying theology and theologians. His return to South Africa began his long effort to counteract Apartheid from his position as a minister, work which eventually got him in trouble with the government, causing Young and his family to flee to the United States. It was at this point that he began his work at Stanford, working as a chaplain for the university hospital, a minister for Memorial Church, and an instructor in bioethics at the medical center. Both interviews spent a great deal of time examining Young’s position in and relationship with the university, especially as related to his lifelong focus on morals and ethics. The discussion encompassed his service on various committees, including the Disinvestments and Divestments Committee, the Chaplaincy Advisory Committee, the Physicians Well-Being Committee, and the Medical Center Ethics Committee. Young discussed his efforts, frustrations, and hopes regarding the ethics curriculum of the Medical School, especially his hope that Stanford will someday offer a graduate degree program in bioethics. The two-part interview as a whole illustrates Young’s relationship with the Stanford University administration and his relentless efforts to make the world more considerate and more just.
Ernle Young, Stanford Historical Society, oral histories, interviews, and bioethics
September 26, 2012 - November 14, 2012
Stanford Historical Society Oral History Program interviews, 1999-2012