In Memoriam: Carleton F. Young


The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution has received word of the death September 29, 2005 of retiree Carleton F. Young at Cape Heritage Nursing Home in Sandwich, MA. He was 82.

Born July 24, 1923 in Gloucester, MA, Carleton F. Young  was graduated from Gloucester High School in 1941. During World War II he served in the U.S. Coast Guard from 1942 to 1944 and in the Office of Strategic Services from 1944 to 1945. After the war he attended Franklin Technical Institute, majoring in mechanics, from 1945 to 1947.  He worked as a seaman on an ocean-going tug for a year and held other jobs, but he found his calling with welding and metallurgy. He was melting foreman at Shahmoon Industries in Everett from 1953 to 1966, when he took a job as a mechanic at Charlestown Welding & Engineering Company in Somerville. He then worked briefly as a welder from 1969 to 1970 at Packaging Industries in Hyannis.

Carl Young joined the Institution staff in June 1970 as a welder in Facilities, retiring in July 1988.  During his career at WHOI he worked on a wide range of instruments, constructing components of the giant piston coring system on R/V Knorr,  adjustable strobe mounts for the ANGUS camera system during the Cayman Trough expedition, and numerous pieces of equipment for Geology and Geophysics Department staff.  Colleagues noted Carl's ability to meet deadlines and to offer suggestions which contributed to the effectiveness of at-sea operations.

A resident of Sandwich since 1959, Carl Young loved sharing stories and discussing the Red Sox with friends at the Mills Restaurant in Marstons Mills, where he was a regular.  He was a member of the Wyoming Masonic Lodge and the Knights Templar of Hugh DePayens Commandery in Melrose.

Survivors include a daughter, Carla Ford, and two grandaughters. Visiting hours were followed by burial October 3, 2005 at Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne.

Memorial donations may be made to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Contribution Services, 10 Brookline Place, Boston, MA 02445.


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