Dr. Alexander J. (Sandy) Young was a prominent Nova Scotian educator, author, and sports historian. Born in New York City in 1938, he was educated in Pennsylvania and Maryland but moved to Canada in 1970 to join Dalhousie’s School of Physical Education. Young was an active member of the Dalhousie community, he served as president of the Dalhousie Faculty Association in the mid-1980s, was director of the School of Health and Human Performance from 1989 to 1993, and helped establish Dalhousie’s popular “Noon-time Ball” competition. He continued teaching at the university until 1998. Young’s reputation grew to expand beyond Dalhousie as well, where he became known for his commitment to and knowledge of Nova Scotia athletics. He authored the well-respected Beyond Heroes: A Sport History of Nova Scotia which examined the cultural and historical impact of sport in the province. He also helped establish the Nova Scotia Sport Heritage Centre and co-hosted the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame induction ceremonies for about twenty years. He died on 6 August 2000 at the age of sixty-two, survived by his four daughters, Nicole, Michelle, Julie, and Gabrielle. Recognition for Young’s years of dedication to Nova Scotia sport include the renaming of the Dalhousie Award to the Sandy Young Award in 2000 and a posthumous induction to the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame in 2002.

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