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Matilda Norfleet Young, of Williamsburg, died on Oct. 6, 2015, at the age of 88.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Col. Stewart Young (U.S. Air Force, retired) and her sister Caroline Church, of Lenox, Massachusetts.
Mrs. Young, daughter of the late William James Norfleet and Carrie Mason Norfleet, was born in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 5, 1927, and grew up in Bethesda, Maryland. In 1948 she and Stewart Young, who was starting an Air Force career, were married. As an Air Force wife, she made her home in many places, including Europe, the Orient and throughout the United States. She was a Peninsula resident for more than 30 years, first in Hampton and later in Williamsburg.
A graduate of Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, Mrs. Young received a bachelor’s degree in zoology from Cornell University in 1948 and a master’s degree in library science from the University of Maryland in 1969. She served in the libraries of Clark Air Base in the Philippines, Hampton Institute (now Hampton University) School of Nursing and Hampton Veterans Administration Medical Center. For many years she was a volunteer at the Research Library of the Mariners’ Museum in Newport News. After moving to Patriots Colony retirement community in Williamsburg, she helped establish and maintain the library there.
Mrs. Young was a pioneer in the use of MEDLINE computer searches to assist physicians and medical personnel to obtain timely medical information from the internet, leading to improved patient care. Her clinical library work at the Hampton Veterans Administration Medical Center was published in JAMA in 1986. Her work was also recognized with a profile in Vanity Fair magazine.
Mrs. Young is survived by her children, Dr. Stewart G. Young and his wife Roberta, of Blythewood, South Carolina, Mary N. Young and her husband Jonathan D. Ross, of Arlington, Massachusetts and James B. Young and his wife Deborah, of Lynchburg; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
A celebration of life service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 12, 2015, at Patriots Colony, 6000 Patriots Colony Drive, Williamsburg. Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015, at Hampton National Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Mariners Museum Library, 100 Museum Drive, Newport News, VA 23606.
Please leave online condolences for the family at Nelsen Funeral Home.
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