Robert A. Young Lecture in Political Science

Robert A. Young Lecture in Political Science

In August 2017, the Department of Political Science lost our good friend and esteemed colleague, Professor Robert A. Young. One of Canada’s most distinguished political scientists, Bob was revered for his path-breaking work in many areas including: secession, Quebec politics, federalism and multi-level governance, a field in which he held a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair. To honor Bob’s legacy, the Department of Political Science, with the support of his family, is raising funds to launch the Robert A. Young Lecture in Political Science.  An annual lecture to be delivered by a prominent political scientist, it is our hope that this event will generate the kind of intellectual discussions that Bob so dearly valued.   

As one of the foremost experts on multi-level governance and secession, Robert had a passion for intellectual dialogue and research. The Robert A. Young Lecture in Political Science will honour his leadership and expertise, by commemorating Robert through an annual lecture that will be delivered by a prominent political scientist.

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In Memoriam – Professor Emeritus Bob Young (1950-2017)

August 17, 2017
It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing away of Dr. Bob Young.  Bob was a gifted teacher and scholar, and a mentor and dear friend to many. While his impressive body of work will shape our discipline for decades to come, it was his commitment to strengthening our department and his willingness to help his colleagues develop as full members of the academy that will be remembered most.  Bob was a distinguished scholar, great mentor, and friend.  We in Political Science wish to send our heartfelt condolences to Bob’s Wife, Louise Gadbois, and family, at this extremely sad time.  Bob will be missed dearly.

Bob's Obituary in The London Free Press

On November 10, 2017, there will be a Celebration of Life in honour of Bob Young from 4-7 pm. at Bellamere Winery and Event Centre, 1260 Gainsborough Road, London, Ontario.