In Honor of Professor David Young

We announce with sadness the passing of Professor David Young, a great Philhellene, author of several important books on Pindar, the history of the Olympic games, and the revival of the Modern Olympics. He has been honored by the President of the Hellenic Republic, the International Olympic Committee and many prestigious organizations around the world.

David Young, Pindarist and Olympic Historian

David C. Young, Professor Emeritus of Classics at the University of Florida, died February 5, 2013. An internationally recognized scholar of Pindar and a pioneer in the history of the Olympic games, David was recognized with a Lifetime Distinguished Scholar Award in 2007 by the International Society of Olympic Historians. He taught at the University of California, Santa Barbara (1963-1989) and was a visiting professor at Stanford (1974, 1976) and the University of Michigan (1973, 1983) before joining the faculty at the University of Florida where he was a beloved teacher who inspired students for twenty years.

The Department of Classics hosted a memorial service in Gainesville, FL on August 24, 2013. Contributions can be made to the David C. Young Memorial by check made payable to UF Foundation with “David C. Young Memorial, Fund 018543” referenced in the memo (sent to our office at PO Box 117300, Gainesville, FL 32611). Online contributions can also be made at

Memorial service slideshow