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Auust-Septekder, 1914 *
B. C. THARP and CHESTER V. KIELMAN
MARY SOPHIE YOUNG, the youngest of several children, and
the only daughter in the family, was born in Glendale,
Ohio, in September, 1872.1 Her educational training
began at the age of four years, when she entered kindergarten, and
continued through the public schools of Ohio, Harcourt Place
Seminary, and finally Wellesley College, from which she was grad-
uated in 1895 with the degree of Bachelor of Arts.2
*The introductory biographical sketch of Mary S. Young originally appeared in a
slightly different form in the January, 1921, issue of The Alcalde. See B. C. Tharp,
"Recollections of Dr. M. S. Young," The Alcalde, VIII, 205-214.
xHer father was Charles Huntington Young, an Episcopal minister; her mother
was Emma Adams (Sainter) Young.
2There is nothing momentous to relate of Miss Young's undergraduate and grad-
uate life in college and university, but a letter from the president of her class at
Wellesley is particularly interesting for the light it sheds on the early crystallization
of the personality traits that characterized Miss Young's later life:
I never lived in the house with her and knew her only slightly-so slightly that
I do not even know who were her friends in those days. In fact, she was always so
shy and retiring that I doubt whether she mixed very much in the general college
life. I fancy that she found her chief pleasure in her work, to which she was
devoted. I remember her as a slender, quiet girl, with a fleeting smile, who was
absorbed in her own line of thought.
Since graduation she has been almost a myth to us, and I regret that I have not
known more of her and her work.
The image of quiet studiousness and devotion to work so well-remembered by
many persons at the University of Texas was re-emphasized in a letter from the
secretary of the president of Wellesley College:
After considerable delay, I write you again regarding Wellesley recollections of
Dr. Mary S. Young. I find that her academic record was a strong one, with grades
which would undoubtedly entitle her to college honors. She seems to have left the
impression of a quiet and steady person, with evident purpose and power of
When Miss Young was once reminded that she was the only member of her family
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 65, July 1961 - April, 1962. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101195/. Accessed July 29, 2014.