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Following graduation from Wellesley College, Miss Young
taught in Louis Academy at Sullivan, Missouri, two years; in
Dundee (Illinois) High School one year; and at Grafton Hill,
Fond-du-Lac, Wisconsin, several years. During these years of teach-
ing she sought to improve her scholarship by doing correspond-
ence work in the University of Chicago and also by attending
summer sessions of the same university. She attended the long
sessions of 19go6-1907, go8-gog9, and 19o09-191o, receiving the
degree of Doctor of Philosophy in 1910o. The research upon
which the degree was based was done on the morphology of the
Podocarpineae." In the fall of 19xo Miss Young came to the Uni-
versity of Texas as tutor in botany.4 The next year she was pro-
moted to the rank of instructor, in which capacity she served until
her death on March 5, 1919.
During her first two years at the University of Texas, Miss
Young had entire charge of the elementary botany laboratory
work. In this capacity of instructor for freshmen she was second
to none. Quiet, modest, and firm in manner, she was exceedingly
clear and concise in her directions, whether written or spoken.
During those first two years there were no printed laboratory
directions; Miss Young wrote them on the board each period to
fit the material to be studied. To the thousand and one questions
with which freshmen besiege an instructor in laboratory she
seldom if ever made direct reply. She always came back instead
with a series of questions calculated to make the student think
the thing through for himself. These tactics on her part proved
quite discomfiting to those persons bent on traveling the Royal
who was not a member of Phi Beta Kappa, she replied with a quiet smile that she
always consoled herself with the thought that she, too, might have been had there
been a chapter in her college.
8Regarding Miss Young's graduate work, Professor Charles J. Chamberlain, under
whom she studied at the University of Chicago, recalled:
Dr. Mary Sophie Young was an ambitious and progressive teacher. Even while
burdened with work as a teacher, she sought to improve herself by correspondence
study. Two courses in the structure and development of plants were completed
while she was teaching in Kansas City, Kansas, and a third course was completed
at Fond-du-Lac, Wisconsin. This work was of the highest grade and formed the basis
for advanced work and the published researches which have given her a place in
the literature of botany. Her keen insight and capacity for work won the respect of
her instructors and fellow students, while her quiet, kindly manner made her a
good example and an important factor in the social life of the department.
4The University Record, X, 2o7.
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