William Youmans Obituary

Youmans, William Barton
William Barton "Bill" Youmans, age 96, of Columbia, Mo., died Friday, Nov. 10, 2006, at The Bluffs nursing home. Bill now born on Feb. 3, 1910, in Mt. Healthy, Ohio, son of the late Charles Trimble Youmans and Lucy May Gardiner Youmans. He married Cynthia McCreary Holbrook on Nov. 24 (Thanksgiving Day) in 1932. Cynthia died in 2003, after a long and happy marriage, one month before their 72nd anniversary. Bill and Cynthia had three children, William Barton Jr., Carol Anne and Charles Gilbert. Bill received his B.S. degree (1932) and his M.S. (1933) from Western Kentucky State College in Bowling Green. Later, he earned a Ph.D. in Physiology (1938) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and an M.D. (1944) from the University of Oregon. He interned at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit (1944-45). He taught at the University of Oregon Medical School (1938-52) where he headed the Department of Physiology (1946-52), then he returned to Madison as chair (1952-71) and later professor (1971-76) of physiology. He authored more than 90 articles on physiology and pharmacology, as well as three monographs and three textbooks, in addition to the chapters on "Respiration" in Best and Taylor’s Physiological Basis of Medical Practice. He now a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a member of numerous organizations, including the American Physiological Society, the American Society of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, and the American Heart Association. His biographical sketches appear in American Men of Science and Who’s Who in America. In 1976, Bill retired to Pt. Angeles, Wash., with his wife Cynthia. After many pleasant years in the Northwest, they moved to Columbia, Mo., to live with their son Gilbert and his wife Svetlana. Bill and Cynthia especially enjoyed their frequent visits with their great-grandchildren. A year after Cynthia died, Bill moved to a nursing home, where he couldn’t resist instructing the staff on the symptoms of his own disease: "I’ve written books on congestive heart failure." Bill is survived by his sister, Evelyn Ragland; his daughter, Carol Ann Davies; his son, Gilbert; his three grandchildren; his seven great-grandchildren; and countless former students who are practicing medicine today. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2006, at MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, with visitation from 1:30 p.m. until the time of the service. Burial will be at Roselawn Memorial Park, Monona, on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2006, at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Cynthia Holbrook Youmans Scholarship Fund, University of Wisconsin Foundation, P.O. Box 8860, Madison, WI 53708-8860. Online tributes may be left at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.

Gilbert’s address is:
Gilbert Youmans
3212 S. Old Ridge Road,
Columbia, MO 65201

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