Representative Bill Young, a Long-Time Supporter of NIH, Passes Away
Created by host on 10/24/2013

By Allison Lea

Representative Charles William "Bill" Young (R-FL), a champion for basic research funding, passed away on October 18, 2013, at the age of 82. At the time of his death, he was the longest-serving Republican member of Congress, first elected to the US House of Representatives in 1971. Representative Young also served as Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee from 1999 to 2005.

Under his chairmanship, appropriations for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) rose faster than they had during any previous period of time. In appreciation for his strong and consistent support for biomedical research, members of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) Board of Directors went to Capitol Hill in December 2000 to present a special award to Representative Young. The FASEB delegation also included then Acting NIH Director Ruth Kirschstein. “His support for NIH helped to usher in an era of unprecedented progress in research,” noted Howard Garrison, FASEB Director of Public Affairs.
From left to right: Former FASEB President Mary Hendrix; Representative Bill Young; Former Acting Director of NIH Ruth Kirschstein; Former FASEB President Robert Rich

“The distinguished Congressman from Florida was a staunch supporter…and an unwavering champion of our agency’s mission,” wrote NIH Director Francis Collins in a statement on October 20. “In fact, there is a building on the NIH campus that was dedicated in his honor in May 2006, the C.W. Bill Young Center for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Disease....He will be sorely missed.”