Dave Young, 79, passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, Dec. 4. He is survived by his wife Kathy, daughter Laura Doerrer (husband Craig, and grandchildren Raina and Leila), son Chris, and brother Richard (and Joyce). At his request, no services are being held.
Leaving Kodak during the layoffs of 1989, Dave and the other RPCN founders were in outplacement services together. When the group's outplacement time was up, some decided to keep on meeting about consulting. This group became the Rochester Professional Consultants Network - RPCN - in 1990.
As a very active member of RPCN over the years, Dave had a number of formal and informal roles within the organization, among them:
- RPCN office manager
- RPCN hard-copy newsletter editor
- Answered RPCN phone (had a separate line at his house)
- Served on numerous committees
- Received and banked member dues, maintained the member roster and consulting skills directory
- Did all the mailings for RPCN: to members, press, etc., including distributing ballots for RPCN elections
- Purchased, picked up and brought pastries and coffee to RPCN meetings, even building his own collapsible cart/dolly for the purpose
- Reserved Brighton Town Hall meeting rooms
- Wrote "Hiring a Consultant" for the RPCN website (practical, concise advice)
While some of us remember him as the fellow who kept speakers honest, Dave was more likely to offer suggestions in private than to criticize someone's presentation style publicly. It was a badge of honor to earn his respect.
Dave considered himself an expert in direct-mailing, vocabulary, spelling, language usage, etc. He had good rules of thumb about overhead (PowerPoint) slides: maximum words per line (seven?), and a limited number of lines per page. He was a prolific writer of articles for RPCN's print newsletter in addition to editing, producing and labeling it, and taking it to the printer and post office.
Dave published small pamphlets on many subjects: how to be a consultant, contracts, direct-mailing, etc., that he described as chock-full of "meaty" information. He sold them by mail for a few dollars, and often generously gave them free to individual RPCN members. He also assembled, edited and produced the print version of our Member Directory.
Quite a fellow was that David R. Young. He was not afraid to share an opinion or provide advice; he would talk until he made his point. Above all, he was focused on excellence and service.
If you would like to honor David's memory, here are links to the organizations that he found of most value: Sample Soap, samplesoap.org
(accepts donations of sample-sized soap), and Literacy Volunteers, www.literacyrochester.org/donate.php
In honor of David's service, we are creating the "David R. Young Distinguished Service Award" for members who distinguish themselves through service to the organization or to the community. Details pending.
RPCN will miss him.
Michael R. Van der Gaag