I did not learn what I know in a vacuum. So many have contributed to the enlargement of my knowledge and experience as a leader and a chief medical examiner. Although I could not possibly exhaust all of the people in my life who have played a role, I would like to acknowledge some of those who have helped me along the way.

I am grateful to the following people, listed from present to past.

The men and women I worked with in the Office of the Jackson County Medical Examiner. They made it a joy for me to come to work in the morning, just for the opportunity to be with such wonderful people.

Former Jackson County Executive Katheryn Shields, members of her administration, and members of the Jackson County Legislature for their support of the medical examiner office.

Forensic pathologist colleagues from present to past who have taught, helped and encouraged me: Matthias Okoye, Thomas Gill, Miguel Laboy, Chase Blanchard, Sam Gulino, Saleh Zaki, Randy Hanzlick, Gerald Gowitt, and Irving Root.

The United States Air Force for exposing me to leadership and management at the start of my career.

The faculty of the Department of Pathology and my teachers at the Loma Linda University School of Medicine, Loma Linda, California for teaching me pathology and medicine.

My piano teachers, Raymond Murphy and Anita Norskov Olsen, for teaching me the discipline and attention to detail that comes through practice of a musical instrument.

My brothers—Daniel and Benjamin Young—and my sister—Susan Crawford—who have loved and encouraged me over many years.

My parents—William and Mary Young—who taught me, among many other life lessons, the importance of standing up to a bully and the wisdom of fighting him in front of the principal’s office shortly after school.

My children—Michael, Miriam and Richard—who make me proud.

My dear wife, Yara, for her constant support, wisdom and love.

Almighty God who gives me wisdom1, sustains me through both good and trying times, and gives me hope of life beyond the grave.

Through many dangers, toils and snares,
I have already come;
‘Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home2.

1 James 1:5. The Holy Bible.

2 Newton J. Amazing Grace (4th verse). 1779.