Sarah Young

Obituary of Sarah Hamilton Young

Age 92, passed away on Saturday, January 15, 2022 in Germantown, MD. Sally was born in Pittsburgh, PA on January 5, 1930. She attended Sacred Heart Grade School and Sacred Heart High School in Pittsburgh, PA., and graduated from Shadyside School of Nursing. Her professional nursing career started at Shadyside Hospital and spanned 37 years, with over 30 of those spent in the Clinical Center Nursing Dept. at the National Institutes of Health. She joined NIH on the cancer nursing service in 1961. She later became head nurse on the neurological unit where she was a preceptor for new employees and supervised nursing students. She was instrumental in paving the way to use video for in-service instruction. Her last position was as a clinical nurse on the aging research service. She was certified in gerontology nursing and developed a nursing research protocol entitled “Effect of white noise on nocturnal wandering in the hospitalized, aged patient with primary degenerative dementia”. She co-published her findings and received the Research Nurse of the Year Award in 1985. She was a kind and generous daughter, sister and aunt with a strong sense of family. She enjoyed living by the water at her homes on the Chesapeake Bay and Florida coast. She was an avid student of genealogy, producing a family history of the Kerr/Young family tree. She traveled extensively and enjoyed visiting with friends and family. She was a committed caregiver for her aging parents; assisted her nephew during his cancer treatment; and was the primary care-taker for her long-time friend, Linda Nee. She is survived by her sister, Geraldine Campbell and many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Marian Young, and her brothers, John and Bill Young, and sister and brother-in-law, Santo and Anne Pontiere, brother-in-law James Campbell, sister-in-law Diane Young, and her nephew, Barry Campbell. She will be buried at Calvary Cemetery in Pittsburgh, PA on Saturday, January 29 at 11 am. Grave side services and a memorial mass will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family request that memorial gifts be made to the Asbury Foundation in support of the Benevolent Care Fund at Asbury Methodist Village (Asbury Foundation, 201 Russell Ave., Gaithersburg, MD 20877 or Arrangements by McCabe Bros., Inc. Condolences may be left at