When Mary Martin Young was growing up, in the 1960s and ’70s, she volunteered to spend Sunday morning at a hospital in Alexandria, La., With her father, who was a doctor. There is one piece of advice that she remembers repeating to him.
“Nobody got up in that morgue and thought they were going to die today,” he would say. “So live your best life and be thankful to the people and everything you have.”
This past year, Ms. Young experienced both an optimistic and pioneering side of that sentiment. The optimistic side came around the beginning of the year, when he became a college acquaintance, Dr. Kenneth reunited with McKay Davis.
Ms. Young and Drs. Davis first met as a student at Millsaps College in Jackson in 1975, Miss Dr. Davis and Ms. Young then had something in common: Drs. Davis also grew up in the south, Cleveland, Miss., In a home where faith and public service were prized. As a boy, he too devoted his Sundays to work voluntarily, going with his parents to the Mississippi State Peninsula, where his father led church services. Therefore, she and Ms. Young talked about going on a date in college. But Ms. Young got engaged to someone else during her freshman year. Dr. Davis dated a roommate of Ms. Young’s. His life took different paths.
In some ways, when Ms. Young and Drs. Davis rejoined last year, then became a different people from his college. For one thing, his résumé was fuller. Dr. Davis has had a long career in medicine; He is now chief medical officer of Christus Santa Rosa Health System, a health care organization that includes several hospitals in and around San Antonio. Ms. Young spent decades as an executive at AT&T, PricewaterhouseCoopers (now PwC) and IBM, an executive firm. In 2010, she became director of the Ziff Graduate Career Services Center at the University of Miami’s Business School, a position she retired in 2018. Ms. Young and Drs. Both were married by Davis which ended in divorce.
At the end of 2019, Ms. Young College’s roommate Claudia Hopkins Ragan – the same roommate who gave Dr. Davis dated years ago – suggested that Ms. Young and Dr. Davis reunite. After several years in Miami, Ms. Young had moved back to Louisiana; Dr. Davis lived in San Antonio.
Despite being apart of Ms. Young for decades, Drs. Davis said that as they got acquainted with the conversation, they started to get along better. “This was the same person I knew in college,” Dr. “Just old and sensible,” Davis said.
Given the complexities of travel between Texas and Louisiana in 2020, the subsequent weeks of Ms. Young and Dr. Davis bonded primarily through nighttime phone calls. He did not object: “The phone lets you be a little enigmatic,” Ms. Young explained.
The call allowed them to circumvent the formalities of dating, such as going out to dinner, in such a way that they were looking for a partner, built on decades of experience.
Dr. “Today love is different from 20,” Davis said. “At the age of 20, it is fascination and lust. It is now much more respected and cared for. She knows who I am, I know who she is. “
In June, Drs. Davis took about seven hours to meet Ms. Young in Louisiana. He brought a pair of gifts for her: Jimmy Choo perfume and a set of coffee pods. The first, she noted, was romantic; The second was practical. “He’s still that Cleveland farm boy made good,” he said.
By the end of the year, Ms. Young and Drs. Davis was engaged.
Was planning to wait some time before the wedding. But in November, Drs. Davis was hospitalized for seven days with complications of coronovirus. (She was treated in a Texas Kovid ward in which she helped develop.) Shortly thereafter, Ms. Young also became ill. During that period, Ms. Young thought about the advice her father had given decades earlier in the hospital, about how quickly one might end up in a morgue. The couple agreed to marry before the end of the year.
Miss Young, 63 and 64-year-old Drs. Davis married on December 23 at the Bexer County Courthouse in San Antonio. Justice Jeff Wentworth, A Justice of the Peace, undefeated. Ms. Young gave Dr. After reconnecting with Davis, Ms. Raag was conveyed by a young college roommate, Ms. Young, a sense of emotion.
“She says, ‘How was it?” “Missed Ms. Young.” I said, ‘Claudia, I think I’ve been married to that man my whole life. “