Dennison Young, inseparable assistant to Giuliani, dies at 78


Mr. Young also knew how to keep a secret. Mr. Giuliani, who is known for leaving few thoughts unrequited, said in the interview that he had trusted Mr. Young’s judgment and discretion so much that during his ill-fated 2008 presidential campaign he had planned to appoint Mr. Young director of the CIA

But for all their closeness, Mr. Giuliani said, Mr. Young, for health reasons, had disengaged from Mr. Giuliani’s political and business activities several years ago. This included his legal representation of former President Donald J. Trump. In that capacity, Mr. Giuliani had helped lead efforts to overturn the 2020 election of Joseph R. Biden Jr. as president based on false allegations of voter fraud — complaints leading to the temporary suspension of Mr. Giuliani’s license as a lawyer. Mr. Giuliani is now caught up in a legal storm involving investigations into the Jan. 6, 2021, uprising on Capitol Hill by a pro-Trump mob.

“Denny had no involvement in representing Trump,” Mr. Giuliani said. “He was not involved in any of this.”

Mr Young’s son, Nicholas, said in an interview that when his father’s health began to decline a decade ago, “Dad reduced his workload at Giuliani Partners, eventually retiring completely from his business daily advice”.

Still, he says, “Rudy remained one of Dad’s closest friends to the end.” During the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown, Mr. Giuliani sometimes shared his home on Manhattan’s Upper East Side with Mr. Young, who lived alone on the Upper West Side.

Dennison Young Jr. was born on August 1, 1943, in Tallahassee, Florida, where his father was a wartime Army medic. After World War II, Dr. Young moved the family to Hartsdale, NY, in Westchester County while working as a pediatric cardiologist at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, where he helped adapt the pacemaker for use in children.

Denny’s mother, Ora (Grill) Young, served on a local school board and helped found a daycare.


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