Larry Young’s beautiful sculpture “Human Genome” graces the front of Brouder Science Center

By Tod Palmer, KSHB TV – Kansas City

COLUMBIA, Mo. — You may have walked by one of Columbia College 1976 alumnus Larry Young’s sculptures, but it’s a given that you didn’t walk as fast as he can.

Young, now 81, was born in Independence. His family also lived in Orrick and Richmond before settling in Buckner, where he from Fort Osage High School in 1961.

He now lives on several acres south of Columbia with his wife Candy, who he met in college, and their dogs.

In between, he’s led an incredible life — winning multiple Olympic medals, witnessing some of the most iconic and tragic events in Olympic history, and becoming a noted sculptor with installations around the world.