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Cottage Grove, OR - John A. Young, 94, died on Monday, February 17, 2014. John was born to John A. and Marie Tuholski Young on March 23, 1919 in Pennsylvania. He graduated from High School in Bridgeport, CT; earned a BA and MA from Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT; and he earned a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Florida.

John spent his early years with General Electric Labs in Pittsfield, MA, but from the late 40's until his retirement in the early 80's, he pursued his true calling as a professor of chemistry. He first taught at the University of Florida for more than 15 years, then taught at the University of Denver for 10 more, and finally at the Universidad Autonama de Guadalajara in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico.

John was an accomplished classical pianist until a chemical explosion destroyed the thumb and index finger of his right hand. But even this didn't stop him from playing tennis until well into his '80's. He loved hiking and rock-hunting with his son, Roger. His wanderlust took him and his family on numerous camping trips, and, late in life, to China and England with Helen. A fierce but fair competitor (except in croquet!), he was still winning at cards two weeks before he passed away.

John was preceded in death by Helen, his wife of 66 years and son, Roger. Surviving John are his daughters, Marjorie Young Baugh of New Braunfels, TX and Lise Young Colgan of Cottage Grove, OR; four grandchildren and one great grandchild.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to The Nature Conservancy.

Published in Gainesville Sun from Mar. 2 to Mar. 3, 2014
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