Young, Dorothy Rea
Dorothy Rea Young, known fondly to family and friends as "Dottie," died in the company of her husband and children on January 7, 2014, in Fullerton, California. She would have been 90 years old in February 2014.
Dottie was born in Clovis, New Mexico, and was one of three children. She moved to Roswell, New Mexico in her senior year of high school, where she met the "boy next door," Jim Young, who was to become the love of her life. Jim and Dottie were married in December 1943, just 10 days before he shipped out with the U.S. Navy
for two-and-one-half years of service in the South Pacific during World War II
. They celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary in December 2013.
Dottie and Jim began their post-War years in Los Angeles. Dottie had earlier graduated from Pepperdine University, and then taught part-time and did secretarial work while Jim finished his advanced degrees at the University of Southern California. She earned a lifetime teaching credential, taught in Los Angeles public schools for two years, and was active in training prospective teachers from the U.S.C. and Pepperdine University programs. She, Jim, and their
two children moved to Fullerton in 1960, where Jim founded the Cal State Fullerton theatre department and served in a variety of administrative roles for 41 years, including as Associate VicePresident of Academic Programs.
Dottie taught second grade for 20 years at Golden Hill School, where she positively affected the lives of countless students- many of whom still live and work in Fullerton. In that capacity, she also served as a Master Teacher to numerous prospective teachers who were working on their credentials.
Dottie was an inspiring and dedicated educational and community leader. Among other endeavors, she was an active member of Friends of the Fullerton Library, Friends of the Arts at Pepperdine, the MAMM Alliance for the Support of the Performing Arts at Cal State Fullerton, the Fullerton Assistance League, the PTA, the Faculty Wives at Cal State Fullerton, the Assistance League, and was a Founding Member of both the Fullerton Arboretum and the Fullerton Museum. She supported Rotary International
events and taught Sunday school for many years. The Green Room in the Clayes Performing Arts Center at Cal-State Fullerton is named in her honor. She and Jim enjoyed a mutual love for education and the arts. Their life-long commitment and shared values made an enormous impact on the lives of millions of people.
Above all, Dottie is remembered and revered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother whose family was her number one passion. She is survived by her husband, Jim Young of Morningside in Fullerton; her children, Douglas Young of San Francisco and Vicki Golich of Denver; and her beloved three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
A memorial service is pending. Gifts in Dottie's memory can be made to the Dr. James D. and Dorothy R. Young Founder's Scholarship Endowment at California State University Fullerton c/o the Cal-State Fullerton Philanthropic Foundation (2600 Nutwood Ave. Suite 850, Fullerton, CA or http://foundation.fullerton.edu
the Fullerton Rotary Foundation (PO Box 172, Fullerton, CA 92836-0172); the Boys and Girls Club of Fullerton (http://www.boysgirlsfullerton.com/donate.html
); or the YWCA of North Orange County (215 E. Commonwealth Ave., Suite F, Fullerton, CA 92832 or http://ywcanoc.org/