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Walcott "Wally" YOUNGER Wally Younger died in his sleep on Tuesday morning, January 10, 2012, of complications from lung cancer. Born August 28, 1928 in New York City to Cole J. and Helen Breese Walcott Younger, Wally grew up in Connecticut and was educated at Phillips Academy, Andover (1945) and Yale University (1951). Fresh out of high school during the waning days of WWII, Wally signed on with the Merchant Marine and served in the Pacific Theatre. In the late '60s, while fishing in rough seas from a small skiff off the coast of Washington, he managed to "get a line" to a distressed vessel. This experience crystallized the need for better training that led to a nearly 45-year association with the US Coast Guard Auxiliary. With his exceptional navigational skills and knowledge of local waters, he earned Boat Crew and Deck Watch Officer qualifications aboard a variety of CG Cutters and Buoytenders. Over time, his volunteer efforts shifted toward recruiting. He looked forward to the summer months at the Coast Guard Academy as a resident mentor for first-year cadets going through military indoctrination. He served on the Coast Guard Foundation Board from 2001-2011. Wally also had a long career at Boeing (1953-1990), working primarily on the 767 program. In his leisure time, he was a member of the Blue Knights motorcycle club, volunteered as a guide for visually impaired skiers with Ski for Light Puget Sound, and enjoyed riding horses and hiking in the backcountry. He was also an avid fisherman and loved to cruise the waterways of the Inland Passage. He is survived by his daughter Catherine "Erin" Younger (Ed Liebow), granddaughter Nabina Liebow, and stepdaughter Shari Madamba (William). The family extends warm thanks to the staff at Aljoya Mercer Island and to Swedish Visiting Nurses. A memorial service will be held in March, details pending. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Wally's memory to the Coast Guard Foundation or Nature Conservancy Washington. Online guestbook: www.legacy.com.
Published in The Seattle Times on Jan. 15, 2012
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