Long-time Utah State University friend and supporter Adele Christensen Young passed away July 27, 2009, at the Pioneer Care Center in Brigham City.
Adele was born and raised in Brigham City, Utah. She graduated from Utah State University in 1942 with a bachelor’s degree in child development and education and a minor in art. She met her husband, Dale W. Young, at USU.
Adele’s motto in life was “Education Is the Key to a Better World.” She taught second grade in Logan while her husband worked on a master’s degree at USU. Through the years, Dale’s career in agricultural chemical research took them to College Station, Texas, with the USDA, Iowa State University for a doctorate, New Jersey, New York, Kansas and finally back to Utah. Adele taught school in Utah, Texas, Iowa, New Jersey and New York.
“Adele cared very much about future generations of children and their teachers,” said Carol Strong, dean of the Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services. “She often attended the annual scholarship award ceremonies to personally congratulate the newest scholarship recipients. Her broad smile, grace and enthusiasm will be missed. Together, the Youngs have had an enormous and lasting impact on students and programs in the college.”
Adele and Dale Young made major contributions to the future of the EEJ College of Education and Human Services, Strong said. They provided three scholarship endowments, one in Adele’s honor in Elementary Education; one in both their names in Family, Consumer, and Human Development; and one in the college for one undergraduate and one graduate student per year. All three scholarships must support students with high academic achievement, personal integrity and financial need.
When the Child Development Laboratory in FCHD required renovation, Strong said, the Youngs contributed a significant amount toward that effort, and the lab is named in their honor. When the college determined that the latest technology was a top priority as it trains future teachers and human services personnel, the Youngs contributed a significant amount toward the Young Educational Technology Center in the EEJ building.
The Youngs also have been very supportive of USU’s College of Agriculture, particularly for student learning opportunities. The teaching greenhouse on the corner of 1400 North and 800 East is named after them, as well as a student computer lab in the Agriculture Systems Technology Education building. They also have several scholarships that are awarded each year, and the Youngs often visited with the scholarship recipients during the College of Agriculture’s annual awards and honors banquet.
“For me, one of the most inspiring things about Adele and Dale is their desire to give back,” said Noelle Cockett, dean of the College of Agriculture and vice president for Extension. “Not only have they helped USU students in a variety of ways, but they have supported several efforts in Box Elder County, including a senior-citizens center and the county library. The other striking thing is how much they cared for each other — they were each other’s ‘life companion.’”
Her husband, Dale, earned his bachelor’s degree in 1942 and a master’s degree in Agronomy from USU in 1948. He received his doctorate in 1953 in Chemistry and Plant Physiology from Iowa State University. Dale worked in agricultural chemical research, which took him to various parts of the country. He discovered and developed new chemicals to control insects, weeds and diseases of plants. He was honored by the Texas State Chamber of Commerce as the “Outstanding Young Texan” for developing a chemical to control mesquite, a weed tree.
In 1998, the university awarded Adele an honorary doctor of education degree and Dale an honorary doctor of agriculture science.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, Aug. 1, at noon at the Brigham City 10th LDS Ward Chapel, 140 West 500 South. Family will greet friends Saturday at the Brigham City 10th Ward Relief Society Room from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Interment will be in the Brigham City Cemetery. You may e-mail condolences to the family at www.gilliesfuneralchapel.com