Charles Amos Young Jr., 88, city parks superintendent, World War II, Korea veteran

January 26, 2003|By Sheridan Lyons | Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF

Charles Amos Young Jr., an Army veteran and a former superintendent of parks in Baltimore City, died Friday of kidney failure at St. Mary's Hospital. He was 88 and had lived since 1976 at Windmill Point Farm in Drayden.

Mr. Young was the superintendent of the Department of Parks and Recreation for nine years before his retirement in 1976. He began his 30-year-career with the city as a forester in 1946 after serving overseas in World War II.

"He was really a conservationist before that term became popular," said his son, Dr. Charles Amos Young III of Baltimore. "When I was a little kid, he was doing organic gardening in the 1950s. By his training, he knew about conservation, and it was important to him." Born in Pittsburgh in 1915, Mr. Young attended the Carnegie Institute of Technology and was a 1939 graduate of the Pennsylvania State University's School of Agriculture, with a degree in forestry.

That year, he began his 26 years of active and reserve military service as a second lieutenant with the 12th U.S. Infantry at Fort Howard -- and he met his future wife, the former Charlotte Ellen Coppage.

Mr. Young commanded a company of the Civilian Conservation Corps in Bedford County, Pa., until the outbreak of World War II, when he was assigned to the Army Quartermaster Corps. He served in France, the Philippine Islands and Japan before returning to Baltimore and beginning work for the city parks bureau.

He remained active in the Army Reserves and was recalled to duty in 1951 and assigned to the 8th Army Quartermaster Corps in Korea. He was awarded the Bronze Star for ground operations there in 1951 and 1952. He remained in the Army Reserves as an instructor in its training school, retiring in 1965 with the rank of colonel.

After his retirement from the parks bureau in 1976, Mr. Young became active in civic affairs in St. Mary's County, where his wife's family farm is located. He was a past chairman of the board of the St. Clements Island-Potomac River Museum and of the Forest Conservancy District Board, and served as a trustee of the St. Mary's County Memorial Library. With his wife, he was an honored American Red Cross volunteer.

Mr. Young is in the city's Recreation Hall of Fame. He was a Retired Life Professional of the Maryland Recreation and Parks Association, a member and past president of the Ancient and Honorable Mechanical Company of Baltimore City, and a member of the Holly Society of America Inc., of which he and his wife were founding directors. He also belonged to the Southern Maryland Chapter of the Retired Officers Association and to the Veterans of Foreign Wars' Sheridan Hood Post No. 3065 in Baltimore.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. George's Roman Catholic Church in Valley Lee.

In addition to his son and his wife, Mr. Young is survived by a daughter, Charlotte Sarah Young of Baltimore; and by three brothers, David Anthony Young of Shawnee, Kan., Samuel Amos Young of Inglewood, Fla., and James Francis Young of Lima, Peru.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the 2nd District Volunteer Fire and Rescue Co., P.O. Box 1, Valley Lee 20692.

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