John Joseph Young, 84, RCA curriculum chief

January 11, 2004

John Joseph Young, former curriculum chief for RCA and a World War II veteran, died of heart failure Jan. 4 at his Arnold home. He was 84.

Dr. Young was born and raised in Grand Rapids, Mich., and during World War II served in the Navy as a hospitalman's chief aboard ships in the Pacific.

After the war, he worked as a pharmaceutical salesman in Norfolk, Va. He earned his bachelor's degree in 1961 from the College of William & Mary and a master's degree in 1965 from the University of Michigan. In 1979, he earned a doctorate in education from George Washington University.

Dr. Young served as educational officer at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Washington and later at Anne Arundel General Hospital. He worked as curriculum chief for RCA in Aberdeen, as well as in Egypt and Jamaica, before retiring in 1986.

He enjoyed sailing, gardening, and reading.

Dr. Young was an active member and had served as chairman of the trustees committee at Asbury United Methodist Church, where services were held Friday.

Dr. Young is survived by his wife of 63 years, the former Madeline Roy; two sons, John R. Young of Plant City, Fla., and Christopher E. Young of Severna Park; three daughters, Elizabeth J. White of Plymouth, Minn., Jennifer J. Thunberg of Arnold and Madeline A. West of Ellicott City; a brother, Robert L. Young of Grand Rapids; a sister, Alberta Zank of Grand Rapids; 10 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

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