Calvert Hall gets record donation

Widow of former coach and player gives $2 million

George Young was 1948 graduate

May 05, 2004|By Andrew A. Green | Andrew A. Green,SUN STAFF

The widow of football legend George B. Young has pledged a record $2 million to help build an academic building and provide scholarships at his alma mater, Calvert Hall College High School, school officials said yesterday.

Young, a 1948 graduate of the prep school, was a coach for the Baltimore Colts from 1968 to 1974.

During 19 years as general manager of the New York Giants, he led the team to two Super Bowl victories and helped launch the careers of coach Bill Parcells and Hall of Fame linebacker Lawrence Taylor.

The gift, the largest in Calvert Hall's history, puts the school over the $9 million goal for its capital campaign, said Calvert Hall President Kevin Stanton.

"This will provide a tremendous benefit for Calvert Hall students for years to come," Stanton said.

The gift will complete the funding for a four-story, 50,000-square-foot building, which will house classrooms, a library, an arts center and a television studio on the school's Towson campus. The building, which will be named for Young, is under construction and should be open in the fall, Stanton said.

Young's wife, Mary Love Young, said the school and the tradition of the Christian Brothers who run it were an important part of her husband's life. She said he particularly valued the guidance of Brother Andrew Dinoto - who was the athletic director when Young attended and coached there, and who is still a presence on campus.

"He had a superb educational situation with the Christian Brothers," Young said. "My husband would have always been who he was; it was just that having that grandfather and the influence of his mother and the strong influence of the Christian Brothers made it easier for him. His values were never anything but George Young values. The Christian Brothers, I think, sharpened them."

Young, a Baltimore native, graduated from Bucknell College and played for the Dallas Texans, a precursor to the Colts. He returned to Baltimore, where he coached at Calvert Hall and then at City College.

He died in 2001 at the age of 71.

Bob Patzwall, who played on the first team Young coached at Calvert Hall and served as his assistant coach at City College, said that although Young is thought of as a football man, he would be much happier to have his name on an academic building than on the stadium. He always valued the education he received at Calvert Hall and kept a close watch on the academic progress of the boys he coached, Patzwall said.

"He saw most report cards before the parents did," Patzwall said. "When you played for him, he had your grades right up front. He didn't brook any fiddling around."

Young stayed connected with Calvert Hall throughout his life, returning frequently to attend alumni events and keeping in touch with some of the players he coached there, Stanton said. The school community was extremely proud of Young's accomplishments, Stanton said.

"We are very grateful to Mrs. Young for her gift," Stanton said. "We will be very happy to name [the building] in honor of her husband."

Mary Young, whose father, John Patrick Reddington, also graduated from Calvert Hall, said she was glad to have her husband's legacy forever linked to the school.

"I am just so overwhelmed that I can do this for my husband," Mary Young said. "My husband was always a teacher, and it just thrills me that young men like him will keep coming through and be influenced by the influences that touched him. That his name should be commemorated is more than I could hope for."

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