Alexander J. Young III, 72

Science teacher, chemist

June 17, 2008|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Alexander J. "Alex" Young III, a retired science teacher and former chemist, died of pancreatic cancer Friday at his Catonsville home. He was 72.

Mr. Young was born and raised in Pittsfield, Mass., and was a 1955 graduate of Cranwell Preparatory School in Lenox, Mass.

He attended Georgetown University and in 1959 earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Lafayette College in Easton, Pa. He later earned a master's degree in chemistry from Beaver College, now Arcadia University, in Glenside, Pa.

FOR THE RECORD - An obituary published in Tuesday's editions of The Sun for Alexander J. "Alex" Young III, misidentified several survivors. He is survived by three sons, Alexander J. "A.J." Young IV of Fairfax Station, Va., William Young of Cropsey Village, N.Y., and Patrick Young of Zellwood, Fla; and two stepsons, Peter Pittroff of Charlotte, N.C., and Matthew Pittroff of Baltimore.
The Sun regrets the error.

He worked as a chemist for General Electric Co. in Pittsfield before moving to Sparks in 1973.

He taught science for 35 years at Fort Meade and later Severna Park high schools, from which he retired in 2005. He was called back to teaching in 2008 and was working part-time at Severna Park.

The longtime Catonsville resident had earned his pilot's license; he was a member of a flying club and enjoyed flying airplanes.

Mr. Young was also an avid Boston Red Sox, Johns Hopkins University lacrosse and Notre Dame University football fan, family members said.

He was a communicant of St. Mark Roman Catholic Church, 27 Melvin Ave., Catonsville, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today.

Surviving are his wife of 13 years, the former Joan Pittroff; two sons, Alexander J. "Alex" Young IV of Fairfax Station, Va., and William Young of Cropsey Village, N.Y.; a daughter, Cathy Wolfe of New Freedom, Pa.; three stepsons, Patrick Pittroff of Zellwood, Fla., Peter Pittroff of Charlotte, N.C., and Matthew Pittroff of Baltimore; a brother, William Young of Hollister, Mo.; a sister, Judith Runnette of Norwalk, Conn.; and seven grandchildren. Three earlier marriages ended in divorce.

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