Otis E. Young, Jr. Professor Emeritus of Arizona State University and charter member of the Mining History Association

Monday, October 03, 2016 7:09 PM | Anonymous

Otis E. Young, Jr., age 90, of Tempe, AZ died September 16, 2016. He was born October 10, 1925 in South Bend, (IN), the only child of Otis E Young, Sr. and Madge Oliver Young and was raised in Mount Vernon, (IN). He served as Sgt., U.S. Army, 1943-46, and was an Air Force Reserve Officer 1948-1962. He received the B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in History from Indiana University. He married Ruth Krost Thomas in 1950 in Bloomington, IN. He was an Instructor, Alpena (MI) Community College, 1952-54, Assistant Professor, Bradley University, Peoria (IL), 1954-63, Visiting post-doctoral scholar, Ohio State University 1959-1960 and Professor of History, Arizona State University, Tempe (AZ) 1963-88. Among many books, scholarly articles and reviews on Western, Military and Mining History, his three most notable books were The West of Philip St. George Cooke, who was the commander of the Mormon Battalion, Western Mining and The Mining Men. Member of Phi Alpha Theta, Pi Sigma Alpha. Arizona president 1970-71 Council on America's Military Past. Charter member and recipient of Rodman Paul Award, Mining History Association. He is survived by his wife, Ruth, two sons, Benjamin Thomas Young of Tempe, AZ and Otis E Young, III, his wife, Susan, and one granddaughter, Riley, of Cabot, AR. Private services have been held at St. Barnabas on-the-Desert Episcopal Church, Scottsdale, AZ. The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Salvation Army. Sage Hospice 5111 N. Scottsdale Rd, #204, Scottsale, AZ 85250.

 Published in The Arizona Republic on Oct. 2, 2016


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