07 Jan

A Life Well Lived – Dottie Young

Submitted by Rae Shirer, District Governor

Young, Dottie JimSadly, our District lost a treasure today. Dorothy “Dottie” Young, beloved wife of Past District Governor James Young, passed away today with family at her side.

Jim and Dottie married in 1943 and both had distinguished careers in education.  From 1947-1958, while Jim served as head of the Speech and Drama Department at Pepperdine College, Dottie was a member of the Faculty Wives and served as the organization’s president. When Jim moved on to California State University at Fullerton to found the Theater and Dance Department, Dorothy became an active participant in the Faculty Wives organization on that campus.

In her own career, Dottie was a master teacher at 74th Street School in Los Angeles and taught first and second grades at Golden Hill School in Fullerton for 21 years.

Dottie was active in drives for the American Heart Association and for breast cancer organizations, was involved in the founding of the Fullerton Arboretum and the Muckenthaler Center, and served in PTA groups at Ladera Vista Junior High School and Fullerton High School. She also served on the health and hospitality committee at Morningside in Fullerton where she and Jim resided.

As Jim often said, “She was always out there doing something for someone.”

Jim and the family have requested that no flowers be sent, but that each Rotarian hold Dottie in their hearts and prayers.  Donations in Dottie’s name to organizations she supported, including The Rotary Foundation and the Cal State Fullerton theater arts program, are welcome.


Photo courtesy of Cal State Fullerton





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