Kappa Alpha Order

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Passing of James C. Young

Jim Young_2Kappa Alpha Order is sad to report the passing of James C. Young (Gamma Kappa–Oklahoma City ’52). Brother Young was 84 years old and passed away in Houston, Texas on August 4, surrounded by family.

After graduating in 1949 from the Missouri Military Academy in Mexico, Missouri, Brother Young enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving during the Korean War. After his service, he attended Oklahoma City University where he served as Number I of Gamma Kappa Chapter and met his wife and KA rose, Carol. He and Carol married and moved to Atlanta, Georgia. Brother Young graduated from Georgia State University in 1963 with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration.

Brother Young served the Order for over seventeen years in several capacities. Beginning in September 1956, he served as western regional adviser and then as an alumni secretary. He also served as director of the Centennial Campaign and treasurer of the Kappa Alpha Scholarship Fund. In September of 1962, Brother Young published his first issue as editor of The Kappa Alpha Journal.  He would serve as editor for a total of seven years, publishing 29 issues and receiving numerous compliments for its editorial comment and layout. From 1971 to 1974, he served as Commander of Philip B. Hamer Province. He then served on the Executive Council throughout 1974.

Throughout his professional career, Brother Young worked in Oklahoma City as director of marketing for Aero Commander and the Oklahoma City Restaurant Group, in Tulsa, as director of marketing for Combustion Engineering, and in Houston as Director of Marketing & Communication for Combustion Engineering-Oil & Gas Group. After retiring, he started his own marketing in firm in Houston Texas.

Brother Young is survived by his wife of 58 years, Carol Gesford Young of Houston, son, James Charles Young, Jr. of Vidor and daughter, Jennifer Lynn Young of Houston. A celebration of the life of Brother Young was held on Saturday, August 13th at Webster Presbyterian Church in Webster, Texas. A private Interment at Houston National Cemetery will follow at a later date.

Knight Commander Darren S. Kay has declared an official period of mourning for 30 days, and requests that all members of the Order observe this period by wearing a hatchment (a piece of black ribbon, 1⁄2 inches wide and 3⁄4 inches long) behind the badge. The KA flag at the National Administrative Office at Mulberry Hill will be flown at half-staff during this period.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Webster Presbyterian Church, 1900 Bay Area Boulevard R-216, Houston, TX 77058, or the Kappa Alpha Order Educational Foundation at www.KAOEF.org.

View the official memo HERE.

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