Dixie Lund Service Award (posthumous)
Gerald Young served EOU for more than three decades as a faculty member, dean and later as president of the EOU Foundation. He passed away April 29 of lymphoma at the age of 76. Young was born and raised in the La Grande area and his family has deep roots in the Grande Ronde Valley. He graduated from La Grande High School in 1951 and attended Eastern Oregon State College for two years. He later attended Oregon State University, earning a degree in agriculture in 1955 and later a Ph.D. in general science with a chemistry emphasis in 1969. Young joined Eastern’s faculty as a chemistry professor in 1959 and later became division head of the science department and then dean of the School of Arts and Sciences. After retiring in 1995, Young continued serving EOU. He was a member of the EOU Foundation and part of the recent presidential search committee. On the civic front Young was also ever present and was a member of numerous boards and outreach organizations.