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In Memoriam


DeWalt S. Young ’36
DeWalt S. Young ’36, a research chemist and descendant of Linn County founders, died Nov. 9, 1999, in Kingsport, Tenn. He was 84.

He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Cornell with a degree in chemistry and earned an MA and a PhD from Duke University. He was a research chemist at General Chemical Co. in New York City, then at Tennessee Eastman Co. in Kingsport. During World War II he developed a multimillion-dollar process to produce boron trifluoride, a component of synthetic rubber. He held a number of patents and authored several publications regarding fluoride chemistry and antioxidants.

He was a member of the Young-Secrist founding family in Linn County. At the time of his death, he owned the ancestral family farm southeast of Lisbon. He is survived by his wife, Catharine; a daughter; a sister; and cousins.


Clyde Walton ’48
Clyde Walton ’48, a nationally respected historian and librarian, died Jan. 4, 2000, in San Jose, Calif. He was 74.

He served with the 10th Mountain Infantry Division in Italy during World War II, then attended Cornell and the University of Chicago, earning a BA in English and an MA in library science. His professional career included several universities: the University of Iowa, as curator of rare books and archivist; Northern Illinois University, where as director of libraries he planned a $12 million library building; and the University of Colorado-Boulder, as director of libraries, retiring in 1990.

From 1956-1967 he was executive director of the Illinois State Historical Society and Illinois state historian. He led historical restoration efforts in Springfield, Ill., and served as leader of the planning committee for the restoration and reconstruction of the Old State Capitol.

He received an Alumni Achievement Award from Cornell in 1981 and an honorary doctorate from Lincoln College in Lincoln, Ill. He is survived by his wife, Patricia Senn Breivik; two sons; two daughters; and three grandchildren.

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