- May 20, 1936 - July 12, 2012
- Lafayette, Indiana
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Gordon D. Young, a.k.a. Grampy, 76 of West Lafayette, passed away at 5:45 p.m. Thursday, July 12, 2012. Born May 20, 1936 in Philadelphia, PA, he was the son of the late G. Douglas. and Georgina (Squires) Young.
He was married to Barbara Young who preceded him in death on July 14, 2005.
Gordon received his PhD from Brandeis University in Massachusetts. He was a Professor Emeritus in the Department of History at Purdue University where he taught for 43 years, retiring in 2009. He was a past member of Faith Presbyterian Church and the Greater Lafayette Rotary, a member of the Midwest Historical Society and the Biblical Archaeology Society. In 1978 he joined the American Oriental Society. In 1988 he became a founding member in the Midwest Jewish Studies association. In 1982 he was a founding member of The Jewish Studies program at Purdue, he was interim co-director from 1994 to 1997 and then in 2002 he was the director. Gordon won the Excellence in Teaching Award in 1982 and was inducted into the Book of Great Teachers on August 28, 2008. After retirement Gordon was involved with Walla in West Lafayette.
Grampy never knew a stranger. He will be remembered by many and forgotten by few.
Surviving are his two daughters Susan Young of Los Angeles, CA and Kristin Harbert, husband, Landon of West Lafayette; and five grandchildren, Ivana and Ivan Vazquez, Jr., Isabel Diaz, Kiara and D.J. Smith, and seven adopted grandchildren Brittany, Whitley and Lindsay Sease, Glenys and Coral Vazquez of Puerto Rico and RC Smithand Michael. Two great grandchilden, Jeremiah and Jacobe Smith.
A memorial service will take place at Faith Presbyterian Church on Wednesday July 18 at 5pm. Reception to follow. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Diabetes Association.