Richard M. T. Young ’38 of Palo Alto, Calif., died on October 26, 2009. Richard was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, in 1916. He won a scholarship to the Punahou School in Honolulu and later earned a degree in metallurgical engineering from Mines. His first job was the construction of a steel mill in Anning, Yunnan Province, China, which is still in operation. Richard traveled through Japanese-occupied territory in China in the late 1930s, but he returned to the United States before the country entered World War II. He joined the Army and became Gen. Joseph Stilwell’s aide-decamp. He participated in the Allies’ 300-mile march out of Burma in 1942 and their later recapture. After the war, Richard worked as an engineer and executive with the Department of Defense, Lockheed Martin Corporation and the U.S. Postal Service. He retired as a full colonel in the Army Reserve. He returned to China in the late 1970s and oversaw the construction of the Great Wall Hotel. Richard was a resident of Beijing through 1992, when he returned to Palo Alto. His first wife and the mother of his children, Vivien Woo Young, died in 1968. He is survived by his second wife, Helen Praeger Young; daughters, Vicki Young and Virginia Young; son, Peter; stepchildren, Elena Diana, Stephen Keller, Jennifer Keller Dandy and Christopher Keller; sisters, Bernice Chung and Dorothy Ako; three grandchildren; and five step grandchildren.
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