Adele Christensen Young

Adele Christensen Young's philosophy "onward and upward and never look back" has served her well for years and continues to do so.

She was born and reared in Brigham City, Utah, the youngest daughter of Mary Eskelsen and James P. Christensen. She attended Box Elder High School and was active in drama, dance, and athletics, graduating in 1938. Her two older sisters, Jewell and Ruth, attended Utah State Agricultural College (USAC now Utah State University), and Adele followed the family tradition, graduating in 1942 with a bachelor's degree in Child Development and Education and a minor in Art. Her love of children and a favorite aunt who taught school influenced her to choose this major. While in college Adele was also active in dance and the Spurs, the sophomore women's honorary society.

World War II was underway when Adele graduated from college in 1942. She met her husband, Dale W. Young, at the USAC-- they were later married in Abilene,Texas. While Dale was overseas serving in the military for 2 years, she returned to Brigham City and worked as the Deputy County Clerk.

After the war she taught second grade in Logan while her husband worked on a master's degree at the USAC. Through the years, Dale's career in agricultural chemical research took them to College Station, Texas with the USDA, Iowa State University for a PhD, New Jersey, New York, Kansas working in agricultural chemical research, and finally back to Utah.  Adele taught school in Texas, Iowa, New Jersey, and New York.

Adele thoroughly enjoyed living in various parts of the United States. Dale's career permitted them to travel extensively throughout North America, Europe, and the South Pacific. Adele enjoyed these trips because she could absorb the sights and the culture while Dale worked.

Adele loved teaching. After she retired she would sometimes stand at the front door watching the kids go to school and occasionally shed a tear because she was not going, too. The culmination of her teaching career occurred with the naming of a new intermediate school in Brigham City in her honor on May 27, 1997.

Adele has used her college minor in art to give to others. She has a special talent for arranging flowers and regularly furnishes bouquets for weddings, church, civic meetings, and other special occasions from flowers grown in their garden.  She plays the piano and enjoys oil painting. Some of her paintings have gone as far afield as Japan.

Adele is also involved with various civic organizations which began in New York with the Red Cross organization. She performed the honor of cutting the ribbon at the Heritage Theatre in Perry, Utah, to open a new section of seats in the auditorium. The Heritage Theatre is a volunteer community theatre which brings wholesome family entertainment to Northern Utah.  She is active in her church and community and is loved by all who know her.

Dale W. Young

An agriculturalist, Dale W. Young has made his mark in the world and at home. Most recently he and his wife, Adele, had the new Teaching Greenhouse at Utah State University named in their honor.  This occurred September 30, 2000.

Dale was born and raised in Perry, Utah, a son of Rose Atkinson and Wallace Young. He graduated from Box Elder High School in Brigham City, Utah, and served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Eastern Canada.   He also and spent 4 years in the Army.

He earned his bachelor's degree in 1942 and master's in 1948 in Agronomy from Utah State Agricultural College (USAC now Utah State University) and PhD in 1953 in Chemistry and Plant Physiology from Iowa State University at Ames, Iowa.  His dissertation was titled Translocation of Organic Solutes in Plants.

Dale worked in agricultural chemical research which took him to various parts of the country and the world through employment with the federal government and various chemical companies. He discovered and developed new chemicals to
control insects, weeds, and diseases of plants when he was affiliated with the large United States, German, and Japanese  chemical companies. Dale worked with Rohm & Haas, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Hooker Chemical Company in Grand Island, New York; Chemagro (a division of Bayer of West Germany) in Kansas City, Missouri; Gulf Oil Chemicals Company in Overland Park, Kansas; and the Otsuka Chemical Company (Osaka, Japan) in Overland Park, Kansas.

Some of the chemicals he developed were Sencor (exported to China in 1986) to control large seeded broadleaf and grassy weeds in broadleaf crops such as soybeans and potatoes ("Controlling broadleaf weeds in grasses is easy; controlling broadleaf weeds in broadleaf crops is difficult," he says); Mirex, a fire ant bait; Carbyne, a herbicide to control wild oats in wheat and barley; and Zineb, a fungicide that also controls rust mite in citrus. He received a cash award for discovering the combination of elements that led to the creation of Zineb, a feat considered impossible by other scientists. The Texas State
Chamber of Commerce honored him as the Outstanding Young Texan for 1951 for developing a chemical to control mesquite.

Now retired, his hobbies include growing a variety of fruit to share with neighbors and friends. He also grows and tends a large variety of flowers for Adele so that she always has flowers blooming (pussy willows and daffodils in the early spring to mums in the late fall) to arrange into bouquets for weddings, church, and civic meetings.

Members of USU’s Old Main Society, the Young’s freely give of their means in support of their alma mater.  They also belong to distinguished giving societies at Weber State University and Iowa State University.

information and picture courtesy of:
Victor J. Saunders
Director of Development
College of Agriculture
Utah State University