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Doane College Mourns Loss of Longtime Trustee

Doane College mourns the loss of Otis Young, a beloved pastor and leader who was in his 37th year of service on Doane's Board of Trustees.

 Rev. Otis YOung
 (LJS photo)

Young, 78, died Dec. 10 of a heart attack after shoveling snow.  He served as senior minister of First-Plymouth Congregational Church of Christ in Lincoln for 35 years before retiring in 2006. He remained active with the church as minister emeritus.

He joined Doane's board of trustees in 1972, providing years of wisdom and guidance to a college with historical ties to the UCC faith. He most recently served on the college's Student Life (Leadership) Committee and the Governance and Nominations Committees. The Otis Young Lecture Series was established in 2006 to honor such an important leader.

 "The Doane College community is saddened by the sudden loss of Otis Young. He was such a devotee of Doane and higher education in general. His commitment to building communities comprised of individuals of all walks of life was a perfect fit with Doane College.  He understood the importance of creating an environment in which everyone could thrive," said Doane President Jonathan Brand.

According to a United Church of Christ article, Young led one of UCC's largest congregations, was considered one of the denomination's leading thinkers on evangelism and church growth, and was a pioneer in multimedia ministry. During his tenure at First-Plymouth, the congregation grew from 1,200 members to more than 3,200.
Services for Rev. Young were Dec. 15.

The Lincoln Journal Star published two prominent articles on Rev. Young, including the following story on Friday, Dec. 11 at: http://www.journalstar.com/news/local/article_bead9898-e5ba-11de-bdf1-001cc4c03286.html