Interview, Alice H. Young

June 25, 1980

Alice H. Young was born and raised on a farm in North Carolina. She was valedictorian of her high school class and went on to study Child Development and Nutrition at Bennett College. She began graduate work at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, but interrupted her education to get married. Young worked for a while at a local migrant camp, where she established a childcare program and taught nutrition. She and her husband eventually moved to Rochester, where she completed her graduate studies, earning a PhD from the University of Rochester in 1969. Young got a job as a teacher for the Rochester City School District and eventually became the Administrative Director of Elementary Schools. Her civic and volunteer activities included work with St. Ann’s Home, Rochester Council of Churches, Hillside Children’s Center, and Planned Parenthood.

In this interview, Young explains that her parents, though uneducated themselves, emphasized the importance of education for their children. She discusses the various community organizations she has been involved with and notes the many awards she has received for her leadership in education and healthcare.

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  • 1960s
  • 1970s
  • 1980s