The ATCOFA family is mourning the loss of Dr. Leon Young, professor of agriculture, who passed away Friday, December 2.
Young began teaching at SFA in 1975, and over the next 41 years, touched the lives of more than 2,000 SFA students who passed through his classroom. In addition to his work in the U.S., Young was passionate about supporting agricultural development and subsistence farmers in Africa. In 2013, he partnered with Citizens Network for Foreign Affairs' Farmer-to-Farmer program to set up a Soils laboratory in Mozambique. The following year he spent time in Angola, where he trained farmers in techniques to improve soil fertility.
A memorial service will be held at First Baptist Church on Tuesday, December 6, at 10:00 am. Friends and family are invited to visitation on Monday, December 5, from 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm at Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors. Young's full obituary, as well as a collection of photos, may be viewed here.