TCU Community Supports Spirited Alumnus Dale Young
Dale Young ’66 has supported TCU his whole life and Horned Frogs recently supported him in return. While concerns about COVID-19 ramped up in Fort Worth and most residents started to quarantine at home, Young rushed to the hospital for open heart surgery. After two weeks of slow recovery with no visitors allowed, friends found his house burglarized the night before he was cleared to return home.
Neighbors and friends helped clean up his home and Courtney Nespeca created a GoFundMe page to replace some of the many electronics and valuables he lost. Nespeca’s parents are TCU alumni and Young supervised her when she attended Stephen F. Austin State University and student taught in Fort Worth. Within a month, the page raised more than $13,000.
On the funding page Nespeca wrote, “If you know Dale, you know he would do this for all of us without blinking an eye. He is one of the most caring and compassionate people we know.”
Young likely won’t recover his most prized belongings, including TCU bowl rings and service gifts he received over 35 years working as an instructor and director of student teaching and career services. He cheered for TCU and received his Bachelor of Science in Education in 1966. After teaching social studies at Wedgwood Middle School for ten years, he returned to TCU to work in the College of Education. When he retired, he moved his office full of TCU memorabilia home and continued wearing purple every day. He stayed active, supporting the university and his former students and colleagues. He said he was astounded that so many TCU alumni, faculty, staff and students donated and sent notes, flowers, food and gifts.
“I’m recovering now, I have a new heart and a new life,” Young said. “I have to say I’m alive and so fortunate to have so many friends that helped me through this, it was just amazing. I could not be more proud of TCU.”
Young continues to recover with the help of a physical therapist and friends who drive him to the pharmacy and grocery store. As for protection from COVID-19, he now has a purple mask.
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