HONORING THE LIFE OF
NAOMI YOUNG Ph.D.
NAOMI YOUNG, daughter of Wilma Montana and the late Johnny Young was born in Alexandria, Louisiana on May 11, 1957. Two years after entering the world, Naomi relocated to San Diego, California with her mother and step-father, Earnest Lee Owens. Naomi attended Emerson and Stockton elementary, Memorial Junior High and graduated with honors from Lincoln High School with the “Class of 1975”.
Naomi always had a passion for education and learning which progressed her to attend the University of San Diego and graduate in 1979 with a Bachelors of Arts in Human Communications. With Naomi’s determination for growth in her education, she returned back to her birth home of Louisiana where she received her master’s degree from Southern University in 1990. After receiving her masters, she relocated to Washington D.C and acquired her Ph.D., in Communications in 2000. During her Ph.D. program, Naomi wrote and published a book about Communications studies from the African-American perspective. After completing her studies in Washington D.C, she returned home to San Diego to give back to the education community and began her teaching career as a professor at Grossmont Community College and San Diego City College where she served for twenty-three years. Naomi was a true credit to the educating / teaching profession that she loved so much.
Naomi had a passion for critical thinking, Sci-Fi movies, and studying all wonders of the world. Naomi will be greatly remembered for her passion in teaching and sharing. Her beautiful life and smile will be forever etched in the hearts of those who knew and loved her.
On Sunday, May 5, 2019, Professor Naomi Young peacefully transitioned from this life at Clairemont Kaiser Hospital in San Diego, California. She was preceded in death by her father, Johnny Young and her sister, Camella Wallace.
She leaves to cherish her memory her beloved mother, Wilma Owens; sister, Jacqueline Pierce both of San Diego, CA; two brothers, Mark Owens (Myra) of Murrieta, CA and Earnest Owens Jr. of San Diego, CA; three aunts: Marion Danielly and June Thompson both of San Diego, CA and Gerald Denny of San Antonio, TX; two nieces, Antoinette Logan-Singleton (Davon) of Houston, TX and Christina Paulina of Philadelphia, PA; and two nephews, Marco Owens and Justin Woods of San Diego, CA, as well as a host of other relatives, friends, colleagues and many students who will mourn her passing, yet celebrate her life.
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