Dr. Russell Young of Marietta, GA, 60, passed away on Sunday, December 8, 2013. James Russell Young was born on September 29, 1953 on a U.S. military base in Babenhausen, Germany. He is the son of Texas natives Curtis Young and Helen Cowsert Young. He is survived by his wife, Jana Revels Young, son, Zachary Powell Young, daughter, Anna Rosalyn Young, all of Marietta, GA and brother, Kenneth Field Young, of Simi Valley, Calif. A graduate of Baylor University, ULM, and the University of Miami, Dr. Young served as Professor of Opera Theater, Vocal Repertoire Coach and Music Director for Musical Theater at Kennesaw State University since 2005. Dr. Young was an active professional vocal coach, accompanist, and conductor to countless singers. In his time at KSU, Dr. Young helped shepherd enormous growth in the vocal area and the opera program. Prior to his appointment at Kennesaw State University, Dr. Young served for eighteen years as the Program Director and Conductor for Opera Theater at the University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida, where he conducted over twenty-five operas. Additionally, he coached at the American Institute of Musical Studies program in Graz, Austria, University of Miami Salzburg program, Taos Opera Institute, and Texas Music Festival Chiavi di bel Canto Young Artist Program in Houston, Texas. One of Dr. Young’s greatest joys was serving as pianist, organist and choir director of University Baptist Church in Coral Gables, Florida, for over 15 years, as well as helping produce the Miami Christmas pageant. A funeral will be held in Bastrop, Louisiana at Cox Funeral Home, at 611 North Washington Street in Bastrop, Louisiana at 2:00 pm on Sunday, Dec. 15th, 2013. The family will receive friends on Saturday, December 14th, between the hours of 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. at Cox Funeral Home of Bastrop. Reverend David Wideman, longtime friend of Dr. Young, will officiate the services. Interment and committal services will be held at Culbertson Cemetery, near Farmerville, Louisiana under the direction of Cox Funeral Home. The Kennesaw State University School of Music will hold a memorial service celebrating the life of Dr. Young on Monday January 6, at 4:00 p.m. in Morgan Hall of the Dr. Bobbie Bailey and Family Performance Center. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Dr. Russell Young Memorial Opera Fund to support opera activities at KSU.