In Memory

Willis Young

Willis Young passed February 13, 2007 at Fairfax Hospital in Northern Virginia.  He was 65 years old.

He was survived by his children Nicholas and Ashley, his father and a brother.

Mr. Young was a Social Studies and Government for Fort Hunt High School and went on to West Potomac High School after FHHS closed in 1985. 

I remember him for his youthfulness and corduroy bell bottom pants that made him seem more like a student in the early 70's than a teacher.

- Joe Gililland

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11/07/13 01:57 PM #1    

John Howell (1981)

Great teacher- saw straight through the BS- conveyed that as well- one teacher I will always remember-

"Rows Of Teeth In Succession- The Royal Procession.
Feed On The Tale- Empowered.
Their Place In The Queue-
Folded Over- Taffy Blue ...
Until Ivory Meets Ivory- In A Dragons Smile.
Yet The Scales Have Fallen- All The While.
Have Tickled The Conscience- Of The Smallest Child ..."
Cosmic Dot Era-

01/10/23 09:48 PM #2    

Joe Gililland (1973)

Below is the message sent to us from Ashley Young, Will Young's daughter December of 2022:

Hi there!

My dad, Will Young, was a teacher there until it closed down. I randomly stumbled upon this page right now bc he and his friends popped into my head tonight. He taught social studies there and his best friends were Mr. Pierotti, Mr Davies, and Mr Perreault. They all met there as young teachers and remained best friends their whole lives. I see a few people comment on my dad's profile and that makes me so happy.

I was wondering if I would be able to create a login for myself to use this site, in honor of my dad - who died in 2007 from a sudden and massive heart attack after walking the dog, getting ready for school in the morning. He was still a teacher! I would like to add a photo of him to his profile and post some things I have of his from Fort Hunt in the forum. (Editor's Note: Website access provided to Ashley January 2023)

As someone who is too young to have been a student there, I’d love to know what made this school so special to everyone. I’ve never heard ppl talk about a school the way everyone talks about Fort Hunt, including my dad. It must’ve been a fun time :)


Ashley Young, daughter of Will Young, Fort Hunt High School teacher

01/11/23 10:58 AM #3    

Peter Davies

Wow - hard to believe its been 15 years since Will's passing.  I still think of him whenever I am doing any kind of carpentry or home repairs, as we sometimes worked together on weekends and summer vacations.  He was very even keeled and was always willing to help anyone.

Pete Davies

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