Remembering Willie Young, Sr.

Willie Young, Sr. was a Buckeye legend, a trusted friend, advisor to many and an advocate for all Ohio State students. Having been with the university since 1990, Willie leaves a legacy that will never be forgotten.

Pay tribute to Willie's legacy by sharing your favorite memories, photos and nickname with us.

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Michael Caruso
I am deeply saddened by the news of Willie Young Sr.'s passing. I first met Willie as a transfer student from Columbus State and he personally made my transfer to Ohio State feel very special. He would often talk about sports with my Dad and I remember being absolutely enamored the day Willie took me to see his office. Seeing all of his sports memorabilia and hearing him talk about the athletes he admired was such a thrilling experience. I always made an effort to chat with Willie during my days on campus, and he always made me feel like a member of the Buckeye community. I offer my sincere condolences to Willie's family and I am extremely grateful for getting to know him. Rest in Peace Willie Young Sr.
Margaret Bussard
Nicknamed by Willie as: World Traveler
Willie always asked where I was traveling next, and was always interested. He could find common ground with everyone I ever saw him interact with. He was the kindest soul I've had the pleasure of knowing. He would be happy to know that I've decided to sell my house upon retirement so I can travel this great country for a few years. The thought of him always has, and always will, make me smile.
Tatyana Mason
Nicknamed by Willie as: Hot pants
I worked with Willie for 4 years during my time at Ohio State. He was one of the most positive, optimistic, amazing leaders that I’ve ever met. His smile, instantly cheered my day up. He was full of so much wisdom and light, he really made an impact on my career. Willie gave me so many nicknames throughout the years I can’t remember them all ??. “Hot pants” was the most memorable because he saw me on high street one night, clearly after hours with my friends and I was wearing ...I guess some hot pants! His jokes, his nicknames, his laugh was so contagious. He was so full of joy and life. Willie will be missed dearly. Thank you for all that you’ve done!
Tatyana Mason
Nicknamed by Willie as: Hot pants
I worked with Willie for 4 years during my time at Ohio State. He was one of the most positive, optimistic, amazing leaders that I’ve ever met. His smile, instantly cheered my day up. He was full of so much wisdom and light, he really made an impact on my career. Willie gave me so many nicknames throughout the years I can’t remember them all ??. “Hot pants” was the most memorable because he saw me on high street one night, clearly after hours with my friends and I was wearing ...I guess some hot pants! His jokes, his nicknames, his laugh was so contagious. He was so full of joy and life. Willie will be missed dearly. Thank you for all that you’ve done!
Charity Martin-King
Thank you for mentoring and caring for Dr. Patty and giving her the resilience and encouragement to create the Department of Social Change. Thank you for the conversations about local sports heroes and the candid discussions about Social Change. You are already missed. I am so glad your bench will have a home at the Social Change house. So appropriate! We stand on big shoulders! Again, thank you. The legacy will live on because of you.

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For more information about how we are honoring Willie Young, Sr.'s legacy, please visit go.osu.edu/rememberingwillieyoungsr