Our Departed Brothers

Ronald R. Young, 28th Grand Polemarch, Chapter Founder

January 15, 2014

Ronald R. Young

From 1998-2008, Brother Ronald R. Young served as Vice President for Public and Governmental Affairs at the State University of New York, Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York. Brother Young was the principal officer responsible for a broad range of external affairs and marketing functions. He retired from SUNY Upstate Medical University in 2008.

Brother Young joined SUNY Upstate Medical University after a stellar 27 year (1971-1998) career with Agway, Inc., a one-time Fortune 200, Agri-business and Energy Corporation headquartered Syracuse, N.Y. Ron retired as Vice President-Business Development for Agway Retail Services in 1998.

In 2008, Brother Young along with his wife Jacqueline relocated to the Hilton Head Region of South Carolina. They developed two small business enterprises, an adult day care center and a case management agency. The two fledgling businesses closed in 2011. In 2011, pursuing a lifelong interest in the Real Estate Industry, Ron received his real estate sales license and joined Weichert Realtors/Coastal Properties of Hilton Head Island, SC. In 2012, Brother Young was asked to join W.W. Grainger. Inc. as a Sales Manager where he currently manages several accounts in the low country of South Carolina and Georgia.

Brother Young served the Central New York Region and Syracuse community in many capacities including: Chairing the Boards of the United Way of Central New York and the Central New York Community Foundation. He also served on the boards of the United Way of New York State, INROADS Upstate New York, Inc., the Executive committee of the Greater Syracuse Chamber of Commerce and the Excellus BlueCross BlueShield of Central New York Regional Advisory Board. Brother Young is a former Trustee and 1st vice president of WCNY-TV (PBS affiliate). Recently, Ron served on the Advisory Board of the University of South Carolina Small Business Development Centers.

He includes as one of his highest honors was the privilege of serving as the 28th Grand Polemarch of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. He is also the 69th recipient of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc.’s Laurel Wreath, the highest award the fraternity presents which is voted upon by the membership and presented in recognition of service to others. He was initiated in the fraternity at the Beta Chi Chapter of Hampton University in April of 1969 and is Life Member.

Brother Young holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Hampton University in Hampton, VA and an MBA from Syracuse University. Brother Young and his wife, Jacqueline Jackson-Young, are the parents of three daughters, that graduated from Hampton University and representing the third generation of graduates. This is a proud legacy of the Youngs.

Brother Young entered the Chapter Invisible on January 15th, 2014
 

Thaddeous Z Coleman

March 15, 2015

Thaddeous Z Coleman

Brother Thaddeous Z. Coleman, beloved husband of Katie Lewis Coleman for 58 years, adored father and respected grandfather, was born January 28, 1935 on his grandfather's farm in Ridge Spring, SC, Brother Coleman grew up on acres of farmland. 
In 1950 he graduated with honors from Twin-City High School in Batesburg, SC. At the age of 19, he graduated from South Carolina State College, with a degree in agricu1ture. He followed his love for knowledge and quest for education through graduate studies at SC State University, North Carolina Central University and Clemson University. He became a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., in 1951 at Alpha Lambda. 
In August of 1954, he moved to Beaufort, SC in pursuit of a teaching career. There, he met the love of his life, Katie Lewis whom he married on July 5, 1956 and they made Beaufort their home. 
Brother Coleman taught agriculture and science for eighteen years in Beaufort County at the middle and high school levels. During his tenure, he served as an instructor of the ''Young Farmers and Adult Farmers in Science and Education and Agricultural Engineering." He also was the supervisor of the community canneries in Beaufort and Dale during the summers of 1954 through 1958, and served as the assistant principal of Robert Smalls High School from 1956 through 1962. 
In 1971, he began working with Beaufort Jasper Comprehensive Health as the Director of Community Services and the president of the National Demonstration Water Project (NDWP), where he dedicated himself to ensuring improvement of water and sewer services for rural residents. Because of his exceptional efforts, the Thad Coleman Fund was created in his name, offering families who are faced with financial hardship financial assistance to pay the costs to connect to the BJWSA public water and sewer system. 
Brother Coleman touched the lives of many. Family, friends, students, church family, and members of the community are blessed with his strong legacy.
Brother Coleman was a founding member of the Beaufort Jasper Hilton Head Alumni chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. 

Brother Coleman entered the Chapter Invisible On March 15, 2015.

Roscoe C Foster Jr.

April 21, 2014

Roscoe C Foster

Brother Roscoe C Foster, Jr. DDS was born in Edmondson, Arkansas on January 23, 1929. His mother died when he was eight years old. From the age of eight he was raised by his father in Chicago, Illinois where he completed his early education through college graduating from Roosevelt University with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1952. 

In 1952, Brother Foster was drafted into the U.S. Army. After graduating from The Engineer Officer's Candidate School at Fort Belvoir, Va., he was commissioned a second lieutenant and assigned to Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. where he completed his tour of service as a battery commander. Upon discharge he held the rank of Captain, USAR. 

Following military service, he was employed as a research associate in the Department of Dermatology at the University of Chicago where he co-authored several original articles published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology and the Journal of Oil Chemists Society. 

In September, 1954, he married Theresa Light of Flint, Michigan. The couple 
adopted two siblings in 1964, Barbara and David. The marriage ended with Theresa's untimely death in March of 1971. 

Brother Foster was a graduate of Howard University Dental School, class of 1960. He was initiated into Kappa Alpha Psi, Xi chapter in 1957. He was an honor graduate and elected into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society. He practiced general dentistry in Chicago until the summer of 1967. He then returned to Howard University where he completed two years post graduate study in orthodontics. Once again in Chicago, he would practice orthodontics for thirty years. 

In 1973 Brother Foster married Dr. Juliann S. Bluitt, an associate dean at Northwestern University Dental School. They continued to live and work in Chicago until their retirement in 1999 to Hilton Head Island, SC. 

Brother Foster was a member and one time director of the Chicago Dental Society as well as president of his local branch. He was a member of The American Dental Association, The American Association of Orthodontists, a fellow of The American College of Dentists and a member of the Odontographic Society of Chicago. 

His earlier years were consumed with flying. He was an instrument rated private pilot. 

Brother Foster, entered the Chapter Invisible on Monday April 21, 2014 as a result of multi-year struggles with metastatic prostate cancer. 

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