Phyllis Young, 92, died November 8, 2017, in Austin, Texas. She was born October 20, 1925, to Philip James Casselman and Velma Stewart Casselman in Milan, Kansas. The family moved to Conway Springs in 1931 where she graduated from high school with the class of 1943.
Phyllis earned her Bachelor and Masters Degrees in cello performance from the University of Texas. She was a UT Music faculty member from 1953 until her retirement in 2007 and was one of the first women at UT to be promoted to full professor. She established the Texas Cello Choir and directed the renowned UT String Project for 35 years, seeing it become a world-wide model for programs that train string teachers and young string players. She was well known in her field and received many honors and awards during her 54 year career, giving hundreds of workshops and master classes for string teachers around the world.
Phyllis was married to James M. Young in 1945. He died in 1991 after many years of disability from multiple sclerosis. She was also predeceased by her brother, Donald Max Casselman of Conway Springs, in 1993.
She is survived by her sister-in-law Madge Casselman of Arlington, Texas; nephew David Casselman and wife Mary of Arlington; niece Marsha Dickson and husband Scott of Newark, Delaware; great-nephew Joe Casselman and son Dylan of Arlington; and great-niece Jesse Casselman of Seattle, Washington. Madge, David and Marsha are all formerly residents of Conway Springs.
A memorial service was held on December 13 at Westminster Retirement Community in Austin where she had lived the last few years. The UT School of Music will have a celebration of her life and career later in the spring. Additional information can be found on the website of Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Homes, Austin.