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Katherine Young

Born: May 10, 1901

Death: Oct 24, 2005

Birthplace: Fujian

Nationality: United States

Katherine Young

Date of Birth : May 10, 1901
Date of Death : Oct 24, 2005
Birth Place : Fujian

Katherine Young was an American centenarian who, at the age of 102 in 2003, gained publicity when she was described as the oldest known living user of the Internet. Born in a small Hakka village in the Fujian province during the final years of Late Imperial China, she attended Yenching University in the capital, then referenced as Peking. Raising four daughters with her husband, Paul T. J. Young, she lived through the tumultuous 1920s, along with the death and destruction of the Sino-Japanese War and World War II during the 1930s and 1940s. At war's end, with Mao Zedong's Communist armies poised to take over, the family escaped to Hong Kong, then Taiwan, and, in 1958, when Katherine Young was 57 years old, immigrated to the United States, settling in the California charter city of Palo Alto, along the San Francisco Bay Area. In 1998, aged 97, and having served as president of the Rose Club in Palo Alto's Lytton Gardens Senior Communities, she decided to try something new and signed up for the retirement community's 12-week computer class which aimed to teach seniors how to use WebTV.

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