Union Pacific Challenger 4-6-6-4 No. 3985 at Jefferson City, Missouri. The UP Steam Program continued to thrive during Jim Young's tenure. Photo by Carl Haake.
James R. Young
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James R. "Jim" Young
James Ruesch Young (October 24, 1952 - February 15, 2014) was the former president, chief executive officer and chairman of the board for Union Pacific Railroad until his death in February 2014. Young is survived by his wife Shirley, three children and two grandchildren.
Youth and education
Young graduated from Omaha South High School and the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
On June 7, 2008, Young received a Doctorate of Commerce from Bellevue University.
He began working for Union Pacific in 1978. Through a series of promotions he worked his way up the chain of command to be elected president of the railroad in January 2004. In February 2005, he was elected to the board of directors for the railroad. On January 1, 2006, he succeeded Richard K. Davidson as CEO of Union Pacific Corporation, the parent company of Union Pacific Railroad.
Young assumed the additional role of chairman of the board of directors as of February 1, 2007. He remained as chairman after stepping down as president and CEO.
Sadly, Young died on February 15, 2014, after a two-year battle with pancreatic cancer.
President of Union Pacific Railroad 2004-2012
CEO of Union Pacific Corporation 2006-2012
Railroader of the Year 2013
Preceded by: David L. Starling, Succeeded by: Joseph H. Boardman
James Ruesch Young Overview
Born: October 24, 1952
Died: February 15, 2014 (aged 61)
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