John Densmore, drummer of the legendary rock group The Doors, and Allan and Sally Young, a couple who has been active with Santa Monica organizations, have been named winners of the Santa Monica College Alumni Recognition Award.
Both will be recognized at the SMC commencement, scheduled at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 15th at Corsair Field, 1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, where Densmore will also offer the graduation remarks.
Densmore will receive the SMC Alumni Recognition Award for Outstanding Professional Achievement, while the Youngs, who have worked with the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Monica, YWCA and many other organizations, are being honored with the SMC Alumni Recognition Award for Distinguished Community Service. The awards are sponsored by the SMC Foundation.
“We are thrilled to be honoring these outstanding alumni who have contributed so much to the world of the arts and community service,” SMC President Chui L. Tsang said.
Densmore has remained an active musician and writer beyond his years with The Doors, but has long been associated with the group and its legendary lead singer, the late Jim Morrison.
Inexorably drawn to music from childhood, Los Angeles-born Densmore honed his sense of dynamics playing with his high school marching band. In the mid-1960s he joined guitarist Robby Krieger in a band called Psychedelic Rangers and shortly thereafter they hooked up with keyboardist Ray Manzarek and Morrison to form the legendary band.
The Doors were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993, and in 2006 they were awarded a Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award and given a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Densmore explored reggae and jazz in subsequent projects, wrote books and articles and became active in L.A.’s adventurous theater community.
Allan and Sally Young, who have been married for 35 years, have each had a long and distinguished record of community service, according to the SMC Foundation. Both of the Youngs, along with their grown children Aaron and Sarah, are all graduates of SMC and went on to receive degrees at other local universities.
Allan Young has a long history with the Boys Club of Santa Monica, joining in 1955 and being named Boy of the Year in 1962. He is now the managing trustee with the Pacific Youth Foundation, a private foundation dedicated to providing resources that improve organizational function and development within the Boys & Girls Club movement in Southern California.
Other accomplishments include founding and helping raise $12 million for the Upward Bound program in Santa Monica that provides housing and job placement for homeless families. He is a member of Rotary Club of Santa Monica and is on the Board of Directors of the Upward Bound House as well as the New Roads School in Santa Monica.
Sally Young has spent the last 35 years giving priority to the needs of women and girls through her work as executive director for the Girls Clubs of North Orange County and most recently the YWCA Santa Monica/Westside where she served as its executive director for 23 years.
Sally has volunteered for projects such as the Jimmy Carter Build and Global Village-Habitat for Humanity and her local YWCA.