By Linda Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice on September 6, 2022
With a mixture of joy and sadness we acknowledge the passing of Oscar E. Northen Jr. on Sunday, May 29, 2022. Oscar was born in 1931, to Oscar E. Northen and Bernetta Wagner Northen in Scottsville, VA. He spent most of his growing up years in South Hill, VA.
Oscar was a proud graduate of the University of Virginia and loved the UVA-Virginia Tech rivalries with his friends. He served in the Air Force for four years during the Korean War. Thereafter, Oscar attended Yale University where he earned his Master’s degree in Urban Planning.
He and his family moved to Virginia Beach in 1965 where had a successful professional career as an Architect. He later joined the Faculty of Hampton University’s department of Architecture and Urban planning. At Hampton he introduced the Senior Travel/Study program taking students to major cities in the U.S. and Europe. This program grew into a successful ‘study abroad’ experience.
The son of a Baptist preacher, Oscar had a strong and abiding faith, which he willingly shared with others. He was instrumental in bringing Young Life to the Virginia Beach area. Oscar was very active in the civic life of his community and in his church. He worked on the city planning boards of both Virginia Beach and Kitty Hawk. Oscar sang for years with the Virginia Beach Chorale and in his church choir. He was also an active member of Rotary International for over 50 years.
Oscar and his wife, Dawn, retired to Kitty Hawk, NC, where he continued to work part time.
Oscar was preceded in death by his wife Dawn Morley Northen. He leaves behind three children, Oscar E. Northen III of Pontiac, MI, Rebecca N. Foard (Richard) of Gloucester, VA, and Stephanie N. Schultze (Robin) of Russellville, AR. He is also survived by grandchildren, Matthew L. Lazos (Heidi) and Kristin L. Morgan (Joel) and four great grandchildren. He is also survived by many friends and extended family. He also leaves behind his long-term companion, Glynn Powell, of Kill Devil Hills, NC, whom he loved very much.
A Celebration of his life is going to held Thursday, September 22 at 2 pm at Outer Banks Presbyterian Church, Kill Devil Hills, NC.