CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- James Sterling Young, who founded the nation's only oral history program focused on American presidents at the University of Virginia's Miller Center, has died. He was 85.
The Miller Center announced Tuesday that Young died Aug. 8 at his home in Albemarle County.
At the Miller Center, Young directed oral histories of the presidencies of Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton, and on former Sen. Edward Kennedy. Kennedy based his memoirs, "True Compass," on dozens of interviews with Young.
Before coming to the University of Virginia in 1978, Young served in the U.S. Army and was a professor and administrator at Columbia University.
Miller Center spokeswoman Kristy Schantz says no memorial service is planned. Young will be buried in a family cemetery in New York.
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