?Pass the parcel.?

Jim and Jan De Young

Their Story

Brief bio: The De Youngs are both 1959 graduates of Beloit College, and they both spent four decades in education, including time together on Monmouth’s faculty. Jim taught theatre at Monmouth from 1963 to 2002, directing more than 100 plays. Much of Jan’s career was spent teaching elementary school, and she finished her career supervising some of the College’s student teachers.

Their gift: The De Young Theatre Arts Education Fund was established in 2011 in honor of Jim’s parents. It provides funds to bring talented theatre professionals to campus, as well as defray travel costs for Monmouth students attending off-campus performances and conferences. The De Youngs have added to the fund since 2011 and also included the fund for additional supplement in their wills. Any donor who wishes to augment the study of theatre arts at Monmouth may contribute to the endowment.

Why they give: The De Youngs have been ardent proponents of a liberal arts education all of their lives and have given continuously and generously to their alma mater and to Monmouth. Additionally, their two children also graduated from two other schools in the Associated Colleges of the Midwest. Jim said that a line from Alan Bennett’s play, The History Boys, best summarizes the couple’s thinking of supporting the liberal arts: “Pass the parcel. That’s sometimes all you can do. Take it, feel it, pass it on. Not for me, not for you, but for someone, somewhere, some day. Pass it on, boys. That’s the game I wanted you to learn. Pass it on.”

What Monmouth means to them: Jim stays connected with more than 100 Monmouth alumni through social media. “For most of us in education, there is little fame or fortune,” he said. “We live for those connections with our former students who tell us that we have, indeed, passed it on.”