Jon ’77 and Anita Thomsen ’77 Young
Pelle and Lasse are the luckiest rescue dogs on earth. They were adopted by Jon and Anita Young. Anita claims, “We need them as much as they need us.” Unconditional love, all the way around.
The Youngs are both musicians who have taken their gifts and their love of the Gustavus community into the world. They’ve expressed it through their music; Anita with choral organizations and Jon as music director of an R&B band. They are currently co-worship and music directors at their church, Peace Lutheran. Anita chairs the Gustavus Friends of Music National Advisory Board.
As for Gustavus, Jon explains, “Since my grandma and dad went there, it was an easy choice for me. But what was most poignant was my very first visit. I felt a sense of community five seconds after I set foot on campus. It’s a ‘Gustie’ feeling that came to define our lives.” The Youngs were active participants on the Commission Gustavus 150 Task Forces focusing on Community Engagement and Finance and are familiar faces on campus. They return every chance they get and never miss an opportunity to give back.
“We have been blessed. We want others to have the opportunity that we had. There is an expectation to make the community better, and it is a privilege to help take the Gustavus community out into the world.”