|Dr. De Young and his wife Jan at the Mayan city of Tulum in January, 2012|
|The famous Sacred Cenote or Well at Chichen Itza supposedly the site of human sacrifice .|
Professor De Young taught at and was the director of the Monmouth College Theatre from 1963-2002.
He holds a B.A. from Beloit College, an MA from Bowling Green State U, and a PhD in Theatre History and Comparative Drama from the University of Minnesota. His book, London Theatre Walks, is currently in its second edition. He has been a community arts supporter throughout his career. He has served on the Board of Directors and been the Director of Advocacy for the Illinois Theatre Association. Locally, he was one of the founders of the Buchanan Center for the Arts and currently serves on the board of directors of the Warren County Historical Society.