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Janie Thompson, legendary BYU Young Ambassadors founder, dies at 91

Janine "Janie" Thompson, the legendary figure behind internationally renowned performance groups such as BYU's Young Ambassadors and Living Legends, passed away June 1. She was 91.

Thompson gave up a flourishing entertainment career of her own to head BYU's entertainment program bureau in the early 1950s. She remained with the university for more than 30 years, retiring in the mid-80s.

She maintained a studio at BYU for several years after she officially retired, and continued writing music for various productions across the nation, ultimately publishing more than 100 musical works.

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