Class of '40
September 2004

Dear Friends,

It has been another great experience for Carl Lofgren and me to be back on the Gustavus campus for a class agents' meeting.  Our new Gustavus president, Dr. Jim Peterson ’64, presented a vision for our Alma Mater for the next five years.

The energizing forward look includes:

  • Diversity
  • Strengthening academic environment, e.g. reducing class size, working more one on one with faculty, more endowed chairs
  • Strengthening relationships between the congregation of churches and the college
  • Improving facilities, i.e. complete work on Old Main, new residence hall and moving and building a new athletic field
  • Technology, i.e. an unknown need

We are grateful to you for your continued faithfulness to the college.  As you well know this, another anniversary year ― sixty-five years since we left the campus to pursue our respective careers.

We congratulate Juanita Dahlberg Marotta on the publication of her new book, Wildflowers of the St. Croix Valley.

The Augustana Heritage gathering on the Gustavus campus on June 24 and 25 was attended by eight of our class, Elaine Allerson Benson, Mildred Gulberg Gilbertson, Evelyn Nordstrom Johnson, Carl Lofgren, Dale Lund, Enid Martell Olson, Evelyn Strom Pearson and Martha Lundorff Wallin.

We were sad to hear of the death of Clayton Davis of St. Peter, MN.

Here is a little update on some of our other classmates:

From my Phonorama calls I learned that Paul Anderson is in an assisted living facility in Hiawassee, GA.

Marcus Lornell needs special care given by his wife, Ruby.

John McClellan spends most of the winter in Texas.

Can we make this a banner year for the Class of 1940?  We would love to report that each one in our class gave a special gift to the college.  Let us really make an effort to help make these dreams and visions a reality.

With love and concern,

Evelyn Strom Pearson

1940 Co-class Agent

Campus News:

143rd Academic Year Begins

Classes began Sept. 8 with 657 first-year Gustavus students and 2,500 in all.  Long-standing orientation traditions such as the Square Dance and President’s Banquet have been joined by newer traditions like Gustie Greeter Orientation Groups and the Reading in Common program.  These newer programs were created to provide a more meaningful transition and to encourage students to meet others outside their residence hall.

Homecoming/Family Weekend

Homecoming and Family Weekend will be combined Oct. 1-3 to provide more events for alumni, current students, and families.  Alumni will gather by class in the Twin Cities on Friday night.  Saturday and Sunday, all alumni and their families are encouraged to come to campus for reunion class gatherings, the parade, a fun lunch with free popcorn and cotton candy, games for kids of all ages, a chapel service, sporting events, a walk in the arboretum, a chance to reflect with a seminar on your life direction, and performances by jazz singer Kurt Elling ’89, the Chicago Comedy Troupe, and many Gustavus music ensembles.  In addition, Gustavus will dedicate a new landscape waterfall, built with a gift from David ’51 and Delores Johnson and located outside the Lind Interpretive Center in the Linnaeus Arboretum.

Nobel Conference, The Science of Aging

The 40th Anniversary of the Nobel Conference will focus on the Science of Aging.  The campus is expecting over 6,000 guests October 5-6 to learn about the research molecular biologist are conducting on longevity, Alzheimer’s, and delaying debilitating disease and how this impacts life expectancy, the economy, and the health-care system.

New Residence Hall

Work crews have been busy this summer and fall constructing a new residence hall on campus.  The goal is to have the building enclosed before winter.  The building, located southwest of the football field, will house 200 students in suites and apartments and is scheduled to open for fall 2005.

Gustie Pages

Looking for a dentist, doctor, lawyer, pastor, realtor, and much more?  Make it a Gustie!  The Gustie Pages is an online database of Gusties who have submitted information about their profession.  Use the Gustavus network to meet your needs or submit your professional information if you would like other Gusties to be your customers.

Athletics Hall of Fame

The Gustavus Adolphus College Athletics Department has chosen eight individuals for induction into its Athletics Hall of Fame.  The 2004 inductees include Lori Allen ’88 (golf), Jim Chalin ’76 (basketball), Bruce Edwards ’77 (ice hockey), Barb Jaeger ’88 (soccer), Dean Kraus ’89 (football), Pachi Lopez ’71 (soccer), Greg Peterson ’88 (golf), and Gary Reinholtz (long-time athletic trainer, benefactor).  This group will be honored at the Athletics Hall of Fame Banquet, which will be held in Alumni Hall at 7:30 pm on Saturday, October 16.

Extraordinary Place

Gustavus is once again ranked among the top 100 liberal arts colleges in the nation in U.S. News and World Report's annual college rankings.  Gustavus is one of five Minnesota colleges in the top 100 national liberal arts colleges for overall quality (Carleton, Macalester, St. Olaf, Gustavus, St. John’s).  The ranking groups schools into categories based on a national educational classification that includes national liberal arts colleges, national doctoral universities (University of Minnesota, St. Thomas), regional master's degree-granting universities (Hamline, St. Catherine’s, Bethel, Augsburg), and comprehensive regional colleges (Concordia-St Paul).

Upcoming Events

Alumni Phonorama – September 19-23 and September 26-30

Class Reunions for 1959, 1964, 1969, 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999 – October 1-3

Homecoming/Family Weekend – October 1-3

40th Annual Nobel Conference: “The Science of Aging” – October 5-6

35 Years of Gustavus Tennis – October 8-10

Athletics Hall of Fame Induction – October 16

Charlotte Area Gustavus Gathering – October 30

Christmas in Christ Chapel: “Seasons of Promise” – December 3-5

St. Lucia Festival – December 9

Class of 1954 and 50 Year Club Reunion – May 27-28

Class Reunions for 1960, 1965, 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000 – October 7-9, 2005