Class of '42
October 2003

Dear Classmates,

I hope all is well with you.  There's good news to begin this letter to the wonderful Gustavus class of 1942!

A few nights ago I received a phone call from Reuben Swanson.  He moved to Fairfax, Ohio a couple of years ago to be closer to his son, a pastor in a nearby town.  Saying goodbye to California wasn't easy.  He had to down-size many years of accumulating everything we have all gathered over a lifetime―pictures, books, knick-knacks loaded with memories of value only to the collector, to say nothing of furniture and all that goes with that.  Because earlier this year we went through it―as some of you have done―I am very sympathetic for this chore, which is hardly covered by the word "down-size."

The move hasn't stopped Reuben from continuing his work with Greek Manuscripts that were and are used to translate much of the New Testament that scholars use today in search of understanding.

Scholars from many universities and seminaries have praised his work.

Now getting back to his phone call.  Several weeks ago he took time out for a visit to Minnesota and his hometown.  While there, lo and behold, he met a classmate he had dated back in high school.  He proposed, she accepted and both families gave their blessings and the wedding date was set for October 22 and Reuben will bring his new bride back to Ohio.

I don't understand how he gets time to do all the things he does.  Before he left for Minnesota he read "The Hydrogen Economy" by Jeremy Rifkin that has to do with the likelihood of the world running out of oil in our grandchildren's lifetime.  White it is a scary thought; Rifkin quotes several oil exploration experts including our classmate, Walter Youngquist, to support his views.  Walter has worked in most of the 42 countries where oil has been discovered.  (Stop by your local library and look up some of the books or journals Walter has authored on the coming oil shortage.)

Speaking of downsizing, not too long ago Russ and Gen (Quam '45) Anderson moved to the same apartment house where Gen Dahl Hansen and her husband, Jim, moved earlier in South St. Paul.  Now they go to the same church close by.

The latest downsizing I've learned about is the move of Nancy Gunn Nordlund who is leaving her lovely townhouse in Shoreview to smaller digs in Bloomington.

By the way, if you want to send congratulations and well wishes to Reuben Swanson, his current address is 1460 Corydale Drive, #231, Fairfield, OH  45014.  And if you have any questions on something someone said in the New Testament that leaves you wondering, ask Reuben.  He might tell you how several authors of early manuscripts reported on it.  But don't ask quite yet.  He is probably on his honeymoon.

Gustavus is in good hands.  Jim Peterson '64, the new president, has a great bio and I hope you have followed his exploits in the Quarterly.  He is very warm and friendly and easy to talk to.  Please keep him and Gustavus in your prayers.

Campus News:

College opens 142nd Academic Year - More than 700 new students, including transfer students and international students, joined the Gustavus community this fall, keeping the total student population around 2,515. The retention rate of students from the first to second year remains at 90 percent. These students will be taught by 198 full-time and 55 part-time faculty. Gustavus was again ranked in the top third of the 214 national liberal arts colleges by the U.S. News and World Report.

The Alumni Fund Turns 50 - On June 30, 1954, the first Alumni Fund officially closed with 1,204 donors (32 percent) and $26,013, under the direction of the executive committee of Dr. Hobart Johnson '21, Dr. Edgar Carlson '31, The Rev. J. Millard Ahlstrom '34, and Ren Anderson '34.  Dollars and donors continued to grow and, under the leadership of Cec Eckhoff '56, alumni participation continually exceeded 50% each year, making Gustavus a national leader recognized with 17 national awards. Alumni contacting alumni has been the hallmark of success; we depend on Phonorama volunteers to make the difference. Help the alumni fund again reach over 50% participation by contributing before May 31, 2004, or by volunteering to make calls during Phonorama, October 12-16 and 19-23.  Do your best to participate in the Alumni Fund to continue the Gustavus tradition of strong alumni support and return the College to national recognition.

Sculptor Paul Granlund '52 dies - Paul Granlund died on September 15, 2003, the same day his exhibit Retrospective opened as scheduled in the Hillstrom Museum of Art on the Gustavus campus.  He was sculptor-in-residence at Gustavus from 1971-1996.  His figurative bronze sculptures are found in private collections and public installations nationally and internationally, including 30 bronze works on the Gustavus campus.  Retrospective will be displayed until November 9.

Alumni Board members selected - Seven alumni have been selected to serve a three-year term on the Alumni Board.  They are Liesl Batz '90, Minneapolis, senior vice president and director of marketing, Lakeside Investment Partners; Jan Eiffert Hoomani '62, Raleigh, NC, Realtor, JB Realty; Jim Malmquist '53, Scandia, MN, retired athletics director, Gustavus; Jan Ledin Michaletz '74, Edina, volunteer/homemaker.  Incumbents to serve a second term include Vivian Foyou '02, Mankato, graduate student, Minnesota State University, Mankato; Jason Sawyer '93, Plymouth, vice president, Cronin & Co.; and Dan Currell '94, Alexandria, VA, director of corporate leadership council, Corporate Executive Board.

2003 Hall of Fame inductees -- Nine individuals were inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame on September 27. Inductees were Val Flom Ashland '87 (volleyball), Wendy Ericksen Bachman '87 (soccer), Karen Ahlstrom Bishop '86 (gymnastics), Jay Coatta '87 (basketball and golf), Marv Gunderson '53 (football), Jim Hearn '81 (tennis), Dave Najarian '82 (football), Betty Wannarka Ringeisen '84 (basketball and track and field), and Larry Shelhamer '76 (soccer).

Gustavus Finishes sixth in Director's Cup - Gustavus finished sixth out of 395 Division III institutions for the 2002-03 Director's Cup announced recently by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics.  The only all-sports competition in intercollegiate athletics, the award honors four-year institutions with the best overall athletic programs.  Last year Gustavus placed 10th.

Chapel Program - The Gustavus Chapel program is one of the strongest in higher education averaging 350 students attending Daily Chapel.  In addition, there are many student-led programs including: Apprentice - students who are interested in being part of ministry and open to see where the Spirit might be leading; Christ Chapel Volunteers - assist in the ministry of Christ Chapel by ushering, carrying the cross and candles, reading lessons, writing and/or reading prayers, and serving as assisting ministers; Community Service Center Programs - one-time and on-going service programs; Fellowship of Christian Athletes - athlete or not, time for fellowship, worship, speakers, service projects and mission trips; Gustavus Youth Outreach - committed to sharing the Gospel and providing opportunities to serve by participating in off-campus youth ministry; Habitat For Humanity/Spring Break Work Trips - Habitat works locally and Spring Break Work Trip nationally to fundraise for and build affordable housing; Jewish Organization of Gustavus - for students, faculty and staff who were either Jewish or interested in the Jewish faith; Newman Center - dedicated to building a deeper understanding of the Catholic faith; Prepare - build a new generation of believers through mentors, mission trips, Bible study, prayer and worship; Proclaim - Bible-based contemporary worship and teaching; Taizé - a contemplative worship service of music, prayer, readings and silence; Wednesday Friends - visits St. Peter Regional Treatment Center residents weekly.

Don't miss A Royal Affair . . . pa rum pum pum pum - Gustavus Library Associates is presenting their biennial benefit for our College's Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library on Saturday, November 15, at the Radisson Hotel South in Bloomington, Minnesota. If you have names for invitations (reservations are due by October 31), an auction item to donate (no later than October 15 please), volunteer time to offer, or if you wish to contribute financially to help defray expenses, we welcome your call today; Marty Penkhus, 507/388.5474 and Susan Wilcox, 952/944.5972, Co-Chairs.

Upcoming Events - call the Alumni Office at 800/487-8437

  • JFK Assassination 40 Years Later, presented by David Jones '83 and Political Science Professor Chris Gilbert at Minnesota Valley Country Club, Bloomington-November 4
  • A Royal Affair, benefit sponsored by Gustavus Library Associates in the Twin Cities -- November 15

You people have been a great bunch in support of Gustavus over the years.  You have helped a lot of students just as we were helped back in our day and Gustavus graduates are making their marks in all the new fields that have come into being since our day.  And we can be thankful.  Please continue to keep Gustavus high in your giving priorities.

Blessings and good wishes to all of you and yours,

C. Eddie Johnson

1942 Class Agent