Class of '46
November 2004

Dear Gustie friend,

If you look down at the signature you see this is not being written by your dedicated class agent, June.  Instead this is Arlene Sorenson Higgins taking over.  June has had a tough year health-wise.  Much earlier this spring she received a pacemaker.  Since then she has been in and out of the hospital to correct complications with the heart and other internal problems.  Currently she is at Abbott Northwestern Hospital and would welcome cards.  Home address:  2309 Wildwood Court, Burnsville, MN  55306.

June invited Shirley Ledin Medin and me to her home this fall to call some of you for the Phonorama.  I have some news from some of these calls.  One thing we found out―enough though we are 80 or so (and I hope your family helped you celebrate that benchmark royally) you are still very vital, active and involved in your communities.  We may move a little slower, those knees and hips give out, but the minds are still going.  Also you are out and about―many of you were not home when we called.

Lois Magnuson Cole, who has retired to Minnesota from North Carolina spent a couple wonderful weeks cruising the Mainz and Danube Rivers in Europe.

Dick and Micky (Malmin) Stebbins, now in Minnesota after many years in Wyoming, miss their friends there, but have family here.  Mickey had pneumonia in October.

Carol Larson Weech said this had been a better year for them physically.  Dick had two cataract surgeries, a pace maker and shingles.  (That sounds like a lot to me.)

Janet Johnson Breneman and husband, Wayne ’45, have given up their winter place in Texas and will be following grandchildren in sports here.

Donna (Silver) and Art ’47 Fredrickson pack up every winter and head for Florida―golf and sun.  They usually attend the Gustavus get together in Naples.

Bill Edwards who was in the V-12 program is very active in a group from that program who support Gustavus.

Ruth Seashore Horton is living in a senior apartment in Cambridge.  She has two granddaughters, Heidi and Joni at Gustavus.

Margaret Youngdahl Peterson keeps in touch with members of her family in the Midwest although living in Maryland.

Elaine Erickson Workinger had a wonderful cruise through the Panama Canal.  She’s also enjoying a new grandchild.

Shirley Hulterstrum Leuttinger keeps her hands limber by substituting as an organist at weddings, etc. in Lake City.

Virginia Lind Hanson is living on beautiful Eagle Lake near Willmar.  She had cardiac surgery this summer.

Mildred Hoorn Engberg is still involved in the arts.  She and a friend have a business making liturgical stoles.

Bob Bingea is now retired from ministry, but involved in a Readers Theatre reading to children.  His daughter, Christine, is a pastor in St. Paul.

June is very modest and hasn’t told you of the success of her son, John, CEO of Charthouse Learning Corp.  They have developed a motivational film; seminar series and books entitled “Fish.”  It has been accepted and is being used in many national companies such as:  Southwest Airlines, Sprint, etc.  It is being used in schools also.  The general concept is to help people enjoy their work and be more productive.  Congratulations to John!

I’m still in Roseville, traveling some, although a herniated disk slows me down.  Went to Tuscany last spring and heading for Ireland in May.

Our years at Gustavus were great times and a world away from today’s arena, but the college is doing well, good leadership, great faculty and well respected for its curriculum, service programs and Christian emphasis.  I appreciate your willingness to help in adding a few dollars to its endowment program.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday with your family.  God bless!!

Arlene “Red” Sorenson Higgins

1946 Guest Letter Writer

Editor’s Note:  The Alumni Office had just received Arlene’s class letter the same day that we received word of the death of Class Agent, June Naplin Christensen.  June died on November 20, 2004.  Her visitation will be on Tuesday (11/23) from 5:00-8:00 at Transfiguration Lutheran Church in Bloomington (France and 110 Streets).  The funeral will be at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday (11/24) at Transfiguration Lutheran.

June was not only a wonderful wife and mother, but also a devoted class agent to her Alma Mater for 29 years.  Our sympathies to her husband, Ray and family.

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.

Nobel Conference, The Science of Aging

The 40th Anniversary of the Nobel Conference was on the Science of Aging.  The campus hosted 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 was honored at the Athletics Hall of Fame Banquet, which was 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

  • 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