Class of '49
February 2005

Dear ’49ers:

We had a busy―but happy―Christmas season.  We went back to Messiah Church on December 19, to participate in their Christmas communion service.  It was their 40th anniversary of using the Augustana liturgy.  I had most of our Christmas greetings sent, but I wasn’t able to finish, but I thought I could do that when we got back.  Then it was divided whether we should spend Christmas in Minneapolis; it seemed foolish to come back to Wisconsin for five days.

We had a wonderful Christmas Eve gathering of all of our kids except those in Appleton.  Then on December 29th our whole family plus Enid’s siblings and grandchildren and my sibling and grandchildren gathered for a dinner and fun in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Enid’s and my wedding.  It was a wonderful evening.

When the weather started getting cold we headed south and went to our daughter’s home in Appleton, WI!  It was a wonderfully relaxing time for almost two weeks.

It is warm here in Wisconsin now and I have been taking care of the mail (and bills), gathering records for work on my tax forms.  Today I told Enid I must get this letter on its way today, for we leave early Thursday for Minneapolis.  Pastor Bill Hyllengren ’34, a Gustavus graduate and my intern supervisor died and his funeral is on Thursday, January 27.  We will attend the confirmation service for our twin granddaughters on Sunday, January 30.  On Wednesday, I see the doctor for a routine check-up, and then back home again.

We have two more grandchildren who will graduate from Gustavus in May.  Three others are in college―one at Gustavus, one at St. Olaf and one at the University of Minnesota.  This is probably more than you wanted to know about our Christmas and our grandchildren.

A letter from the Alumni Office indicates that our response has been a bit slow this year.  As of December we had 321 less donors and were down $40,778 compared to last year.  I hope our next report will be more positive.

Elaine Erickson Peterson and her daughter, Becky ’76, traveled to China last June to participate in the Women’s International Choral Festival.  They went with a choir of 30 women from northern Idaho and surrounding area.  They also enjoyed a lot of sightseeing.

Mim Bloom Curtis writes that she is keeping in touch with her Swedish heritage in Vasa.

Jim and Joyce (Flink) Mortensen have moved from Tucson, AZ to Fort Myers, FL.

Virgil and Marilyn Juliot celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary last May. 

Maurine (Ibberson) and Walter Johnson have a granddaughter at Gustavus this year.

Bob Anderson and his wife, Gladys, have moved back to Edina, MN after having several years in Arizona.

Connie Elofson Foseid took a trip to Italy last fall.

It seems we’re in that stage of life where we regularly hear of the death of classmates.  The class of ’49 would like to extend our sympathy to the families of:

Helen Lee Hake – October 25, 2004

Obed “Duke” Lundeen – October 9, 2004

Arlyn Stomberg – June 6, 2004

Perhaps this is a reminder of the uncertainty of our days and years.  It might also be a reminder that if we have thought about things we want to do someday―we should start making plans.

Again, I want to thank you for your continued support of Gustavus through the years.  Private colleges like Gustavus could not continue without the help of its alumni and friends.

Sorry to be late,

Pete Erickson

1949 Class Agent

Campus News:

Old Main has served the Gustavus campus since 1876 when it housed the entire campus.  To keep Old Main a functional part of campus, a complete renovation of the building will begin in February. Classrooms and offices will be reconfigured and updated to accommodate current teaching technology. Central climate control and an elevator will also be added.  Mattson Hall has been built west of Schaefer Fine Arts to house faculty and staff during the renovation.  The new residence hall being built southwest of the football field is progressing and will be ready for fall semester.

Did you know that the college has gone wireless?  Wireless computing, that is?  Many buildings support wireless connectivity and outdoor connectivity is being broadcast from several roofs.  Gustavus continues to increase the number of wireless locations on campus every month.

Gustavus music ensembles will tour soon.  The Gustavus Choir will take a 17-day East Coast tour (January 20-February 5), the Wind Orchestra (formerly the Gustavus Band) will tour nine days (January 28-February 5) in Minnesota, North Dakota and Montana, and the String Orchestra will tour nine days (January 29-February 6) in Iowa, Nebraska, and Colorado.  The Gustavus Choir, Wind Orchestra, and Symphony Orchestra will perform at the Gustavus Music Showcase, St. Andrew Lutheran Church, Eden Prairie, on March 20.

The Gustavus athletics website received the Pride of CASE V Gold Award at the District V Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Annual Conference in December. The district includes educational institutions from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

Announcing a new tool for all Alumni:  The Gustavus Gift Planning website is a resource for alums of all ages to learn more about planning for their financial future.  The site explores some basics like the need for a will and health care proxy.  It also provides information about planning for the transfer of assets to benefit you and your family, a gift calculator to see how to make a gift that pays you and also provides tax benefits, e-brochures for more information, and how to have a meaningful impact on a non-profit organization important to you.  Check it out today at gustavus.edu/giving.

The 2003-2004 Honor Roll of Donors is now available under the Gustavus Fund at gustavus.edu/giving.  The Honor Roll of Donors recognizes those who made gifts to Gustavus between June 1, 2003 and May 31, 2004.  To find your name or check out your class results, just point and click from your home or office computer.  For those who do not have access to a computer, you may call toll-free 866-487-3863 to receive a copy in the mail (supplies are limited).

Upcoming Alumni Events

  • Marco Island Chapter Boat Cruise Luncheon – Feb. 5
  • Diversity Center Reunion/Building Bridges Conference – March 12
  • Tucson Chapter with Professor Dick Martin – March 18
  • Phoenix Chapter with Professor Dick Martin – March 19
  • Sun City Chapter with Professor Dick Martin – March 20
  • Twin Cities Gustavus Music Showcase – March 20
  • Seattle Chapter with President Jim Peterson ’64 – April 1
  • Bay Area Chapter with President Jim Peterson ’64 – April 2
  • Gusties In Volunteer Endeavors (G.I.V.E.) day of community service – April 30