Class of '49
October 2008

60-Year Reunion

Class of 1949

Reunion dates ― May29 & 30, 20088

October 2008

Dear ’49rs,

Thank you for your continuing support of the Gustavus Annual Fund.  This last year 64.9% of our class participated which is close to what we have done each year.  I can assure you that this fund is very important to the college.

Our extended family still has students at Gustavus.  Enid and I have two granddaughters there― one a senior and one a freshman.  We also have a niece’s daughter there who is a sophomore and a song of another niece who is a freshman.

I am anxious to meet the new President of G.A. – Jack Ohle.  I have read about some of his past positions and it sounds as though he comes with great experience in college settings.  It would have been great to be at his inauguration on October 3rd.

Last winter Enid and I went to the funeral of Paul Elofson’s ’52 wife – Donna.  She had been struggling with cancer for a year or two.  Dee Ostgaard Ziemer and Joyce Anderson ’50 came in and sat by us in church and at the refreshment table after the service.  I also had a chance to talk with Connie Elofson Foseid who had come from the West Coast for the funeral.  I had talked with her through the years in connection with the Alumni Fund program but had not heard that her husband had died.  It was a lovely service and also nice to talk with a number of Gusties.

I just received news that Gene Kamholz died on February 5, 2008 in Palm Desert, CA.  He was a board director at New London High School for two years.  He worked for Readers Digest until his retirement.  Enid tells me to not talk about our lives so I’ll just say this was a busy year with weddings, graduation and new babies.  Send some notes about your life when you send your next contribution.

Campus News:

Presidential Inauguration

Gustavus Adolphus College inaugurated Jack R. Ohle as its 16th president on Friday, Oct. 3 in Christ Chapel.  It was a beautiful day on Homecoming, Saturday, Oct. 4 as several hundred Gusties ended the four-day long celebration with an Oktoberfest; buffet-style dinner immediately following the Homecoming football game in the Lund Center Forum.

Gusties Gather!  The Reason to Connect with Other Gusties

Gusties Gather! was held on September 28.  Gusties Gather! is a day for alumni, friends and parents across the country, to have an opportunity to connect or re-connect with other Gusties in their area.  It is a time to build Gustavus friendships and networks and is in no way a fundraiser.  Check out the Alumni website for pictures from this last year’s event.

Twin Cities Gustie Breakfasts

Join other Minneapolis/St. Paul area Gusties for a morning cup of coffee and breakfast while getting an update on Gustavus.  The group meets the third Wednesday of each month.  Future presenters include Tim Robinson ’65, director of Nobel Conference 2008, in October and in November Tom Young ’88, vice president for institutional advancement.

Doubletree Hotel, Minneapolis-Park Place, 1500 Park Place Boulevard (Hwy. 394 & Hwy. 100).  Third Wednesday of the month - 8-9:30 a.m.  Cost is $10 per person.  Reserve a spot by calling Don Swanson ’55 at:  763-533-9083.

Nobel Conference ― Who Were the First Humans?

Nobel Conference XLIV focused on the first humans.  Presenters considered the full range of recent evidence about the first modern humans going beyond archaeologists and paleoanthropologists to the work of biologists, climatologists, geneticists, mathematicians, and psychologists who have been adding to the scientific database.

Upcoming Alumni Events

Nobel Conference - Oct. 7-8

Gustie Breakfast with Tim Robinson ’65, Director of Nobel Conference – Oct. 15

We are all receiving requests for gifts of money―sometimes it seems like every week.  Being retired we all have limited incomes.  That’s why I think it’s wonderful that so many participate in the Gustavus Annual Fund.  If a few others could make even a small gift it would be great.

Sincerely yours,

Pete E. Erickson

1949 Class Agent