Class of ’49
December 2010

Dear 49er,

After enduring the so-called “Blizzard of 2010” it seems that winter has arrived ahead of its calendar date−and now it is time to send holiday greetings to one and all.

Today was the last day of classes on the hill for the fall semester−and also the annual Scandinavian Christmas breakfast, started by the late Prof. Chet Johnson of the geology department, back in the ʼ40s.  The cold (-8◦) weather and bad roads didn’t keep the Swedes in the area from attending−including ʼ49ers Wally and Maurine (Ibberson) Johnson from Mankato, and Ellery Peterson from St. Peter.

Earlier this year in June Elaine and I attended the Augustana Heritage Association Gathering VII in Rock Island, IL.  The AHA is the organization formed by former Augustana Synod members to keep alive the memories and nostalgia of the Synod after its merger in 1962.  Over 400 were in attendance at this biennial event, among those being ʼ49ers Ardis Swanson Almen, Don Conrad, Virg Juliot, Norm Nelson.  Planning is already underway for the 8th (and last) gathering which will be held on our campus in the latter part of June 2012, in conjunction with the sesquicentennial celebration of our college.

Events on campus this year, where we greeted 49ers were several, including the annual GACAC day (Gustavus Adolphus College Association of Congregations) in April with Ed and Estelle (Uleberg) Swanson in attendance.  Leadership dinners found LeVonne Larson Larson on campus, and in October, the 47th Nobel Conference (this year focusing on food).  Then December festivities began with this year’s CHRISTMAS IN CHRIST CHAPEL presentation, “A Renaissance Nativity,” with five performances, each of them sold-out.

Our earlier plea for “communications” from classmates brought a welcome note from former South Hall dorm-mate Glen “Honk” Holmquist who describes himself as an 85 year-old itinerant evangelist for God’s “10 – 10 – 80“ plan for personal money management.  Honk writes from his home in Nekoosa, WI.  I hope Christmas cards from you will bring greetings, which I can pass along in the next class letter.

Congratulations to our classmate, Ellery Peterson, on being named the 2010 Nicollet County Outstanding Senior Citizen.  He attended the Minnesota State Fair for a special award ceremony honoring this year’s senior citizen recipients.

Past issues of the Quarterly, including the winter issue which you should have received by now, continue to remind us that “here we have no abiding city.  It has pleased the Lord in His infinite wisdom to call from our midst. . .” (from the Augustana Synod liturgy).  Among those ʼ49ers who have been called this year we remember:

Audrey Noleen Kuhnley Larson

Shirley Dawes Johnson

Herb Miller

Kathryn Peterson Peterson

Harold “Swen” Swanson

And just recently, Dale Scholl of Redwood Falls passed away and was buried here in St. Peter in the family plot.  May the blessings of this Christmas season bring peace to all of us as we remember those who have left us.

In 2009 the class of 1949 had a commendable participation rate of 57.9 % in giving to the Gustavus Annual Fund, with 70 participants contributing over $28,000.  In this year of 2010, with the economy such as it is, let’s not slack off in our giving toward our alma mater, but  rather set a goal of increasing both our participation rate and our dollar amount toward the Annual Fund.  Gifts given before Dec. 31 can be used as IRS tax deductions.

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year,

Milt Brostrom

1949 Class Agent

500 West Jackson, #217

St. Peter, MN  56082

Campus News

150th Anniversary Commemorative Alumni Directory

The Gustavus Alumni Association is bringing together about 25,000 Gusties to celebrate the College’s 150th anniversary.  In partnership with Publishing Concepts, Inc. (PCI), Gustavus will produce the 150th Anniversary Commemorative Alumni Directory.  Over the next couple of months, PCI will be contacting Gustavus alumni via phone, mail, and e-mail to request that you update your information.  We know you don’t want to provide your information to just anyone, so we want you to be aware of this project and encourage your participation.  For more information, call the Office of Alumni Relations at 800-487-8437.

Athletics Hall of Fame

Gustavus inducted new members into its Athletics Hall of Fame at a banquet on Saturday, October 9.  Inductees for 2010 are:  Evie Cieslar Erdman ’73, benefactor; Duke Paluch ’84, tennis; Erik Allen ’92, basketball; Peter Anderson ’92, golf; Leigh Stocker Berger ’92, volleyball; Angela White Vick ’92, track and field; Heidi Rostberg Carlson ’93, tennis; Erik Hendrikson ’94, hockey, football; Paige Tierney Sullivan ’95, soccer; and the Hall of Fame Moment−1990 Women’s Tennis National Championship.

“Come on You Gusties” Breakfast

Once a month, Gusties gather for coffee, breakfast, and great conversation along with a campus speaker.  All Gusties are welcomed and invited to the breakfast, third Wednesday of the month, 8-9:30 a.m. at the Doubletree Hotel, Minneapolis-Park Place, 1500 Park Place Boulevard.  Cost is $10 at the door.  Upcoming breakfasts include the winter sports coaches on Jan. 19.

Chapter Gatherings

This year and next, President and Kris Ohle have many travel dates planned in order to reach out to all of our alumni and bring them an update from the College.  Please mark your calendar if you live in or near one of these locations:

  • Palm Springs – January 7
  • Los Angeles – January 8
  • San Francisco – January 9
  • Seattle – January 27
  • Tucson – February 8
  • Phoenix – February 10
  • Denver – February 11
  • Boston – March 2
  • New York – March 4
  • Washington, DC – March 5
  • Jacksonville, FL – March 26
  • Orlando – March 28
  • Tampa – March 29
  • Naples – March 30
  • Chicago – April 29