Class of '51
October 2004

October 2004

Hi Gusties and Spouses,

How are you all?  We’re still canoeing at our northern Minnesota lake.  Our son suggests that I write you a postcard saying Gustavus needs help.  Since I am long-winded with a pen, the rest is a labor of love.  Hope you finish reading this before the Christmas cards arrive.

When I was in junior high, I wanted to be a cheerleader so I tried out.  Well, I didn’t make it, but now Randall Stuckey ’83, our Alumni Director, thanks me for being a “Gustie cheerleader!”  I finally made it!  You all can be Gustie cheerleaders!

Something that could “make your day” is meeting Jim Peterson ’64, our president, according to our daughter, Lynn Lutz McGinty ’84.  He’s a good listener besides challenging us to get involved with Gustavus students and to attend events on campus.

At Reunion Weekend in May Prof. Jim Gilbert ’62 showed us slides of the Arboretum.  “This arboretum is one of life’s blessings.”  (He teaches three classes in the environmental studies area.)  “God speaks to us every hour in creation.  In the 13th century Dante described nature as the art of God.”

President Jim Peterson said, “Mark Anderson ’66 is the best admissions officer in the world!  …Where do we need to be in five years?  We are in very good shape.  We must imagine the future!”

A junior told us, “One thing doesn’t change:  the love of being a Gustie!  Gustavus challenged me physically and mentally, especially in the seminar, the ‘Politics of Homelessness.’  We slept outside in cardboard boxes in the winter!  We’re all connected by stories!  Thanks for giving!”

President Jim said, “I thought I had the best job in the world (at the Science Museum of Minnesota), but this is the best job in the world!  The people are amazing!  I have an ‘Evelyn story:’  Evelyn Young called on the phone:  ‘I love you and I pray for you every day!’”  He continued:  “The graduating students are very grateful!  I hope you will continue to give students the gift of a Gustavus education!”

A choir member told me about their director ending up in the hospital after their first concert.  “We continued on the tour under a student director.  Prof. Aune joined us in Colorado.  We came through to face our adversities.  I hope you are all amazed at the community of Gustavus!”

I did not realize that 93 members of our class have passed away.  I wonder how many of the 15 listed as “lost’ have also died.  Please remember Gustavus in your will and let Gustavus know.  You’ll be a member of the Gustavus Heritage Society.  We still have 251 class members left.

Our sympathy to the families of two classmates who died last April:  Beverly Johnson Kindschuh, Warren, OR; and Violet Wilke Schwandt, LeSueur, MN.

Here is an excerpt from an article entitled “Giving Back” about President Jim Peterson taken from a Gustavian Weekly, December 2003:

Peterson donates much of his compensation to charitable causes.  “My wife and I are tithers to our church.  We give 15 percent of our income to the church,” he said.  “We also give to the college and to about a dozen other charities.”  He stressed the importance of giving to such organizations.  “We’re very blessed to be able to give back.  I think it’s so important to give back according to what we have.  We have tried to teach our children that and I have tried to model that for others.”

At our Class Agents’ meeting in September President Jim (Peterson) emphasized our core values.  He asked us to call them out:  Excellence, Community, Justice, Service and Faith.  He encourages students to get involved in service projects.  He is trying to get to know all of the students.  He insists they call him “Jim.”  He also emphasizes church relationships.

“For over 50 years class agents have helped to move Gustavus ahead.  You can advance the College from good to great.  Get involved with the college and the students.  Then you will want to invest in them.  What I gave, I have.  Our goal is 1.25 million for the Alumni Fund.  You are asking for the students!”  -Brenda Moore, Vice President for Institutional Advancement.

Information from our meeting:

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).

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.

A lovely freshman girl in the nursing program chatted with me while we waited outside the “caf.”  In high school her violin teacher and her golf coach had urged her to choose Gustavus.  She said it was a lot of studying, but she was enjoying Gustavus.

Please gift a gift this year.  We’re trying to reach 50% participation in the Alumni Fund.  Thank you for everything you do for Gustavus.  Your support helps to prepare students for lives of responsible leadership.

Reports are that the Nobel Conference, “The Science of Aging,” was fantastic.  One doctor assures me that I will not get Alzheimer’s and forget to write the class letter.

Lois Anderson Quist’s sister, Hildur Anderson Swenson ’30, at age 96, celebrated her 74th anniversary from Gustavus!

President Jim Peterson asked, “What will move the College forward?”  He talked about the very strong faculty, about the students who are really marvelous, about the administration caring about our mission, and about alumni who really care.  “We have to all be connected.  Faculty development helps us to be a community of learners.  We all get to grow.”

The new residence hall will replace Wahlstrom.  There is a wonderful Svenska Huset.  There are plans to expand the Arboretum into the 80-acre soy field when there is money.

I had a sneak preview of the new landscape waterfall, built with a gift from David and Delores Johnson near the Interpretive Center in the Arboretum.  What a beautiful gift!  It was dark.  The aura was lighted and I sat quietly listening to the murmuring water.  Thanks, David and Delores!

Remember to join the Cec Eckhoff Society by giving a gift of any size and pledging to give each year.  (We have 11 members from our class.)  A reception for Ren Anderson and Cec Eckhoff Society members will be on May 7.

In chapel I met a young man (’04) who was back because his girl friend was singing in Chapel Choir.  Did he enjoy his four years at Gustavus?  Of course!  Then, I met the parents of another singer (’06) from Brainerd.  To my usual question, the mother answered enthusiastically, “Oh yes!  She loves it here!!”

The Sunday morning service at Chapel was very special.  The organist, Prof. Fienen, played music by Mendelssohn.  The students enjoy singing!

After the Class Agents’ super meeting, I called some of you before going back to the Guest House. 

Charlotte Johnson, Anchorage, AK, plays in a bell choir at church and enjoys playing tennis.  She visited in California and will travel to Mexico in December.

I had a good chat with Florence Klinkerfues, Fulton’s widow, who lives in Maplewood, and wants to continue receiving our class letters.  They were married for 52 years.  After they were married, he obtained his education credits.  Even after he retired 10 years before he died, he was very helpful in the educational community.  We are sorry his name has not been in the Quarterly, but watch for it in the next issue.

Florentine Peterson Anderson and Don moved to Applewood Point (still in Roseville).  Of course, there are lovely apple trees there.

Burnell Baldwin and Berniece moved to Litchfield because their children are there.  They had served a parish in the area for many years.  He volunteers at nursing homes.  He knew my dad and remembered his being a missionary at Kiamboi in Tanzania.

Julanne Brown, Omaha, NE can fly to her hometown, Brainerd, in 1½ hours. 

Ruth Holle Collard and Ernest, East Wenatchee, WA, have 14 fruit trees.  Her husband does visitation work.  They took a trip to Kansas for a family reunion.

Betty Correll, Black Mountain, NC is happy to be on a hill because those Florida hurricanes were destructive there, too.  She visited Tanzania 10 years where she had been a missionary for many years.

Pat Pool Hasse, Maple Grove, has two great-granddaughters in Green Bay, WI.

Louise Borg Bergmann, Oxnard, CA, is still subbing on the organ.  She asked, “Does anyone want mother’s Alpha Phi pin or 50th anniversary program?”  Contact Louise through the Alumni Office 1-800-GUSTIES.  She suggested that we send any extra annuals to Gustavus.  She attended a big Borg reunion in Minnesota.  One cousin, Marcus Borg, is a member of the Jesus Seminar.  Louise recommends his book, Meeting Jesus Again for the Very First Time.

Ask your church to join GACAC, Gustavus Adolphus College Association of Congregations.  There are 250 churches that are members.  Each student from them receives a scholarship plus matching.  The individual church’s scholarships gave $25,000 last year.  Here’s the web site:  gustavus.edu/churchrelations/gacac.cfm.

Gustavus is affordable, but scholarships must continue to be available.  What are the income sources?

Tuition                                      66.2%

room and board income              23.3

Bookmark                                    4.3

gifts*                                            3.2

endowment and investments          1.9

public service income                    0.5

church support                              0.3

other                                            0.3

Total                                        100.0

*Gifts are those to the unrestricted budget and do not include donations for capital purposes, endowment or for restricted funds.

Tuition and fees at Gustavus include all instructional costs for up to 10.6 courses per year, athletic, music and theatre events on campus, use of Lund as a fitness center, telephone, internet, computer labs, library, office visit to the health service, counseling center, career center, three daily newspapers, Gustavian Weekly, free laundry, over 100 clubs, 25 varsity sports, 35 musical ensembles, intramurals, and access to great faculty.

I asked Paul Tillquist ’63, Executive Consultant in the Advancement Office for some information to share with you on charitable gift annuities.  He had this to share:

Hi Dorothy…I didn’t forget your request for information to share with your classmates regarding a Charitable Gift Annuity.  This is one of the best ways for individuals to make a gift to Gustavus, and insure lifetime income.  The rates of return are excellent; only a portion of the income is taxed (unlike CD income which is fully taxable); and, if you itemize deductions, the gift is fully deductible thus saving some income tax.

I think the strongest case for a Gift Annuity is that, when the income is no longer needed, the principal amount will go to the Gustavus Endowment Fund.  We are so blessed at Gustavus with excellent donors, but there comes a time when that annual gift will no longer be made.  But, the principal of the Gift Annuity going to the Endowment Fund eventually will mean that earnings from the Endowment will go on in perpetuity.

The minimum investment for a CGA is $10,000.

Please feel free to contact me if you or anyone would like a personal illustration.  You may write directly to me or send an email.  Here are the particulars:

Paul Tillquist

79 Pleasant Lake Road East

St. Paul, MN  55127

(651) 486-8273

ptillqui@gustavus.edu

Charitable Gift Annuity

Ø      Secure, fixed payment for life, guaranteed by Gustavus.

Ø      More than 50% of the annuity payment is not taxed.

Ø      If you itemized deductions, a charitable deduction reduces your taxes.

Ø      Excellent rate of return (age 70, for example, 6.5%, one-life)

Ø      Eventually your gift will go to the Gustavus Endowment Fund and earnings from the fund will insure that your giving to Gustavus goes on in perpetuity.

Here is an article that I have taken from The Spire (the publication from the Office of Church Relations).”  It’s entitled:  “The Average American’s response to Terrorism.”  “Three years after 9/11, America remains in a cultural haze, with more confusion than clarity about how to respond to terrorism―either foreign or domestic,” says Professor Karen A. Larson (anthropology and interdisciplinary studies).  “Americans, convinced after 9/11 that they and their nation were ‘changed forever,’ live in an environment where individualism and fear combat impulses toward connected dots and social regeneration.”

Larson, who holds a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley, has recently published a book titled Culture and Terror:  The Jackal and the Phoenix in America, a manuscript she started after profiling the perpetrator in the Unabomber case for the FBI.  The events of 9/11 provided impetus for her to complete the work, which traces the roots of domestic terrorism, analyzes the American cultural response to 9/11, and concludes with a prescription for true reform in American society and national character both within and apart from the parameters of government.

The book addresses the ordinary American citizen’s role in combating terrorism.  Larson outlines ways we might take steps to reverse an internal decay that gives rise to terroristic activity and continues to plague our society in many forms―violent crime, drug abuse, corporate greed, dishonesty, and exploitation of the weak.

Many thanks to our very own Phonorama volunteers this fall:  Pat Pool Hasse, Lois “Hesse” Hesselroth Hovland, Gordy Sandbaken, Wayne Ripley and their leader:  Ray Lundquist.

If you prefer to be called only by a classmate, please let us know.  Otherwise, leftover cards are given to students to call.  Also, in cases where both spouse are Gusties of different class years, the husband’s class will be the class that is calling.  If the wife prefers to receive a call from one of her classmates, just let the Alumni Office know.

Some of you are hard to reach!  We wish we could talk to everyone!

Gustavus is great and the students are nice and friendly.  They benefit a lot from our help!  They deserve the scholarship money they receive from the Alumni Fund.

Lois Quam Erickson, Evansville, MN, writes:  “In October we will celebrate our 150th birthdays―I am 74 and Earl will be 76 and that totals 150, right?  Basically we’re well and keep busy with volunteer work and helping our kids.”

A note from Gordy Sandbaken, Golden Valley, MN, writes about GACAC, Gustavus Association of Congregations and its great conference each April.  You could be a delegate from your congregation.

“The class of 1951 was well represented at the GACAC on April 17.  I saw Ed Keckeisen, Ray Lundquist, and Art Adamson at the event.  There might have been others there we did not see.  The GACAC is a great organization.

Great to hear from V. Skip Holmgren Franzen, Palm Desert, CA (Hesse’s old roommate so she calls her “Skippy).  “I recently (2000) retired as a professor of counseling at Sonoma State University in California.  I am currently an educational consultant, as well as professor emeritus at Sonoma State University.”

There was a great photo of Carl Nelson and Leslie pictured in the Lutheran Social Service newsletter sent in by Ray Lundquist.  It said:  Like most other LSS donors, Leslie and Carl Nelson support other organizations, in addition to LSS and their church.  Carl is a Mason and member of the Scottish Rite.  In April, Carl and Leslie visited the LSS office on Como Avenue to share their enthusiasm for a new childhood language disorders clinic that the Scottish rite will be opening in Elk River this summer.  You may ask:  Why is this of interest to LSS?…”LSS’ mission, to express the love of Christ for all people through acts of service, is so close to the all-inclusive mission of our clinics,” Carl said, “that I wanted to make sure that LSS staff and the community knew of this new Elk River clinic.  It’s there for all families who have children with speech-language disorders.”

Did you see the photo of Wilfred Chong and Don Berg?  It was taken in Hawaii! 

Rev. Jack Niemi ’68, vice president for Church Relations at Gustavus, spoke on stewardship at our church in Duluth.  He said some of the “most rabid, robust, faithful supporters” of Gustavus are those whose children are there…you can say thanks from your heart by sharing.”

College debt is rising and is the heaviest ever nationally.  You’ve probably seen articles on this problem.  Gustavus is helping students as much as alumni and friends allow.  $1.25 million is our Alumni Fund goal because it is desperately needed.  Most of it goes for scholarships.  Most of the 2,500 students receive some aid.

At the Class Agents’ meeting David Menk, Director of Institutional Research, presented some results of a recent survey (not a reunion survey) that was randomly sent to 2000 alumni.  These excerpts indicate an extremely positive picture of alumni attitudes, etc.  One of the main problems cited was cost, which you can help solve!  Gusties are happy alums!

Alumni survey

2000 sent to reunion classes – 4s and 9s

Stratified by year and gender

614 analyzed to date

Demographics

Classes represented in the analysis are 1934 to 1999

All majors represented

62% female, 38% male

79 % were in-state students when enrolled at Gustavus.

28% have since moved out-of-state

41% of out-of-state now reside in Minnesota

47% have a degree higher than a bachelors

Education

80% masters degree as highest goal, have reached their goal

90% of those who sought a doctorate, MD, JD, etc have reached their goal

94% reported that Gustavus prepared them very well/adequate for continuing their education

Alumni Events

75% have attended class reunions (5% not aware)

66% have attended Christmas in Christ Chapel (2% not aware)

62% have attended homecoming (3% not aware)

Alumni Services

Other than Alumni Directory, rarely used.

High awareness of availability, low interest in services.

Alumni Giving

71% feel it is a way to help others have access to education

65% feel it is a reflection of the value they place on education

64% feel it is a way to thank Gustavus

Overall Satisfaction

82% definitely/probably would choose Gustavus if they had to do it over again

85% were very satisfied/satisfied with their academic involvement

86% were very satisfied/satisfied with their social involvement

85% would very strongly/strongly recommend Gustavus to a prospective student

We were sorry to hear from Jack Peterson, Braham, MN that his wife, Patricia died on February 19, 2003 of cancer leaving, three daughters and four grandchildren.

We rejoice with Dorothy (Conrad) and Art Gaard on “surviving” their first year under the Presbyterian Homes of Inver Grove Heights.  They wrote, “It’s predestined!”

It was good to hear from Rev. Del Christensen and Eileen (Johnson ’49), Calgary, Canada, who celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary.  They wrote, “Dear friends, we’ve been back to Saskatoon, Sask―our 2nd parrish―celebrating 75th anniversary, 50 years we’ve been a part.”

I wish I could go to an “Ole and Lena” show given by Phyllis Naslund Jacobson.  She writes from Chetek, WI:  “Hobbies―oil painting, reading, music, travel, socializing, etc.  Three choirs, Circle, 6 children, 5 grandchildren and husband, Meals on Wheels, Circle activities.  “Ole and Lena” shows.  Retired and we live on an island in a lake.  Also RV life in Mesa, Arizona.  Don directs choirs at the park.  In good health.  Love GAC and go to Nobel Conferences!”

Vern and Marie (Norberg ’50) Bergstrom write:  “We’re happy to say we’re both well and able to enjoy each day.  Love being back in Minnesota after some time in Florida again during the winter.  It’s nice to know “our” Gustavus Adolphus College has kept growing, that fact being brought to mind while looking at an old Gustavian from our time there in which the announcement was made…Gustavus enrollment reaches 1,000!”

Warren Doesken writes from Chisholm, MN.  “I have just completed 20 years of retirement!  Active in Chisholm American Legion Post #247.  Also have held offices in Loyal Order of Moose as a member for 45 years.  Enjoy bowling, curling, fishing and visiting with family (9 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren).”

The new news from Phonorama will be in the January class letter. 

Dennis Lofstrom writes, “We are bouncing along US 380 on way to west coast fund raising for Iambi Hospital Project Inc. which is rebuilding and refurbishing the hospital.  We have, Paula and I, residency in Tanzania and are commissioned for two years as medical missionaries to the Central Lutheran Diocese in Tanzania – ELCT.  We are in our second year of a five-year development plan for the hospital and will return to Tanzania the end of October hopefully with funds to continue the five-year plan.”

More from Lofstrom describing the Prime Minister’s visit for a dedication at Iambi Lutheran Hospital.  “…Electricity is coming to Iambi in September…Please let us know if you want to come or want to contribute to this worthy cause, write the president of the Iambi Hospital project.”  Email from Paula:  “Den and I have put 5,000 miles on our old Toyota since we came back to the U.S. on May 30th.”  (They went to Texas, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Montana, Oregon, Washington, Canada, Nebraska and Minnesota to raise money for this project, which will serve over 200,000 people.

Gustavian Weekly, December 2003.  Excerpts from a letter to the editor:

“Extraordinary People.  Absolutely.”  When Gustavus came out with the “Extraordinary People.  Extraordinary Place” campaign, I thought it was a little cheesy.  I now realize that up on this hill of ours, we are surrounded by absolutely amazing, compassionate, empathetic, understanding, patient people.  And they are the ones that make this place “extraordinary.”

It’s hard to say this without sounding condescending, but now I have a piece of advice to offer, or more of a favor to ask.  Stop and say a personal, “thank you” to Betty, Barb, Rich, Dale, Carl or whoever is patient enough to clean our bathrooms, offices, caf, and rooms.  Smile at a professor.  Get to know and hug an administrator.  Above all―remember that each of us has received a little compassion and patience at some point up on the hill (if you haven’t, give me a call!) and offer a little patience and understanding in return.  Lee Worel, junior

Professor emeritus Bernhard Erling ’43 said last year, “Our Gustavus community suffered a great loss…when Paul Granlund ’52…died.  Many of his sculptures are in Christ Chapel, and the campus could almost be called Granlund’s sculpture garden.”

The average Gustavus graduate owes between $17,000-22,000.  Gustavus has a Guarantee Cost Plan which saved current seniors $3,891.

Do you know someone who loves to play tennis?  The Tennis and Life Camps at Gustavus are truly terrific for all ages.  Join the Gustavus Library Associates and Friends of Linnaeus Arboretum.  Both of them send out terrific newsletters and the $35 membership dues each counts towards the Alumni Fund.

The Alumni Fund is also called the Annual Fund and the Gustavus Fund.  Call it what you wish, but please send a gift!

I plan to be at Christmas in Christ Chapel on December 4, Saturday afternoon.  Hope to see some of you there.

I had a fantastic trip to Japan in July to visit our son who was teaching English in Duluth’s sister city, O’Hara, on the coast near Tokyo.

Reunion weekend for the class of 1955 and the 50-Year Club will be May 27-28.  See you there!  The spring Phonorama will be April 25-29 at Central Lutheran Church.

Please return to Gustavus as often as you can.  You are always welcome!

Sincerely yours,

Dorothy Johnson Lutz

1951 Class Agent

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.

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.

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.

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