Class of ’52

March 2013

Dear Classmates,

I think you’ll be surprised to hear from me after all this time.  And you may even be more surprised to know that I’m writing to you from Houston, Texas.  Because I’m probably one of the world’s “best” procrastinators, I never did write this at the end of last year but waited until “push came to shove” and here I am.  A few days ago I flew to Houston to spend two weeks with my nephew, Paul Krig, and family because I love them dearly, enjoy being with them, and wanted to escape a few weeks of Minnesota’s last winter hurrah.  For those of you who haven’t been here, Houston is huge, but there are beautiful areas; the grass is green, flowers are in bloom, and the temperature is hovering between 65 and 75 this week.  How could I ask for more?

If I had but two loaves of bread, I would sell one and buy hyacinth, for they would feed my soul.  ~KORAN

One year ago at this time we were planning our 60th reunion.  It was an exciting and reflective time, and we were looking forward to that day in late May when some of us would gather to spend time together and to celebrate our days on campus some 60 years ago.  Not as many as I had hoped attended; nevertheless our gathering did not lack quality, only quantity.

At our spring planning meetings we agreed to add money to our scholarship for Garmame Wondafrosh ʼ53 and Seifu Selassie ʼ51.  You will recall that due to the special interest and friendship with these two young students from Ethiopia, remembered by many, but especially by Maynard Jacobson, Paul Elofson and Stan ʼ51 and Marie Schafer Benson, their stories were told.  They actually represented the first diversity students present on the Gustavus campus.  To further honor that distinction by our class, I also committed an unnamed number of dollars to Virgil Jones, Director of Diversity and Multicultural Programs at Gustavus.  Each year, usually in March, that department sponsors a “Building Bridges” Day and Banquet that is intended to promote and honor all of the ethnic, cultural, racial and religious differences present.  I have attended several of these events.  They are well-attended and significant.  Also, they operate on a low budget allocated annually by the college.  The committee decided to donate some “up front” money from our reunion donations and pledges in order to assure them continuation of the project and a more comfortable financial situation.  Unfortunately, this was not clearly communicated if at all (due to my error probably).  Now we find ourselves in the situation of having a commitment but not carrying it through.  However, there is a solution.

Some of you have already donated to the 2012-2013 Annual Fund.  If you have not sent in a pledge or a gift, please consider designating it to Building Bridges, the diversity event.  In order to do this correctly, you will find enclosed in this letter, two forms, one marked as “sample” and the other a regular pledge form which you may fill out according to your wishes.  They have been enclosed with this purpose in mind.  Thank you for this consideration and understanding.  I hope all this makes sense.  I have conferred with the Alumni Office and Jackie Neeck Peterson ʼ77, Assistant Vice President for Institutional Advancement, about how to make this happen.  You may call the Alumni Office if you have questions.

I want it said of me by those who knew me best; that I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower where I thought the flower would grow.   ~Abraham Lincoln

During these past few months we have grieved for two more classmates who have died, Haldo Norman and Raymond Tow.  Both died in October 2012.  Let us keep their memories in our hearts and their families in our prayers.  I attended Haldo’s memorial service at Diamond Lake Lutheran Church in Minneapolis.  It was led by Jane (Nielsen ʼ53), with many members of the family participating, and many Gusties who had known him well through football and his violin playing were there to pay tribute.  We were privileged to know them and to share our Gustavus experience with them.

I have another Gustie profile to share with you.  A letter was sent to me from Antonio Herbert ʼ13, an African-American young man from Kissimmee, Florida, who was the recipient of the Class of 1952 Scholarship.  He has been very active at Gustavus during his four year residency there and will graduate this spring, 2013.  A stand out as an excellent musician with mastery in flute, piano, guitar and saxophone, yet surprisingly he is not a music major.  His major is in philosophy with a minor in flute performance.  He is the principal flute in the Gustavus Wind Orchestra and Symphony, president of the Newman Student Organization, and a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon national fraternity to name a few of his activities.

He hopes to become a professional flautist in a major symphony orchestra either before or after he receives his master’s in music degree in flute performance.  “I am joyful to have received a scholarship from you, and I look forward to being able to receive my final year of education at Gustavus Adolphus College.”  If you have visited Gustavus sometime in the last couple of years or attended one of the music concerts, you may have heard Antonio play.  I have heard him solo on several occasions and have also met him personally.  He is a fine young man and an asset and credit to the college.  We are indeed blessed to have supported Antonio with our class scholarship.  Aren’t we proud of him!

If thou findest a good man, rise up early in the morning to go to him, and let thy feet wear the steps of his door.    ~The Apocryphal Book of Eccliasticus

This is one of the main, important reasons we support Gustavus, our Alma Mater.  It is a principle way we build the endowment in order to attract the best and the brightest.  They, then, return to society, educated, giving, spiritually grounded young women and men to share positively in our world the fruits of their labors and education.  PLEASE consider carefully and generously your initial or additional gift to Gustavus for the Diversity Office or for another area of Gustavus need.  May spring come to your area soon unless it already has arrived.  And may you sing with joy and gratitude praising God for all His/Her blessings.

If I keep a green bough in my heart, the singing bird will come.        ~Chinese Proverb

Peace, love and good health to you,

Barb Eckman Krig

1952 Class Officer

Campus News

Upcoming Chapter Gatherings

National Chapter events for alumni, parents and friends have been taking place throughout the 2012-13 academic year and have focused on the College’s pillar of “Teaching and Learning.”  Please save the date for the event in your area.

Apr. 4 – Atlanta  - 5:30 p.m., The Carter Center

Apr. 12 – Portland – 7:00 p.m. – Portland Trailblazers Game

Apr. 26 – London – 4:00 p.m. – St. Anne’s Lutheran Church

June 5 – St. Cloud – 6:00 p.m. - Le St. Germain Suite Hotel

June 6 – Willmar – 6:00 p.m. – The Oaks at Eagle Creek

July 9 – Duluth – 6:00 p.m. – Northland Country Club

July 10 – Grand Rapids – 6:00 p.m. – Sugar Lake Lodge

July 18 – Sioux Falls – 6:00 p.m. – Callaway’s

Aug. 19 – Rochester – 6:00 p.m. – Rochester Golf and Country Club

On His Watch:  John S. Kendall at Gustavus

Dr. John Kendall ’49 served Gustavus as a faculty member for 23 years and as president for 10 years.  Rev. Dennis Johnson ’60, also a former president of Gustavus, wrote a book about the record of John Kendall as a professor and as a president.  As such, it is a study in leadership.   It is about a man who came up through the academic ranks to lead one of America’s best colleges.  It is about his preparation for that office and his hopes once he occupied it.  It is about passion, purpose, leadership and heart.  It is also about issues still at the core of higher education today.

Former First Lady Joanne Kendall will host a book signing in the Twin Cities on April 14, 4-6 p.m., wine, coffee and appetizer reception with a program at 5:00 p.m., Loring Green West, Fireside Room, 1235 Yale Place Minneapolis.  Please reserve a space by calling 800-487-8437 or email alumni@gustavus.edu.

Christ Chapel Cited as One of the Most Beautiful

Here is a link that includes the Gustavus Chapel as one of the thirty most beautiful college chapels in a survey of schools across the country.  Take a look at some of these beautiful chapels including our own Christ Chapel by going to http://www.bestcollegereviews.org/features/the-30-most-beautiful-college-cathedrals/

Alumni Travel Opportunities

2013 Pearls of Central Europe

Experience Central Europe with Gustavus professor emeritus of history Dr. Tom Emmert from September 10-21, 2013.  This 12-day Gustavus study tour combines learning, exploring, leisure, lecture, food, and arts with special touches, all led by a faculty expert.  The journey is focused around three showpiece cities of Central Europe:  Prague, Vienna, and Budapest. 

U.S. Civil War Study Tour

Experience Antietam, Gettysburg and Washington D.C. with Gustavus Alumnus and Pulitzer Prize-winning Civil War Historian Dr. James McPherson ’58 from October 20 to 26, 2013. Dr. McPherson’s vast and insightful knowledge will bring to life all the drama of events at Antietam and Gettysburg.  With unquestionable authority and skillful narrative, he will explain the momentous issues of the time and why the Civil War still resonates today as a “second American Revolution.

Twin Cities Gustie Breakfasts - Twin Cities

Engage with other alumni and learn something new about your alma mater at the monthly Twin Cities Gustavus alumni breakfast.  Please join us at the American Swedish Institute (2600 Park Ave, Minneapolis), on the third Wednesday of each month at 7:30 a.m.  Cost is $10.  Upcoming breakfasts include:

March 20 – Scott Bur, associate professor of chemistry

April 17 – Scott Moe ʼ95, head men’s and women’s golf coach

May 15 – Tim Kennedy ʼ82, vice president for marketing and communication 

Books in Bloom

Books in Bloom is an initiative of the Gustavus Library Associates (GLA) that pairs books and other library materials with floral arrangements, by sponsoring several of the blooms!  Each sponsorship directly to supports the Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library's (Library) acquisitions.  What an investment in resources for current and future students and faculty!

Last year’s Books in Bloom highlighted 30 different books/media and attracted over 500 people, some coming to campus for the very first time!  In 2013, Books in Bloom will be held May 3-5.  To see a visual presentation of Books in Bloom, go to www.gustavus.edu and type Gustavus Library Associates in the search box.  It will lead you to a gorgeous slide show of blooms and books.  Then contact Gustavus Marketing/Communications Office at 507/933-7550 with your commitment to sponsor, or partially sponsor, a bloom for 2013.  All designers and sponsors are invited to an opening reception from 5:30-7:30 on May 3.  Great wine and snacks!  Good company, too.