Class of '53
September 2005

Dear class of ’53,

Bobby Krig, our class agent for 26 years, died on September 15.  His funeral service was classic Bobby.  A Preservation Hall-type jazz band played before and after the service.  The first verse of the hymn Children of the Heavenly Father was sung in Swedish.  A lyric tenor sang Danny Boy since it was Bobby’s mother’s favorite song.  The memories shared were a combination of golf stories, times with Bobby and the children and grandchildren going out to eat whatever the kids wanted, and acts of loyalty and service.  We shall all miss him, especially those Phonorama calls when he wanted to know what we were up to, how our year had gone, and would we double our gift to Gustavus this year.

Marv Larson has agreed to fill Bobby’s role as co-class agent along with yours truly.  Marv was one of those Gustie loyalists who volunteered to work on the 50th graduation celebration, has been on the phone for Phonorama, and makes it to the college from his home in Plymouth down to the campus when duty calls.  He winters in Apache Wells, AZ, in the winter where the golf course runs along his back yard, but he has Internet so staying connected is no problem.  I told him that I would faithfully hang around up north and look after the interests of folks who are not snow birds fleeing south.

Remember that Class of ’53 Scholarship?  Well, here is note from Megan Strom ’06, our scholarship recipient for this year:

“I am a junior majoring in music and Spanish, minoring in Latin American Studies.  Here at Gustavus I am involved in band, orchestra, chapel brass, Amigos and Big Partner/Little Partner.  Last semester I had the opportunity to study abroad in Ecuador―it was an amazing experience that changed my life!  I am returning this summer to play with the Or Questa Juvenile (youth orchestra) and volunteer in a grade school.  I hope to return after graduating to attend graduate school in Ecuador.  I greatly appreciate your donation to this scholarship!”

This note can certainly make us feel good about our scholarship.  Seems like someone picked a real winner for us to back.  If you want to drop her a note, just write to Megan Strom, student, Gustavus Adolphus College, 800 West College Avenue, St. Peter, MN 56082.

It has been some time since we had a bucket of news from classmates, so here is some good stuff.  It may not all be that recent but at our age, who cares, or notices?

Cliff Dotseth, home address in Palatine, IL, writes that last year his friend Gloria tripped on a rug and fell down a basement stairs.  Serious injuries resulted so Cliff volunteered to stay around and help with her recovery.  That resulted in spending the winter in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan―not his favorite spot since he prefers a warmer climate in the winters.

Dick Engwall is looking good, even if his choice of president is not faring well in public opinion polls.  He attended the Gustavus Music Showcase at St. Andrew Lutheran Church and reported that it was a huge success.  Anyone else attend that event?

Paul Lindau continues to serve as the visitation pastor at First Lutheran in Beaver Dam, WI.  We can imagine that things get kinda slow in the winter since the beavers hibernate for the majority of the winter.  This past summer he spent a month in Germany where he and his wife lived in 1965-68 serving as pastor of the American Protestant Church, Bonn.

Don ’51 and Marian (Edstrom) Lundberg, attended the graduation at Gustavus of granddaughter, Molly.  His dad, wife Marian, three children, and grandchildren are all Gusties.  Great record.  He recalls his first dormitory room was under the stands in the football stadium.  Things are bit more luxurious for students now days.

Elaine Nagel Nelson, long time Albert Lea resident, spends a lot of time at church managing their quilting project that makes over 200 quilts a year for Lutheran World Relief.  She and husband, DeWain, have a lake home in the Brainerd area so they can escape the humidity of an Albert Lea summer.

Richard Johnson, Edina, plays ragtime piano at several assisted care homes to keep the residents hopping and happy.  Great service.  Plus, he spends plenty of time with grandchildren.  We hope that you are passing on the piano skills to some of those grandkids.

Faith Chell Gose lives in Beaver Bay (wonder if she and Paul Lindau ’52 get together sometimes to compare notes on the life and culture of beavers) where she teaches piano and does handbells for the Sychar Lutheran Church in Silver Bay, just a few miles up the highway on the beautiful north shore of Lake Superior.

Joann Christenson Jasica lives in Punta Gorda, FL.  She has been living through hurricanes that have ripped through that area with some frequency.  She reports surviving Charlie by lying on the floor with a mattress over her head.  She equates the noise to 100 elephants tramping across the roof while a train is whistling through the living room.  Wow!

Philip Olson junkets from his home in Belgium, WI, to some skiing in Colorado (in the spring of course).  He keeps plenty busy with four grandchildren.

Del Anderson, Palatine, IL, meets with Chuck Leistico every month for lunch with a local men’s group called the “Rinky Dinks.”  How uncool is that?  That lyric tenor that was mentioned who sang at Bobby’s funeral?  It was Del’s son, a lawyer by trade and singer by avocation.  Del claims that the kid did not get his singing ability from him.

Carl Peikert continues to practice family medicine in Forest Lake, MN.  His wife, Jean, is a parish nurse.

Bev Jacobsen Nestingen-Lundeen divides her time between sunny Arizona and chilly Minnesota.  She stays busy connecting with 32 (true number) grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.  That’s a bunch.  Could that be a record in our class?

That’s the news.  Keep the cards and letters coming.  The Alumni Office will put some Gustavus campus news in here but let me bid you good-by.

It seems strange not to sign off on behalf of Bobby and myself.  He was always willing to play so many roles in these class letters ranging from the noble victor when our class beat out his wife, Barb’s (Eckman ’52) class in annual giving to the guy driving the black limo filled with heavies out looking for those who had not yet pledged.  He had a great sense of humor.  There is no reason not to believe that he is keeping those in heaven delighted with his stories.

Tom Boman

1953 Co-class Agent

Campus News

A New Year Begins

The 144th academic year began September 7 with 2,600 students and approximately 710 new students, the largest enrollment and new class in college history.  Some changes in the general education curriculum will also be implemented this year, including a foreign language requirement for graduation.

Class Reunions/Homecoming

Class Reunions and Homecoming Weekend will be October 7-8.  This is reunion time for the classes of 1960, 1965, 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, and 2000, but all alumni are invited to attend the events, even if it is not a reunion year.  There is a full schedule this year with athletic events; seminars on aging, Living CSI, and the Linnaeus Arboretum; dedications and tours of Mattson Hall and renovated Old Main; as well as performances by comedian Scott Novotny ’75, many Gustavus musical ensembles and the Rockin’ Hollywoods.  The schedule is designed to provide activities for alumni and families.

Wind Orchestra Tour

Join Gustavus alumni and parents on a companion tour with the Gustavus Wind Orchestra to Eastern Europe January 17-27, 2006.  The trip includes visits to the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, and Austria and will be hosted by Tom Emmert, professor of history, and Jon and Anita (Thomsen) Young ’77 ’77.

Nurses Reunion

All Gustavus nurses are invited to the 45th anniversary of the nursing program at Gustavus on Saturday, October 8.  Events will include the dedication and tour of Mattson Hall, the facility that houses the nursing and education departments, a luncheon with keynote speaker Dr. Donald Swenson on “Celebrating Our Roots,” and a slide show presentation of the history of the college's nursing program.

Announcing the Gustavus 2006 Alumni Fund Campaign

“When you get your invitation in the mail or receive a call from a Gustie student or classmate, commit to making your gift to the Alumni Fund this year,” encourages Jan Michaletz ’74, alumni board member, class agent, and 2006 Alumni Fund Chair.  The Michaletz family―Russ ’74, Mara ’02, Annie ’05, and John ’08―have agreed to chair this year’s alumni fund drive.  The 2006 Alumni Fund goals are to achieve 9,000 donors and $1,185,000 dollars in alumni giving.  The 2006 fiscal year began June 1, 2005 and ends May 31, 2006.  Gifts to the Alumni Fund will immediately support current Gusties in the classroom, in labs, on the playing field, in the library, and more.  Tuition does not cover the real cost of educating students today, nor did it when you were a student at Gustavus.  Since its inception in 1954, the goal of the Alumni Fund has been to help keep the Gustavus educational experience accessible for current students.  Give the gift of Gustavus to a current Gustie by making your Alumni Fund gift this year.

The 2004-2005 Honor Roll of Donors is now available online at:  gustavus.edu/giving/honorroll.  The Honor Roll of Donors recognizes those who have made gifts to Gustavus between June 1, 2004 and May 31, 2005.  To find your name or to check out your class results, point and click from your home or office computer.  To have your name included in the 2005-2006 Honor Roll of Donors, go to https://secure.gac.edu/giving/giving.cfm to make a gift online.

Nobel Conference

The College’s 41st Nobel Conference, The Legacy of Einstein, will be held September 27-28.  The panel will consist of scientists in the areas of statistical physics, relativity, cosmology, and unified theories, who will discuss current work in the areas of Einstein’s greatest contributions.  In addition, a historian of science will explore the impact that Einstein’s discoveries and his social and political views have had on science and humanity.  Also, a play, Clockworks:  Einstein Time, will be premiered, the Physics Force group will perform, and a symphony orchestra concert will celebrate Einstein through music.

Alumni Directory

In partnership with Publishing Concepts (PCI), a comprehensive alumni directory is being produced and will be released in 2006.  PCI will be contacting alumni to get current information.

First Frost * A Royal Affair

Since 1977 Gustavus Library Associates has helped raise funds for the endowment of Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library located at Gustavus.  Over 1,000 guests will attend First Frost * A Royal Affair, the biennial gala dinner/auction benefit at the Sheraton Hotel in Bloomington on Saturday, October 29.  This year Evelyn Young ’33, a long-time GLA supporter, is being honored.  The program will feature tenor Mark Thomsen ’78 and will be hosted by former Miss America Gretchen Carlson and physician and Gustavus parent John Najarian.  Contact the Office of Public Relations at 800/726-6198.

Athletics Hall of Fame

On Saturday, September 24, Gustavus inducted the following people into the Athletics Hall of Fame:  Holly Brodmarkle Cervin ’87, track and field; Marc Illies ’85, baseball and football; Marc Iverson ’89, football; Gretchen Koehler, coach; Jay Rooker ’85, soccer; Rich Skanse ’84, tennis; Dick Walters ’75, hockey.  Mary Mansour ’85, softball, has also been selected but will be inducted Fall 2006.

Campus Progress

Whether it’s planning for brand new buildings or renovating old ones, the Gustavus campus is always changing.  A new web site has been designed to keep you updated on the changes taking place on campus.  Check it out at:  http://gustavus.edu/campusprogress/

Upcoming Alumni Events

  • Washington, D.C., Gustavus gathering — October 7
  • Class reunions for 1960, 1965, 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000 — October 7-8
  • Nursing reunion — October 8
  • Homecoming — October 8
  • Family Weekend — October 7-8
  • Black Student Organization/Pan Afrikan Student Organization Reunion — October 14 – 15
  • Washington, D.C. Gustavus gathering — October 23
  • A Royal Affair * First Frost — October 29
  • Wind Orchestra Companion Tour to Eastern Europe — January 17-27