Class of '54
April 2004

THE GATHERING OF THE FLOCK

THE CLASS OF 1954's

50th REUNION

Dear Classmates,

By now you should have received your registration materials and information book from the Alumni Office about our Big Golden.  It looks to be a fine turnout from early indications.

John Chell, Betty Lundgren Schlotthauer and I were on campus in early March to work with the Alumni Office, chaplains and organist on details for the event.  We were thrilled to hear the hymn played at 9:50 a.m. calling the community to chapel, the pealing of the bells just before the 10:00 service.  (It also plays at 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. each day as well as for all special occasions such as President Jim Peterson's ’64 investiture, graduation, or, of course, our service of dedication on May 28 at 3:30 p.m. 

Since then we have a number of you, in one way or another, in reunion events.  Here, subject to a revision here and there, is the program to date:

GUSTAVUS CLASS OF 1954 REUNION

28 MAY 2004

1:00 – 7:00 p.m. - Registration: Student Center

Greeters

1:00-2:00:  Marlys Setterholm Gamm; Bob Gamm; Adelaide Rethwill Meyer

2:00-3:00:  Jim Anderson, Barb Gruse Johnson; Gloria Brouillette Strom; John Wright

1:00-1:30  Rehearsal - The 50th Anniversary Class Choir:  Christ Chapel

George Skogg will direct all of us who have ever sung a note as well as those who haven't in a hymn at the memorial service, "Children of the Heavenly Father" (Tryggare Kan Ingen Vara in our native tongue).  This is not only for those who "sang under Casselman."  It is a time for "wannabes" as well.  Come early to rehearse.

3:00     Playing Of The Carillon And Explanation Of Its History By David Fienen, College Organist:  Christ Chapel

3:30     The Dedication Of The Carillon:  Christ Chapel

Greeters and ushers:  Jim Anderson, Gladys Johnson Biltonen, Fran Gabrielson Blomgren, Vic Carter, Dianne Anglemyer Clinton, Dave Gillis, Rollie Herbst, Paul Olson

Opening Remarks:  John Chell

Welcome:  Jim Peterson ’64, College President

Response:  John Chell

Dedicatory Blessing:  Brian Johnson ’80 and Rachel Larson, College Chaplains

Closing Remarks:  Mike Anderson for the college, Janet Hanson Jones for the community

Postlude:  David Fienen

4:00     Memorial Service For Classmates Who Have Died:  Christ Chapel

Gathering Prayer:  Marilyn Reiten Meyer

Scripture Readings:  Arlene Waxlax Sonday, Paul Vollan

Homily:  Forrest Chaffee

Class Choir:  George Skogg, director, "Children of the Heavenly Father"

In Memoriam, The Reading of Names:  Roger Carlson, Betty Lundgren Schlotthauer

Closing Prayer:  Arne Peterson

5:00     Wine And Cheese On The Lawn

7:00     Class Dinner:  Campus Center

Co-hosts:  Class Officers - Betty Lindstrand Abrahamson, (treasurer); Helen Forsgren Hokenson, (secretary); Dave Johnson, (president); Howie Ruggles, (vice president)

Silent Auction

Class Artists' Contributions to the Carillon Fund, e.g., Betty Lindstrand Abrahamson, Jim Anderson, Roger Hanson

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Now for some ways to enrich the weekend for yourself and for all who attend:

1.  OWN A CLASSMATE'S ART.  Roger Hanson, who has just had an exhibit of his paintings at Nina's in St. Paul, has made a swell offer.  He will contribute one of his paintings to the Carillon Fund to be sold by silent auction during our class dinner on Friday 28 May.  That led to two more gifts from classmates:  a quilt by Betty Lindstrand Abrahamson and a watercolor by Jim Anderson.

NOW TO HEAR FROM OTHERS OF YOU WHO MAY HAVE BECOME INVOLVED IN THE ARTS TO CONTRIBUTE SOMETHING YOU HAVE DONE YOURSELF.  PLEASE LET ROGER HANSON (320-587-3970) KNOW AS SOON AS POSSIBLE IF YOU HAVE A WORK YOU WOULD BRING TO THE SILENT AUCTION.  Perhaps you have become a weaver, potter, printmaker, quilter.  Here's a way to help the Carillon Fund.  And for the rest of us, here's a way to own something by a classmate.  This is likely the College's first 50th reunion art auction!

2.  FIGURE TO STAY THROUGH THE SATURDAY LUNCHEON FOR OUR CLASS AND THE EVENING ALL-COLLEGE ALUMNI DINNER.  THE DINNER GIVES A GREAT PICTURE OF TODAY'S GUSTAVUS.  THE GRADUATES OF 2004 WILL BE SPECIAL GUESTS, JUST AS WE WERE IN 1954 (when we likely gave the returning class of 1904 about the same amount of thought which we will receive from the class of 2004!)  WE'LL HAVE OUR OWN TABLE AND BE RECOGNIZED BY THE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT.  A SPEAKER FROM THE CLASS, NORMAN NERDMORE, WILL DO HIS BEST TO CAPTURE A BIT OF OUR TIMES ON THE HILL.  IT IS JUST POSSIBLE THAT THE CLASS OF 2004 WILL NOT LISTEN.  THAT'S WHY YOU NEED TO BE THERE!

3.  PUT THE CARILLON AND ITS ENDOWMENT OVER THE TOP.  We're close, 79.5914% (heck, call it 80) of the way to our $140,000 goal.  Our Schulmerich Celebration Carillon is installed, playing and pealing each day at 8:00 a.m., 9:50 a.m. (to call people to chapel) and 6:00 p.m.  The money we need now doesn't have to be in cash; it can be a deferred gift for it will be for the instrument's endowment, an assurance of both its proper maintenance and that there will be concerts and clinics for visiting choirs forever. 

Here is the list to date of the 93 of you who are contributors, 11 of you joining the list in the last few weeks.  If you have not already done so, please send your pledge or gift to the College's Advancement Office, ideally before we gather for the reunion.  Remember that you can pledge now, deferring the transfer of assets in a way most beneficial to you.  Contact Jim Isaak at 1-866-487-3863 about ways to do that.

CARILLONEUR LEVEL, $5000 or more:

Anonymous                              David Johnson                          *Arlene Waxlax Sonday

Roger Carlson                          Paul Olson                                Paul Vollan

Vic Carter                                Ardis Peterson Schwarz            John Wright

CARILLON TOWER LEVEL, $3000-$4999

Jim Anderson                           Barbara Gruse Johnson             Janet Hanson Jones

Sharon Anthony Bower            Lavern Johnson                        Adelaide Rethwill Meyer

Dick Brubacher                        Sylvia Johnson Johnson             Marilyn Peterson Reaser

CARILLON BELLS LEVEL, $1500-$2999

American Express Fdn.             Bob & Marlys Gamm               Howard Ruggles

Darrell Anderson                      *Jean Kovacs Larson               Betty Lundgren Schlotthauer

Mike Anderson                        *Carole Duffy Miller                 Gloria Brouillette Strom

Forrest Chaffee                        Marion Vorlicek L'Ivers            Phyl Johnson Wegner

Dick Dee                                  John  & Lois Myers                  Grace Ronholm Westlund

CARILLON CHIMES LEVEL (up to $1500)

Amy Wampler Adamson          Olga Gray                                Marilyn Reiten Meyer

Phyllis Anderson Adamson       Mary Lundgren Hauck              Donald Miller

Valerie Olson Andrews             George Haun                            Mary Jane Monson

John Bjorkquist                        Rollie Herbst                            Lewis Moon

Fran Gabrielson Blomgren        Clare Berntson Hibbard            Mary Lou Peterson Munroe

Patricia Dirks Carlson               *Donna Norlund Holmgren       Kathleen Norman Noren

Adolph Carlsted                       Dianne Johnston Janda              Lou Winberg Nuss

Del Hanson Cedarholm             Paul Kaus                                 Arne Peterson

John Chell                                Jeanette Larson                        Paul Peterson

Dianne Anglemyer Clinton         Russell Larson                          *Augusta Nelson Rinta

Rhoda Roadfeldt Cocca           Carol Lester Lassiter                *Jean Simonson Rolloff

Roy Daumann                           Marilyn Nelson Leverenz          Ellen Togikawa Ryusaki

Mildred Jacobson Dorow         Waldo Lindberg                       *Carolyn Pryor Sarrail

Nancy Pringle Ellingson             Don Malm                                Alan Slettehaugh

Jean Kirkvold Emholtz              Kenneth Manfolk (dec.)            *Virginnia Swenson

Vianne Lager Engwall               Marjorie Wise Mann (dec.)      Art Tangwall

Elaine Wellendorf Fink              *Bernice Hecht Martino            Carl Towley

Shirley Lund Flom                    Dayton Martinson                     Shirley Thornquest Welch

Pauline Melin Glenchur             Bryan McGroarty                     Verne Wussow

Duane Goese

*Given partially or entirely in memory of Lorraine Nelson Lindholm

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And now for news about some of our cohorts:

Dave Gillis, retired from the Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel since 1990 writes, "A couple of my grandchildren doubt that I ever went to work."  Some of his photos can be viewed on http://myweb.core.com/myweb/photos.  Last Christmas the Wisconsin Wood Workers Guild in which he is an active member made 1200 wood toys for women's shelters in southeastern Wisconsin.

Rollie Herbst is living in Loretto, a choir member in Delano, caregiver for his wife, Donna.

Waldo Lindberg says, "We live at the Pacific Ocean with a territorial view in southwestern Washington state, 14 miles north of the Columbia River's Lewis & Clark destination... We welcome visits..." (Ed. note, careful what you promise, Waldo!)

Glen Lovestrand has served as organist and choir director at three churches in his home area for the past 33 years, SS. Peter and Paul in Ivanhoe and Bethany Elim in Ivanhoe and St. John Cantius in Wilno.  (Ed. note: Ivanhoe and Wilno were settled by Poles who immigrated to Lincoln County in southwestern Minnesota; the two Roman Catholic churches in which Glen plays are on many lists of the state's most spectacular rural edifices.)

Carole Duffy Miller, a new member of the carillon bells donor group with her memorial to Loni Nelson Lindholm, writes, "My husband and I are song leaders at our church...we attend many jazz festivals here in California and in Europe.  I have fond memories of my still dear friends I met at Wahlstrom Hall..."

John Sandquist has organized an "Understanding Islam" seminar in his Northfield church in conjunction with Carleton and St. Olaf Colleges.  About 90 people attend each session.  He is also serving as a substitute teacher in the middle school there.

Phyl Johnson Wegner writes, "...I remember dorm life in Wahlstrom and Rundstrom… instructors Hildegard Hein, Arthur Glass ’43, Lloyd Hollingsworth ’36, Floyd Martinson and Robert Esbjornson ’41…homecoming with Queen Dodie Ketola…trudging through deep snow for 8:00 a.m. classes in the chilly Classroom Annex…and wet frozen hair after swimming."

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Before ending this, an important Help Wanted ad:  Think about volunteering to Randall Stuckey ’83, Alumni Director, to be our next class agent.  That job has been filled by many of us over the years, Rog Carlson, John Chell, Dianne Anglemyer Clinton, Jean Kirkvold Emholtz, Rollie Herbst, Forrest Chaffee, Jean (Lunnis) and Dave Johnson, Joyce Lindell Lund, and John Sandquist.  Now it's someone else's turn!  Each fall the college hosts the class agents for an informational session, a good time to visit with other agents as well as to collect information.

Until Friday 28 May when we gather to register at the Campus Center Information Desk,

Dave Johnson

1954 Class Agent

Campus News:

President Peterson inaugurated

Dr. James Peterson ’64 was inaugurated during a ceremony in Christ Chapel on Friday, April 16.  Other inaugural events scheduled April 15-18, included a symposium featuring Rev. Dr. Martin Marty, tree dedication, Gustavus Association of Congregations meeting, G.I.V.E. community service day in St. Peter, music concert, art exhibition, and an alumni reception preceding the Nobel Symphony Concert at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis.

50th Anniversary Alumni Fund Closes May 31

The 2004 Alumni Fund will close May 31 with a goal of 50 percent alumni participation. Thanks to everyone who has already participated with a gift.  If you haven’t given, please think about sending a gift along with your news in the enclosed gold envelope. Gustavus alumni have a long tradition of strong alumni participation.  Help maintain our national ranking by participating in the 50th anniversary year of the Alumni Fund.

Winter sports summary

Women’s basketball finished third in the MIAC and advanced to the semifinals of the MIAC playoffs. Men’s basketball won the MIAC regular season and playoff championship titles before losing to eventual national champion UW-Stevens Point in the NCAA national tournament. Men’s hockey posted a third-place finish in the regular season and advanced to the semifinals of the MIAC playoffs. Women’s hockey finished second in regular-season MIAC play, but won the post-season tournament and earned an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. Men’s swimming won its third consecutive MIAC championship and completed their season by finishing ninth at the NCAA championships. Women’s swimming won the MIAC championship and completed their season by finishing 13th at the NCAA championships. Men’s Nordic skiing won its first-ever MIAC championship and finished fourth at the NCAA Central Region meet. Women’s Nordic skiing claimed their third consecutive MIAC title and completed their season with a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Central Region meet. Gymnastics posted a 6–1 dual meet record and a second-place finish at the National Collegiate Gymnastics Association (NCGA) West Regional. The women’s indoor track and field team finished second and the men fifth at the MIAC championships. 

Did you know …

●Nearly 80% of Gustavus students graduate in four years, compared with 56% of students from other Minnesota private colleges; the national average is 17%.

●There are seven choral ensembles and 23 instrumental ensembles, two jazz, four woodwind and three brass ensembles.

●More than 40 percent of Gustavus students volunteer through the Gustavus community service center on a regular basis.

●For student safety, the campus is well-lit, there is 24-hour Safety and Security patrol and escort service, residence halls are locked 24 hours a day, and there are blue light emergency phones throughout campus linked directly to Safety and Security.

●And looking back -- during the college’s early years, students were awakened by a bell at 5:45 a.m. and all lights had to be out by 10:30 p.m.

Upcoming events

  • Phonorama - April 25-29, Central Lutheran Church
  • Mayday! Conference, The United Nations at the Crossroads – April 28
  • Cec Eckhoff Society Reception – May 1
  • Class of 1954 and 50-Year Club Reunions – May 28 & 29
  • Commencement – May 30
  • Alumni Fund closes – May 31
  • Class reunions on Homecoming & Family Weekend – October 1 & 2