Class of 1954

December 2013

60-Year Reunion

Reunion dates ― May 30-31, 2014

Dear Classmates,

Many thanks to Woody Chaffee for sharing his thoughts on the Nobel Conference.  Even more exciting was the summary of the super active group planning our 60th reunion in 2014.  We are really looking forward to the gathering.  What a class!

Dick Bublitz, Woodland Hills, CA

Dick is vice president marketing on the Board of Directors of Woodland Hills-Tarzana Chamber of Commerce, and was named '2012 Member of the Year' for this 700 member organization in the West San Fernando Valley.  Dick, his wife, Rosemary, and their five children have lived in southern California since 1970 when they moved from Chicago with Better Homes & Gardens to establish Travel West, a regional tourism section in the magazine.  Dick with their oldest son, Rick, started R. C. Bublitz & Associates in 1980 to represent additional magazines.  They started FIBRENEW WEST, a leather, vinyl, plastic repair franchise, in 2010 and continue to operate both businesses.  Dick and Rosemary continue to run 5/10K races and Dick runs half marathons about four times a year, the next being the 5th Annual Pasadena Marathon in June.  Dick is also active in the Ventura County Sport Fishing Club and the Blues Foundation.

Helen Forsgren Hokenson, Adrian, MI

Friday after Easter they were privileged to have a visit and concert by the Gustavus Orchestra.  She and Rod ʼ53 were greatly impressed and proud of the ensemble and their young director.  They and all community hosts were pleased with the quality and maturity of these young people.  It was noteworthy that their local student, who had a big role in their visit, is so totally pleased with his choice of Gustavus and its outstanding music program.

George Haun, Winter Haven, FL

George was elected to the Saint Louis Park (MN) Hall of Fame.  He was director of Parks and Recreation, retiring in 1996 after 35 years of service.  We recall playing freshman football with him as he also did track and basketball.  He spent only one year as a Gustie after which he was drafted, then married and found a vocation that he enjoyed and at which he excelled.

Sharon Anthony Bower, Stanford, CA

She will not make it to our 60th reunion as her husband, Gordon, is being honored for his 80th birthday in San Francisco at the American Psychological Society meetings.  She notes that her father offered her a choice of:  1)  Going to college anywhere and working summers or 2)  Staying at home and going to Gustavus with summers free.  She chose the latter and in the summer of 1952 went to New York to attend a six-week seminar/workshop sponsored by the American Ethical Culture Society where they learned how democracy ideally works.  She met Gordon at that seminar and graduated from Gustavus in 1954.  They were married in 1957 for a win/win all around.  Sharon has received several professional honors and is the author of three books.

Myron “Mike” Anderson, Hot Springs Village, AR

Mike and Jean (Randin ʼ55) continue to spend summers in Saint Cloud and show quarter horses with their youngest daughter, Lisa, in addition to a little golf and occasional trips Snohomish, WA to visit daughter, Laurie and trips to Horace, ND to visit son, Scott and family.  Arkansas activities include woodworking, choir and other church related activities. Dr. Mike taught biology at Gustavus for 40 years—WOW.

Sylvia Johnson Johnson, White Bear Lake

She is researching history of their First Evangelical Church which is celebrating its 125th anniversary.  Seven ladies from the women's ministry volunteered to research and plan a program about the women of their church.  They presented a program in September that was enjoyable and inspirational.

Marilyn Peterson Reaser, Rapid City, SD is recovering from a slight stroke in November.  The only thing affected was her speech.  This is ironic as she was a speech major at Gustavus.

Paul Olson, Devon, PA has fully recovered from a hip replacement in November.

Vic Carter, Newark, DE aspires to change from a “Golf Nut” to a "Beach Bum.”

Just cannot thank you all enough for your contributions to make this letter interesting and meaningful.  Please continue the support for our letter writers over the next few months leading up to our reunion in May 2014.

The 'Old Swedes Church' in Wilmington, DE is hosting two services of the Saint Lucia Celebration this year (much like the one held at Gustavus each year).  They have in addition to Saint Lucia and her attendants, star boys dressed in red with cone hats and young children portraying the tomtin or imps.  The Saint Lucia legend is where she risked death by taking food to persecuted Christians underground with candles on her head and was accused as crazy for giving away riches. She was tortured, survived burning and then was killed by a sword.

May the peace and grace of this Christmas season be with you all.

Your Scribe,

Vic Carter

1954 Communications Chair

Upcoming Events

Festival of St. Lucia – Dec. 12

Twin Cities Gustie Breakfast – Dec. 18

Phoenix Chapter gathering, The Scottsdale Plaza Resort - Feb. 4

Tucson Chapter gathering - Feb. 6