Class of '55
February 2006

Dear Classmates:

A strange winter it has been in Minnesota.  I suspect even those of us who retreat to warmer climes, are aware of this.  Spring is just around the corner.

Thanks to Pat Johnson Hall for the last class letter.  I thought it was excellent, well written and full of interesting news.  I hope I can enlist her again.

Class News

I have just one piece of news.  Marie (Snyder) and Jim Bristol celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in August with an open house with their five children’s families and many friends.  Heartiest congratulations, Marie and Jim!

Lucy Fogelstrom DeRemee observes her 50th class reunion this May and I will get to go along and see a number of old friends from her class of ’56 as well as some from ’55.  It will be special to see our old golfing buddies, Dick and Jo (Johnson ’56) Lundborg.  We may reminisce about our double dates in the old Chevy and Sunday afternoons reading the paper in the sunny alcove of Wahlstrom.

Campus News

The Alumni Board met on campus last weekend and made the final selection for the Alumni Awards:

Greater Gustavus Award:  Gustavus Library Associates, for providing financial resources for Folke Bernadotte Library, and engaging and introducing alumni and friends in the mission of the College.

Distinguished Alumni Citations:  Karen Bossart Rusthoven ’66, St. Paul, MN, founder and principal of Community of Peace Academy, St. Paul; Susan Semple-Rowland ’77, Gainesville, FL, professor of neuroscience, University of Florida and director, Neuroscience IDP Graduate Program; and Magnus Ranstorp ’85, St. Andrews, Scotland, chief scientist at the Centre for Asymmetric Threat Studies, Swedish National Defense College; and a Senior Honorary Research Associate and former Director of Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland.

First Decade Awards:  Rebecca Konrad ’96, Washington, DC, investment officer, global transaction team, The World Bank International Finance Corporation; and Milo Martin ’96, Philadelphia, PA, assistant professor, Department of Computer and Information Sciences, University of Pennsylvania. 

The awards will be presented on Commencement Weekend or Homecoming Weekend depending on the recipient’s schedule.

Gustavus Checks

Show your Gustavus pride every time your write a check.  You can now order checks with Old Main, Three Crowns, or the Gustavus football helmet at:  www.mycollegechecks.com.

Fine Arts Events

Bat Boy, The Musical, written by Keythe Farley and Brian Flemming with music and lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe and directed by Gustavus’ Amy Seham, opened in Anderson Theatre February 17.  The American Horn Quartet, recognized as the premier horn quartet in the world, performs on campus on February 26.  And acclaimed pianist, Teresa Walters, performs on campus on March 3.

Gusties Helping Hurricane Victims

A group of 23 students spent three weeks during January in Mississippi aiding in the clean-up and rebuilding efforts of a town hit hard by Hurricane Katrina.  The group was student-led and sponsored by Men’s Christian Fellowship at Gustavus and coordinated through Lutheran Disaster Response.  While there the students provided many services, including clearing houses to the bare structure, rebuilding homes, working in kitchens, distributing supplies, and working in pastoral care, child care, and medical clinics.  The group was housed and fed in a “tent city” on the grounds of Christus Victor Lutheran Church.  This was one of the several vocation month experiences from which Gustavus students had the opportunity to choose.

Athletics

Nordic Ski Team senior Erich Ziegler had a first-place finish among collegiate skiers in the15K freestyle at the NorAm SuperTour stop at Telemark Resort in Cable, Wisconsin.  Ziegler’s win was the first by a Gustavus skier in an NCAA/CCSA qualifier.  Men’s hockey continues to win, with a 7-1 record in the MIAC.  Men's swimming is 7-0 on the season and recently set two Lund Center pool record times.  Brad Hanson ’08 was victorious in the 1000 freestyle in a pool-record time of 9:51.46, and Matt Stewart ’09 posted a pool-record time of 1:44.49 to win the 200-freestyle. 

Gustavus Music Showcase Tickets On Sale

Order your tickets now for the Gustavus Music Showcase at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis on Sunday, March 12.  The Gustavus Choir, Gustavus Symphony Orchestra, and Gustavus Wind Orchestra will perform.  This is a unique opportunity to hear three premier ensembles from Gustavus in one concert.  This showcase also allows prospective students, parents, and alumni from the area to meet and connect.  Tickets are $20 for general admission, and $10 for students 18 and under.  Tickets are on sale through the Orchestra Hall Box Office — in person, via phone, or online.

Upcoming Alumni Events

  • Gustavus Music Showcase at Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis - March 12
  • Gustavus Library Associates’ “Breakfast with the Easter Bunny” at Mt. Olivet Lutheran Church in Minneapolis — March 25
  • MAYDAY! Peace Conference on AIDS — April 19
  • Gustavus Association of Congregations Meeting — April 22
  • Gusties In Volunteer Endeavors (G.I.V.E.) Day of Community Service in Minneapolis — April 29

Given the fact of our recent reunion, it is probably not unusual to receive so little news since we hashed all that out in late May.  I still would like to hear from you and hope you will contact me through the Alumni Office or personally.  My e-mail is Radrst@aol.com.  Even the smallest tidbit is welcome.

All the best,

Dick DeRemee

1955 Class Agent