Class of '58
August 2003

Dear ’58ers,

REUNION TIME!!       HOMECOMING!!

                        Friday, September 26             6 p.m.    Social Hour and Dinner

                                                                        Radisson South Hotel, Bloomington

                        Saturday, September 27       11 a.m.     1958 Class Luncheon

                                                                                    Jackson Campus Center

            You can register by returning the registration form on the flyer you received recently or on the Internet.  We hope for a large turnout―appropriate for a classy class!

            I have lots of news as so many of you responded with news and your gift to the Gustavus Annual Fund.  Thanks to NANCY JOHNSON PETERSON for her help at Phonorama and to BOB PETERSON, who phoned so many of you and who served, with his family, as general chair of the Gustavus Alumni Fund.

            You had another great year!  The class of 1958 contributed $104,162 to Gustavus with 138 donors and a participation rate of 69.7%!  Only a few classes matched our total dollar amount and the donor rate was our best ever.

            Thanks especially to those of you who responded to our calls during the spring Phonorama.  Cheers to VAHAN ASSADOURIAN, DICK BRATT, KAY JACOBSON CARLSON, JANE SCHONBERG CHASE, JIM CONE, PEGGY GOTFREDSON DELONG, DICK EKLUND, MARGO PETTERSEN FOHS, MARLYS CHELGREN HEBAUS, JERRY HESSER, DONNA JONES KIEWATT, ALJEAN VAN WINKLE LOVING, RUTH PEIKERT MADDOX, JOYCE STRAND MARVEL, RON MICHELSON, KEN NELSON, BONNIE COOK NORDBY, BOB OLSON, ROBERT ORTLOFF, OPAL GRAFF RAVEN, ROGER ROETTGER, ART SEABERG, JANICE (CARLSON) and LYNN STRAND, AND TO ALL OF THOSE WHO GAVE EARLIER.

            And now for some of the Phonorama news.  RON MICHELSON has lived in Pioneer, CA for 22 years and continues his environmental consulting company, restoring ground water.  Ron was on campus last summer and visited with retired geology professor Chester Johnson who Ron calls "one of his favorite people in the whole world."  ROBERT ORTLOFF continues to put together financing for major recreational projects working as a consultant to banks.  RUTH PEIKERT MADDOX retired from teaching English eight years ago and moved to Plymouth.  She enjoys Twin Cities cultural activities and attended a play recently with JOYCE BEBENSEE YOUNGJIM CONE works part-time as a physical therapist and winters in Fort Meyers, FL.  JIM DEMETRY tells Bob that he has the reunion on his calendar!

            MARGO PETTERSEN FOHS is retired, but does occasional pulpit supply.  Her husband, Paul, has a parish in Arlington, IA, where they moved in 2000.  JOYCE STRAND MARVEL has had an extremely difficult year with several surgeries for an infected knee replacement.  MARY BRINK FOWLER continues her work in real estate and had lunch recently with BONNIE COOK NORDBY.  BONNIE retired two years ago from J.C. Penney.  DARLENE THOMPSON KRIEWALL continues to work as an accountant, has four grandchildren and plans to be at the reunion!

ALJEAN VAN WINKLE LOVING and her husband, Mark, are moving to Sierra Vista, AZ as they retire.  Mark will be working for a Christian radio station there.  OPAL (GRAFF) and Russ  ’60 RAVEN will not be at the reunion because they will be hiking along the Danube as part of an Elderhostel program.  There is a good excuse!  MARLYS CHELGREN HEBAUS retired from 3M; she and her husband have an apple and pear orchard.  CLAUDETTE ANDERSON McCOLLAR lives in Mexico half the year and half in Little Canada, MN. 

            BOB OLSON retired from teaching and lives with his wife, Judy, in Surprise, AZ and summers at their cottage on Otter Tail Lake.  ROGER ROETTGER has retired to Venice, FL with his wife, Judith and makes a summer foray back to Michigan.  Thanks to both of you for your gifts!  JANICE (CARLSON) and LYNN STRAND are retired and have just moved to Bozeman, MT to enjoy the dry air and skiing.  They also spend time in CA and AZ visiting their daughter in Monterey.

PATRICIA MILLER PETERSON and husband, Rohl, also spend winters in Tucson and summers back in Cook, MN.  KEN NELSON has been retired for 11 years from teaching, but has been involved with frames on awards for some year.  He and Muriel have 12 grandchildren!  ART SEABERG, suffering from a bad back, was nice enough to visit and make a pledge at Phonorama time.  Art, a former member of the Minnesota Legislature as a Republican, ran again this fall as an independent during the Penny campaign, but, unfortunately, lost.

            Bob had the opportunity to visit with JANE SCHONBERG CHASE during Phonorama and they shared memories about DONNA JEAN SWENSON KAUFMAN and her very active involvement in the Linnaeus Arboretum at Gustavus.  This is the 30th anniversary of the arboretum and D.J. was a leader in setting up the Arboretum Board.  Darwin ’60 and LINDA ECKBLAD KNOCHENMUS are hoping to include the reunion with their plans to attend the Nobel Conference on October 7 & 8.  While retired, they also raise vegetables and cattle on their farm in Louisana.  Another southerner, BARBARA JENSEN OLSON and husband, Roy, were expecting their second grandson this spring.  Their youngest son, Bailey, is attending law school in Mississippi.  And, they are coming to the reunion!  Another reunion yes will be DON and Joyce (Johnson ’59) ELVESTROM, who will catch St. Peter between Lutsen and Tucson.  And, coming from a great distance (Eugene, OR) will be VAHAN ASSADOURIAN.  It will be wonderful to see him again!

            On some sad notes, PEGGY GOTFREDSON DELONG lost her daughter to cancer this spring.  Her husband died two years ago and Peggy was severely injured in a car accident last year.  Our sympathies to her.  We do not have the details, but know that MAURICE LAMB died in New York last January. Morey was a faithful member of the class.

            MIM ANDERSON OLSEN is another classmate hoping to come to our reunion.  Mim is a full-time caregiver for her husband, Don, who has MS.  She continues to be very involved in the arts, working with watercolors, sketches, glass, etc.  They winter in Rockport, TX and MN for the summer.  DOROTHY (PALM) and Dick ’56 CHILKOTT enjoy retirement in Michigan. Dick sings in a Swedish chorus.  Dick also preaches several Sundays each month; Dorothy works seven weeks each year at the local high school during the mandated state testing period.  KAY (JACOBSON) and Reuben ’56 CARLSON have returned to Wisconsin from New Mexico and have a small five-acre farm near Tigerton.  MARJORIE MC KAY MILLER and her husband, Howard, took three trips last year, two to Europe and one to China and Mongolia.  DONNA (ELVESTROM) and ADE SPONBERG are looking forward to the reunion.

JANET OLSON GREEN won first place in her (our) age group at the Mora Vasaloppet.  Congratulations on winning another Dala Horse!  CAROLE LAMBERT CAMERON was elected to the Rocky Mountain Women's Synod Governing Board.  She says, "I am busier in retirement than I was in teaching!"  SONYA JOHNSON BERG is now SONYA BERG PITT after marrying Edgar Pitt in November.  They are retired and live in Montevideo.  ROBERTA ANDERSON GARDNER is gradually improving from last year's bout with cancer. Good News!  MARK and ANNE (KILTY) WIBERG became grandparents last December with the arrival of Hayden Paul Wiberg.

            Notes from our authors…HERBERT ANDERSON has a new book…"Jacob's Shadow:  Christian Perspectives on Masculinity."  It was published last summer by Bridge Resources and is available on Amazon.com.

            JIM and Pat (Rasche ’59) McPHERSON are the proud grandparents of two grandchildren, Gwynne Carroll Long and James McPherson Long.  Jim's two most recent books "Crossroads of Freedom:  Antietam" and "Hallowed Ground:  A Walk at Gettysburg" are dedicated to his grandchildren.  Jim began a one-year term as president of the American Historical Association in January.  Congratulations!

            Apologies to DALE OLSON for losing my notes from a Phonorama call back in December.  I found them now―in my elaborate filing system.  Dale is president of the Minnesota Pharmaceuticals and travels in the state and nationally with definite lobbying duties.  He and Ione (Hultander ’59) sold their Drug and Pharmacy in Buffalo after owning it for 37 years.  Congratulations Dale!

            And congratulations to PHIL LINDAU, the 2003 recipient of the Greater Gustavus Award for "having notably advanced and aided Gustavus Adolphus College."  This award is the highest given by the Alumni Association.  Phil was noted for his leadership on the Board of Trustees, for his wise counsel, enthusiasm and energy to the College and for his current leadership as chair of the Building a Greater Gustavus campaign.  A great honor for a great Gustie!

            Kudos to ANDERS BJORLING who has used his retirement from Gustavus to become an even more accomplished outdoor photographer, with showings in St. Peter and at the Swedish American Institute in Minneapolis.  You have seen examples of some of Ander's creativity in the Quarterly photos of the campus.  He has a unique eye for capturing the beauty of flowers in the foreground as he looks at larger subjects in the background.  ANDERS and JAN (NEIDT) own the Swedish Kontur shop in St. Peter.

            I am pleased to share portions of three letters with you.  Dorothy Busch, wife of CHARLES BUSCH, reports that Chuck is in failing health, but wished to be remembered in the Alumni Fund.  Chuck can no longer paint or build model planes, but he does love music and was able to attend Christmas in Christ Chapel last year.  Their grandson, Andrew, just completed his first year at Gustavus.

            MERYL NELSON JESSEN attended Gustavus for one semester as part of the nursing program at that time.  She and her husband now live near St. Peter and attend many events on campus.  She particularly remembers Dr. Arne Langsjoen ’42 and Richard Hillstrom ’38, retired Bethesda Hospital chaplain, and chief donor to the Hillstrom Art Museum at Gustavus.

            I received a letter today from HELMUT SCHONAUER who came to Gustavus from Austria for his junior year in 1955.  Helmut has retired (I think he earned a Ph.D. in economics) in Modling, south of Vienna and travels regularly to Scotland.  He and his wife have two grandchildren.

            Back on the mailing list after many years are RICHARD WINSOR and SHIRLEY LARSON WARD.  We need to hear from you!

            Help!  We need ideas for a program on Friday night.  Please contact Owen Sammelson at 507-933-7685 or osammels@gustavus.edu.

            Help!  We need volunteers for a program!  What would you like to hear, do, not do, who do you want to see the most!

            Thanks for your help.

            Cheers!

Owen Sammelson

            1958 Class Agent