Class of '58
May 2006

Dear ’58ers,

            A particularly sad week at Gustavus as we mourn the death of PHIL LINDAU, classmate, who served the College exceedingly well as a member of both the Alumni Association Board and the Board of Trustees.  Phil chaired the Board of Trustees from 1992-95 and was a strong supporter of the Three Crowns Campaign, which raised $33 million for scholarships, technology and the renovation of the Nobel Hall of Science.

            He also chaired the Building a Greater Gustavus Campaign after the 1998 tornado and was awarded the Greater Gustavus Award for his commitment and generosity to his alma mater.  He had been fighting cancer for several years and, as late as last week, was still working, laughing and praying with his family and friends.

            Few alumni have contributed as much to Gustavus in so many ways, from his leadership and ideas to his loyalty and generosity.  He enjoyed life in college and after, and we will always remember his great smile and laugh.

            Where does a letter go from here?  Phil shared our pride in the generosity of the class of 1958.  So, he would want to join us in thanking the most recent donors to the Gustavus Fund:

Lee Anderson, Westen Anderson, Bob Baugh, Noel Behne, Char Jonson Berndt, Bill Binger, Jan (Neidt) and Anders Bjorling, Agnes Voss Bode, Dick Bratt, Russ Braun, Karen Mattson Bruning, Chuck Busch, Alan Carlson, Jane Schonberg Chase, Ruth Lind Christenson, Charles Clements, Jim Cone, Mike Dale, Heather Peterson Davis-Peabody, Jim Edman, Carolyn Clogston Engquist, Janet Olson Green, Myrtice Jostad Haney, Loren Herbst, Jerry Hesser, Steve Hilding, Rollie Hirman, Karen Holman Hubbard, Andrea Grant Janousek, Meryl Nelson Jessen, Jim Johanson, Barbara Anderson Johnson, Carl Johnson, Ellwood Johnson, John Johnson, Marlys Johnson Johnson, Shirley Lundgren Kanne, Linda Eckblad Knochenmus, Emily Kuhlenkamp, Stan Larson, Roberta Walker Loreno, Herb Lundeen, Marjorie McKay Miller, Don Milton, Ruth Raarup Mitchell, Doug Moe, Barbara Johnson Morris, Leroy Mueller, Ken Nelson, Dale Noyed, Susan Elam O'Connor, Barbara Jensen Olson, Jeanine Lundahl Olson, Glen Peters, Marlene Gastler Petersen, Martha Telleen Peterson, Nancy Johnson Peterson, Bob Peterson, Sonya Johnson Pitt, Arlene Jornlin Ramberg, Larry Ray, Robbie Robinson, Pat Trench Rosenberg, Lenida Jepson Sandahl, Carolyn Lund Sandvig, Robert Shogren, Dick Sodergren, Sonya (Harbo) and Duane Talus, Sally Clausen Taylor, Marlene Isensee Thomas, Charles Thompson, Morna Pell Traffas, Dave Wagner, Charlene Bukkila Westrum, Mark Wiberg, Gerald Youngquist.

            A resounding thank you to all of the above.  As of April 22, we have received gifts from 87 donors for a total of $51,790.  Eighty-seven donors is less than half of the class and we need to hear from 45 more of your to reach the respectability of the last two years.       

            There are exactly 45 of you who have made a gift in the last two years and we need to hear from you again!

            There are 38 of you who have not sent a gift in more than three years.  Now is your chance!  Make an old class agent happy!  Or tell him he should get lost!  Do something!

            And now for some Class News.....

ELDON SATTER works as an auditor for the State Department of Economic Security and lives in Brainerd.  CHUCK and Dorothy BUSCH celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary last summer.  Their oldest grandchild, Andrea Busch, is a senior at Gustavus and spent the fall studying in Japan.  We are always pleased to hear from BETH CHOI, the widow of classmate CHANGIK CHOI and her annual support of the Gustavus Fund in memory of her husband.  KAY (JACOBSON) and Reuben ’56 CARLSON are retired in Tigerton, WI.  Reuben works with cancer support groups and will attend his 50th reunion this spring at Gustavus.

            MARJORIE MCKAY MILLER traveled this year to Newfoundland, Labrador and spent a month in Australia.  That's moving!  Duane and DARLENE THOMPSON KRIEWELL are retired and live in Burnsville.  SALLY CLAUSEN TAYLOR, a retired RN, spends winters in Arizona and enjoys her two grandchildren.  MORNA PELL TRAFFAS has retired from the retail world and continues to live in Wyomissing, PA.  RENEE LINDBERG SMITH passed away last summer in Overland Park, KS.  Renee had been an interior decorator and corporate secretary.  I always enjoyed visiting with Renee in the Phonorama days.

            ELLWOOD JOHNSON always gives me a full report of his summer travels, which include a visit to his hometown of Lowry.  He also visited with DARRELL and Patti LORSUNG in Alexandria; JOHN DAHL and HERB LUNDEEN in the Twin Cities; BOB PETERSON and me in St Peter and NOEL BEHNE in New Mexico.  LINDA (ECKBLAD) and DARWIN KNOCHENMUS felt the effects of the hurricanes at their home in Jackson, LA and the slow recovery time in this year after.  They made their annual trip to Toulouse, France to visit their son and grandsons.

            It was great to have HERBERT ANDERSON on campus for a week in February to present the annual Transfiguration Talks in Christ Chapel.  Herbert is retired, living in Berkeley, CA where Phyllis is president of Pacific Lutheran Seminary.  The Talks involved six homilies in Chapel, I heard three and Herbert was marvelous.

            ROBBIE ROBINSON continues to teach and coach in Mesa, AZ.  Kris (Anderson ’61) has retired and they are happy to announce the birth of their first grandchild this past year.  CAROLYN (CLOGSTON) and Tom ’56 ENGQUIST will also be on campus this spring for Tom’s reunion.  Tom has been interim director this year of the American Swedish Institute Male Chorus.

            BOB ORTLOFF continues to be busy in the banking and real estate business in LaCrosse, WI.  He continues to own the Stoddard Insurance Agency, while serving as a bank consultant and being the chief financial officer for a recreational land real estate company.  Whoa, Bob!  You are more than filling up the day!

Campus News

The Alumni Board met on campus in February 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 Alumni Directory

The 2006 Gustavus Alumni Directory will be published soon and our goal is to represent your information as accurately as possible in the printed edition.  PCI:  the data company, is publishing our directory and a short phone call will update or verify your information.  Call toll free:  1-800-982-1589, Monday-Saturday, 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. CST, and Sunday, 11:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. CST.  International callers dial:  1-972-386-0100, Monday-Friday CST.

MAYDAY! Peace Conference:  "AIDS + Africa, the Unfolding Crisis"

The 26th annual MAYDAY! Peace Conference was on Wednesday, April 19.  This year's topic was AIDS in Africa.  The conference featured a keynote address by Robert Gallo, co-discoverer of the HIV virus, and Marjorie Mbilinyi, social activist and professor in Tanzania.  The AIDS Memorial Quilt was also on campus for viewing.  Robert Gallo spent time on campus during March and April sponsored by the Robert E. and Susan T. Rydell Distinguished Professorship, a residency program for Nobel Laureates and similarly distinguished scholars.

Gusties Gather!

Gusties around the world are called to gather on Sunday, August 6!  The Alumni Board is designating this day as a way for Gusties to stay connected with each other.  In research among alumni, we know that Gusties already stay in contact with many alumni, and we know that Gusties have a strong interest in staying connected with other Gusties and with the College.  Ever think you want to do more to be connected with Gustavus?  Now is your chance, signup to host a Gusties Gather! event.  Complete event checklist, host kit, and details will be provided.  Sign-up via e-mail at <alumni@gustavus.edu> or call 800/487-8437.

Upcoming Alumni Events

  • Gustavus Library Associates Author Day with Robert Alexander – May 3
  • Reunion for Class of 1956 and 50-Year Club – May 26-27
  • Commencement – May 28
  • Gusties Gather! – August 6
  • Reunions for the classes of 1961, 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001 – October 6-8
  • Homecoming/Family Weekend – October 7 & 8

            The month of May is here and the Gustavus Fund closes at the end of the month.  We hope to hear from you!

                                                                        Cheers!

                                                                       

                                                                        Owen Sammelson

                                                                        1958 Class Agent

                                                                        osammels@gustavus.edu