Class of '59
May 2009

50-Year Reunion ― May 29 & 30, 2009

Dear Classmates,

Our reunion is twenty-five days away.  If you’ve not made your reservations yet, there’s still time.  Reservations must be made by Friday, May 22.  You can mail in the form, or call:  800-487-8437, or fax:  507-933-6270 or online at:  www.gustavus.edu click on Alumni and then Class Connections.  Whatever system that works for you―DO IT!

We have a few reminders for all of you about the reunion.  Remember that the Thanksgiving Service of Remembrance for our deceased classmates will be Friday, May 29th at 4:00 p.m. in the Chapel.  You may want to arrive at the Chapel about 3:45 to hear beautiful choir music before the service.  Immediately after the service, we will gather in the Chapel for our group picture.

Campus News

Commission Gustavus 150

In April, the eight Commission Gustavus 150 Task Forces finished meeting and completed recommendation drafting as part of the strategic planning process.  Starting next week, all recommendations will be posted on a secured website for employees, students, and alumni to provide input regarding the level of importance for each recommendation.  This information will be shared with the Board of Trustees for their August meeting to set priorities for action and funding.

“Come on you Gusties” Breakfast

Join us for a cup of coffee, breakfast, and great conversation.  All Gusties are welcome and invited to the breakfasts which are held the third Wednesday of each month.  This month our featured presenter is Katherine Tunheim, professor of economics and management.  Tunheim will bring news about the department and speak about business ethics and how it is incorporated in the department today.  The date will be Wednesday, May 20, 8-9:30 a.m. at the Doubletree Hotel Minneapolis-Park Place, 1500 Park Place Blvd.  Cost is $10 at the door.  Reserve your spot by calling Don Swanson ‘55 at 763-533-9083.  Upcoming summer breakfasts include Tom Emmert, professor of history, on June 17; Byron Nordstrom, retiring professor of history and Scandinavian Studies, on July 15; and Megan Ruble, director of student activities, and Mim Kagol, Gustavus Library Associates, on the Reading In Common program, on August 19.

Faculty/Administrator Service Dinner

Gustavus will honor John Bungum, professor of economics and management; Dennis Henry, professor of physics; Steve Hogberg, gift planner; Byron Nordstrom, professor of history and Scandinavian studies; Tom Thorkelson; men’s and women’s track coach, strength coach, and Lund Center special events coordinator, Edi Thorstensson; visiting instructor and academic librarian, and Steve Wilkinson; men’s tennis coach, upon their retirement and other faculty and administrators for their years of service at a May 21 banquet on campus.

Tribute to Bill Holm

Friends of acclaimed writer Bill Holm ’65, who died unexpectedly in February, gathered for a tribute on Thursday, May 7.  John Rezmerski (English, emeritus) emceed and presenters included Phil Bryant (English), Joyce Sutphen (English), Doug Huff (philosophy), Larry Owen (English, emeritus), and Athena Owen Kildegaard ’82, gave brief tributes or readings.  Music was provided by Paul and Helen Baumgartner (music, emeriti).

Class News

Since our last letter, I have heard some news from various classmates.

Marilyn Ekberg Scherer is uncertain that she’ll be at the reunion so she wanted to let others know that in case they were expecting to see her.

Stan Jurgenson had planned on a visit to the Mayo Clinic near the same time as the reunion to save on traveling from Nevada.  His Mayo appointment was moved up to earlier this year so he will not be with us after all.

Pat McLane Olson wrote a letter letting me know that she and Red ’58 couldn’t be there due to health concerns, but wanted to greet everyone.

Betty Croonquist has sold her Willmar home and has moved to an apartment in Minnetonka.

The saddest and most unexpected news was the passing of Colleen Kerns Walter on April 18 in Florida.

We are gathering memorabilia from our Gustavus days.  Feel free to bring items you may have stored in the attic, basement or storage locker for us all to reminisce about.

As of today, May 1, we have 123 donors to our Anniversary gift with a total of $58,566 plus we have our $100,000 in bequests made by classmates.  Thank you!  Any gifts made before the end of May go towards our class gift to Gustavus.  If you are still considering a gift, please do so before May 31!

This is really the last letter you’ll receive before we see you face to face.  The committee is excited about the entire weekend and is looking forward to seeing everyone.

Gustavianly yours,

Carol Johnson Heyl

1959 Class Agent