Class of '60
October 1999

Dear Classmates:

The campus community is riding high after receiving a record student enrollment this fall, opening the new Campus Center and Market Place to rave reviews, concluding a very successful Nobel Conference that garnered world-wide publicity for the College, the introduction of many innovations on our Web pages, and a well attended G.I.V.E. day in 11 cities across the country. You can read more about these and other happenings later in this letter, but first things first:

This spring will mark the 40th anniversary of our graduation!!! Do NOT mark your calendars for the last weekend in May!!!! We are moving our reunion celebrations to HOMECOMING…so DO mark your calendars for September 28 and 29, 2000 as the occasion for our gala celebration………

Why the change? Because many of you asked for it and others (who weren’t asked) have responded positively to the idea. Thus, we avoid the usual Memorial Day weekend conflicts occasioned by the graduation time reunions and we strengthen Homecoming as a time for alumni to return to the campus. At one time, having the availability of dormitories to stay in was essential, now it seems a liability. People prefer hotels/motels—especially at our age! So, we have some time to prepare for what should be our best reunion ever—we will go all out to make it so…volunteers for the committee should let me know. Our planning meetings will be gala events as well, so offer your services now.

One of the ways that we will be preparing for the celebration is to set a new goal for giving to the Gustavus Fund. Special giving at reunion times is something nearly all Colleges stress. It’s a natural for Gustavus, with our high percentage giving, and with our loyalty to the College. Jim Anderson will be writing a special letter to you all, outlining the case for setting a record for our class during the 40th year.

You will be called on Phonorama this year by a classmate. Some of you are aware that we now use student phoners (GusLink) for your annual giving solicitations with the exception of reunion years when classmates will be calling classmates. So, look for a phone call and say "Yes, I will be at the reunion," and "Yes, I’ll make the best gift I can during this fiscal year (ending May 31, 1999). We will celebrate our success at Homecoming. Look for a Friday night event in the Twin Cities and all day activities on campus on Saturday.

Now, for Class News!

Look for a picture of many of our classmates in the next Quarterly as the football team of 1959 held a reunion recently…one of the greatest teams in Gustavus’ rich athletic history.

I had the privilege of allowing Jim Donicht (or maybe Lutheran Brotherhood) to buy me lunch in the new Evelyn Young Dining Room shortly after it opened this fall. He was impressed. Donicht’s face appears in several places as he smiles at us in LB ads, "He represents the best in the world."

Steve McCann is part of three practices in California, two are in Ob/Gyn and the third is in cosmetic surgery. He and wife, Mary, live in Manhattan Beach. Ann Muesing Behning gloated when writing from Green Valley, AZ last winter. "Just spent our first winter in Arizona. It was wonderful, no slipping, sliding or shoveling! Come and visit—we are in the book—would enjoy seeing "old" classmates!" Ann, I take it the invitation is the same for the winter coming up which is predicted to be unusually cold and snowy.

Owen and Judy (Magnuson ’63) Peterson are first time grandparents. Emilie was born last January 20. Missed being baby 6 billion by a few months. Arlan Burmeister has joined the ranks of the retired. He retired from Lutheran Brotherhood and, when not traveling, calls Owatonna home.

Margo Pinney Cotton writes from Durango about skiing with Jo Jensen Tollefson and Dean in Vail last winter and visiting Diane Fahlberg Anderson and Everett in Carefree, AZ, last April. "Good time had by all." Martha Jonson Miller expresses her appreciation for sympathy expressions from classmates following the death of her mother that was reported in the last class letter. Martha says she won’t retire for quite awhile as she has to work to afford all the wonderful trips she has taken and wants to take. She celebrated her 60th with a Bahaman Cruise. Keep working, Martha. Home is St. Charles, Illinois. Ok, maybe this isn’t the place to insert this item about Ginny (Nelson) and Ray Anderson, as they have been retired now for eleven years! But, like all retired people, they say they are busier than ever with a variety of church and community commitments, travel and lots of "eating out" with friends. They are at home in Janesville, Wisconsin.

Marilyn Hallberg Gaffin says she is looking forward to our reunion in May. By this point in the letter, Marilyn has already erased the May date and entered in September 28 and 29, 2000. (If not, do it now!). She continues to teach in the Morgan County Schools in Kingston, Tennessee.

Several classmates were here as GACAC delegates last April: Bill Benson, Judy Overbeck Johnson, Jim Anderson, Barbara Nordstrom Hanson and Marge Day Philipson. Steve Lundgren was present, as well. His sister, Johanna Lundgren Kuehn ’64, was the keynote speaker at the event and began her speech with a funny story about Steve. Seems Steve was in "a good mood" outside of Wahlstrom Hall one night during his student days and fell into a window well. As quickly as he disappeared, he reappeared quipping, "Its good to be back."

Nobel attendees included Judy Overbeck Johnson. There had to be others as we had the largest crowd in history. I saw Eugene and Marge Day Philipson at a luncheon for members of Gustavus Heritage Partners last month. Gene and Marge were about to leave for Florida and we hope to see them at the Florida gathering for Gusties on Marco Island. If any of you are in Florida in February, let us know so we can invite you. It is a party not to be missed. Dick Sundberg was on campus for the Alumni Board meeting recently. Interestingly, several of our contemporaries’ children are on the board: Kerstin Hammarberg (Mel’s daughter), Scott Anderson (Jim’s son) and Jim Elvestrom (Joyce ’59 and Don’s ’58 son).

Several Gusties gathered for the wedding of Per Wiberg, son of Joel and Nancy (Anderson) Wiberg this past September. If we can find the picture, we will publish it in the next class letter.

Dan Buendorf was saluted by his congregation, First Lutheran in Litchfield, this summer on the occasion of the 35th anniversary of his ordination—it was a surprise. The letter letting some of us in on the deal warmly praised his ministry in Litchfield and what his ministry has meant to so many people. Congratulations, Dan.

Karen (Schendel) and Bob Nybo went to the far north country to view Polar Bears…of course, the Nybos are frequently doing those kind of adventures.

Our sympathy to Andrea Noren Rogers on the death of her father, Dr. Paul Noren ’31. Andy’s dad was longtime pastor of Augustana Church in Denver and Sr. Pastor at Mount Olivet in Minneapolis for five years prior to retirement. Our sympathy also to Terry Denley whose mother died this past spring. I saw Terry and Mary Lee at the retirement party for Charley Johnson held at the Shoreland Country Club this summer. Charley retired from the Minnesota Regional Treatment Center. One of the "special" treats at the retirement party was hearing Charley’s quartet sing…barbershop style, of course. I think you can "rent" them for parties…they do have openings, I am told. Charley and Jo (Hanson ’61) live in North Mankato.

Peter Boman is in real estate development in Duluth and has been for the past six years. After a renowned career as an orthopedic surgeon, Peter suffered a brain aneurysm which prevented him from continuing as a surgeon. Pete is doing well and his commercial adventures have been successful. Over the past twenty years, Pete has been involved with Luther Seminary as a member of the board and a past board chair.

Several classmates attended the 35th reunion gathering of graduates from the Augustana Seminary class of 1964: Paul and Sheri (Swanson ’62) Chell, Jim and Diane (Hammargren ’63) Anderson, Roger and Nita (Swanson ’61) Anderson, Bob and Lou (Eckman) Engstrom, Joel and Nancy (Anderson) Wiberg, Nate and Doreen Lundgren, Paul and Janet (Ryan ’63) Tidemann, and Dennis and Carol Johnson. The reunion was held in Estes Park, Colorado. At the end of the reunion I headed to Cody, Wyoming, where several members of our family met for a week-long trail ride and fishing expedition in the back country of Yellowstone. The fishing was great, scenery spectacular and 76 miles on a horse was tolerable. The trip was all the more special because son, Andy, was the guide.

Now for some College News:

The 1999-2000 academic year opened with a record enrollment of 2,490 full-time students (compared with the previous record of 2,474 set last year), including 660 first-year students. Students returned to the new Campus Center housing the Evelyn Young Dining Room, the new Book Mark, post office, health service, and printing service. Renovation of the old dining service building will continue with expected completion in February. The renovation project will provide office space for student organizations, Office of Admission, specialty dining areas, Dean of Students office, and a faculty and staff center. Summer construction also included the landscaping of parking lots on the north end of campus. The landscaping provides a welcoming appearance to the College and helps break-up the "frozen tundra" between Norelius Hall and the Campus Center.

Gustavus Adolphus College Ranked Among the Best Liberal Arts Colleges

Gustavus Adolphus College is once again ranked among the best of all national liberal

arts colleges in U.S. News and World Report's 13th annual "America's Best Colleges" rankings. Gustavus is again in the top 80 of the overall quality listings for national liberal arts colleges. Ranked again in the second tier in the national liberal arts college category, Gustavus is one of only two Minnesota colleges included in the 38-college tier two listing and one of four Minnesota colleges ranked in the top 80. Gustavus is also included in the Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine list of "100 great values" among the nation's 1,600 private schools. The "Private Colleges Worth the Price" article appears in the September 1999 magazine. Gustavus is one of only four Minnesota colleges named a Top 100 Value in Private Colleges. The list is based on academic and financial measures.

Some exciting changes are in store for class reunions. Starting next year, all class reunions, except for the 50-Year Club and the 50th Anniversary Class, will be held in the fall at Homecoming, scheduled for Friday and Saturday, September 29 & 30, 2000. Classes celebrating reunions at Homecoming will include ’55, ’60, ’65, ’70, ’75, ’80, ’85, ’90 & ’95. Reunion dates for the 50-Year Club and the Class of 1950 are May 26 & 27, 2000, Commencement Weekend.

The Gustavus Library Associates Once upon a holiday … A Royal Affair, is Saturday, November 13 at the Radisson South Hotel, Bloomington. Information and registration material was inserted in the Summer Quarterly.

Christmas in Christ Chapel, Even so, come, Lord Jesus, is December 3-5. A ticket order form was inserted in the Summer Quarterly.

Alumni Chapters will be meeting again this year so mark your calendars today: Washington, DC, November 5; Boston, November 6; Chicago, December 11; Atlanta, January 31; Marco Island, February 5; Tucson, February 7; Phoenix, February 8; Sun City, February 9; Seattle, March 3; Bay Area, March 4; Los Angeles, March 5; San Diego, March 6; Denver, March 7.

ALUMNILLENNIUM 2000 - The Gustavus Artist Series -- For 30 years, the Artist Series has brought world-class artists to campus for performances, exhibitions and residencies. This year the tables turn as the Series features and celebrates the accomplishments of our alumni artists as they enter the new millennium, ALUMNILLENNIUM 2000. The Fall Series opened September 18 with the jazz trio October, featuring Andrew Benson ’95, Brian Rowe ’95 and Nik Lindell ’95; followed by the music of Steve Heitzeg ’82, September 25. David Esbjornson ’75 directs a one-woman Virginia Woolf play on October 8; organist Timothy Strand ’82 presents his recital on November 14; and tenor Mark Thomsen ’78 will present a vocal recital on November 21. Spring semester events include an alumni art exhibiton in February; a concert by Neal Hagberg ’81 and Leandra Peak ’83 on February 19; pianist Stephen Carlson ’92 on March 4; and Peter Krause ’87, better known as Casey McCall on ABC's SPORTS NIGHT, will be in residency in April. Other events may be scheduled through the fall of 2000 as well. Ticket information and complete schedule will be posted to the Fine Arts Calendar on the Gustavus website.

Following extensive work to Christ Chapel's magnificent pipe organ this summer, a three-concert series of organ recitals has been planned for the fall. Christ Chapel Organist, Dr. David Fienen opened the series with Organ Works by Charles-Marie Widor on October 10 at 7:30 p.m. Volodymyr Koshuba, Organist of the Kiev Concert Hall of Organ and Chamber Music and the Ukraine's "Honored Artist" for 1998, will present a recital on November 4 at 7:30 p.m. The final recital, mentioned in the ALUMNILLENNIUM 2000, is a recital by Timothy Strand ’82, Organist and Music Director for St. Luke's Episcopal in Minneapolis, on November 14, beginning at 3:30 p.m. The Fienen and Strand recitals are free of charge. The Koshuba recital, sponsored by the American Guild of Organists, will have tickets available at the door.

Gustavus will be represented at several Lutheran College Fairs and Festivals around the country this year. Gustavus alumni, parents and friends are encouraged to assist with these events by staffing the Gustavus table to share your experiences with prospective students and their parents. You can also help by bringing students of high potential to the events or encouraging their attendance. Please call the Gustavus Admission Office to volunteer at 800-GUSTAVU(S). Events scheduled include: Omaha, September 19; Kansas City, September 20; Des Moines, September 21; Cedar Rapids, September 22; Quad Cities, September 23; St. Louis, September 26; Denver, October 10; Phoenix, October 11; Santa Ana, October 12; Seattle, October 17; Portland, October 17; Appleton, October 31; Milwaukee, November 2; Madison, November 3; Chicago, November 7; Grand Rapids (MI), November 8; Detroit, November 14; Cleveland, November 15; Columbus, November 16; Pittsburgh, November 17; Saddlebrook (NJ), November 21; Philadelphia, November 21; Baltimore, November 22; and Washington, DC, November 23.

That’s it for now. Remember, I have nothing to write about unless I hear from you. Reunion surveys should help to catch up on news of classmates who don’t write (and they will be sent out at the end of this month). In the meantime, enjoy these fall days.

Dennis Johnson

1960 Class Agent