Class of '60
April 2000

Dear Classmates,

First Things First:

I hope you all have your calendars marked for September 29 and 30 as the date for our reunion. We are creatures of habit and I still have some conversations that refer to the end of May as the time of our 40th reunion. So, this third announcement to you all: Reunions, by popular demand from all class agents, are being moved to Homecoming. We will reunite this fall. Details of plans are yet to be formulated, but a committee will soon be organized. Interested in helping? Let me know.

Now to news!

Barb Nordstrom Hanson and John had to miss Christmas in Christ Chapel this last year, but had a pretty good excuse. They were attending an Elderhostel in Nepal, complete with trekking in the Himalayas, riding elephants in the jungle, and viewing Mt. Everest from a plane. Wow, how can that be beat!! (Well, spiritually speaking, Elvee’s script and the musician’s performance on the Book of Revelation—a millennium celebration—were one of the best ever…)

Jo Jensen Tollefson is working in public health. Jo finds "tobacco an exciting issue to be working on." Even more exciting has been the birth of three granddaughters in 10 months. No twins or triplets, either!

Nancy Dege Gerhard retired as a counselor from Orange High School in June, had a big celebration party for her 60th birthday in July and went to Germany in September. She is now mentoring two new teachers at OHS under a state program to deal with the current teacher shortage. (She also substitutes in the school system to finance her trips. Grandchildren live in San Francisco and North Carolina, so she and Rick need to travel to see them.

Carolyn Anderson Kvam reports from Florida, "My husband, Lowell, and I are really enjoying retirement in sunny Punta Gorda! We are somewhat infamous as our 34′ SeaRay exploded at our dock! No injuries, but now have a 33′ Cruiser with diesel engines! Love living on a canal and enjoy the pool year round." Ah, the good life.

Nate Lundgren’s parish threw a party for Nate and Doreen in honor of the 35th anniversary of his ordination. Nate is serving the same parish his father served from 1950-55. And, among our other clergy brothers, we learn that Tom Delk is doing a new thing. In September he began a year’s residency in clinical pastoral education at BroMenn Hospital in Bloomington-Normal, Illinois. He and Eileen (Johnson) continue to live in Flanagan.

New retirees: Joel and Nancy (Anderson) Wiberg have announced their retirements. Joel has ended his relationship with Fairview Southdale as a marriage and family therapist this April and Nancy will end her teaching career at the end of this school year. Joel will serve as a spiritual director to a few persons and continue to see some clients from his practice. And, Dennis Johnson (that’s me) and Carol, will both be retiring from Gustavus. Carol will leave the Book Mark where she worked as gift buyer at the end of May and I will end my full time service to Gustavus at the end of July. Our only plans, as with many of you, are to explore the many opportunities and try to "reinvent" ourselves for this exciting stage. Obviously, I leave Gustavus with some reluctance, but also with deep gratitude for the privilege that working at my alma mater has been. OK, I will stay, for the time being, as class agent—at least through our 40th reunion.

Jackie McKenna Gimse has already sent her regrets about the reunion as she and Mac will, once again, be leading the five month Global Semester for St. Olaf. She does report seeing Dick and Orpah (Jungclaus) Johnson who now live in Northfield.

I recently had the opportunity to travel to several warm places this past winter on Alumni Chapter visits. Rick and Carol (Ofelt x62) Duerr were at the Tucson area event held in the home of Jerry and Susan (Schoening) Gustafson ’66 ’66 (Vic’s family). Rick recently retired from ministry (last parish was in Pennsylvania). They are enjoying the new surroundings and doing some home landscaping. Also saw Everett and Diane Anderson Fahlberg at the Scottsdale gathering.

In Seattle I saw Tom Weston who reminded me that he was the only official resident of Kasota who was attending Gustavus at the time. Tom and Carol (Villesvik ’61) are retired (Tom from Boeing) and recently moved to a new house in Lacey, WA, which Carol designed. The have a son who is an ELCA pastor in Fosston, MN> Three grandchildren for Tom and Carol. They invited any Gusties in the area to visit. In San Diego I was looking forward to seeing Dick Hostin who had registered for the event at the home of Ted ’61and Marietta (Bittrich ’62) Johns. But Dick was a "no show." Dick, "you have some ‘splaining’ to do." Well, hope it was nothing serious that kept you away. Just wanted you to know (in this very public way) that we missed you. And, in San Francisco, Sue Applequist Tucker was present at our Italian Restaurant party. Sue moved to California to be closer to four grandchildren and their parents. She has since emailed me with the following: "I am employed, …again! I am working at Caliper Technologies Corp―benefits and stock options. The people are great. Of course, being a tech company the stock has been flushed away in the last couple of weeks, but it will go up…won’t it? A good share of the employees are 15 or so. At least they seem like it."

Now, I have to work from reunion surveys—a pile of them (but keep them coming).

Much of this is not new news, but provides a refresher on where our classmates are and what they are doing.

  • Ray and Sheila (Ice ’59) Olson―Ray is a retired teacher and Sheila is a "guidance paraprofessional." They live in Shoreview.
  • Mike Cooper is a CPA and is president of Mike Cooper, Ltd. He and Sharon live in Edina.
  • Marna Colliander Reilly lives in Edina with husband, Phil x59, and is working at Burnet Realty.
  • Kenny Happ and wife, Margaret, live in Minnetonka where Ken is president of A&H, Inc. (Associates and Happ).
  • Lois Sundberg Smestad and husband, David, live in Moorhead. Lois retired in 1998 after twenty years as Education Coordinator at Trinity Lutheran in Moorhead.
  • Diane Anderson Fahlberg and Everett retired to Carefree, Arizona where the main street is Easy Street! They have three grandchildren and proudly boast that all of their children (3) graduated from Gustavus.
  • Arlan Burmeister and Beverly live in Owatonna. Arlan is retired from education and the insurance industry.
  • Ken Emerton lives in North Branch. Ken was widowed in 1995 and reports that he is retired and now "just traveling a little."
  • Ed Bramsen and his wife, Margaret, are living in Minneapolis. Ed is manager of Information Technology for Dakota County.
  • Peter Boman and Susan are in Duluth where Peter is in real estate development.
  • Gary and Dottie Van Campen ’61 Mau live in Lakeland where Gary is with United Defense, L.P. in Minneapolis.
  • John Soll lives in Richfield and is retired from Good Samaritan Supply Services. He and his wife, Jane, have been married since ’94.
  • Janice Jensen Eilers lives in Belview where she is principal of Lincoln HI Elementary.
  • Marilyn Hallberg Gaffin lives in Tennessee. She is in Gifted Education for Morgan County. She is a deacon and organist at the local Presbyterian Church.
  • Glen Wilson is retired from the IRS in Willmar. He is in his "eleventh year of retirement and enjoying every minute of it." He and Peggy have six grandchildren.
  • And, now news gleaned from Phonorama:
  • Penny Jackewitz Lundgren and husband, Morrie, are retired and living in Staples, MN. They have nine grandchildren and and seven are five and under. Jim and Ellen Krueger have left New York and moved to Eugene, Oregon. Both are retired since last July. Barb Seastrand Eder and husband, Joe, will be leaving Minnesota next summer for Montana where they will be building a log home. Sounds like a retirement plan. Bill and Carol (Hansen x61) Benson are in Kandiyohi. Bill is a math/physics professor at Ridgewater College. No. 2 son is also on faculty at Ridgewater. Gordy Larson is in Lavonia, MI and teaching mathematics in high school. He and Nancy have seven grandchildren, including triplets!
  • Peter Nyhus continues to be very productive with American Funds Distributors, Inc. Pete is building a new log retirement home in Park Rapids, MN. He seems pretty excited about that. Marjorie Lind Halverson lives in St. Peter with husband, Stan. She is retired from the St. Peter School District. Their daughter was married recently in Stillwater. Jan Davoux Jones teaches English/language arts in Northglenn, Colorado.

Campus News:

International House Being Built - Ground was broken during the first week in March for the new international house. The residence hall will house Crossroads, the Swedish House, and the Office of International Education. This new facility will support the mission of bringing an international perspective to the curriculum and preparing students to communicate and compete in the new millennium. The 80-bed, 30,000 square-foot facility is scheduled to open in the fall of 2000. The $5.4 million building is going up west of Olin Hall.

Reunion Weekend for the 50 Year Club (including The War Years), Class of 1950, and V-12/5 is May 26 & 27. A schedule of events and registration material will be sent in mid-April. Homecoming 2000, September 29 & 30, will feature gatherings for anniversary classes from 1955-2000. Class reunions will be in the Twin Cities Friday evening, and events will return to campus on Saturday. A schedule of events and registration material will be mailed in August.

Everyone is invited to an hors d’oeuvres supper and tribute to retiring Chaplain Richard Q. Elvee on Tuesday, May 16, 5:30 p.m. at the Hotel Sofitel in Bloomington. A program will begin at 7:00 p.m. The cost of the event is $25 per person. RSVP to the Alumni Office by May 12, 800-487-8437, e-mail alumni@gustavus.edu, or in Alumni Events at gustavus.edu.

Eckhoff Memorial Sculpture – ORBISC, a Granlund sculpture in memory of Emeritus Vice President for Alumni Affairs Cecil F. Eckhoff ’56, will be dedicated on campus, Saturday, May 27, 3:30 p.m. near Hello Walk.

Forensics Team Earns International Awards ― The College speech and debate team captured two championships and six other awards at the recent International Forensics Association tournament in Paris, France. Both Gustavus debate teams compiled a 3-1win-loss record. The team's strong overall performance earned Gustavus a fourth-place Sweepstakes Award. Gustavus attends international forensic competitions every other year.

Men’s swimming and diving team completed its most successful season in Gustavus history finishing undefeated in both non-conference meets, with a record of 7-0, and conference meets, at 6-0. At the MIAC Championships, Gustavus placed first for the first time since 1960. They beat conference power St. Olaf, who had won 20 consecutive MIAC titles before this year. Earlier in the year, the Gusties also handed the Oles their first conference dual meet loss since 1981, breaking an Ole streak of 96 straight wins. Please read the Spring Quarterly for complete winter sports recaps or visit the athletics site at gustavus.edu.

Upcoming campus and Alumni Association events:

  • MAYDAY! Conference/"Vietnam: 25 Years On," April 26, Campus
  • Arbor Day Celebration, April 28, Campus
  • Chicago Chapter, May 6, Chicago Cubs baseball game and barbecue picnic
  • Tribute to Richard Q. Elvee, May 16, Hotel Sofitel, Bloomington, 5:30 p.m., 7:00 p.m. program
  • ORBISC dedication, a Granlund sculpture in memory of Cecil Eckhoff, May 27, 3:30 p.m., Campus
  • Reunion Weekend for 50-Year Club, Class of 1950, War Years, V-12/5, May 26 & 27, all events held on campus
  • Homecoming/Reunion Weekend for Anniversary Class 1955-2000, September 29 & 30, Friday night events at the Hotel Sofitel, Bloomington, Saturday events on campus
  • Gusties in Volunteer Endeavors, October 7, Twin Cities and national chapter locations

Members of the New Millenium: Knowing that we are in a technological age, we want to encourage all alumni to get involved and get online. If you have access to a computer and the Internet, we hope you will check out the Gustavus Alumni Association homepage regularly. We publish information about upcoming events, post class letters, provide information about the Alumni Office, list e-mail addresses of alumni and more. Check us out under the alumni section at gustavus.edu.

We are planning on corresponding on a regular basis with all alumni who have e-mail addresses. Please send a message to alumni@gustavus.edu so we can get you on the list. (Also, be sure to keep us posted on any e-mail address changes.)

Dennis Johnson

1960 Class Agent