Class of '60
February 2005

Many thanks to Fred and Andy (Noren) Rogers for writing the fall class letter.  We all enjoy hearing from different voices.  Andy and Fred will be invited back for an encore.  Who else would like to be a ‘guest’ writer?

We trust you all had good Christmas/New Year’s gatherings with families and friends and are now in “winter haunts,” vacationing in the sun, hibernating up north, or “thankful” in whatever sunny state you live in.  Wherever you are, pour a warm cup of something or other and draw up to the computer or hard copy and read about classmates.

This from last fall’s Phonorama:

Eileen Johnson Delk has remained in Decorah, since Tom’s death.  She is teaching piano, volunteers at Aase Haugon Home (where Tom ’60 was chaplain).  She plays the organ on Sunday and accompanies the choir.

Jule Carlson Cameron writes:  “We traveled to New Zealand and Australia in August and September.  Went to the International Congress of Entomology in Brisbane.  This was a wonderful area to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary.  It was our first trip to that part of the world.”  Jule told me that the people down under are “wonderful.”  Their son teaches high school in Virginia and their daughter is on the faculty at Northwestern Medical School.

Scooter and Jeanette (Westberg ’59) Johnston live in Eagle River, Wisconsin.  Jeanette is a substitute teacher who loves it when they don’t call her.  She’d rather cozy up with the fire and a good book.  Scooter meanwhile “works” in the woods, canoeing and painting watercolors.  Main travel is to Idaho to be with grandchildren.

Marilyn Wiklund Anderson has joined the retired ranks. She retired from teaching in Hopkins and is “loving it.”

Marilyn Hansen Ehline is the housing director at Community Involvement Program and lives in St. Paul.

Lois Swanson Johnson and husband, Todd, have welcomed their 9th grandchild last March.  Gustie son, Dan ’92, is the father.  However, Duane and Ann Muesing Behning’s grandchild count jumped from 10 to 17 in one year!!!  Their child adopted 7 children from one parent, ages 3-9!!!!!!  Did we (Dennis and Carol Johnson) mention that our second granddaughter was born last November?  Two is likely all we’ll have, but we are blessed!

Craig and Pat Ohnsted Anderson are retired and splitting time between Manacqua, Wisconsin and Tucson, Arizona.  Guess where they are now?  Likewise, guess where Sharon Quest Becker and Edward are.  Here’s a clue: they split their time between Omaha and Phoenix (they play golf year round).

Tucki (Lund) and Bob Bellig are living in Bemidji and loving retirement and loving the area.

We learned that our classmate Harlan Anderson’s Bloomington home was partially destroyed on early Thanksgiving morning.  Harlan suffered burns that required extensive treatments but is reportedly recovering nicely.  Our best wishes Harlan.

Mel Hammarberg introduced his wife, Hong, to friends at a post-Christmas gathering at the home of Jim and Diane (Hammargren ’63) Anderson.  Now that we transmit electronically, some of you can see the picture in color!

Christmas 2005

Jim and Diane Anderson, Carol and Dennis Johnson, Hong and Mel Hammarberg―Christmas season 2005.

You, too, can send your pictures and your news directly to me at djohnso4@gustavus.edu

Meanwhile, some of you ask me, “how’s it going on the hill?”  My answer is “wonderfully well.”  Jim Peterson ’64 is doing a great job and has the support of the community.  Jim is the leader for this time in our history and we, as alumni, need to do all we can to support his efforts and the efforts of our Alumni Office.  They do so much for us.  They have kept us in touch all these years and nurtured our friendships, they pay for the class letters and to have the Quarterly sent to us, they arrange gatherings across these United States and every five years they throw a party for us so we can get together.  Most importantly, the Alumni Office organizes alums and present day Gusties to garner support to help other students have the “Gustavus Experience.”  They (and we) make it possible for students to attend this school, even as Alumni dollars make it an ever Greater Gustavus.  You will continue to be generous, I know.  Thanks.  Now, here’s some news from The Hill.

Old Main has served the Gustavus campus since 1876 when it housed the entire campus.  To keep Old Main a functional part of campus, a complete renovation of the building will begin in February.  Classrooms and offices will be reconfigured and updated to accommodate current teaching technology. Central climate control and an elevator will also be added.  Mattson Hall has been built west of Schaefer Fine Arts to house faculty and staff during the renovation.  The new residence hall being built southwest of the football field is progressing and will be ready for fall semester

Did you know that the college has gone wireless?  Wireless computing, that is?  Many buildings support wireless connectivity and outdoor connectivity is being broadcast from several roofs.  Gustavus continues to increase the number of wireless locations on campus every month.

The Gustavus athletics website received the Pride of CASE V Gold Award at the District V Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Annual Conference in December.  The district includes educational institutions from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

Announcing a new tool for all Alumni:  The Gustavus Gift Planning website is a resource for alums of all ages to learn more about planning for their financial future.  The site explores some basics like the need for a will and health care proxy.  It also provides information about planning for the transfer of assets to benefit you and your family, a gift calculator to see how to make a gift that pays you and also provides tax benefits, e-brochures for more information, and how to have a meaningful impact on a non-profit organization important to you.  Check it out today at gustavus.edu/giving.

The 2003-2004 Honor Roll of Donors is now available under the Gustavus Fund at gustavus.edu/giving.  The Honor Roll of Donors recognizes those who made gifts to Gustavus between June 1, 2003 and May 31, 2004.  To find your name or check out your class results, just point and click from your home or office computer.  For those who do not have access to a computer, you may call toll-free 866-487-3863 to receive a copy in the mail (supplies are limited).

Upcoming Alumni Events

  • Diversity Center Reunion/Building Bridges Conference – March 12
  • Tucson Chapter with Professor Dick Martin – March 18
  • Phoenix Chapter with Professor Dick Martin – March 19
  • Sun City Chapter with Professor Dick Martin – March 20
  • Twin Cities Gustavus Music Showcase – March 20
  • Seattle Chapter with President Jim Peterson ’64 – April 1
  • Bay Area Chapter with President Jim Peterson ’64 – April 2
  • Gusties In Volunteer Endeavors (G.I.V.E.) day of community service – April 30

Dennis Johnson

1960 Class Agent