Class of '64
October 2003

Dear Classmates,

You've already received one letter about our up-coming reunion on October 1-3, 2004.  So mark your calendars for next year, note news to share with your college friends, and imagine the good time we'll have next October.  We need a few more to help plan the reunion-so here is a call to people who love planning parties and enjoy helping others to have a great time.  We have several volunteers, but we want to give others a chance too.

Linda and I talk regularly about this "class agent thing;" why we do it, and what it means to be a Gustie (especially before Phonorama calling, or when one of us needs to write a class letter, or after we have been to the fall kick-off in early September).  Here's what we agreed on last week.  See what you think.

For us, being a part of our particular class means we have a connection with 150+ others.  We're interested in our classmates in ways that are not true for many others we've met.  We are pleased when transitions-like retirement or new positions have gone well, happy for the doting grandparents, curious about your travels and adventures, and sometimes we're just plain amazed at what you've done.  When life turns difficult for our classmates, we sense more than normal concern.  Isn't this why you open class letters or the Quarterly and turn quickly to the class news section?  Gustavus is about students, but once we've left there, some connection remains even though our contacts now are different.

With that, I bring the sad news that Linda Leonardson Hallman's husband, Milt, died suddenly in late May.  Milt brought a wonderful spirit wherever he went and he was a great Gustie in-law.  Their son, Gus, graduated from Gustavus a couple of years ago and lives in the Twin Cities.

Phonorama calling is over and if we didn't reach you, (or if you didn't answer when we called) we left a message on your answering machine.  Now the volunteer student callers (GusLink) will take over.  I hope you'll share news with them that will be forwarded on to your classmates, tell a favorite campus story, and enjoy their calls.  And make a gift before, during, or after these calls!

Our classmate and #1 Gustie, Jim Peterson, receives rave reviews from the Gustavus fan club.  Jim fits the needs and vision for Gustavus so well, and the College is fortunate that he leads them. 

College news follows:

College opens 142nd Academic Year - More than 700 new students, including transfer students and international students, joined the Gustavus community this fall, keeping the total student population around 2,515. The retention rate of students from the first to second year remains at 90 percent. These students will be taught by 198 full-time and 55 part-time faculty. Gustavus was again ranked in the top third of the 214 national liberal arts colleges by the U.S. News and World Report.

The Alumni Fund Turns 50 - On June 30, 1954, the first Alumni Fund officially closed with 1,204 donors (32 percent) and $26,013.  The Alumni Fund has had a strong tradition at Gustavus exceeding 50% participation for many years, making Gustavus a national leader recognized with 17 national awards.  Help return the Alumni Fund to reach over 50% participation by contributing before May 31, 2004, or responding with a pledge to a Gustavus student volunteer caller during Student Phonorama October 26-November 13.  Do your best to participate in the Alumni Fund to continue the Gustavus tradition of strong alumni support and return the College to national recognition.

Sculptor Paul Granlund '52 dies - Paul Granlund died on September 15, 2003, the same day his exhibit Retrospective opened as scheduled in the Hillstrom Museum of Art on the Gustavus campus.  He was sculptor-in-residence at Gustavus from 1971-1996.  His figurative bronze sculptures are found in private collections and public installations nationally and internationally, including 30 bronze works on the Gustavus campus.  Retrospective will be displayed until November 9.

Alumni Board members selected - Seven alumni have been selected to serve a three-year term on the Alumni Board.  They are Liesl Batz '90, Minneapolis, senior vice president and director of marketing, Lakeside Investment Partners; Jan Eiffert Hoomani '62, Raleigh, NC, Realtor, JB Realty; Jim Malmquist '53, Scandia, MN, retired athletics director, Gustavus; Jan Ledin Michaletz '74, Edina, volunteer/homemaker.  Incumbents to serve a second term include Vivian Foyou '02, Mankato, graduate student, Minnesota State University, Mankato; Jason Sawyer '93, Plymouth, vice president, Cronin & Co.; and Dan Currell '94, Alexandria, VA, director of corporate leadership council, Corporate Executive Board.

2003 Hall of Fame inductees -- Nine individuals were inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame on September 27. Inductees are Val Flom Ashland '87 (volleyball), Wendy Ericksen Bachman '87 (soccer), Karen Ahlstrom Bishop '86 (gymnastics), Jay Coatta '87 (basketball and golf), Marv Gunderson '53 (football), Jim Hearn '81 (tennis), Dave Najarian '82 (football), Betty Wannarka Ringeisen '84 (basketball and track and field), and Larry Shelhamer '76 (soccer).

Gustavus Finishes sixth in Director's Cup - Gustavus finished sixth out of 395 Division III institutions for the 2002-03 Director's Cup announced recently by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics. The only all-sports competition in intercollegiate athletics, the award honors four-year institutions with the best overall athletic programs.  Last year Gustavus placed 10th.

Chapel Program - The Gustavus Chapel program is one of the strongest in higher education averaging 350 students attending Daily Chapel.  In addition, there are many student-led programs including: Apprentice - students who are interested in being part of ministry and open to see where the Spirit might be leading; Christ Chapel Volunteers - assist in the ministry of Christ Chapel by ushering, carrying the cross and candles, reading lessons, writing and/or reading prayers, and serving as assisting ministers; Community Service Center Programs - one-time and on-going service programs; Fellowship of Christian Athletes - athlete or not, time for fellowship, worship, speakers, service projects and mission trips; Gustavus Youth Outreach - committed to sharing the Gospel and providing opportunities to serve by participating in off-campus youth ministry; Habitat For Humanity/Spring Break Work Trips - Habitat works locally and Spring Break Work Trip nationally to fundraise for and build affordable housing; Jewish Organization of Gustavus - for students, faculty and staff who were either Jewish or interested in the Jewish faith; Newman Center - dedicated to building a deeper understanding of the Catholic faith; Prepare - build a new generation of believers through mentors, mission trips, Bible study, prayer and worship; Proclaim - Bible-based contemporary worship and teaching; Taizé - a contemplative worship service of music, prayer, readings and silence; Wednesday Friends - visits St. Peter Regional Treatment Center residents weekly.

Don't miss A Royal Affair . . . pa rum pum pum pum - Gustavus Library Associates is presenting their biennial benefit for our College's Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library on Saturday, November 15, at the Radisson Hotel South in Bloomington, Minnesota. If you have names for invitations (reservations are due by October 31), an auction item to donate (no later than October 15 please), volunteer time to offer, or if you wish to contribute financially to help defray expenses, we welcome your call today; Marty Penkhus, 507/388.5474 and Susan Wilcox, 952/944.5972, Co-Chairs.

Upcoming Events - call the Alumni Office at 800/487-8437

  • JFK Assassination 40 Years Later, presented by David Jones '83 and Political Science Professor Chris Gilbert at Minnesota Valley Country Club, Bloomington-- November 4
  • A Royal Affair, benefit sponsored by Gustavus Library Associates in the Twin Cities -- November 15
  • Alumni Chapter Events:  Washington DC - February 6; Atlanta - February 26; Tampa Bay - February 27; Naples - February 28; Sun City - March 19; Phoenix  - March 20; Tucson - March 21

Finally, here is the class news submitted either last spring or over the summer.  You will be amazed at what is going on for the class of '64.  We'll begin with the very adventuresome:

Jim and Shannon (Shawbold '65) Foster completed their Atlantic crossing in 18 ½ days aboard "Gustie," their 42-foot sailboat last December.  They spent the winter in the Caribbean Islands entertaining relatives and friends.  After spending the summer in White Bear Lake, MN, they hope to continue their journey this fall through the Panama Canal to the Sea of Cortez and on to the Pacific!

Marcia Johnson Lindseth works part-time as a consultant for the Prescott, Wisconsin school district as the curriculum and assessment director.  This still leaves her lots of time for travel with husband, Marv.  They spent February in California and Hawaii, a week in Virginia during April, Ireland in May for three weeks and two weeks during June in France.  They planned to spend the summer in Wisconsin helping a son with a building project, then out to Montana to visit Marcia's 93-year-old father-in-law and Marcia and Marv's son, Matt.  Their daughter, Anna, lives in Long Beach, California and works for the American Red Cross.

Judy Swenson Myers Dummer moved to Champlin, MN as a solo United Methodist pastor in 2001, celebrated the arrival of her second granddaughter, Lily, and began dating "Wonderful Wayne."  She married Wayne Dummer at 2:00 p.m. on 2-02-02 and they will never forget the date!  All they have to remember is one number!  Now she is trying to absorb all the changes in her life and keep up with everything.  She loves every minute of it.

We began college with John O'Gorden, who sent a long letter to Professor Chester Johnson, retired geologist.  John finished at the University of North Dakota, had a career in the Navy, graduate studies at Memphis State and Northern Illinois University and is a Navy Civil Service Education Specialist at Great Lakes Naval Base.  He loves sailing, travel, video and digital photography and navigation.  John's sailing adventures bring him fantastic travels and experiences:  Key West, Puerto Rico, Alaska, Oahu, and California to name a few.

Camille Janzen Bunch wrote her "most exciting news" which is that her youngest child (son, Mark) graduated from college and the whole family "celebrated" with a trip to Italy!  They had a fantastic time.

Karyl Krantz Blair and Ed '62 left the Midwest and moved to Payson, Arizona in October 2002.  Ed served as an interim pastor at Mt. Cross Lutheran Church until last April.  Payson claims the oldest continuous rodeo in the U.S., so cowboys, horses, and western clothing dominate their landscape.  Ed golfs year round.  Karyl worked with the developmentally disabled.  She makes Arizona sound like a fascinating place to live.

Doug Person took a fantastic seven-day trip to French Polynesia in March 2003 and had a wonderful time.  He says "the residents of Tahiti and its sister island of 'Moorea' were so very kind and gracious.  I saw many sights that could have been from paintings of Paul Gauguin, the highly regarded French impressionist artist of the 1880s.  It was a wonderful trip-a week was simply not enough time."  Doug's two sons are the joy of his life.  Mark is a staff attorney for Chisago (MN) County attorney's office.  Andy lives in San Diego and works for a biotech company.  Both are University of Wisconsin grads.  Something else Doug mentioned:  he has contributed to Gustavus for 39 years-every year since graduation-and plans to continue giving.  So Doug is in the Cec Eckhoff Society (for those who commit to an annual gift).

Kathy Winter Uhtoff lives in Ashland, Oregon and graduated from Portland State.  She now is co-owner of the Northwest Nature Shop.  I think a lot of us would like that store.

Cindy Pederson Dahlseid's three sons graduated from Gustavus in '90, '92, and '95.  The oldest, Jeff, is teaching biochemistry at Gustavus.  Cindy is retired and spends some of the winters in Tucson or the Panhandle in Florida.

Judy Friesen Winters enjoys life in Camarillo with seven grandchildren to keep them busy. They are also doing quite a bit of traveling with a cruise to Hawaii in early December.  Judy also paints china.

Sharon Hansen Johnson retired from teaching while Bill '65 is still vice president at Merrill Lynch.  Each of their children has children so "we stay busy visiting the six grandchildren in Jacksonville, Charleston, and Los Angeles."

Sharon Rajala Reese and her husband moved to Huntington Beach, California.  This was a work related move.  Sharon works part-time.

Ron Severson forwarded information about his three children:  son, Paul, graduated from Gustavus this spring; oldest daughter, Rachel, is a first year law student at Hamline; and younger daughter, Jennifer, is a health major at Hamline.

Nancy Jo Johnson Vrieze still teaches part-time at Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College.  The remainder of the time she and Eldon are enjoying their one-year-old granddaughters, Ellie and Alexis.

Gary Dahlgren and wife, Linda (Engstrom '65), are enjoying retirement.  They are traveling, doing genealogy, volunteering, golfing, bowling, and spending time with their six grandchildren.  In between, Gary works part-time for Boos Dental Laboratories in Minneapolis.

Ken Slinde wrote "as of this coming June 21 (2003), Ken and Mary will have done three weddings and a baby grandchild."  The grandchild and parents live in Zimbabwe; so guess where the Slinde's will go this winter?

Judy Potter Zimmerman retired from 31 years of elementary teaching.

Phil Ihrig worked overseas, is now retired and enjoys southern living.  He calls Savannah, Georgia home.

Carol Berg Gustafson lives in Hudson, WI.  She takes care of her two grandchildren and enjoys that immensely.

Larry '63 and Vicki Krenik Hedlin live in Des Moines.  Larry sold Hedlin Ag Enterprises after 25 years.  He works part-time for the new owner.  Vicki retired from the Iowa Youth Chorus.  Both their daughters live in Denver, CO.

Finally, Jack and I traveled to Germany in late May.  We were in Leipzig for the Bach Festival, saw some Luther sites, recent history and had a great trip.  Jack retired from Thrivent, so more traveling is in our future.

Now here's a sample to-do list from your list making class agent.  Remember to: 

  1. Mark your calendars for our reunion. Work travel plans around October 1-3, 2004.  That is a beautiful season in Minnesota with much to see.
  2. Send news in with your gift to Gustavus.  The best part of letters is news from you.
  3. Plan your gift to Gustavus to celebrate our years there and our years since then.
  4. Visit with the Phonorama caller or the student caller.
  5. Check the Gustavus website, gustavus.edu for campus news.
  6. Pass on ideas about making this a great reunion.
  7. Have a fantastic fall!

Fondly,

Joanna Carlson Swanson

1964 Co-class Agent