Class of '64
April 2006

Dear Classmates,

Linda and I attended the annual Volunteer Leadership Meeting at Gustavus (formerly Class Agents’ Day) in September and came away so inspired!  President Jim Peterson gave an upbeat report on the college, students, endowment, faculty/staff, and upcoming events.  Even better than Jim’s presentation was the example set by the class agents from the class of 1956.  Those two women combined their interest in their classmates, their affection for Gustavus and great travel plans!  Could we follow their footsteps and compose our class letters on Hawaiian beaches?  We dreamed well, but our plans fell short.  Now it is six weeks later and the inspiration for your class letter comes from Perkins in Edina!  While travel plans collapsed, interest in our classmates and Gustavus is second to none!

Isn’t class news the best part of class letters?  Here is the accumulated news we received from the alumni office.  You can send in more news with your gift, tell a GusLink caller, or use the website, gustavus.edu\alumni.

KARYL KRANTZ BLAIR lives in Payson, Arizona.  Husband, Ed, was elected to the city council last spring.  The local paper interviewed him and an interesting and entertaining column resulted from that.

SHARON (HANSEN) and Bill ’65 JOHNSON again hosted the Gustavus Men’s and Woman’s Golf Team at their home in Ponte Verda Beach, Florida.  Sharon writes that “getting to know these outstanding student athletes and their wonderful coaches is one of the most enjoyable things we have ever done!”

RICHARD DORNFELD taught at Community of Peace Academy last year but is now retired―again!  Still subs at Rosemount High School.  His wife, Joan (Benson ’66), continues working at Dodge Nature Center in West St. Paul as an on-call seasonal naturalist, primarily in the spring and fall.  Both travel as often as they can:  Joan to Tanzania last January, both to Florida, Utah, and Colorado this spring.  They love having their daughter Kim and family owning “The Barteau House Bed and Breakfast” in Zumbrota.  That means the two grandchildren are close by.

LAURIE PRIEVE HOHEISEL and husband, Ray, celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary with a trip to Europe.  Their travel plans included seven countries.

MIRIAM BORG TEETER retired last June from teaching.

JANE CHELGREN MCFADDEN still directs, teaches, and plays the organ.  She just branched out in a new direction with a book of piano/organ duets, “The Holy Presence,” published by Beckenhorst.

MARCIA JOHNSON LINDSETH traveled to China a year ago, Germany last December, Colorado in February and New York City in May.  They love being grandparents…  Marcia retired this past summer from her position as curriculum and assessment director for Prescott, WI School District.  Now she has more time to travel and enjoy the grandchildren.

DAVID GARMS retired from the U.S. Foreign Service in 1997 and has been doing international consulting work since then.  He and his wife purchased a farm in the Shenandoah Valley that included Civil War sites.  Both the house and the farm have historic interest as the site of major battles.  (For you Civil War buffs, that is Toms Brook and Fishers’ Hill.)  They placed the farm in a permanent conservation easement to protect it from future development.

NOEL OSTROM WHITED lives in West Palm Beach, Florida.  Hurricane season made an impression on her.  She wrote that they had been lucky so far.  But as a native Floridian―we say enough is enough!

KIRSTEN LEVANDER DAWSON continues her work as a chemical dependency counselor at Totino-Grace and Cretin-Durham Hall high schools.

On a sad note, we pass on news of the death of classmate, NORTON PEDERSONKEN SLINDE wrote this about his good friend:

“This month we lost another classmate, Norton Pederson.  We are at an age where our friends are passing.  Norton was a bit different in that for the last 39 years he had been confined to either his wheelchair or his bed.  While serving in the Air Force, an automobile crash left him a quadriplegic.  Thirty-nine years is way longer than people thought he would live as a quad.

Two stories:  On my way home from my wedding to Mary (Strand ’66), (I was stationed in Alabama), I was able to stop at the VA hospital in Hines, IL, to see Norton for the first time.  For that visit and several thereafter, the only response I could get from him was if I initiated a question and then it tended to be a “yes” or “no” only.  One time, though, when he knew I was coming, I walked into his hospital room to be greeted by a “WELCOME” sign, clearly painted with a brush in his mouth and an occupational therapist no doubt nearby.  I knew then he would be okay.  And he was.  In fact, he would have no problem remembering (unfortunately, out loud) many of our Gustie escapades.  Secondly, over the years we had the opportunity to meet many of his caregivers.  Universally, he touched all their lives in ways we might not think.  Many were young men from the college in Willmar.

Norton was active at Bethel Lutheran Church in Willmar and memorials will go to Bethel, a fund for a grand-nephew facing a bone marrow transplant, and Gustavus.  While you have your checkbook out, feel free to write your second check to Norton’s memorial.  They may be sent to his mother, Cora, at 1001 18th Street NW, Willmar, MN  56201-2754.  He is also survived by his sister, Eileen Pederson Lund ’68 and brother, Barry ’74 and their families.”

Norton always attended our class reunions. We are richer for having known him.

Both Linda and I attended the Nobel Conference, “Medicine:  A Prescription for Tomorrow.”  As older alums, we are definitely interested in the latest medical trends.  The speakers were great and we heard about genomes, stem cells (including cancer and adult), technology and biomedics, regeneration, pandemics and much more that I didn’t understand.  Two things I love about Nobel:  Gustavus always looks so good and seeing other Gusties is so much fun.  I saw Ruth (Anderson ’63) Tillquist; Hans ’65 and Sharon (Anderson ’65) Engman (my daughter’s in-laws); Glen and Kirsten (LeVander) Dawson; Gary and Mary Ann Anderson ’62 and 63, and Dick Swenson.  The campus looked beautiful.

Now some words from Linda.

Friday November 3, 2006

Hi everyone…

“Leonard” (Linda Leonardson Hallman) reporting in…  Joanna and I met earlier this week to visit and discuss this letter.  It’s 6:30 a.m.  I just dropped off my “Gus” at the airport.  He’s flying to Denver to get one of the Aspen Ski passes that I got last year.  I was up and out of bed at 4:00 a.m.  I’m so glad I don’t have to go to work anymore.

Once again, I am recovering from an accident.  I fell off of a stool that I had brought out to my patio…trying to train the vines that were growing out there.  Flagstone as it turns out is not exactly a flat surface to hold a 36” stool.  I used my right hand to catch myself…so now I am on the mend after surgery, a metal plate and eleven screws.  Driving my new Mini Cooper was put on hold for a while because it has a “stick shift” and I have not ever driven one except for Jerry Bell’s ’63 Chevy while at Gustavus.  Going up the College Avenue hill, was quite a jumping experience.  I always thought you took the clutch off all the way and then stomped on the gas.  My own driving now is improving.  Not as many people honk when I kill the engine, as the light turns green.

During September Sue Bolmgen Anderson used one of her timeshares at Breezy Point Resort, north of Brainerd.  We saw Karna Peterson and also Gary Kenning.  Most of the week it rained.

The last week of September Judy Kaeding Larsen and Karna Peterson and I stayed at a mountain top condo at the top of Big Sky Montana.  Our view was of Lone Peak.  Karna’s daughter, Sarah ’97, lives in Bozeman.  We met her and her friends, as well as the “grand tour” of Bozeman.  One day we hiked to Lava Lake, one day we had a trip to Yellowstone National Park and one day I locked the keys in the trunk of the rental car!  We learned the value of AAA roadside service.  Only ours was not road side.  It was in the parking garage outside our condo.  The best part was sitting by the fire and talking and talking and talking…  It was interesting to hear about Judy’s work on the board of Pacific Lutheran Seminary.

The Gustavus campus looked quite wonderful at the beginning of October during the Nobel Conference.  The Minnesota River valley was wearing its beautiful fall colors.  I am amazed at the trees on the campus.  They’re looking so large considering that they have been planted since the tornado went through in 1998.

It was fun to see some of our classmates at Nobel.  I encourage you to join us next fall (October 2-3, 2007.)  Energy will be the topic.

This summer Karen Benson Hanson lost her husband, Larry.  The little church, in Yellow River, Wisconsin, that Larry Hanson’s grandparents helped to start was filled to the brim, and the basement and outside too.  It was a lovely tribute to a fine man, teacher and friend.  Karen and their son, Drew, survive Larry.

Right after Nobel, I drove to Willmar to Norton Pederson’s funeral in Willmar.  Lots of people were there, too, among them Ken and Mary (Strand ’66) Slinde; Todd and Carole Heimdahl and Bill Holm ’65.  I found out what a jazz enthusiast Norton was.  We sang, “When the Saints, Go Marching In.

Here is more news from the class:

Rose Ann (Skoog) and Jim Parks have retired.  At least they did for a while.  Rose Ann wrote that last year the two of them visited Western National Parks, looping through the mountainous deserts of the Southwest.  They slept in their van and had a wonderful trip.  Their five grandchildren had them coming home, though.  Jim Parks took an interim pastor job at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Outing, MN.  Much of that congregation is retired, and many people leave the area in the winter.  Their own cabin is near McGregor, so the trip was 46 miles to Outing, but closer than Minneapolis.  When I called Rose Ann today, she was waiting for Karyl (Krantz) and Ed ’62 Blair to return from Buffalo, MN.  Ed was invited back to Buffalo for Zion Lutheran’s 140-year celebration.  There was a Gustie get-together at the Parks the other night.  Linda Lindborg Miles has a new name and a new husband.  Linda, please let us know your new name and new address.  They live in LaCrosse, WI.

Shirley Smith Franklin was there.  She still is dealing with her broken kneecap that happened last year on her trip to India.  Shirley’s husband is in India now.  They have created an organization called “Pushpa” meaning flower.  It helps villages and people within villages with real help, such as buying a sewing machine for one who can sew for a business.  They might buy goats or buffalo for others in the village.  They created a doctor space or small clinic, so that a doctor can visit the village and be able to help villagers once a week.  Shirley is also involved with a group that writes plays.  It meets weekly for support and they do readings.  Shirley, let us know if this information is incorrect.  Also let us know if we could help by contributing to “Pushpa.”

Marjorie (Rawhouser) and Spurgeon Crosby reported that their house in Waveland, Mississippi was affected by Hurricane Katrina.  They had lived in their house for 29 years.  It was one of six houses in the neighborhood that was left standing.  It sustained roof damage and had twelve feet of water and inches of mud in the inside.  After clearing the mud and rescuing as many things as possible, the inside was gutted and was put up for sale.  They now live in east Tennessee and have returned to south Mississippi to visit their oldest son and his family.  They reside in Cleveland, Tennessee.

Ted ’62 and Carla (Johnson) Stoneberg are in McCordsville, Indiana.  Carla retired as a hospice nurse December 31, 2005.  She started her own small business called Life Legacies.  It is designed to gather and write up life stories that people wish to pass on to their children.  Ted retired May 6, 2006 as professor emeritus of pastoral psychology at Anderson University School of Theology.  When she wrote, they were awaiting the birth of their third grandson in September.

There’s always something new happening at Gustavus.  Here are a few items that might interest you:

  • Coming soon there will be a new Gustavus website at:  gustavus.edu.  It will be redone and you will find it even more user friendly.  The section for alumni will be very interesting, helpful, and easy to navigate.  You will be able to use it to find other Gusties, post pictures, and send in news.  If we were younger, we could use the career services section.
  • A new football stadium will allow for expansion and development on the old site.  (The stadium was not new when I was a child, so it’s time had come.  My grandson works in the lower regions of the stadium―cooking kitchen grease, lye, and methanol to make fuel for the college trucks.)
  • Do you remember the wind at Gustavus?  Now a new wind turbine, set to operate next year, will convert those gusts into electricity.

Here comes what you’ve learned to expect in your class letters!  First, we thank you for your support.  Last year 139 of you contributed over $37,000.  That is 58% of the class.  Thanks from us―and thanks on behalf of Gustavus.  And 35 of you have already given―in advance of class letters.  Another thank you!

As you consider where you want to give money this year, remember Gustavus!  Your gifts make a difference in the lives of these young students.  The benefits of a Gustavus education last a life time.  Your participation in the Gustavus Fund allows benefits to be intensified in many ways.

Here is something copied right from the website’s section on giving:

The College depends on alumni gifts to support the academic, athletic, and extracurricular programs that are expected from a Gustavus education.  Gifts to the Gustavus Alumni Fund need not be large to make a real difference in the lives of today’s students.  Ranking services like U.S. News and World Report’s use alumni giving as a measure of “alumni satisfaction,” which is factored into their rankings.  In addition, grant-making organizations consider alumni participation when determining whether to make awards.  A high level of alumni participation in giving demonstrates support of Gustavus’ mission.

So go on-line (gustavus.edu\alumni\giving\) with your credit card or grab your check book and make a gift to Gustavus.  It is money well spent.

Gustavus Designated an “All Steinway School

Steinway and Sons, makers of what many would say are the best pianos, has added Gustavus to its “All Steinway Schools” list.  This is an exclusive list of just 66 colleges, universities, or conservatories in the world.  To be considered for the Steinway designation, a school must first have at least 90 percent of its performance, practice, and teaching pianos be Steinways.

Gustavus Excels in Fitness and Dining

Men’s Fitness magazine has named Gustavus as one of the top 10 colleges in America for fitness.  Among the things considered in the rankings were nutrition and dining choices, whether physical fitness is included in the curriculum, and availability of workout equipment.  They also examined individual student responses to questions on topics such as alcohol consumption, tobacco use, fast-food indulgence, and exercise habits.  On a related note, the Gustavus Dining Service was listed in the top 10 in a U.S. News and World Report survey on the best campus food in America.

Gustavus Alumni Professional Apparel

Check out the two new oxfords on sale online through the Gustavus Book Mark.  The Book Mark is offering a women’s and men’s long sleeve shirt in a variety of colors and sizes.  The shirt features an embroidered three crowns and Gustavus.  A great idea for holiday shopping for your favorite Gustie.  Check them out online only at www.bookmark.gustavus.edu/.

Athletic Hall of Fame Induction

On Saturday, September 30, Gustavus inducted the following people into the Athletic Hall of Fame:  Deborah Jungwirth Borman ’87 - Volleyball, Tina Pulido Draper ’87 - Gymnastics, John Huepenbecker ’80 - Football, John Jambeck ’62 - Swimming, Deanne Sand Johnson ’89 - Tennis, Dick Kumlin ’55 (posthumously) – Basketball, Dan Prochnow ’78 - Golf, Jerilyn Ree ’88 - Basketball, and Stacey Rodman ’89 - Swimming.

Honor Roll of Donors

If you haven’t had a chance to find yourself online, please go to gustavus.edu/giving/honorroll to check out the 2005-2006 Honor Roll of Donors.  The Honor Roll of Donors recognizes those who made gifts to Gustavus between June 1, 2005, and May 31, 2006.  To find your name or check 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).

Obtain Life Insurance at Group Rates

The Alumni Association sponsors a life insurance plan, Life for Life, with exceptional features and low initial rates.  Maximum coverage is $2 million and insurance can increase repeatedly even if your health fails and you become uninsurable.  Obtain information online with the Alumni Association partner, www.meyerandassoc.com/ma/gustavus or call 800-635-7801 for more information about this and other sponsored insurance.

Gustavus Legacy Award for Gustavus Admission

Mark Anderson, Vice President of Admission and Student Financial Assistance, is pleased to announce the Gustavus Legacy Award for new students beginning with the incoming class of 2007.  Renewable awards of $2,500 per year are given to new students whose siblings are current Gustavus students or graduates or whose parents or grandparents are Gustavus alumni.  Scholarship recipients must have a high school grade point average of at least 3.5 or an ACT of 26 or an 1170 (Critical Reading + Math) on the SAT.  For more information contact the Admission Office at 800/GUSTAVU(S) or email <admission@gustavus.edu>.

Upcoming Gustavus Events

  • Atlanta Area Gustie Gathering – November 12
  • Washington DC Area Gustie Gathering – November 12 and December 3 to watch the Vikings
  • All That Jazz Night at Premier Gallery in Minneapolis featuring the Gustavus Jazz Lab Band – November 14
  • F. Melius Christiansen 135th Anniversary Concerts at Orchestra Hall – November 19
  • Christmas in Christ Chapel “An American Odyssey” – December 1-3

Have a great fall and winter.  Safe travels.  Stay in touch.

Joanna Carlson Swanson

Linda “Leonard” Leonardson Hallman

1964 Co-class agents