Class of '68
October 2004

Greetings ’68 Classmates,

We are on our way to Brainerd to pick up a canoe that John's sister is giving us.  The canoe is making its way from Brainerd to the cabin on Lake Vermilion.  It's Kris (Lundberg) doing the writing while John drives and occasionally contributes.  This is not one of John's favorite things to do…and every once in awhile he tells me he is not going to be the Class Agent any more and I just tell him to “dream on” because nobody else wants the job.  It helps to have a guest writer for the winter letter and Connie Bohn Edwards did a fantastic job last winter plus she said she heard from a lot of people.

This September, John and I were unable to attend our Class Agents’ meeting (for the first time since 1991, hard to believe we've been at this for 13 plus years).  Our daughter, Heather and her fiancé Steve, were visiting from California and we were all “up north at the lake.”  We really did miss our annual trek to Gustavus for the Class Agents’ meeting.  It is a beautiful drive to St. Peter in September just as the leaves are turning, the Gustavus alumni staff puts on an excellent program, a delicious lunch (including Ma Young's famous rye bread) plus a visit to campus always energizes us and it just “feels good” to be reminded of all the good times, good friends and the memories of our time on campus even though it's been over 35 years!

Many of our classmates shared their news and notes with their 2003-04 Alumni Fund pledges and we are happy to pass them along to you:

Rebecca Gilbertson Merritt and her husband, Jack, have left California, after Rebecca retired from teaching, in October 2003 for Scottsdale, AZ where she can report “retirement is great!”

Stephen Bomgren is back in parish work as pastor of Bethlehem/Our Savior Lutheran Church in Kelliher, MN.  Stephen noted that not many wedding announcements appear for our class in the Quarterly and we would agree BUT...in May 2004 Kathy Eaton Burmaster married Paul Asted.  Speaking of Burmaster, we hear that recently Dick and Barb Howe Rosen got married, do we have this right?

Tom and Sue (Amundson) Lennartson are still in Stillwater with Sue, a former teacher, now director of Women's Ministries at Eagle Brook Church in White Bear Lake.  Also, Tom and Sue are first-time grandparents with twin boys Gustav and Lukas, sons of Eric Lennartson ’92, also a Gustie grad!

After 34 years in public education Mark Youngstrom has retired to a more relaxed life style.  Most recently Mark was director of the State Arts High School, part of the Perpich Center for Arts Education in Golden Valley.

Carolyn Mueller has recently retired from American Express.  Jane Hansen Toftey has retired from teaching in Wheaton, IL but her husband, Tom, continues to operate his own consulting business in corporate relations.

Retirement seems to be a constant theme here, there's more…

Lynne Dierks Lind is no longer an elementary teacher in Burnsville, she retired June of 2004.  Rev. Tom Wickstrom has retired but does do part-time service in local churches while Sue (Weber ’69), retired from nursing in Ishpeming, MI.  Tom enjoys his sauna, Sue her quilting and bike riding and when the snow flies in Michigan they snowbird to Florida, a life style we all could get used to.

Stephen Streed is living in Fargo, ND and received his doctorate from Luther Seminary in “Aging As It Relates To Spiritual Completeness.”  On top of that Steve travels frequently to France to enter his watercolor painting in local competitions and taking first place honors with several of his pieces.

Paula Navarro has given up her school bus responsibilities (not totally I'm told) and moved into an assistant principal position at New Heights Charter School in Stillwater.

Sue Zielske Drexler continues to work for DRC (secondary education proficiency testers) and manages the Woodbury office.  Their big project now is in Pennsylvania and Sue travels there frequently.  Her husband, Fred, continues to fly for Champion Air and getting assignments to transport military troops and NASCAR.  Sue has shared with us that along the way she has managed to shed 70 pounds with a sensible program and no doubt lots of exercise and lots of traveling.  Congratulations Sue!

My roommate, Ron Witter continues to work for his brother’s, Keith ’69, financial firm, Askar, Corp.  When not doing the financial stuff, he's busy hunting and fishing along with building his new home in Le Center, which continues to be a work in progress.

Don Waterbury and his wife, Connie, are still in Cincinnati, OH where Don has his own financial planning business.  When not in Cincinnati, during the winter they are in Vero Beach, FL and he is happy to report that although Frances and Ivan made rather direct hits in his area, his property was spared major damage―just a few lost roof tiles.

Kris and I are also happy to report that during the hurricane season our Naples condo wasn't hit very hard.  Charlie was the only real direct threat but came ashore about 60 miles north of us giving us only inches of rains and no direct winds, so no damage done.

In August we lost a classmate Gregg H. Johnson who passed away from complication with leukemia. Gregg and his family lived in Meriden, CT.  Gregg's career path was in the insurance field serving 30 years with Travelers Insurance Co. that took him from Minnesota to Utah to Connecticut.  Before his death he was manager of consumer affairs and health information for Hartford General Hospital.  Gregg is survived by his wife, Jean, and daughter, Kate, and we extend our condolences to his family.

Many of you know the floral business I'm involved in is Lindskoog Florist located in downtown Minneapolis in the TCF Tower Skyway, 8th & Marquette.  As classmates and friends pass by they occasionally stop in:  Steve Kagol, Jim Krueger, Blake Shelton, Jim Nolen ’66, Ron Witter, Bob McCormack to name a few.  Even Ted Schramm will stop in when his Fed Ex flight to Minneapolis has a layover for several hours.  Ted and his wife, Carol, continue to live in Hot Spring, AR and when Ted’s not flying and they are not traveling; they are playing as much golf as they can.  Here's your invitation if you are in my “neighborhood;” please stop in and see me, I'd love to give you the VIP tour of our shop.  One last thought before we turn over the last half of the letter to the Alumni Office to give you the latest on campus.

This year’s Alumni Fund is still focusing on getting all classes to the 50% participation level and last year we were 45.5%, just slightly below our target.  This year we'd like to make a large step toward the 50% goal so please consider putting Gustavus on your contribution list for 2004-05.  Thank you.

John & Kris (Lundberg) Moorhead

Paula Navarro

1968 Class Agents

Campus News:

143rd Academic Year Begins

Classes began Sept. 8 with 633 first-year Gustavus students and 2,500 in all.  Long-standing orientation traditions such as the Square Dance and President's Banquet have been joined by newer traditions like Gustie Greeter Orientation Groups and the Reading in Common program.  These newer programs were created to provide a more meaningful transition and to encourage students to meet others outside their residence hall.

Nobel Conference, The Science of Aging

The 40th Anniversary of the Nobel Conference focused on the Science of Aging.  The campus hosted over 6,000 guests October 5-6 to learn about the research molecular biologist are conducting on longevity, Alzheimer's, and delaying debilitating disease and how this impacts life expectancy, the economy, and the health-care system.

New Residence Hall

Work crews have been busy this fall constructing a new residence hall on campus.  The goal is to have the building enclosed before winter.  The building, located southwest of the football field, will house 200 students in suites and apartments and is scheduled to open for fall 2005.

Gustie Pages

Looking for a dentist, doctor, lawyer, pastor, realtor, and much more?  Make it a Gustie!  The Gustie Pages is an online database of Gusties who have submitted information about their profession.  Use the Gustavus network to meet your needs or submit your professional information if you would like other Gusties to be your customers.

Athletics Hall of Fame

The Gustavus Adolphus College Athletics Department has chosen eight individuals for induction into its Athletics Hall of Fame.  The 2004 inductees include Lori Allen '88 (golf), Jim Chalin '76 (basketball), Bruce Edwards '77 (ice hockey), Barb Jaeger '88 (soccer), Dean Kraus '89 (football), Pachi Lopez '71 (soccer), Greg Peterson '88 (golf), and Gary Reinholtz (long-time athletic trainer, benefactor).

Extraordinary Place

Gustavus is once again ranked among the top 100 liberal arts colleges in the nation in U.S. News and World Report's annual college rankings.  Gustavus is one of five Minnesota colleges in the top 100 national liberal arts colleges for overall quality (Carleton, Macalester, St. Olaf, Gustavus, St. John's).  The ranking, groups schools into categories based on a national educational classification that includes national liberal arts colleges, national doctoral universities (University of Minnesota, St. Thomas), regional masters degree-granting universities (Hamline, St. Catherine's, Bethel, Augsburg), and comprehensive regional colleges (Concordia-St Paul).

Upcoming Events

  • Christmas in Christ Chapel: “Seasons of Promise” - December 3-5
  • St. Lucia Festival - December 9
  • Class of 1954 and 50-Year Club Reunion - May 27-28
  • Class Reunions for 1960, 1965, 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000 - October 7-9, 2005.