Class of ’68

December 2011

Greetings all!

Many thanks to those of you who took up my challenge for new information.  Your continuing responses are key to quality content.  You don’t want me to start making things up ~ do you?

It is a pleasure to share these items with you…

Maryann Pommeranz Kaul and her husband, Bob, moved from Texas to Montgomery, MN where Bob accepted a call at St John Lutheran Church.  Maryann is retired from her career as a psychiatric and substance abuse RN.

Ardena Flippin MD/MBA has been retired for five years from being an emergency medicine (ER) doctor…and life is good!  She has spent six weeks of the last couple of winters in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico enjoying the climate, galleries, restaurants, movies, lectures, golf, and mineral baths and learning…Spanish.  Three things that this UNESCO World Heritage Site does not have are:  1) not even one traffic signal  2) no stop signs  3) no Chicago blizzards which she doesn’t miss one bit.

Laurel Beedon is living in Arlington, VA and working at the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and has no plans to retire.  For fun she has started a book club (ever the English major) and works with interns at the National Academy of Social Insurance.  She ushers at the Shakespeare Theater and saw Stacy Keach in King Lear three times.

Fall 2010 she hiked the southwest coast of Ireland with 3 other semi-geriatric types - 10 miles a day – “hiking from cocktail to cocktail.”

Harry Dinwiddie and wife, Dorothy, began spending winters in Fort Meyers, FL six years ago when Harry retired.  He has had knee replacement surgery as a result of his college wrestling injuries.

Gary “Hawk” Anderson lives in Jacksonville, FL and is substitute teaching.  He is also active in animal rescue and placement and enjoys beach life. 

Connie Bohn Edwards, Detroit Lakes, MN has enjoyed lots of travel since her 2008 retirement.  Among her favorite new places−Alaska, Italy, and Scotland.  Maybe next time she will report on her upcoming French river cruise.

Dawn Nelson, Washington, DC fills her retirement time with lots of music, film festivals, and volunteer activities.  She is an administrative volunteer for SisterMentors which promotes education and transforms communities for women of color.  She and Nancy Clubb Rauen hiked in England last year and will be heading for Paris this spring.

Diana Dornack Hoffman, Bloomington, MN graduated with her master’s in education last spring.  Congratulations!!!  She continues to teach ESL in Shakopee.

Barb Gray Wenschlag, Pequot Lakes, MN makes weekly trips to Mankato to visit her mom in Old Main Village.  While there she often visits with Jean Jaeger – Rick Jaeger’s mom…small world.  She loved playing golf with Marj Eisinger, Janalee Sponberg, and Connie Edwards in Scottsdale.

Angie Kuper Christmann, Santa Cruz, CA is enjoying retirement, visiting her dad in the lake country of Oklahoma, and helps manage her husband, Jim’s, marine business.

Valerie Jungck Sanders, Emory, TX loves being on the water and has various modes of transportation−kayak, canoe, and boat to enjoy on the lake in the community where she and husband Bill reside.

Dick and Karen (Monson) Peterson, New Brighton, MN - As of last September have all three children out of the house, college educated, married, healthy, and prepared (they hope) to live productive lives.

Sue Swanson Foster, Minnetonka, MN continues to work, enjoys her grandchildren and loves to get away to Hawaii.  She also quilts and donates them to the Alzheimer’s Society.  She and brother, Tom ʼ73 (also a Gustie) have combined their talents for the past three years on behalf of Make a Wish.  Tom builds American Girl Doll beds and Susan makes the mattresses, pillows and blankets.  Their beds are raffled off to support this worthy cause.  This year her Gustie potato sausage making group cut back drastically - they made only 180 pounds as compared to the normal 270.

Diane Ostrom Morgensen, Los Gatos, CA enjoys deep sea diving, her grandchildren and is very good with her Ipad.  Husband, Joe ʼ66, continues his medical practice.

Jeanne Ewy wrote to me from Patagonia…  In September she completed a two-year adventure working as the managing director of the International Division of PPFA (Planned Parenthood Federation of America) and living in the New York City area.  During that time she managed programs in Kenya, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Sudan, five Latin American countries and the Philippines.  It was a great experience for a born and bred Minnesotan who had been residing in California for 40 years.  After this trip she and husband, Glenn Olf, will relocate in San Francisco where she will continue her work as a reproductive and primary care consultant.  She says that life is good and she considers Gustavus a significant time in her life, helping her to continue to make this world a better place.  I’m so glad she found an internet connection in Patagonia (was not easy) so we can all enjoy her message.

Janalee Sponberg, Alexandria, VA continues adapting clothing for returning vets.  She spends her summers in southern Minnesota with family (and those of us who get down to the lake cabin) and reports that the skiing in Vail was magnificent - second week of last December.

Marj Eisinger is “happily retired” and spends her winters in Arizona and summers in Minnesota.  Enjoyed being a part of the 65th celebration.

Cheryl Hamer Hauswirth, Grafton, WI has been the consummate party planner this past year.  People from all over joined her at a 70th birthday party for husband, Roy.Festivities were held last summer in Sturgis and included live music, much food and partying.  In October Cheryl had our five-day Gustavus Girls’Birthday (15participants) in Scottsdale, AZ.  She was tour guide, activities planner, chauffer and held our first night welcome gala.  She gets a ***** (5 star rating) from all of us!

Lea Casperson retired from his chiropractic practice in Bayport, Minnesota and has a job awaiting him in North Naples, FL.  His daughter, Ralea, has opened Gulf Shores Equestrian Center and might need a helping hand.  Or he might be found at the beach kite surfing or relaxing with a good book under a beach umbrella while Ralea is doing the work!

Linda Soderquist Rosen is a trip designer who brings small groups of women to Ireland on adventure trips.  Now she has joined forces with Enchanted Way Tours of Limmerick, Ireland who specialize in small musical tours of Ireland.  Together they will be presenting a Women’s musical, cultural and adventurous retreat in County Clare in May, 2012.  For information, details, and itineraries for custom trips you can contact her at:  www.irelandonmymind.com.

Ron Witter (and brother Keith ʼ69) work together as financial planners affiliated with Ameriprise Financial.  When not setting up retirement plans he spends time at his central Minnesota cabin or at the “farm” in LeCenter hunting and fishing.  This year he has stuffed his freezer with pheasant, deer and even an elk from a Colorado hunting trip.

Jim Henrichsen is no longer practicing law in Grand Rapids, MN.  He is pursuing his dream of living in the Florida Keys.  For many years Jim and his wife lived on a boat in the Keys, but are now in the market for something that doesn’t rise and fall with the tides.  A structure with ground underneath somewhere in the Keys would do nicely.

Phil and Cheryl (Braunworth) Carlson, now both retired continue to travel, but without time constraints.  Time in Scandinavia this year included visiting Phil’s Swedish relatives and enjoying Norway as well.

Kathy Eaton Asted continues her dental office consulting business and can be found in Duluth, St. Cloud, Mankato and many Twin Cities locations.  She, her mother Lorraine, husband Paul, and I  have a monthly Bridge date…and yes, we still say “a club” when it is a short bid and “one club” when we mean it.  Some habits survive forever.

I am still mystified by this retirement thing.  Finally, more time to volunteer is on my horizon.  I attended the opening gala of the 150th Gustavus Anniversary in September with the Carlsons and Moorheads.  It was a great reminder that we are all a part of something wonderful which brought us all together, gave us the keys to our futures...and that our contributions can be a part of the Gustavus future.

So, please return to the beginning of this letter−my reminder that your news is important to all-and that a letter such as this is NOT possible without you.  I’ve already had to submit my news for the spring Quarterly and my next deadline for the summer issue is February 17, so be sure to get any news sent to me before then.

Looking forward to hearing from you!  Best wishes for 2012!

Paula Navarro

1968 Communications Chair

Campus News

Campaign Update

Great news―since the campaign announcement on September 30, Gustavus has secured an additional $5 million in commitments. We are now over $76 million toward our $150 million goal. Thank you to everyone who has contributed.  Everyone can participate with your annual fund donation this year and be included in the overall total.

National Sesquicentennial Celebrations

Throughout the coming year, Gusties are gathering across the country to reflect on Gustavus’s past, celebrate 150 academic years, and engage for the future.  In conjunction with the celebrations on campus, the College invites all alumni, parents, and friends for a celebration in an area near them.  Here is a list of some upcoming chapter events.  You can view them all and register for an event at gustavus.edu/150.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012 - Dallas: Lawry’s Prime Rib

Thursday, January, 19, 2012 - Houston: The Remington Restaurant at St. Regis Houston

Tuesday, February 7, 2012 - Naples, FL: Naples Beach Club and Hotel

Thursday, February 9, 2012 - Tampa: Malio’s Prime

Saturday, February 18, 2012 - San Francisco: Hs Lordship

Sunday, February 19, 2012 – Los Angeles: The Paley Center

Monday, February 20, 2012 - Palm Springs: Escena Golf Club

Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - Sun City: Briarwood Country Club

Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - Phoenix: Rita’s Kitchen

Friday, February 24, 2012 - Tucson: Warren and Donna Beck’s Residence

Friday, March 16, 2012-Seattle: - The Swedish Cultural Center

Sunday, March 18, 2012 - Denver: - Three Tomatoes Steakhouse and Club at Fossil Trace

Gustie Breakfasts

Join your fellow Gusties for breakfast and to learn something new about your alma mater at the monthly Gustie Breakfasts.  December’s speaker will be Dick Kenney, author of two Gustavus Sesquicentennial books and January will feature Mark Braun, Gustavus provost/Dean of faculty.  The St. Peter Breakfasts are held in the banquet rooms on campus at 7:30 a.m. on the second Wednesday of the month and the Twin Cities Breakfasts are held at the Doubletree Hotel in Minneapolis at 8 a.m. on the third Wednesday of the month.  RSVP by calling 800-487-8437 or e-mail alumni@gustavus.edu.  Hope to see you bright and early!

Join Gustavus Library Associates

“Whether you went to the college library to study, do research, meet a hot date, or create (or look for) a library prank, the library was an almost daily stop during our college years.  What better way to acknowledge that important relationship than by joining the Gustavus Library Associates (GLA)?  GLA's mission is to promote literature, learning, and the Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library at Gustavus Adolphus College.  All of its membership dues go directly to the annual acquisitions budget of the Library; income from the Royal Affair, Books and Bloom, and other major fundraisers goes to the Library’s endowment.

With this in mind, I encourage you all to become GLA members.  You can find the application form on the web at:  gustavus.edu/gla.  You’ll find all the news about the organization’s events and the membership forms along with a list of membership options.