Class of '88
June 2001

Dear Classmates,

First and foremost, let me extend an apology to Gail Chase Ericson. I recruited her for the G.I.V.E. program in Minneapolis, on which I served on the Task Force last year and she asked me to write the class letter―she did her part and I didn’t―thank you Jamin for getting the class letter sent.

My short note to you is not without its challenges, as our class has suffered a great loss. Many of you knew Brian Moody as an active member of the chapel choir and geography major at Gustavus. After graduation, he pursued his love of flying and became a pilot.

He purchased a struggling company called Baker Aircraft in Baker City, Oregon and was growing the business quite successfully until last Thanksgiving when he did not return from a flight he was piloting. While there was no closure to this mystery during the past six months, everyone knew the chances for a happy ending were slim. Closure came a few weeks ago when his plane and remains were found by a farmer in the mountains of Idaho.

Brian taught me a great deal about relaxing and taking life as it comes. He said "make at least five good plans; that way no matter which one works out, you have a good one." He was never one to keep a tight schedule and pressed my buttons of timeliness and organization. I remember one of our last conversations when he was to come to our house in Minneapolis. As we discussed his schedule, I finally said as calmly as possible, "Brian when you get to our door, we’ll know you’re here." "Cool, I’ll see you then." Meredith asked when he was coming and I said, "Not a moment before he gets here!" "That’s Brian."

We celebrate the life of someone who relished zigging when everyone was zagging and making up his own rules as he went through life. I admire that.

I met Brian at Gustavus and will say a final farewell to him on Sunday, July 1, at a 4:00 p.m. memorial service in Christ Chapel. If Brian touched your life, you are most welcome to share your memories and speak with members of his family.

I hope this letter finds you well.

Thomas W. Young ’88

Editor's Note: Another class letter will be coming out shortly, but because of the timelines of this message we are sending this letter separately.