Class of '40
February 2001

Dear Classmates:

Another pastor of our fine "family of ’40" has been kind enough to write a Class Letter. We haven’t heard from this good friend and contributor for some while, so on behalf of all of us from the Class of ’40, we thank Neale E. Nelson, Ph.D.

So read on and enjoy!

January 22, 2001

The corner of 45th and Wadsworth in Wheat Ridge, Colorado will become an extension of the campus of Gustavus during the last week in January. On January 31st the Gustavus Choir will appear in concert at Holy Cross Lutheran Church. The Rev. Arlyn Tolzman, class of ’65 and his wife, Jeanne (Mingus), class of ’67 will be the official hosts. Chairman of the sponsoring committee is Josh Neugebauer, class of ’99. I will represent the class of 1940. Ruth (my wife of 56 years) and I have visited Gustavus in the past years, so she is an honorary Gustie as she patiently listens to my tales of life at Gustavus 60 years ago.

Life has been good for the Neale Nelsons, and we thankfully send greetings to fellow class members via this letter. We are grateful to be in good health, able to enjoy life, and are thankful for each new day.

We have been able to travel widely in the years since our formal retirement from the parish ministry in 1984. We have gone around the world, including stops in Hong Kong, China, Thailand, India, and Saudi Arabia. Many trips to Europe have brought us to Scandinavia and all the countries of Western Europe, except Spain. Our most recent trip to Israel was so fulfilling that we wondered if we would ever go overseas again. However, our daughter in Salt Lake City and her husband convinced us to go with them to England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland, and we agreed. That trip is planned for June 2001.

My work at Regis University has been satisfying. I teach Eastern Religion (Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism) and Western (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam). Although I was able to complete a second master’s degree and Ph.D. at the University of Utah, I treasure my years at Gustavus as the beginning of an intellectual journey that still continues.

On January 31st, the Gustavus Choir will sing at the opening of the Colorado State Senate where Pastor Tolzman is chaplain. Pastor Tolzman contacted the Minnesota Senate, which designated the Gustavus Choir as "Ambassadors from Minnesota to Colorado."

I join with fellow class-members in this salute to the school where we learned "Gustavus Adolphus, stand firm in thy fight. Plant proudly thy banner, on victory’s height."

Neale E. Nelson

Campus News

The Gustavus campus is now into spring semester after enjoying another busy and exciting January Term with 2300-plus students enrolled for credit! They were offered over 100 January Term courses, including 16 travel courses (plus 36 international courses through the UMAIE consortium). There were also 15 courses on the special Environmental Studies theme for J-Term 2001. Some of these courses included, Chemistry in the Environment, The Literature of Winter, Geographical Issues in the Third World, Global Environmental Change, Amazonia: An Eco-Historical Perspective, GIS in Environmental Analysis, The Changing Face of Agriculture, and Environmental Journalism. Next year (2002) the January Term theme will be "Global Village" and will feature both international and domestic diversity focused courses. After that J-Term themes are planned for "Service-Learning" (2003) and "Undergraduate Research" (2004).

You are invited and encouraged to attend these upcoming national chapter alumni events. Invitations are sent to alumni in chapters. For more information, please call the Alumni Office at 800-487-8437 or look on the web at

Gustavus Choir Home Concert, February 10, Christ Chapel, 7:30 p.m.
Marco Island gathering February 24
Vero Beach gathering February 25

Reunions 2001

50th Anniversary Class and 50-Year Club reunions will take place on campus, May 25-26 for the Class of 1951 and the 50-Year Club. Registration material will be mailed in April.

A reminder that all other reunion classes (1956, 1961, 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991 and 1996) will have their reunions at Homecoming on September 21-22. Class gatherings will take place in the Twin Cities at the DoubleTree Hotel, Minneapolis Airport at the Mall, on Friday, September 21. Homecoming activities will take place on campus on Saturday, September 22.

Will you help Gustavus remain strongly church related?

Encourage your ELCA congregation to join the Gustavus Adolphus College Association of Congregations. There is no cost. For more information, call the Office of Church Relations at 800-726-6194 or e-mail Craig Johnson at

More of ourselves:

  • Ralph A. Larson, retired school administrator, is suffering from Parkinson’s disease and resides in Minneota Manor Home (302 1st St. E., P.O. Box 36, Minneota, MN 56264-0036)
  • Maurine Erickson Lindgren has a granddaughter who will graduate with the class of 2001 (a 4th generation! Maurine’s father, Pastor Walford Erickson, was in the class of 1912).
  • Gordon V. Anderson, Del Ray Beach, Florida, continues to be vice-president of Greensward Village Condo and had a family reunion there a short time ago.
  • Carl Oscar & LaVerne (Johnson ’42) Lofgren moved from their home in Edina, MN two years ago to a condo in Bloomington, MN to be on one-level because of Carl’s approaching total hip replacement. Then two years later he had the other hip replaced also. Healing has gone well on both hips, but there’s been one funny side effect: While recently going through airport security, Carl’s metal hips tripped an alarm. He had to show the security guards his medical card to convince them his hip pins weren’t concealed weapons!

Thank you for your contributions to the Gustavus Fund; they are greatly appreciated. And, again, thank you, Neale Nelson for your letter and rouse for our Alma Mater.

In fond Gustie memories,

Carl Oscar & Evie Strom Pearson

Co-Class Agents