Class of '40
September 2001

Dear Classmates,

A few weeks ago I had the privilege of spending a day on our beautiful Gustavus campus.  Every minute of the day was filled with inspiration, visiting with dear friends, reminiscing and just plain counting our blessings.

We were indeed fortunate to be a part of such a great institution.  Our parents sacrificed to give us this opportunity.  Even though by today’s standard our tuition was small, we did not pay the complete cost.  It was subsidized by the church.

Today the cost is greater than what the tuition is.  So help is still needed for the difference, e.g. providing scholarships, enlisting the best teachers and to keep up with technology.  So many needs, but so worthwhile.

Your gift is one that will keep on giving.

Records show that Gustavus students are involved in professions of healthcare, education and ministry.  We need people like you to meet the needs of the day.

I want to urge each one of us to increase our pledge this year.  Our goal is to have one hundred percent participation!

I know that is possible.  Please give prayerful consideration to this request.


Evelyn Strom Pearson

1940 Co-Class Agent

P.S. Carl Lofgren and I will get in touch with you during Phonorama.  We are grateful to Dale Lund for sharing his memories on the enclosed letter.

Dear Gustavus classmates,

Going to coffee with Carl Oscar Lofgren is risky business!  He’ll get you!  Having been disarmed by his coffee and conversation I, of course, agreed to write this month’s opening missive.

Our pre-WWII generation went out, a bit naively, of course, but with dedication and high resolve.

My story, both typical and different, is outlined as follows:  Parish pastor in Massachusetts two years (I married the organist).  Chaplain and religion teacher at Upsala College (earned a Ph.D. from Drew University) 11 years; president of Bethany College 7years; Dean of LSTC 3 years; president of Midland Lutheran College 13 years.  Typical churchly and educational activities in retirement.  My wife, Ruth and I have two sons and two daughters―a pastor, a nurse, a lawyer and an elementary school counselor turned consultant for Harcourt School Publishers.  And we have seven grandchildren!

Many of my best friends are Gustavians from the junior and senior years I spent on the hill.  There were many fine teachers, but Oscar Winfield, George Hall and E.C. Carlton helped this lad to think, learn and grow in important areas never before explored . . .and which I am still exploring.

Best wishes to all!

Dale Lund

Class of 1940

Campus News:

The Alumni Office is sending this class letter via U.S. Postal Service Mail and also e-mail to those alumni for whom we have an e-mail address.  Eventually class letters will be sent via e-mail only, when an address is available, unless you notify the Alumni Office that you prefer to continue to receive your letters via U.S. Postal Service.  Contact the Alumni Office at

Gustavus ranked among top colleges

Gustavus is ranked in the second tier and one of the top 114 best national liberal arts colleges by U.S. News & World Report magazine.  Gustavus ranked in the first tier in two categories, retention and graduation rates.  Gustavus’ first-year to sophomore retention rate of 92 percent ranks in the top 15 percent of all national liberal arts colleges and graduation rate of 76 percent ranks in the top 20 percent of all national liberal arts colleges.  Alumni giving ranks in the top 25 percent, down from the top five percent and a tier one ranking five years ago.  Raising the percentage of participation of alumni giving is of highest priority for the college and the offices of Alumni Relations and Gustavus Alumni Fund.

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