Class of '40
April 2006 (Part A)

Dear Classmates,

This is a big year for me.  On December 20, 2005 I reached my 90th birthday!  The Rotary Club of Edina, Minnesota interviewed me before its entire membership and honored me with a plaque commemorating my 90th birthday.  Thereafter, my daughter, Lori Lofgren Amundson (class of 1981) arranged a birthday party for me with 125 guests in attendance.

Following years of loving care from family and friends, I enjoyed the good fortune of this event including many tributes and pictorial memories.  My Savior is my guiding light.

I encourage each fellow classmate to write their own highlight of a personal matter to share with each other.  I am enclosing with this letter a stamped postcard that Evie Strom Pearson has hand addressed to herself.  Please fill out the postcard with an update about yourself and drop it in the mail to Evie.  She will write the next class letter and include all the notes from classmates.

One bit of news that I have, is that I talked with Irma Olson Lundquist at the Masonic Home, where she is now living.

Remember that our 66th reunion from Gustavus will be held on May 26 & 27.  As members of the 50-Year Club we are invited back each year for the festivities.  A reunion registration form was just mailed so watch for it in your mailbox.  Also, the Alumni Fund year closes on May 31 so please remember to send your gift to the College (an envelope is enclosed for that).

Very sincerely,

Carl Oscar Lofgren

1940 Co-class Agent

Campus News

The Alumni Board met on campus in February and made the final selection for the Alumni Awards:

Greater Gustavus Award:  Gustavus Library Associates, for providing financial resources for Folke Bernadotte Library, and engaging and introducing alumni and friends in the mission of the College.

Distinguished Alumni Citations:  Karen Bossart Rusthoven ’66, St. Paul, MN, founder and principal of Community of Peace Academy, St. Paul; Susan Semple-Rowland ’77, Gainesville, FL, professor of neuroscience, University of Florida and director, Neuroscience IDP Graduate Program; and Magnus Ranstorp ’85, St. Andrews, Scotland, chief scientist at the Centre for Asymmetric Threat Studies, Swedish National Defense College; and a Senior Honorary Research Associate and former Director of Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland.

First Decade Awards:  Rebecca Konrad ’96, Washington, DC, investment officer, global transaction team, The World Bank International Finance Corporation; and Milo Martin ’96, Philadelphia, PA, assistant professor, Department of Computer and Information Sciences, University of Pennsylvania. 

The awards will be presented on Commencement Weekend or Homecoming Weekend depending on the recipient’s schedule.

Gustavus Checks

Show your Gustavus pride every time your write a check.  You can now order checks with Old Main, Three Crowns, or the Gustavus football helmet at:

Gusties Helping Hurricane Victims

A group of 23 students spent three weeks during January in Mississippi aiding in the clean-up and rebuilding efforts of a town hit hard by Hurricane Katrina.  The group was student-led and sponsored by Men’s Christian Fellowship at Gustavus and coordinated through Lutheran Disaster Response.  While there the students provided many services, including clearing houses to the bare structure, rebuilding homes, working in kitchens, distributing supplies, and working in pastoral care, child care, and medical clinics.  The group was housed and fed in a “tent city” on the grounds of Christus Victor Lutheran Church.  This was one of the several vocation month experiences from which Gustavus students had the opportunity to choose.


Nordic Ski Team senior Erich Ziegler had a first-place finish among collegiate skiers in the15K freestyle at the NorAm SuperTour stop at Telemark Resort in Cable, Wisconsin.  Ziegler’s win was the first by a Gustavus skier in an NCAA/CCSA qualifier.  Men’s hockey continues to win, with a 7-1 record in the MIAC.  Men's swimming is 7-0 on the season and recently set two Lund Center pool record times.  Brad Hanson ’08 was victorious in the 1000 freestyle in a pool-record time of 9:51.46, and Matt Stewart ’09 posted a pool-record time of 1:44.49 to win the 200-freestyle. 

Upcoming Alumni Events

MAYDAY! Peace Conference on AIDS — April 19

Gustavus Association of Congregations Meeting — April 22

Gusties In Volunteer Endeavors (G.I.V.E.) Day of Community Service in Minneapolis — April 29

Reunion Weekend ― May 26 & 27, 2006