Class of '40
January 2009

Dear classmates,

Evelyn Strom Pearson left a phone message reminding me that I had agreed to write our class letter this time.  I needed that reminder.  The last few months have been busy ones for me, and I had not done my assignment.

In late August my daughter, Rebecca Gilbertson Merritt ’68, lost her husband unexpectedly.  Then in late December my brother, Lee died.  He was 93.

But there have been pleasant things happening, too.  My daughters Deborah ’74 and Rachel ’66 and their families and Rebecca were all here for Christmas.

Then I must tell you about my 90th birthday.  My girls invited about one hundred people and one hundred-fifty came!  Among them were twenty-three Gustavians, several from my home town of Clarissa.  I was the oldest, and Mark LaVoie, class of 2008, the youngest.

Dale Lund sent some information that I am happy to share.  He had earned his Ph.D. in 1957 and was a pastor in Attleboro, MA; he also was a chaplain and religion teacher in Upsala College; and president of Midland Lutheran College.  Dale married Ruth Carlson in 1946, and has four children, seven grandchildren, and one great grandchild.  He’ll be 90 soon and declares he’s had a wonderful life.

I feel so blessed to have had the Gustavus experience.  I was urged to consider Gustavus by choir tour members who sang in my home church when I was a junior in high school.  Friendships formed at college have enhanced my life.

I wish all of you a blessed 2009.


Mildred Gulberg Gilbertson

1940 Guest Letter Writer

Campus News

Haugen Named Head Football Coach

Peter Haugen was named the new head football coach in mid-December.  Haugen posted an 111-44 record in 15 years at Washburn High School.  He is the 17th head coach in the 93-year history of Gustavus football.  Haugen will start the second week of January.

President Ohle is on the road!

Please join President Ohle, his wife Kris, and other Gustavus staff at a dessert reception near you.  President Ohle will be visiting 11 cities around the country in the coming months and all alumni, parents, and friends of the College are invited to attend a reception.  Dates are listed below or check out the Alumni website to find out more details.

Mustaphi Named Michelle Obama’s Deputy Press Secretary

Semonti Mustaphi ’03 was recently named Deputy Press Secretary for First Lady Michelle Obama.  Mustaphi worked on the Obama campaign, and has also held communications positions for three senators.  Mustaphi graduated with a political science and communication studies double major, danced in the Gustavus Dance Company, and was an Anderson Scholar.

Freed to Speak at January Breakfast

Join us for the January “Come on You Gustie” Breakfast featuring Gwen Freed, vice president for marketing and communication.  The breakfast is Wednesday, Jan. 21, at the Doubletree Hotel, Minneapolis-Park Place, 1500 Park Place Boulevard (Hwy 394 and Hwy 100).  The breakfast runs from 8-9:30 and is $10 per person.  Reserve a spot by calling Don Swanson ’55 at (763) 533-9083.


Mark your calendars now for Homecoming 2009!  The Gustavus football team will face off against Pacific Lutheran University on Saturday, Oct. 10.  Watch for more information about tons of fun events the weekend of Oct. 9 and 10.

Upcoming Alumni Events

  • Washington D.C. Alumni Gathering - Jan. 12, Crystal City Marriott at Reagan National Airport, 7 p.m.
  • Twin Cities Gustie Breakfast, Gwen Freed - Jan. 21
  • Chicago Alumni Gathering - Jan. 29, Hyatt Regency O'Hare, 7 p.m.
  • 100th Anniversary of Gustavus Men's Basketball - Feb. 7