Class of '41
October 2005

To the class of ’41:

I just want to personally thank you for your cards to “Pinky.”  I talked to her husband, Chet, this afternoon and he said that Pinky was overjoyed with the cards that they have gotten, Chet has made up a scrapbook of them and he takes it out a couple times a week and goes through it with Pinky.

It appears that as a class we have been somewhat negligent in thanking Pinky for her efforts in writing the class letter.

Chet indicated that it would be nice if once in a while we would just drop a letter to them.  “So” class, now is the time to show our appreciation for all the years Pinky has kept us aware of what has been going on with the class members and the campus at G.A.

To the class, Charlie is just another guy who has fond memories of the year he spent at Gustavus.  I knew of Pinky when I was at Gustavus because her aunt was the principal at the High School in Le Sueur, MN―11 miles north of St Peter, where I lived.  Ed Janovsky and I drove back and forth to St Peter that year.

I was in the retail business from 1939 until 1953.  Most of that time at Dayton’s Store on Nicollet Avenue in Minneapolis.  My boss at the store talked me into going back to school to get a B.A. so I could be a department manager.  I ended up getting a master’s in industrial education at the University of Minnesota.   In January 1956 a fellow from the San Diego School System was interviewing teachers at the University to teach in San Diego.  It was 20 degrees below 0 in Minneapolis and 68 degrees in San Diego; I called my wife, Bea and told her I would take her to lunch.  When I explained the deal to her she said, Okay, after you get your master’s.

We arrived in San Diego the last week in August on Wednesday and bought a house on Sunday!  A half block from Dana Jr. High School and I started teaching on Monday.  I taught in the same classroom for 28 years and retired when they closed the school in1983.  I had a ball teaching.  We had a boat regatta at the end of the school year.  I designed a boat with a new hull and keel for our school the second year and took 25 out of 32 trophies in racing and construction.  I had 135 students in competition out of 1,252 students entered that year.  That fall I shared the design with the rest of the teachers and the regatta was held each year until I retired.  Should I mention that it was a model boat regatta?  The boats were 5 ½” x 18” for 7th grade; 7 ½” x 24” for 8th and 9th graders.  These were all sailboats and the regatta was held in a special pond in Mission Bay.

I'm now living in sunny California in the middle of the largest State Park in the nation “Anza Borr” in a town called Borrego Springs.  There has not been a spring in this area for 100 years.  Our water comes from wells that are 500’ to 800’ deep and the water is 2,000 years old.

I’ve been active in the community, served on the rural bus board, the Borrego Water District board and the Borrego Lutheran Church board.  During the time I was on the board we built a new church.

Well that's my story, what is yours?  There are 50 of us left in the class of ’41.  I’ll take on the next class letter if you want to keep it going.  I talked to Philly Kauffman in the Alumni Office and she said she would give us a hand to get organized.  Send any news notes to the Alumni Office and she’ll send them on to me.

Guess that’s it for now.

As ever,

Charles Lusk

Class of 1941

Campus News

A New Year Begins

The 144th academic year began September 7 with 2,600 students and approximately 710 new students, the largest enrollment and new class in college history.  Some changes in the general education curriculum will were implemented this year, including a foreign language requirement for graduation.

Evelyn Sponberg Young, one of Gustavus’ best ambassadors of goodwill, hospitality and spirit, and friend of many, many Gusties through the years, died at her home on September 29, at the age of 93.  Evelyn graduated from Gustavus in 1933 and taught English in several schools in southern Minnesota.  She returned to campus in 1949 as director of the College's dining service, serving the College 32 years until her retirement in 1981.  A memorial service will be held at Gustavus Adolphus College, Thursday, December 8, 2:00 p.m., followed by a reception in the Evelyn Young Dining Room.

Wind Orchestra Tour

Join Gustavus alumni and parents on a companion tour with the Gustavus Wind Orchestra to Eastern Europe January 17-27, 2006.  The trip includes visits to the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, and Austria and will be hosted by Tom Emmert, professor of history, and Jon and Anita (Thomsen) Young ’77 ’77.

Announcing the Gustavus 2006 Alumni Fund Campaign

“When you get your invitation in the mail or receive a call from a Gustie student or classmate, commit to making your gift to the Alumni Fund this year,” encourages Jan Michaletz ’74, alumni board member, class agent, and 2006 Alumni Fund Chair.  The Michaletz family―Russ ’74, Mara ’02, Annie ’05, and John ’08―have agreed to chair this year’s alumni fund drive.  The 2006 Alumni Fund goals are to achieve 9,000 donors and $1,185,000 dollars in alumni giving.  The 2006 fiscal year began June 1, 2005 and ends May 31, 2006.  Gifts to the Alumni Fund will immediately support current Gusties in the classroom, in labs, on the playing field, in the library, and more.  Tuition does not cover the real cost of educating students today, nor did it when you were a student at Gustavus.  Since its inception in 1954, the goal of the Alumni Fund has been to help keep the Gustavus educational experience accessible for current students.  Give the gift of Gustavus to a current Gustie by making your Alumni Fund gift this year.

The 2004-2005 Honor Roll of Donors is now available online at:  The Honor Roll of Donors recognizes those who have made gifts to Gustavus between June 1, 2004 and May 31, 2005.  To find your name or to check out your class results, point and click from your home or office computer.  To have your name included in the 2005-2006 Honor Roll of Donors, go to to make a gift online.

Nobel Conference

The College’s 41st Nobel Conference, The Legacy of Einstein, was held September 27-28.  The panel consisted of scientists in the areas of statistical physics, relativity, cosmology, and unified theories, who discussed current work in the areas of Einstein’s greatest contributions.  In addition, a historian of science explored the impact that Einstein’s discoveries and his social and political views have had on science and humanity.  Also, a play, Clockworks:  Einstein Time, was premiered, the Physics Force group performed, and a symphony orchestra concert celebrated Einstein through music.

Alumni Directory

In partnership with Publishing Concepts (PCI), a comprehensive alumni directory is being produced and will be released in 2006.  PCI will be contacting alumni to get current information.

First Frost * A Royal Affair

Since 1977 Gustavus Library Associates has helped raise funds for the endowment of Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library located at Gustavus.  Over 1,000 guests will attend First Frost * A Royal Affair, the biennial gala dinner/auction benefit at the Sheraton Hotel in Bloomington on Saturday, October 29.  This year Evelyn Young ’33, a long-time GLA supporter, is being honored.  The program will feature tenor Mark Thomsen ’78 and will be hosted by former Miss America Gretchen Carlson and physician and Gustavus parent John Najarian.  Contact the Office of Public Relations at 800/726-6198.

Athletics Hall of Fame

On Saturday, September 24, Gustavus inducted the following people into the Athletics Hall of Fame:  Holly Brodmarkle Cervin ’87, track and field; Marc Illies ’85, baseball and football; Marc Iverson ’89, football; Gretchen Koehler, coach; soccer; Rich Skanse ’84, tennis; and Dick Walters ’75, hockey.  Jay Rooker ’85 and Mary Mansour ’85, softball, have also been selected but will be inducted Fall 2006.

Campus Progress

Whether it’s planning for brand new buildings or renovating old ones, the Gustavus campus is always changing.  A new web site has been designed to keep you updated on the changes taking place on campus.  Check it out at:

Upcoming Alumni Events

  • New York Chapter gathering ― October 21
  • Washington, D.C. Chapter gathering — October 23
  • A Royal Affair * First Frost — October 29
  • Christmas in Christ Chapel ― December 2-4
  • St. Lucia Day ― December 8
  • Wind Orchestra Companion Tour to Eastern Europe — January 17-27