Class of ’41
July 2010

Greetings Classmates from Charlie Lusk,

I have been laid up a bit.  Both Bea and I had strokes this spring and are recovering very well.  Bea was paralyzed on her left side, but is able to walk now with a walker around the apartment.  I was not affected by being paralyzed at all.

I can still drive and walk a half mile a day.  Bea uses a wheel chair when we go to meals in the dining room and shopping in town.

I started to type this letter, but the typewriter and I don’t work…so I am writing it by hand to submit to the Alumni Office.  Let me say, I was very pleased with the good number of responses to the postcard that was sent!  A big thank you to those that returned one!  I’m happy now to share those responses with all of you.  So here goes:

  • Edsel ’42 and Mignon (Carter) Johnson moved to Point Pleasant and like the area.  There address is:  28600 Fairway Lane, Apt. 409, Chisago City, MN  55013.
  • Clint Gass is 90 and enjoys cruising between the United States mainland and Hawaii.  He is friends with C. Burton Gustafson ’43.
  • Bernice Roesnick Webb is active in church, VFW and Veteran’s Park.
  • Blanche Isenberg Pergol is 92 and still drives and travels.
  • Dennis Wicker lives at:  5001 West Florida Avenue, #670, Hemet, CA  92545-3830.  He loves to cruise around and is headed for Yosemite Park this month.  He hopes we all reach 100!
  • Lucille Westerdahl Hope lives in Bellevue, WA next to her daughter in a condo.
  • Neale Nelson ’40 is 91, in good health and lives with his son in Baton Rouge, LA.
  • Beatrice Olson Lindsten, who turned 90, celebrated her birthday with friends and good Swedish glug.
  • Besse Hobart Chenault is busy teaching a Bible class, etc.
  • Ray C. Erickson, 3010 Twin Oaks Place NW, Salem, WA  97304.  Ray plays golf, bowling and takes trips along the Oregon coast.

You all take care and send me a note on how you’re doing.

Charlie Lusk

1941 Class Agent

Campus News

Gusties at the State Fair

Gustavus will again have a booth at the Minnesota State Fair in the Education Building.  The booth will have friendly faces, information, and those popular Gustie Grams.  Wear your Gustavus apparel to the fair to show off your Gustie pride!  The fair runs Aug. 26 - Sept. 6.

Changes in Thrivent’s Charitable Giving

This month Thrivent Financial will roll out its new charitable grant program, which allows eligible members to help Thrivent Financial direct distributions as part of its charitable giving each year.  This new program is called Thrivent Choice.  Thrivent Choice will replace Thrivent’s current matching gift program.  Eligible Thrivent members will receive a letter from Thrivent in August, explaining the amount of Choice Dollars that they will have to designate for 2010.  You can also visit Thrivent’s’ website to find out more about the program.  Please keep Gustavus in mind when you are designating your Choice Dollars.

August Twin Cities Breakfast

Engage with other alumni and learn something new about your alma mater at the monthly Twin Cities Gustavus breakfasts.  This month our speaker is Peter Haugen, who is entering his second season as head football coach.  The event is Wednesday, Aug. 18, 8-9:30 a.m., at the Doubletree Hotel Minneapolis-Park Place, 1500 Park Place Blvd.  Cost is $10 at the door.  Reserve your spot by e-mailing the Office of Alumni Relations at or calling 800-487-8437.  Upcoming breakfasts include President Jack R. Ohle on Sept. 15; Lisa Heldke ’82, chair of the 46th Nobel Conference, on Oct. 20; and Jeff Stocco, dean of students, on Nov. 17.

Gustavus Rated Top College

Gustavus Adolphus College is once again rated a top college in The Princeton Review’s guidebook, The Best 373 Colleges, 2011 Edition.  This annual ranking, released Aug. 2, 2010, is based solely on input from college students.  The educational services publication recognizes 373 colleges in the nation for offering outstanding academics and great campus experiences.  Gustavus was also ranked among 152 Midwest colleges that The Princeton Review recognized as “Best Colleges: Region by Region.”  As in past years, the publication also gave the College high marks for campus food, ranking it 18th nationally in that category.

150th Anniversary Commemorative Alumni Directory

The Gustavus Alumni Association is bringing together about 25,000 Gusties to celebrate the College’s 150th anniversary.  In partnership with Publishing Concepts, Inc. (PCI), Gustavus will produce the 150th Anniversary Commemorative Alumni Directory.  Over the next couple of months, PCI will be contacting Gustavus alumni via phone, mail, and e-mail to request that you update your information. 

Nobel Conference 46 – “Making Food Good”

Few issues resonate with people around the world more than the need for good food.  Our choices related to diet, farming, and processing are inextricably linked to human health and the health of planetary ecosystems.  Considerable public debate swirls around such issues as genetic modification and food security.  Seven distinguished presenters will offer thought-provoking looks into what makes food good─from the scientific and ethical aspects to esthetic, ecological, and economic considerations.  You are welcome to join the conversation!