Class of '42
March 2002

March  2002           


                60       Wow!

Dear Friends of the Class of  ’42…

Please mark your calendars now and make plans to attend the Alumni Reunion weekend May 31 and 1.  We have so much to celebrate and your attendance will help make this a great event.

We have so much for which to be thankful.  We are so fortunate to have lived long enough to celebrate our 60th anniversary.  That puts us in a special section of the 50-Year Club.  And there's still quite a bunch of us, and the more the merrier.  So plan now to come.  Reservation forms will be sent out in mid April.

We're looking forward to seeing you.  And we're looking forward to seeing Jesse Eaton.  Jesse has been such a faithful supporter of our class ever since Norma (Forsland) passed away.  Jesse is a retired geophysicist with the U.S. Geodetic Survey and now lives in Florida.

For frosting on the cake we will celebrate the awarding of the Distinguished Alumni Citation to Walter Youngquist for his work in oil exploration throughout the world.  A consulting geologist, he has traveled to 70 countries.  His contributions in his field by books (11 of them) and numerous articles in professional journals has brought him worldwide recognition.  Walter is one of three Americans who are members of the Oil Depletion Analysis Center based in London.  (Did you know that the world is consuming about 28 billion barrels of oil a year, but only finding about 7 billion to re-supply?)  Gustavus and our class especially are proud of him.  So come celebrate this honor with him and Elizabeth (Pearson).

I hope this finds you "healthy, wealthy and wise," most of all, in good spirits.  We need to be in good spirits in this time of perplexities and uncertainties of which there seems to be more than enough to go around.

Peg and I had some special treats recently that brought joy to our hearts!

Several weeks ago we heard the Gustavus Choir after they had returned from their tour at Augustana Lutheran Church in West St. Paul.  The choir was a delightful collection of singers who performed before an enthusiastic audience and a standing ovation proved it.

Over three consecutive nights we took in the MIAC state swimming championships at the University of Minnesota.  They have a marvelous aquatic center―one of the best in the country.  A special thrill was the number of swimmers.  To digress, in our day at Gustavus we had fourteen guys on our championship teams.  Today Gustavus has 75 swimmers―both men and women―competing.  The other colleges had large numbers too.  Well, Gustavus won the state for both men and women.  And what about the times?  They were fast!  Like everything else, times have changed.  Gustavus has a great coach and a beautiful pool.  Along with that there is so much more physiology, psychology and other ideas that go to build athletes today.

But one more thing should be said about the swimmers.  They have the most beautiful bodies to be seen anywhere―neat, trim and what the health ads ought to show.  It was fun to watch them.  So you grandparents and great grandparents will do well to encourage your little ones to take up swimming.  And don't forget a swimming scholarship is just as good as any other scholarship.

Now for a couple of news notes that we've received from classmates:

Marjorie Knudson Olson, Mt. Pleasant, MI, writes, "Today another outstanding issue of the Gustavus Quarterly arrived.  As a member of the class of ’42, I was looking forward to Reunion Weekend on May 31 and June 1, but find that I shall have to make plans for the next year."  We're sorry to hear that, too.

Russell and Genevieve (Quam ’45) Anderson, West St. Paul, write "This past summer (’01) we moved from our old residence in West St. Paul and our Mille Lacs Lake summer home with an Aitkin address, to a new senior residence at 170 Emerson Avenue East, Apt. 323, West St. Paul, MN, which is now our only address.  No snow shoveling, lawn mowing or maintenance.  We enjoy it very much!"

By the way, if you haven't been to the campus since the tragic tornado you are in for a treat.  The campus is beautiful.  The old water tower is gone, and the landscaping is something to behold.  You will enjoy it.  The new student center which also houses the Evelyn Young Dining Room will provide some very pleasant surprises.

So for now, thanks for your support of the class fund.  Your gifts are very important and if you haven't sent your contribution for this year, please do so.  We hope we can reach a new high this very special year.

C. Eddie Johnson

1942 Class Agent

P.S.  Now for some campus news that was written by a current Gustavus student:

Campus News:

Hi!  This is Tracey Hanson again writing from the Alumni Office.  For those of you who haven’t previously heard from me, I am a senior double majoring in Communication Studies and Business Management.  I am a seasoned Alumni Office veteran, as this is my fourth (and final) year here.  After not having taken a J-Term class, spring semester and the homework it entails has been hitting me hard.  Contrary to popular belief, the “senior slacker” final semester has been just the opposite for me.  My time at Gustavus has flown by, especially this final year.  The fact that it is March and I am still without a job is beginning to be a constant thought in the back of my mind.  It also seems to be a constant thought in the minds of my parents, although it seems closer to the front of theirs!  Spring semester has also been the final opportunity to be all together with classmates, so much time has been spent socially with roommates and friends.

As I will be graduating in June, this will be the final time you receive updates from me.  I now will also move into the alum category and step into the real world.  I’m not sure I’m completely ready for the change, but I’m darn sure that I better get ready because it’ll be here before I know it!  Here is some news from Gustavus.

Hello Walk On-line Alumni Community ( has been launched and Gusties of all ages are invited to join this meeting place for anything from small talk to debate to caring conversations.  Hello Walk at Gustavus is the sidewalk running from Uhler Hall on the north side of campus past the front of Old Main to Pittman Hall on the south side, which, for decades, was the main “artery” and gathering point on campus.  Even though the campus landscape has changed, the spirit of Hello Walk continues with you joining the conversation on the virtual Hello Walk.  Associate professor of political science, Chris Gilbert, will guest host a discussion on politics for the months of May and June.  Check it out at

Reunion Weekend for the 50 Year Club and Class of 1952 is May 31 & June 1.  A schedule of events and registration material will be sent in April.

Homecoming 2002 & All Sports Reunion Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Intercollegiate Athletics is September 21.  Homecoming Weekend will include reunion gatherings for classes of 1957, 1962, 1967, 1972, 1977, 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997 and 2002.  Class reunions will be held in Bloomington at the Radisson South Hotel Friday evening, and Homecoming events including class and all-sports reunion events will return to campus for activities Saturday.  A schedule of events and registration material will be mailed in August.  A schedule will be published in the summer and fall issues of the Quarterly.

The Alumni Association is on the road this spring connecting alumni to each other and the College.  Complete information is listed on our web site under events.  If you need more information, give us a call at 800-487-8437.

  • April 5             Bay Area Chapter event, Beauséjour French Restaurant, Los Altos, 6:30 p.m.
  • April 6             Seattle Chapter event, Luncheon at Buca di Beppo Restaurant, 12:00 noon
  • April 7             Denver Chapter event, hors d’oeuvre reception, Karen Noren Talle ’62 residence, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
  • April 11           Brainerd Lakes Area event, First Lutheran Church, 7:00 p.m.

It has been an extremely successful winter sports season at Gustavus.  Women’s hockey won the MIAC regular season championship with an undefeated record and advanced to the Frozen Four National Tournament, finishing third in the nation. The men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams both won MIAC titles, the first time in Gustavus history.  The women’s Nordic ski team won its first MIAC championship.  Men’s basketball placed second in the MIAC during the regular season and MIAC playoffs, and advanced to the Sweet Sixteen before losing to number one ranked Carthage College.  Men’s hockey finished second in the MIAC regular season and playoffs.  Women’s basketball finished fourth in the MIAC and advanced to the conference playoff for the first time ever. The women’s indoor track team finished second and both the men’s Nordic ski team and men’s indoor track teams placed fourth in MIAC action.  The women’s gymnastics team advanced to the NCGA National Championships.  Five Gustavus coaches were named Coach of the Year in their respective sports – Jon Carlson (women’s swimming & diving), Mike Carroll (women’s hockey), Mickey Haller (women’s basketball), Scott Jerome (women’s Nordic skiing), and Brett Petersen (men’s hockey).

G.I.V.E. – Gusties In Volunteer Endeavors is moving to the spring.  Work projects will happen in the Twin Cities on Saturday, April 27.  Register on-line at under the alumni events section.

The 22nd MAYDAY! Peace Conference, May 1 will address the topic "Sanctions and Beyond:  What is the Human Price?"  For conference information and reservations, call the Office of Public Affairs (507/933-7520).

Evelyn Sponberg Young’s 90th birthday celebration

The Twin Cities Chapter of the Alumni Association invites all Gusties and friends of former Gustavus food service director and 2002 Alumni Fund Chair Evelyn Sponberg Young ’33 to her 90th birthday celebration on July 25, 2002 at Mt. Olivet Lutheran Church, 5025 Knox Avenue South, Minneapolis, at 6:30 p.m. with a 7:30 p.m. program.

Evelyn will be serving her famous Red Velvet Cake and all guests will receive a loaf of her famous Swedish rye bread. A book of remembrance will be compiled as a gift for Evelyn.  Please send remembrances and stories of Evelyn to Alumni Office, Gustavus Adolphus College, 800 West College Avenue, St. Peter, MN 56082.  Reservations should be made with the Alumni Office at 800-487-8437, e-mail at or visit our web site at, alumni, events.

NOBEL CONFERENCE® XXXVIII, The Nature of Nurture – The Early Years, will be held on campus October 1 & 2.  The conference will explore the forces that are most important in shaping a child’s personality, gender identity, and language acquisition and learning ability.  History, discoveries, research, and clinical studies will all be surveyed to draw a better understanding of biological forces and environmental influences on brain development.

For more news and information about Gustavus, check out the web site at