Class of '42
February 2006

Dear Classmates:

In a world where the dark spots seem to out number the bright ones, it’s pleasant to report what one of our classmates is up to.  I think this is one of the shining lights.  And this fellow is still at it even though he’s in his upper eighties (as are some of us).

Over the years a number of our classmates have achieved honors and special recognition for their contributions to various fields of human endeavor.  Seven from our class received the Distinguished Alumni Citation.  That’s still a record!

Soon special honors again will be awarded to Reuben Swanson, from our class, from two prestigious institutions.

The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago will present the 2006 Distinguished Alumnus Award on February 21 to Reuben.  The category:  Faithful Servant Award to recognize his outstanding contribution to our church through scholarship and research.

If you don’t know, there were a number of authors of the many books of the New Testament, mostly in Greek.  Reuben has taken these books and in Greek made line-by-line reproductions of what was written.  Thanks to his work, scholars are finding new meaning and interpretations not known before.

The interest of some seminaries and Biblical scholars validates the importance of Reuben’s work.  Scholars can more easily compare what various authors have written and in some cases questions will be raised and new insights will emerge.

Another honor Reuben will celebrate is from Western Carolina University, a branch of the University of North Carolina where he taught early in his teaching career.  Through the generosity of one of his former students, Reuben’s name will be engraved on a nameplate and displayed permanently on the lobby wall.

So, congratulations to you, Reuben, for your good work.  It is rewarding to know you will be remembered for years to come.

We of the Gustavus Class of ’42 offer Reuben our best wishes as you continue your good work.

C. Eddie Johnson

1942 Class Agent

Campus News:

Study Abroad Leader

Gustavus continues to be a leading institution for the number of students studying abroad, according to an annual ranking recently released by the Institute of International Education (IIE).  Consistent with its mission of giving students an education that is international in perspective, Gustavus was ranked seventh in the "Top 20 Baccalaureate Institutions" list of the institute’s "Open Doors 2005" report.  Gustavus was one of four Minnesota private colleges to make the list of 20.  The report was based on study abroad statistics from the 2003-04 academic year.  Gustavus students engage in international learning through various programs in more than 100 locations throughout the world, ranging from Australia to India and Ecuador to Sweden.  In recent years, 50 percent of Gustavus graduates have participated in at least one study-abroad experience.

New Carnegie Classification for Colleges and Universities

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching released a new classification system for institutions of higher education.  Gustavus’ classification is Arts & Sciences plus Professions, indicating that 60 to 80 percent of Gustavus students complete a traditional liberal arts major, such as political science, classics, or biology.  The new classifications describe five aspects of colleges and universities: instructional programs, enrollment profile, undergraduate demographics, size, and setting.  Undergraduate instructional programs are now designated as Arts & Sciences Focus, Arts & Sciences plus Professions, Balanced Arts & Sciences and Professions, Professions plus Arts & Sciences, or Professions Focus. 

Insurance Programs

The Alumni Association, in partnership with Meyer and Associates and Liberty Mutual, offers an insurance program to alumni and their families.  Products include insurance policies for life, short-term medical, auto, home, and renters.  For life and short-term medical insurance call Meyer and Associates at 800-635-7801 or visit  For auto, home, and renters insurance call Liberty Mutual at 800-524-9400 or visit

Gustavus to Perform at Orchestra Hall

The Gustavus Music Showcase will be Sunday, March 12, at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis.  The Gustavus Choir, Gustavus Symphony Orchestra, and Gustavus Wind Orchestra will perform.  This is a unique opportunity to hear three premier ensembles from Gustavus in one concert.  This showcase also allows prospective students, parents, and alumni from the area to meet and connect.  For tickets, call the Orchestra Hall box office at 800/292-4141.  Tickets are $20 for general admission, and $10 for students 18 and under.


Two big stories from the fall sports are that Hailey Harren won the national NCAA Division III cross country title and the men’s soccer team became the first MIAC school to play in the national championship game and finished second, losing 1-0 to defending national champion Messiah.  For the second consecutive year, men's soccer coach Larry Zelenz has been named Coach of the Year in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America/Adidas NCAA Division III West Region.  The men's hockey team is unbeaten in conference play, outscoring their opponents 28-5 in four games.

Music Tours

This year nearly 300 students participated in music tours as members of the Gustavus Wind Orchestra, Gustavus Choir, Gustavus Symphony Orchestra, Gustavus Jazz Lab Band, and Choir of Christ Chapel.  The Gustavus Wind Orchestra toured Eastern Europe Jan. 14-30.  Performances were scheduled for Germany, Czech Republic, Poland, and Austria.  The Gustavus Choir toured Jan. 27-Feb. 11, with performances in Minnesota and Wisconsin.  The Gustavus Symphony Orchestra, Gustavus Jazz Lab Band, and Choir of Christ Chapel will tour during Spring Semester.

Upcoming Alumni Events

Gustavus Music Showcase at Orchestra Hall - March 12

Atlanta, GA Gustie Gathering - March 26