Class of '43
April 2000

Dear Classmates of ’43,

This letter concludes my term as Interim Class Agent. I assume Dr. Bernhard Erling will resume as he returns from Nigeria later this year.

I have appreciated this opportunity to re-connect with people that I encountered daily over 55 years ago.

I believe many of us feel blessed that we had the privilege of attending Gustavus. The value of education is incalculable. Young men and women of college age are in a transitional period. Finding teacher, mentors and friends at this juncture of life plays an enormous role in days, months and years that are to follow. As alumni it is our hope that students of the future have the opportunities that we had.

I believe there are two purposes of an Alumni Association. One is to have a network of affirmation for the goals and activities implemented by the college, and secondly to provide some financial assistance. Those of us that have benefited from our stay at Gustavus try to give something in return. To date the Gustavus Fund has raised approximately 50% of their unrestricted goal of $950,000. There are less than two months remaining of this fiscal year.

A reminder that there are alternate ways to donate other than a cash or credit card contribution. If you have accumulated stocks, bonds or mutual funds that have appreciated in value you might consider transferring some of them to the Gustavus. It is a double "win" situation. Your appreciated stock is free of capital gains tax and the full market value of the donation is allowed for as a charitable contribution. Should you consider this, either write to the Development Office at Gustavus or call 1-800-726-6192. Gustavus has a DTC account with Charles Schwab and Co. The DTC number is 0164 and the GAC account number is 3974-0666.

Some Notes from Classmates:

Augustana Heritage Association recently published a book, Augustana Heritage Recollections and Prospects. Among contributing authors was our own Dr. Bernhard Erling who wrote an essay on the theological history of the Augustana Seminary.

Another author from the class of ’43 was Bob "Mr. St. Peter" Wettergren. His book, A Little Bit of Heaven in St. Peter, is a collection of stories of business and industry, down memory lane and letters to the editor. Many of the stories contain information about Gustavus Adolphus College. The book may be obtained by writing to the St. Peter High School (music dept.), 100 Lincoln Drive, St. Peter, MN 56082. The profit of the book will be donated to the music department at the high school. Cost of the book is $18 plus $2 shipping.

Arnold and Jeannette (Hatlestad) Anderson had the misfortune of a major fire in their home last May 8. Refurbishing took well into the fall. They are once again in a comfortable setting.

Warren and Ardene (Claude) Friest have offered volunteer service to the Swedish American Hospital in Rockford, Illinois for the past 15 years. A remarkable contribution and we congratulate them for it.

Judith Anderson Dove lives in retirement on Lake Minnewaska. Her husband, Mel, passed away 14 years ago, shortly after they had moved from Owatonna. She also had the bitter experience of losing a 43 year-old son from a heart attack. While at Gustavus many of you might recall that Judy was a member of the newspaper staff. She had a regular column in the Weekly. I believe it was called "Judy’s Jargon." She also had eight brothers and sisters attend Gustavus and her father who emigrated from Sweden attended Gustavus. The Carl Anderson Scholarship is in his honor.

I might conclude with a short personal sketch: Since leaving school I have resided in the Westbrook area where my wife and I grew up. We were married in 1948. Our five children have settled in various parts of the country except for one daughter who presently lives in Botswana, Africa. Altogether we have 11 grandchildren. We were quite average farmers and probably average in most respects. Two of our children are Gustavus graduates. So far no grandchild has considered Gustavus, but that may soon change. Living less than two hours from the college we have visited the campus many times when our children were students and most recently as the SW Synod of the ELCA has their annual convention on site. I’m always delighted to see the many positive changes that occur from year to year. There have been an incredible amount of fine buildings that have been erected over the past half-century. Much credit has to be given to the leadership team. It would appear that Gustavus will continue to be a positive force indefinitely.

Campus news

International House Being Built - Ground was broken during the first week in March for the new international house. The residence hall will house Crossroads, the Swedish House, and the Office of International Education. This new facility will support the mission of bringing an international perspective to the curriculum and preparing students to communicate and compete in the new millennium. The 80-bed, 30,000 square-foot facility is scheduled to open in the fall of 2000. The $5.4 million building is going up west of Olin Hall.

Reunion Weekend for the 50 Year Club (including The War Years), Class of 1950, and V-12/5 is May 26 & 27. A schedule of events and registration material will be sent in mid-April. Homecoming 2000, September 29 & 30, will feature gatherings for anniversary classes from 1955-2000. Class reunions will be in the Twin Cities Friday evening, and events will return to campus on Saturday. A schedule of events and registration material will be mailed in August.

Everyone is invited to an hors d’oeuvres supper and tribute to retiring Chaplain Richard Q. Elvee on Tuesday, May 16, 5:30 p.m. at the Hotel Sofitel in Bloomington. A program will begin at 7:00 p.m. The cost of the event is $25 per person. RSVP to the Alumni Office by May 12, 800-487-8437, e-mail, or in Alumni Events at

Eckhoff Memorial Sculpture – ORBISC, a Granlund sculpture in memory of Emeritus Vice President for Alumni Affairs Cecil F. Eckhoff ’56, will be dedicated on campus, Saturday, May 27, 3:30 p.m. near Hello Walk.

Forensics Team Earns International Awards ― The College speech and debate team captured two championships and six other awards at the recent International Forensics Association tournament in Paris, France. Both Gustavus debate teams compiled a 3-1win-loss record. The team's strong overall performance earned Gustavus a fourth-place Sweepstakes Award. Gustavus attends international forensic competitions every other year.

Men’s swimming and diving team completed its most successful season in Gustavus history finishing undefeated in both non-conference meets, with a record of 7-0, and conference meets, at 6-0. At the MIAC Championships, Gustavus placed first for the first time since 1960. They beat conference power St. Olaf, who had won 20 consecutive MIAC titles before this year. Earlier in the year, the Gusties also handed the Oles their first conference dual meet loss since 1981, breaking an Ole streak of 96 straight wins. Please read the Spring Quarterly for complete winter sports recaps or visit the athletics site at

Upcoming campus and Alumni Association events:

  • MAYDAY! Conference/"Vietnam: 25 Years On," April 26, Campus
  • Arbor Day Celebration, April 28, Campus
  • Chicago Chapter, May 6, Chicago Cubs baseball game and barbecue picnic
  • Tribute to Richard Q. Elvee, May 16, Hotel Sofitel, Bloomington, 5:30 p.m., 7:00 p.m. program
  • ORBISC dedication, a Granlund sculpture in memory of Cecil Eckhoff, May 27, 3:30 p.m., Campus
  • Reunion Weekend for 50-Year Club, Class of 1950, War Years, V-12/5, May 26 & 27, all events held on campus
  • Homecoming/Reunion Weekend for Anniversary Class 1955-2000, September 29 & 30, Friday night events at the Hotel Sofitel, Bloomington, Saturday events on campus
  • Gusties in Volunteer Endeavors, October 7, Twin Cities and national chapter locations

For more information contact the Alumni Office at 800-487-8437, e-mail at, or

Members of the New Millenium: Knowing that we are in a technological age, we want to encourage all alumni to get involved and get online. If you have access to a computer and the Internet, we hope you will check out the Gustavus Alumni Association homepage regularly. We publish information about upcoming events, post class letters, provide information about the Alumni Office, list e-mail addresses of alumni and more. Check us out under the alumni section at

We are planning on corresponding on a regular basis with all alumni who have e-mail addresses. Please send a message to so we can get you on the list. (Be sure to keep us posted on any e-mail address changes, also.)

In closing I would like to add the following statement. I don’t know who composed it, but it is worth remembering.

Yesterday is but a dream and tomorrow is a vision

But today, well lived, makes every yesterday a dream of happiness and

Every tommorow a vision of hope.

Look well, therefore, to this day.

With best wishes to all,

Elmer Anderson

1943 Interim Class Agent