Class of '43
December 2007

65-Year Reunion

May 29 & 30, 2008

Dear Classmates/Gustavus ’43:

I expect all of us have received and enjoyed birthday greetings.  Last August as I marked the anniversary of my birthday I received a special card from one of my daughters.  There is a quotation on front attributed to the famous English scientist Sir Isaac Newton.  It reads:  “If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.”  On the inside it reads, “Happy birthday to my father who has helped me to see so very far.”  It was a heart warming compliment which meant a lot to me.

I believe we all can say we have extended our vision by standing on the shoulders of giants in our lives.  Whether they are our parents, siblings, friends and or especially the many formal instructors that have been a part of our college education we are indebted to the professors that were part of our Gustavus experience.  We encountered them in an exciting time.  A time of great change and their influence certainly played a role as our futures unfolded.  We can look back now and realize that we indeed have stood on the shoulders of giants!  And no doubt we have enlarged the vision of numerous others over the past six and a half decades.

I have not been on campus for a few years.  I can report that our granddaughter from Vermont who will complete her high school this spring included Gustavus among several college visits.  She reported to me that she felt she had a most exciting, gratifying visit.  The folks at the Admission Office were most gracious and helpful in every way.  Apparently she has enrolled for the fall term and has been fortunate to be accepted.  She is our ninth grandchild to enter college, but the first to choose Gustavus.

On a sad note, I pass along the news of the death of Joyce Anderson Mattson on October 16, 2007.  Joyce was a retired teacher and Peace Corps volunteer.  After Gustavus, Joyce received her master’s in business from the University of Northern Colorado.  She married Homer Mattson ’44 and worked for the public school in Coeur d’Alene.  They raised four children.  She was heavily involved in her church and in volunteer projects including the Peace Corps and Habitat for Humanity.  They even traveled to Tarkkent, Uzbekistan after retirement to build a peace park.  Joyce is survived by her husband, Homer; children Brian ’68, Drew, Lee and Faye; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.  Peace be to her memory.

Our class numbers have declined slightly as can be expected.  I believe we have about 70 on the roll.  You will all be notified in the spring about the plans for our upcoming reunion.  This year will mark our 65th anniversary!  I am hoping as many as able will plan to attend.

My attempts at Phonorama this year were not very spectacular.  I am finding it increasingly difficult to contact classmates.  Some phone numbers were unavailable.  I have about decided that I will discontinue as co-class agent after the current year.  I realize Bernie Erling has held the post forever and we hope he can continue.  I hope each of you will continue to support the College as you have in the past.  As one of our class members said to me.  “I think I owe the College much for the opportunity they gave me.”  I heartily concur.  It is where we stood on the shoulders of some great people and they allowed us a glimpse of future possibilities.

Sincerely yours,

Elmer J. Anderson

1943 Co-class Agent

P.S.  Now we’ll hear some class news from Bernhard and campus news from the Alumni Office.

Class News

Robert L. Eckberg (10822 Upton Ave. S., Bloomington, MN  55431) died September 17.  Robert was a native of St. Peter.  At Gustavus he took the pre-law curriculum.  He was a member of the Modern Language Club, the Biennial business staff, and the Chi Iota Kappa fraternity.  He did graduate study at the University of Minnesota in 1946 and in 1947 entered the insurance business.  In 1989 he sold his interest in the insurance agency but continued part-time in real estate and accounting.  He was a member of Lutheran Church of the Transfiguration, Bloomington, Independent Agents Association, Bloomington Youth Commission, and chairman of the Republican Party’s 14th precinct.  He was married to Gloria V. Kan, and had three sons, Steve, Scott, and Tod.  Robert is survived by his three sons.  Peace be to his memory!

Lawrence H. Overn (1856 E. Welco Drive, St. Peter, MN 56082) died October 26.  Lawrence was also a native of St. Peter.  He attended Gustavus 1939-40, where he was a member of the Chi Iota Kappa fraternity.  1940-42 he attended and was graduated from the Minnesota School of Business, and also was employed at American Hoist & Derrick Co. in St. Paul.  1942-45 he served with the 103rd Infantry Div. in Europe, where he received the Bronze Star.  Returning to St. Peter he was engaged 1945-55 in a hardware business.  In 1955 he was employed in the Nicollet County Auditor’s Office and in 1962 he became the County Auditor, which office he held until his retirement in 1985.  He was a member of First Lutheran Church, the Masonic Lodge, VFW, American Legion, WWII Last Man’s Club, Lions Club, and St. Peter Hospital Commission.  Lawrence was married to M. Shirley Terry January 1, l942.  Lawrence and Shirley had five children, Terry, Steven, Sheila, Lorri Ann and Lisa.  He is survived by Shirley and the children.  Peace be to his memory!

Here are more details about the labyrinth Burton Gustafson (6464 SW 81st St., Ocala, FL  34476) has built on church land in Ocala.  It is 94 feet wide.  The distance from the entrance to the center, where there are benches and a tree of life, is .49 of a mile.  The paths are three feet wide to accommodate wheelchairs.  Anne Dahlberg Hatch (608 5th Ave., POB 452, Seward, AK  99664) had a knee replaced and now walks 1-2 miles daily.  Two sons fish commercially and four grandchildren are college students.  Betty Hovde (1149 Brewley Lane, Vista, CA  92083) has suffered from the smoke of recent fires, which came within seven miles of her home.

Wallace and B. J. (Lundquist ’44) Lornell (5222 Heatherwood, Yarmouth Port, MA  02675) have moved from the Albany, NY area to Cape Cod.  They are now neighbors of Robert and Marlowe Nordlander.  J. Robert Nordlander (5216 Heatherwood, Yarmouth Port, MA  02675) reports that his son, David ’84, who works at the Library of Congress, was recently in Moscow for an observance of the 200th anniversary of the beginning of diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Russia.  John Quincy Adams was the first U.S. ambassador.  Henry Kissinger was among those attending the meeting.  Ralf Runquist (2442 First Ave. S., #2, Minneapolis, MN  55404) has retired from advertising.  He still plays the piano at schools Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

Text Box:  Walter

Walter B. Spidahl (1630 N. Park St., #7, Fergus Falls, MN  56537) has devoted much of his life to skiing.  During WWII he spent 31 months teaching ski troops in Alaska.  Returning from the service he taught skiing two years at the University of Minnesota.  He later operated Spidahl’s Ski Shop in Fergus Falls.  After a number of years he developed Spidahl’s Ski Gård in Friberg Township near Fergus Falls, now operated by his son.  He has this year published together with Nancy A. Carter, Speed’s Ski Passion and Early Ski History of the Area (Midwestern Minnesota – Otter Tail County).  The 468 page book is for sale for $34.95.

Campus News

President Peterson Announces Retirement

President Jim Peterson ’64 announced in August that he plans to retire at the conclusion of the current academic year, capping a five-year term.  His early announcement will provide the Board of Trustees enough time to undertake a thorough search process and assist in a smooth transition to new leadership.  Peterson will serve through June 2008 and has offered to assist in an orderly transition beyond that date if needed.

Moes provide gift for Kendall Center

Gustavus parents Robert and Karin Moe have made a $1 million commitment to the John S. Kendall Center for Engaged Learning. This leadership gift brings the College closer to its goal of fully endowing the center, which is dedicated to advancing active and interdisciplinary learning across the campus. When fully funded, the endowment will generate funds to support two main areas: faculty development and student-faculty research.

New football stadium opened

On September 8, the football team played its inaugural game at the College’s new football stadium.  The synthetic-surfaced field is recessed below ground level and features an earthen berm surrounding the entire field.  The field will continue to be named Hollingsworth Field after the late Lloyd Hollingsworth, who served as the College’s football coach from 1942-1960 and athletic director from 1961-1978.

Athletics Hall of Fame Induction

On Saturday, November 3, Gustavus inducted the following people into the Athletic Hall of Fame:  Tim DeJarlais ’91 (golf), John Erickson ’81 (hockey), Dave Hultgren ’92 (baseball), Craig Miller ’91 (cross country), Mindy Mayerchak Oosten ’88 (softball & soccer), Mike Schumacher ’91 (football), Ann Sommerness Simms ’92 (swimming), and Ryan Skanse ’92 (tennis).

Twin Cities Gustie Breakfasts

Join other Minneapolis/St. Paul area Gusties for a once-a-month morning cup of coffee and breakfast while getting an update on Gustavus. The group meets the third Wednesday of each month at the Doubletree Hotel, Minneapolis-Park Place, 1500 Park Place Boulevard (Hwy. 394 & Hwy. 100), 8:00-9:30 a.m., $10 per person.  Reserve by calling Don Swanson ’55 at 763/533-9083

            Wednesday, January 16 Gustavus Wind Orchestra conductor, Doug Nimmo

Refer a Gustie

As the school year starts, many high school seniors are getting serious about their college selection. If you know of high school seniors or juniors who may be a good fit at Gustavus, please send their names to the Office of Admission at Gustavus to help recruit the next generation of Gusties.  Contact the Admission Office at 800/GUSTAVU(S).

Honor Roll of Donors

If you haven’t had a chance to find yourself online, please go to to check out the 2006-2007 Honor Roll of Donors.  The Honor Roll of Donors recognizes those who made gifts to Gustavus between June 1, 2006, and May 31, 2007.  To find your name or check your class results, just point and click from your home or office computer.  For those who do not have access to a computer, you may call toll-free 866/487-3863 to receive a copy in the mail (supplies are limited).

Forensics Team Continues Excellence

The Gustavus forensics team continues the tradition of excellence, with major team and individual wins this season.  Last season the team ranked in the top 20, which is impressive since 14 of the top 20 schools are “Division I” schools that have more funding and more coaching staff.  While many schools have several full-time forensics coaches, the Gustavus coach also is a full-time professor.  So a unique aspect of the Gustavus program is the team meets weekly for peer coaching―a technique the team has found to be very successful.

Upcoming Alumni Events

  • Gustavus Gathering in Phoenix/Sun City, AZ – Jan. 20
  • Gustavus Gathering in Tucson, AZ – Jan. 22