Class of '43
January 2010

Dear Classmates of ’43

Where did the time go?  I was nearly ready to enjoy summer, when I was informed that we were in an unusually warm fall season.  Then, suddenly, we joined the states south of us to struggle with almost-record snowfalls for Minneapolis, resulting in lasting mounds of snow and ice.

This sudden-ness meant, of course, that there were sudden opportunities to phone some of you (Bernie still taking care of his share of the class list, of course), and also to come up with a January letter.  So far, I haven’t come up with a lot of exciting news, which may explain how I got to the middle of January with barely a start.  Oh, where did the time go?

Bernie has tried to help, with a couple of items.  For instance:  Westminster John Knox Press, Louisville, KY, has announced the publication of The Nature of Doctrine, 25th Anniversary Edition, Religion and Theology in a Post liberal Age by George A. Lindbeck, Pitkin Professor Emeritus of Historical Theology at Yale University.  The book has a new introduction by Bruce D. Marshall, one of Lindbeck’s students, plus a new afterword by the author Reinhard Hutter, Professor of Christian Theology at Duke University Divinity School called it “one of the few truly seminar works of North American theology of the second half of the 20th century.  In the course of the last twenty-five years, it has become internationally known as one of the few absolutely essential points of reference in the discourses on theology, doctrine, church, and the theory of religion.”

George, of course, is a member of our class of ’43.  Since retiring, he has lived at West Burke, VT, but, after a fall, has been recovering from surgery at Gaylord Hospital, Box 400, Gaylord Farm Road, Wallingford, CT  06492.

When doing my Phonorama calls, I had hoped to chat with a number of classmates who, it turned out, had hearing problems even worse than mine.  I can usually communicate pretty well on the phone, but some efforts were futile, primarily sharing the sound of frustration.  A few spouses helped out, for which I can only say, “Thanks, heaps!”

As she had anticipated, Eleanor Hedman joined us retirees (is that the word I want?) by closing Hedy’s Book & Gift Shop on September 30.  She was still sorting and making “keepers” and “non-keeper” piles when we talked a couple of months later.

A previous class letter mentioned deaths during 2009.  In addition, we received word that Zola Zieske Blake died on October 24,and two members:   Les Peterson and Elmer Anderson shared the sad news that their wives had died.

Clifford Hokanson anticipated my request for a pledge by revealing that he had not only sent a check, but was already in possession of a receipt.

A handwritten note addressed to Bernie [Erling] and me was sent by Paul C. Peterson who started with the January group in the Class of ’43.  He says he wasn’t a good student but loved to sing, which he did under G. Adolph Nelson.  He did jobs such as dusting in the chemistry building.  Later he went to work for Country Club in Mankato, and managed some of the 52 stores covering 7 counties.  Good memories at 90!

If you haven’t already done so, you might wish to spend some time reading through the Winter 2009-10 new Gustavus Quarterly especially page 5 regarding the go-ahead on a new academic building, and pages 14 to 18 covering the Gustavus Strategic Plan.  Remember all the buildings and classrooms we used to fill?  This seems different.

....and this has been a somewhat different class letter.  Thanks for reading!


Ralf E. Runquist

1943 Co-class Agent

Campus News

New “Make Your Life Count” Website and Facebook Page

Gustavus has created a new “Make Your Life Count” website that includes a variety of feature stories exemplifying the College’s new brand position launched last month.  The stories celebrate Gustavus students, alumni, faculty, staff, programs, events, and organizations.  The website may be accessed from the Gustavus homepage by clicking on the “Make Your Life Count” brand line (in the upper right hand corner) or by visiting

Gustavus Wind Orchestra

This year the Gustavus Wind Orchestra will be touring in Eastern Europe the week of January 21 –February 3.  Stops include Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Austria and Germany.   They will perform at various churches, theaters and even exchange with a local music school.  Their home concert will take place in Christ Chapel on Saturday, February 13, at 2:00 p.m.

“Come on You Gusties” Breakfast

Once a month, Gusties gather for coffee, breakfast, and great conversation along with a campus speaker.  All Gusties are welcomed and invited to the breakfast, third Wednesday of the month, 8-9:30 a.m. at the Doubletree Hotel, Minneapolis-Park Place, 1500 Park Place Boulevard.  Cost is $10 at the door.  Upcoming speakers:  Margaret Anderson Kelliher ’90, Speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives – Jan. 20; Doug Minter ’79 Director of Student Financial Aid and Kirk Carlson ’95, Associate Director of Student Financial Aid – Feb. 17.

Upcoming Events

  • Jan. 26 – Job Transition Workshop – Transfiguration Lutheran Church
  • Feb. 9 – Destin, Florida brunch – Another Broken Egg Café
  • Feb. 13 – Gustavus Wind Orchestra Home Concert – Christ Chapel, 2:00 p.m.
  • Feb. 17 – Twin Cities Breakfast – Gustavus Financial Officers
  • Feb. 19 – Tucson Chapter Event – Warren and Donna (Gabbert) Beck ’67 ’66 residence
  • Feb. 20 – Phoenix Chapter Event – Larry and Deone (Nordquist) Cartford ’59 ’59 residence