Class of '44
April 2000

Dear Classmates, 1944 and War Years V-12/5ers,

You have only a few more days to beat the May 31st deadline for contributions to this year’s Gustavus Fund Drive! You also have only a short time to notify Gustavus of your presence for the Reunion weekend. We hope there will be a great turnout for these combination class and V-12/5ers war year reunions. Fifty-five years since many of you were on campus! Wow! You must come and see all the changes on campus. The new Campus Center is a thing of beauty, we’ve been told. It was dedicated a few weeks ago, when we had just returned from Arizona.

Yes, your class agent has been so much on the go this past year, that she has been neglectful of her duties. So I am announcing my resignation, ‘tho I’ll miss the chance to keep in tough with all of you. Let me explain. The peripatetic Petersons are moving, again. But this time we are leaving Minnesota, where we have lived almost all of our lives. After returning from New Zealand in mid-February, we caught our breaths, and then took off for Arizona to see if that dry climate would be helpful for Pete, who has emphysema and COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder). He felt 100% better there, using only about half of his medications and not needing his supplemental oxygen. To make a short story long, we made a quick decision to buy a home in a new Del Webb community called Sunflower just north of Tucson. After the initial shock wore off, we are now getting very excited about the move. We take possession on May 31st, so we’re scrambling to get all the sorting and discarding that a move entails. Fortunately our church is having a huge garage sale next week.

We still plan to take in part of the Reunion weekend at Gustavus, then be on our way to Tucson. We’ll go by way of Denver where son, Rick ’76 and his wife, Joni, will come down to help us get settled.

As I cleaned out the computer desk I found several notes from last year that didn’t get acknowledged! So here is some old news about classmates:

B. J. (Lundquist) and Wally ’43 Lornell have traveled extensively in the 13 years since they retired, with emphasis on visiting third world countries or culturally different ones. They have also attended almost 40 Elderhostels.

Leonore Holmberg Moberg is still active in the musical organizations of Taylors Falls. Her husband’s mother, Anna Charlotte (Johnson) Moberg graduated from Gustavus in 1900! She also has three granddaughters at Gustavus. They are the fourth generation of Moberg Gusties. Six of Leonore’s children attended Gustavus. We remember Holger ’42 and Leonore from our Gustavus days.

Roger Carlson has retired as pastor of Hope Lutheran Church in north Minneapolis after 34 years. He reported that when he began there, in 1954, the church building was a country schoolhouse from the Osseo area. Now it has a large sanctuary, education building, gymnasium, and expanded parking area.

I do apologize to any that may have included news that has gone unreported in these class letters.

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.

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:

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. (Also, be sure to keep us posted on any e-mail address changes.)

Please plan to attend the Reunion weekend on Friday evening and Saturday, May 26 & 27. The college does a fantastic job of welcoming the 50-Year Club members, and you will be impressed at the recovery of St. Peter and the campus after the tornado two years ago.

Put on your thinking caps and suggest a new Class Agent for the illustrious class of 1944.


Joanne Mortensen Peterson

Class of 1944