Class of '46
April 2006

Dear Gusties:

It’s time for the spring newsletter from your class agent so I’ve been busy the last couple of days calling many of you for news.  You are typical of Scandinavian humbleness―you don’t blow your own horn, so I had to pry information out of you.  Needless to say octogenarians do not just lie around, you do keep active and busy.

Betty “B.J.” (Johnson ’47) and Bob Gove are going to be at Gustavus the weekend of the 26-27 of May.  Their granddaughter will be graduating so they will be beaming grandparents.  Another granddaughter is a freshman.  Bob has had a second colon cancer surgery but is recovering quite well.

Shirley Ledin Medin told me that in her years with the Lutheran Publishing House she had edited yearbooks for the LCA and ELCA for 31 years.  She now has some problems with eyesight.

Mynie and June (Dahlberg) Haglund in Marshfield, WI winter at Ft. Walton Beach, FL.  They maintain close contact with the Goves, Martinsons and Cadys.

Milly Hoorn Engberg living in Massachusetts has established a very successful liturgical stole company called SACRED STITCHES.  She creates the designs and we remember the artistic talent she exhibited while a student at Gustavus.

Talked to Elizabeth Almen White, who on Easter Sunday, while returning to her car from brunch, broke her arm in three places and then had to drive her car 20 miles from Schomberg to Willamette, IL.  What a feat!  She has been leading tours to Italy over the years with Association of English Teachers.

Wayne ’45 and Janet (Johnson) Breneman in Sherburne, MN stayed north this winter to follow the grandchildren in their activities.

Marvin and Phyllis (Peterson ’47) Odland have settled in Richfield after many years as a pastor in North Dakota.  Their children gave them a cruise to Hawaii for arriving at the age of 80.  Two of their children are doctors, one in kidney transplant in the cities, another at Mayo.  One son is in the nuclear field out east and a daughter is vice president of Concordia College  (That’s the Norwegian Lutheran College in Moorhead).

Viola Hagberg Peterson and her husband Clarence ’45 live at the Augustana Care Center in Hastings.  They were celebrating Clarence’s 91st birthday the day I called and luncheon guests were Rev. Marbury Anderson ’45 and his wife, Sylvia.  Marbury is the visitation pastor at my church in St. Paul, Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran.  Marbury’s son, Brad, who is CEO of Best Buy just established a chair in preaching at Luther Seminary in honor of his dad’s expertise in the pulpit.  He still preaches a good sermon.

I visited with Del Moline who is living in a nursing home in Shorewood.  He still entertains residents with his piano playing and paints in his spare time.  Del still has a very keen sense of humor.

Several people said to greet friends that remember them.

Carol Mae Larson Weech in Philadelphia has back problems that limit her traveling.

Gust Hermanson (husband of Charlotte Olson) has a granddaughter who is in medical school in Dallas.

Marilyn Roth Jesse, Houston, TX has two granddaughters in medical school―following in the footsteps of their grandfather.

Virginia Lind Hanson, Willmar, spent Easter in Davenport, Iowa visiting with Vietnamese foster grandchildren.

Some of you weren’t home when I called and then I have to save some news for the next letter.

Donna Silver Frederickson and I are going to Gustavus on Saturday, May 27 to attend our 60th Class Reunion luncheon and some of the reunion activities as described in the brochure that I’m sure you received a couple of weeks ago.

If any of you can attend our reunion we would be happy to see you and tour the campus.  A couple of buildings have been taken down and new ones built, but the campus will be in all of its spring glory.

Several of you have remembered Gustavus financially this year and we say “Thank You!” If not, and you received a tax refund maybe you could share that!  Remember the deadline is May 31.

One of the things that our college has been praised for is its continued connection with its graduates and their accomplishments.  Thanks to all of you for your service to your communities, your churches and your families.  Gustavus is proud of you, continue the good work.

Until next time have a wonderful summer.

Best wishes,

Arlene Sorenson Higgins

1946 Class Agent

P. S.  The Alumni Office will add some campus news here:

Campus News

The Alumni Board met on campus in February and made the final selection for the Alumni Awards:

Greater Gustavus Award:  Gustavus Library Associates, for providing financial resources for Folke Bernadotte Library, and engaging and introducing alumni and friends in the mission of the College.

Distinguished Alumni Citations:  Karen Bossart Rusthoven ’66, St. Paul, MN, founder and principal of Community of Peace Academy, St. Paul; Susan Semple-Rowland ’77, Gainesville, FL, professor of neuroscience, University of Florida and director, Neuroscience IDP Graduate Program; and Magnus Ranstorp ’85, St. Andrews, Scotland, chief scientist at the Centre for Asymmetric Threat Studies, Swedish National Defense College; and a Senior Honorary Research Associate and former Director of Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland.

First Decade Awards:  Rebecca Konrad ’96, Washington, DC, investment officer, global transaction team, The World Bank International Finance Corporation; and Milo Martin ’96, Philadelphia, PA, assistant professor, Department of Computer and Information Sciences, University of Pennsylvania. 

The awards will be presented on Commencement Weekend or Homecoming Weekend depending on the recipient’s schedule.

Gustavus Alumni Directory

The 2006 Gustavus Alumni Directory will be published soon and our goal is to represent your information as accurately as possible in the printed edition.  PCI:  the data company, is publishing our directory and a short phone call will update or verify your information.  Call toll free:  1-800-982-1589, Monday-Saturday, 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. CST, and Sunday, 11:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. CST.  International callers dial:  1-972-386-0100, Monday-Friday CST.

Gusties In Volunteer Endeavors (G.I.V.E.)

Gusties love to serve while they are students and after they graduate.  Gusties In Volunteer Endeavors (G.I.V.E.), the annual day of community service, will focus in the Twin Cities’ Phillips Neighborhood.  This 1.6 square mile section of Minneapolis has 3,100 families, and 31 percent of those families live below the poverty level.  This neighborhood also is home to the American Swedish Institute.  Come out to help make the community a little better.  To learn more about G.I.V.E. Day and to register, go to

Gusties Gather!

Gusties around the world are called to gather on Sunday, August 6!  The Alumni Board is designating this day as a way for Gusties to stay connected with each other.  In research among alumni, we know that Gusties already stay in contact with many alumni, and we know that Gusties have a strong interest in staying connected with other Gusties and with the College.  Ever think you want to do more to be connected with Gustavus?  Now is your chance, signup to host a Gusties Gather! event.  Complete event check-list, host kit, and details will be provided.  Sign-up via e-mail at <> or call 800/487-8437.

Upcoming Alumni Events

  • Gustavus Library Associates Author Day with Robert Alexander – May 3
  • Reunion for Class of 1956 and 50-Year Club – May 26-27
  • Commencement – May 28
  • Gusties Gather! – August 6
  • Reunions for the classes of 1961, 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001 – October 6-8
  • Homecoming/Family Weekend – October 7 & 8