Class of '46
October 2009

Dear Gustie friends,

Before getting in to this letter I want to apologize for completely passing up 2008 without a letter.  Why?  I did have some health problems, didn’t prove to be serious, but mostly it was that “put it off” problem.  I didn’t have much to tell you.  I hope to make up for it this year.

In September I attended the Volunteer Leadership Day (formerly Class Agents’ Day) on campus.  It was a beautiful fall day─and we had a message from our new president, Jack Ohle.  This last year he has gotten up to speed on Gustavus’ history, programs and plans for the future.  He is taking a fresh look at our possibilities to be an admirable educational institution.  Gustavus will celebrate its sesquicentennial during the academic year 2011-12 and great plans are being made for that.  You will be receiving more information this year.

The new football stadium is really a work of art and makes a nice addition to the campus.

I am writing this letter in the middle of October and for those of you not in Minnesota we have made some kind of record in the weather department.  Yes, on the 12th we had 2 inches of snow.  Fortunately it has melted, but I hope that isn’t an indication of things to come this winter.

Driving into St. Peter the whole main street of town from Broadway to College Avenue is being redone so traffic is detoured to Third Street.  Quite a sight.

When visiting campus for Volunteer Leadership Day the College treats its alumni very well and we are always sent home with a loaf of Ma Young’s rye bread.

Class News

Now what news do I have of our classmates?  Unfortunately we have had several deaths among us.

Myron “Mynie” Haglund died this spring.  He married June (Dahlberg), also from our class.  They had lived for many years (and June still does) in Marshfield, Wisconsin where he had worked for Land O’Lakes and was known as a cheese man.  Mynie was one of the three Haglund boys who came from International Falls to attend Gustavus.

Ove Olson, Jr. of Peoria, Arizona also died this summer.  He and wife, Betty (Hedin ’44), retired to Arizona.  They are survived by three children and their families.  Those of us who majored in education remember his dad, Ove, Sr. ’18, who taught all of us who went on to teach in Minnesota.

Phyllis Schulberg Holmer has been living in St. Peter since her husband died a couple of years ago.  They had two sons and a daughter, Linnea, who is on the Gustavus faculty.  Phyllis died this fall.

Some of you may remember Esther Hedman Lindberg who spent her freshman year with us before transferring to Macalester.  She died in St. Paul a couple of weeks ago.

Carol Mae Larson Weech and husband, Dick Weech, who have spent most of their adult life in Pennsylvania, have now moved to Park Rapids, Minnesota to be near their son and family due to health reasons.  I hope they are up to a Minnesota winter.

Last year Hurricane Ike made a direct hit on the coast of Texas and Houston which affected some of our friends.  Marilyn Roth Jesse had to leave her home in Houston for over a week when the power was out in the city.  Also P. Harold “Flint” and Carol (Marti) Langsjoen’s ’43 ’45 son, Hans, who was a doctor in Galveston, lost his home in the hurricane.  His daughter, Rosie ’10, is a senior at Gustavus this year.  It’s good to know that there is still a Langsjoen on campus.  We all remember Prof. Langsjoen and his German and Spanish classes.

Ruth Seashore Horton, who died in 2005, has a granddaughter, Molly Larson ’12, as a sophomore and a grandson, Matthew Horton ’10, as a junior.  They are carrying out the tradition of the family.

Milly Hoorn Engberg, Wayland, MA is founder of Sacred Stitches in Massachusetts and keeps in touch with the College regularly.

Many thanks to all of you for your continued, generous support to Gustavus.  Our class did very well in the Annual Fund drive last year.  We value hearing from you so keep sending us the news.

Have a healthy and happy winter,

Arlene Sorenson Higgins

1946 Class Agent

Campus News

Gustavus Gets High Rankings

Gustavus Adolphus College is listed as the 33rd best liberal arts college in the country according to a new set of college rankings released on Thursday, September 3, by Washington Monthly magazine.  The publication states on its website that schools were ranked based on their contribution to the public good in three broad categories:  social mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and Ph.D.s), and service (encouraging students to give something back to their country).

Gustavus once again ranked among the top 100 liberal arts colleges in the nation in U.S. News and World Report’s annual college rankings.  Gustavus moved up eight places from last year’s rankings to 80th on the magazine’s “Best Liberal Arts College’s” list.  Gustavus is one of six Minnesota colleges that placed in the top 100 in this year’s rankings.  One of the measures used to capture the various dimensions of academic quality at each college is alumni giving percentage; therefore, participating in a giving program at Gustavus, regardless of amount given, is important to the College.

GLA Membership

All of us remember the Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library.  It was a place for study and, depending on your era, finding a “coffee date.”  But, in the 21st century, it has become much more.  It is a technology-rich laboratory for learning and a storehouse of culture and recorded knowledge.  It must constantly be strengthened to ensure excellence in education.  The Gustavus Library Associates (GLA) provides financial support for the library and a program of events to its members.  Join this year and immediately make a difference.  Whatever membership gift level you choose, 100% goes directly to the library’s acquisition budget.  Join today at!!!

“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:  Chaplain Brian Johnson ’80 – Nov. 18, Thomas Young ’88 – Dec. 16.

Upcoming Events

  • Gustavus Library Associates – A Royal Affair – November 14, 2009
  • Christmas in Christ Chapel – December 4-6, 2009
  • Festival of St. Lucia – December 10, 2009
  • Farewell for Steve and Barb Wilkinson, Minneapolis Hyatt - December 12

royal affair