Class of '48
November 2009

Dear Classmates,

Yes─it is Lorrie Johnson Leaf again coming to call on behalf of our alma mater Gustavus!  It is a privilege and honor to be entrusted with this job and I appreciate your help in giving me news of yourself and other ’48ers, you are in touch with, as well as your monetary gifts to the College.

The Gustavus 2008-09 Annual Fund ended May 31.  Our class was the 4th largest donor class in our decades 1928-1948.  The highest was the 1938 class giving $59,430 with the class agent position open!  Hmm…the next highest was the class 1942 giving $36,956.  Third was Arlene Sorenson Higgin’s 1946 class totaling $17,278.  (Her brother “Red” Sorenson I believe was in our class.)

Our class’s total gift was $10,822.50.  It compares with $12,683.50 in 2008─we missed hearing from six 2008 donors and class participation was down from 50% to 45.1%.  Perhaps our age is one excuse!  Thank you all for giving, and generously, when times are tough.  Calls and follow up letters tell us the students are especially grateful for the help they get through our gifts and perhaps our mentoring and example will help many more students in the future.

Class News:

Sad this time because of obituaries.  Arthur Lindberg, age 84, of rural Mankato, died Thursday 3/26/09.  He was born in Minneapolis, a graduate of Minneapolis South High School.  He served his country during World War II in Patton’s 3rd Army in Frame, Belgium, Luxemburg and Germany.  Following his service, he graduated from Gustavus.  He taught at Dana College in Blair, NE for 10 years and Mankato State University 29 years.  Our sympathy to Alice, his wife, four daughters, numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Ruth Larson Person, age 81, formerly of Wayzata, died April 13, 2008.  She graduated from South High in Minneapolis, and attended Gustavus where she met her husband Harry “Russ” Person ’50.  She was preceded in death by her husband and survived by four children and seven grandchildren.  We extend our condolences to Ruth’s family.

Harold Sutter, Carol Stream, Illinois, died on June 11, 2008

J. Lyman Hall, Washington D.C., passed away June 6, 2009.  We send our sympathy to his wife, Charlotte, and family.  I personally will miss his notes and pictures regarding his travels, his book, and his passion to keep his follow V12ers informed and involved in Gustavus.  Thank you Charlotte, for helping Lyman come to our 60th anniversary reunion and introducing his book “A Native Tarheel’s Journey, WWII and Korea.”  The remodeled “Old Main,” was one of Lyman’s projects he and his V12 friends supported.

Peter E. Erickson, whom many of you knew from the class of 1949, died July 15, 2009.  We were on the Alumni Board and served as class agents together for many years.  He will be missed greatly in the ELCA and Gustavus.

 On a lighter note Eunice Johnson Anderson formerly of Center City, is now living in Chisago City, MN.  Her address in 28520 Greenway Drive.  Her husband, Louis, is not well and is in the VA Hospital in Minneapolis.  She was very upbeat about new town house as she has relatives and good friends close by.

Roland Freeburg and wife Carol, Anoka, MN were at Del’s 60th Hamline class reunion in October.  Carol and Del graduated in the class.  They seem to be enjoying life in Anoka and winters in the Arizona sun.

Campus News

Plans are to dedicate the Cornflower Prairie in October 2011, concurrent with some of the celebrations of Gustavus’ Sesquicentennial.  I’m really excited to see this new prairie after visiting several prairies on a recent trip to southwestern Minnesota.

Rev. Dr. Herbert Chilstrom, former ELCA Bishop and Gustavus Board of Trustees member, is presently the acting director of the Gustavus Arboretum while the executive director, Dr. Cindy Johnson- Groh is on sabbatical in Tanzania doing research through a Fulbright fellowship.  If you visit the campus arboretum, be sure to look up Herb Chilstrom’s heritage Swedish Garden behind the immigrant cabin, where he is experimenting with special seeds traced back to the 1800’s.

We have a new college Archivist, Jeff Jenson.  He wants to work with alumni, who have gone on to prominence and have their papers, to attract people and students with interest in certain fields, endeavors, etc.  We must have some ’48ers he would like to hear from!

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.

“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
  • The “Shine” A Royal Affair, benefit gala presented by Gustavus Library Associates will be held this year at the Minneapolis Convention Center in downtown Minneapolis on November 14, 2009.  It is lots of fun, interesting auctions, delicious food, and Gustie camaraderie.



Lorrie Johnson Leaf

1948 Class Agent