Class of ’48
March 2010

Dear Classmates of 1948,

Our winter due date for guest class letter writer has come and gone, but I have new news for the class.  Two newspaper articles, one from Lincoln, NE the other from Onamia, MN.

The former concerns Dorothy Ekblad, 1330 Sycamore Drive, Lincoln, NE.  It comes from Lincoln High School Athletic Hall of Fame.

dorothy ekblad

Congratulations Dorothy!

The later is about Delores Gardner Pederson, 30605 100th Avenue, Onamia, MN.  This article was passed on to me by Ben Bracken who has something to do with the “Messenger” in Onamia and lives at St. Andrew’s Village where we now are independent apartment residents.



Del and I have known Delores since confirmation days in St. Paul, MN.  I called and chatted about the article and she somewhat reluctently (like ’aw shucks ’taint nothing’), but did consent to using it in my class letter.  Thanks, Delores.  She and Martin have been on campus often and she finds ways to join classmates at reunions, etc. despite some walking problems, and being alone.

I would love hearing from other classmates also send information to the college Alumni Office and they will pass it on.  Here is some:

Lois Arndt Neubauer lives in Eagan, MN and enjys a Quarterly annual visit to Hinckly, MN with Lorraine Berg Ohman, Elaine Vitalis Zwickey, Eunice and Helen Johnson Adler all ’48 classmates.

We received notice of Henry LeRoy Peterson’s death on September 29, 2009 in Ironwood, Michigan.  He attended Gustavus the spring of ’44 and winter ’45.  He was born in Berlin, ND, graduated from Berlin High School and served stateside in the Navy Air Corps. During WWII from 1943-45.  Our sympathy to his wife, Dolores, and family.

Twin Cities classmates may be interested in knowing my daughter-in-law, Sue Busch Leaf ’75, is the Gustavus Library Associates Author Day guest at the Edina Country Club on April 17.  This is about her second book, “The Bullhead Queen:  A Year on Pioneer Lake.” For which she is a finalist for The Minnesota Book Awards given on April 17.

I wish you all a Happy Spring and as Gus says Big Gift, small gift…they all add up.  Thanks for your loyalty.


Lorrie Johnson Leaf

1948 Class Agent

Campus News

Gustavus Announces Major Building Projects

At its Monday, Jan. 25 meeting, the Gustavus Adolphus College Board of Trustees voted unanimously to move forward with three major building projects.  The College will erect a new 125,000 square foot academic building with a large 3-story atrium at the center providing natural light to many of the spaces.  It will qualify for a “gold LEED” qualification as a green building.  This will develop a mall extending west from its iconic Christ Chapel.  It will house the largest departments on campus (economics and management, psychology, and communications).  Also, plans are under way to renovate A. H. Anderson Social Science Building.  Construction timelines for the projects are not yet finalized, but the College expects to break ground on the new academic building late this spring.

The effort is a significant early implementation step of Commission Gustavus 150, an innovative, constituent-based strategic planning process that has engaged hundreds of alumni, students, faculty, staff, and other stakeholders over the past year.  “These projects will greatly enhance learning and teaching, student recruitment, and institutional advancement for many years to come,” said President Jack R. Ohle.

Alumnus, Kurt Elling ’89, Wins Grammy Award

Kurt Elling, a 1989 graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College, took home his first Grammy Award Sunday, Jan. 31 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif.  Elling won the “Best Jazz Vocal Album” category for his album Dedicated to You: Kurt Elling Sings the Music of Coltrane and Hartman. This year marked the ninth time Elling was nominated for a Grammy.

Elling typically performs annually at Gustavus and did so most recently on Oct. 10, 2009 in Jussi Björling Recital Hall.  He has also had the distinct honor to perform in front of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama and their 350 guests at the White House State Dinner on Nov. 24, 2009.

Wind Orchestra Tour

The Gustavus Wind Orchestra, under the direction of Conductor Douglas Nimmo, has returned from a 15-day concert tour through Germany, Poland, the Czech and Slovak Republics, Hungary and Austria.  The Choir of Christ Chapel will be traveling to the Phoenix/Tucson area this spring.  On April 15 they will be at Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Sun City West, April 16 at All Saints Lutheran Church (LCMS) in Phoenix, and on April 17 at Lord of Grace Lutheran Church in Tucson.  For other campus news please check the website at

Admission News

Applications for next year are ahead of where they were last year at this time which makes Mark Anderson ’66, the director of admission, very happy.  We graduated two very large classes in the last two years so we need to have somewhat larger classes in order to maintain our enrollment at about 2,500.  Mark Anderson will retire at the end of the academic year so a search is going on to replace him.  Gustavus has had only three directors of admission since 1950 (Howard Holcomb ’49, Owen Sammelson ’58, and Mark Anderson ’66) which is quite an amazing track record.

 “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 speaker:  Virgil Jones, director of multi-cultural programs.

Upcoming Events

  • Mar. 30 – New Orleans Chapter Event – Sheraton New Orleans Hotel
  • Apr. 10 – Gustavus Jazz Lab Band Home Concert
  • Apr. 11 – Gustavus Symphony Orchestra Home Concert
  • Apr. 22 – New York Chapter Event – The Core Club
  • Apr. 23 – Choir of Christ Chapel Home Concert
  • Apr. 25 – Boston Chapter Event - Bay Back Hotel
  • May 1 – Gustavus Choir Home Concert