Class of '48
November 2010

Dear Classmates,

In the last few days, our warm weather and all, has turned into winter wonderland with deep snow and beautiful snow-ladened trees.  Minnesota at its finest!

My class letter again is a bit tardy but it is nice to reminisce about life and friends I met on the Gustavus hill.  I hope things are well with classmates scattered across the state.  We continue enjoying our new independent apartment at St. Andrew’s Village in Mahtomedi where there is much to do, new people to meet, and wonderful facilities−dining room, beauty shop, programs, classes and parties, exercise opportunities, etc.  We are enjoying and appreciating our retirement every day!

We traveled to St. Peter twice this fall for Volunteer Day, Sept. 11 and Nobel Conference, Oct. 5 - 6.  The campus is always very inviting with its beautiful managed grounds, friendly “hellos” on the walks, and challenges and knowledge shared among administrators, faculty, alums, guests and students.  Del also reminded me of the delicious food served with student charm!  The Volunteer Leadership Day included the alumni board, class agents, reunions committees, and the coordinator of retired academic and administrative personnel.  Planning and preparations have been and continue being made for the college’s 150 year founding celebration in 2011.  Alumni numbering 25,900 plus faculty/students at 3,000 are coming together, especially this year in the planning process.  We were invited to watch the football game from the Presidential suite in the new stadium and later enjoyed a tent dinner on the lawn of the campus white house hosted by President Ohle and his wife, Kris.  At our table we met a student “host” who mentioned an alumnus, Andy Leaf ’05, our grandson, who spoke to his class recently about his research experience (through his graduate studies in hydro-geology at the University of Wisconsin Madison) in New Orleans’ 9th ward after Katrina.  Andy has mentioned his favorable and appreciated experience networking among Gusties since graduating in 2005.

The Nobel Conference 46 on “Making Food Good” was understandable and excellent according to the people we talked with.  I especially enjoyed Cary Fowler, Ph.D.  He serves as the executive director of The Global Crop Diversity Trust and is involved in The Svalbard Global Seed Vault, a huge insulated freezer near the North Pole in Norway where he and colleagues are able to preserve some 400,000 samples.  He also keeps track of what is going on in more than 1,700 gene banks around the world and is attempting to coordinate their activities.  Interesting how important this is dealing with world hunger and so many world disasters destroying crops today!

The conference looked at the role and effect of food in our cultures, on human health, and the planet’s ecosystems, as well as social and global security.  Videos of all sessions are available online at:

Class Gifts:

The 2010 Annual Fund results ending May 31 were $1,631,760.  Our class of 1948, now at 66 members strong, showed 29 donors for a class participation at 43.9%.  Our giving total was $2,860.00, with a total class credit (including annuities, trusts etc.) was $30,955.09.  A big “THANK YOU” to all contributors.  Our relatively small class is helping in a significant way and it is appreciated.  I received a note from a White Bear Lake Gustie senior, majoring in biology, saying, “you are helping give the gift of Gustavus to me and many others.  Your giving helps now and inspires grateful students to become grateful alumni.”

Class News:

I need news from you!.  Please take just a moment to connect with classmates in this way!  It is really special hearing from you.

I have several deaths to report:

Phil Knautz, Colby, Wisconsin on April 26, 2010.  He was director of the Gustavus concert choir and taught music courses at the college from 1954-1980 when he took a position as director of fine arts programs until retiring in 1985 as emeritus professor of music.  He is survived by his daughter, Cheri Knautz Roberts ’72 and two sons including, Paul ’77 and a great grandchild.

Milton Eklund, Hampton, Iowa on July 7, 2010.  He was a retired ELCA pastor and is survived by four daughters, one son, and one sister.

Louis Anderson, husband of Eunice Johnson Anderson, Parmly Residence, Chisago City, MN died November 1.  He is survived by Eunice, their six children and spouses, seventeen grandchildren, and three great grandchildren.  Del & I, Lois Arndt Neubauer, Gene and Elaine (Vitalis) Zwickey attended the funeral in Center City, MN.  Eunice, Del, & I along with our sons and spouses enjoyed an event at the seminary in St. Paul the evening of Oct. 31 where the Gustavus Choir sang.  Louis had been in poor health for some while.

Marietta Rita Thorson McCaulsin ’48 died May 5, 2010 in Tucson, Arizona. She is survived by her husband Jim, 2 sons, a daughter-in-law, and 2 grandchildren.

Kathy Johnson Martinson ’47, wife of Homer Martinson, died December 18, 2008.  She was a retired shop manager for Wayzata Club and is survived by Homer, one son, and one daughter.

Our condolences go out to these Gustie families.

Campus News:

New Academic Building

The new academic building is rising and will house the departments of communication studies, economics and management, history, psychology, sociology, and anthropology.  It is modeled to save 44% more energy and 30% more than typical code requirements.

Gustavus recently celebrated 50 years of nursing.  In the fall of 1948, Bethesda Hospital nursing students were required to live on campus for a term and take college classes in ethics and religion.  Two freshman friends Rita Thorson McCauslin and Marilyn “Jim” Smith Douglass transferred into nursing and were in that class.  In 1956, the first nursing students in the nursing baccalaureate program began their studies at the college.  The summer 2010 Quarterly has an academic history to date of this interesting collaborative program.

Gustie Breakfast

Twin City Gusties can enjoy the monthly Gustie breakfast at The Double Tree Hotel in Minneapolis.  It’s held the third Wednesday of each month, 8-9:30 a.m. at the Doubletree Hotel, Minneapolis-Park Place, 1500 Park Place Boulevard.  Cost is $10 at the door.  Upcoming breakfasts include:  Neal Hagberg ’81 and Leandra Peak ’83, musicians, on Dec. 15; and the winter sports coaches on Jan. 19.

Athletics Hall of Fame

Gustavus inducted new members into its Athletics Hall of Fame at a banquet on Saturday, October 9.  Inductees for 2010 are:  Evie Cieslar Erdman ’73, benefactor; Duke Paluch ’84, tennis; Erik Allen ’92, basketball; Peter Anderson ’92, golf; Leigh Stocker Berger ’92, volleyball; Angela White Vick ’92, track and field; Heidi Rostberg Carlson ’93, tennis; Erik Hendrikson ’94, hockey, football; Paige Tierney Sullivan ’95, soccer; and the Hall of Fame Moment−1990 Women’s Tennis National Championship.

Alumni Art Show

Over 60 alumni will participate in an Alumni Art Show in the Hillstrom Museum, November 22 through the end of the semester.  A reception will take place on Monday, November 22, 7 p.m.  This will be the first alumni art showing in the Hillstrom Museum.

Election News

Five alumni and one professor were elected to the state legislature on November 2, 2010.

St. Lucia Day

St Lucia’s, smorgäsbord is December 9, 2010 on campus with guest Ewa Rydaker born and raised in Uppsala Sweden.  For over twenty years, she has been active in the American Swedish Institute and children’s book author.

Thrivent Update

Thrivent Financial for Lutherans has a new support plan which benefits Gustavus.  If you are a qualifying member contact your Thrivent Financial representative.

Christmas in Christ Chapel Tickets

Tickets for Christmas in Christ Chapel 2010, “A Renaissance Nativity,” are available online.  Service dates are Friday, Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 4 at 3:30 p.m. and 7: 30 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 4 at 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.  Tickets are $17.50 each and available online via credit card at:  If you do not have access to the Internet, tickets are available by calling the Office of Marketing and Communication at 507-933-7520.

On behalf of the campus community I say thanks so much ( in Swedish ‘Tusen Tuek’) for your continuing generous support of Gustavus.

Enjoy Thanksgiving and have a wonderful Christmas holiday season.


Lorrie Johnson Leaf

1948 Class Agent