Class of '49
March 2005

Dear ’49ers

We are nearing the end of another whimpy winter in Wisconsin.  Few sub-zero days and only about 50% of an average snowfall, but I’m not complaining.

Enid and I had a wonderful trip out east early in March.  We spent a weekend in White Plains, New York with our daughter and her husband.  We saw a play and had dinner in New York City one night, and then we went to Connecticut and visited friends and some of Enid’s relatives.  Her aunt is in a nursing home, but at 102 years of age she responded with hugs and a beautiful smile for each of us.

I’ve read about two major building projects on campus.  One is the remodeling of Old Main.  It seems to me that our cafeteria was in the basement of Old Main when we started in the middle forties.  I wonder if Old Main had been built when my grandfather attended in the late 1870’s and early 1880’s.  The second building project is a new residence hall called “Southwest.”  The name chosen because of the designation of its location allows for naming opportunities in hopes of getting a donor who would be interested in helping with a significant contribution.  Any takers?

We are drawing near the close of another year of the Alumni Fund.  The good news is almost $600,000 of the $1,000,000 goal has been received as of March 7.  To reach the goal another $400,000 needs to be received by May 31.  Seventy-five members of our class have made a contribution as of March 7.  That is just over 50%.  We usually have a 75% or 80% participation so I hope many more ’49ers will be able to make their contribution before May 31.  Think of what the Alumni Fund has meant for Gustavus over the 50 years it has been in existence―and what it can mean in the years to come.

Thank you for the support you have been able to give.


Pete Erickson

1949 Class Agent

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Campus briefs

Gustavus has been known for its strong tradition of alumni participation in annual giving.  Gusties support their Alma Mater in many ways and show their pride with their gifts.  All alumni and current students have benefited from previous and current support.  Gustavus will be as strong as its alumni want it to be.  The 2005 Alumni Fund closes May 31.  Make sure you are included with many members of your class and other alumni that have chosen to keep Gustavus strong.  Three easy ways to give – send your check to the Alumni Office (by using the enclosed envelope), call 800-487-3863, or on-line at 

The Gustavus Alumni Association has announced 2005 award recipients.  The Greater Gustavus Award to George Torrey ’55 for his lifetime volunteer service and philanthropy to the College. Distinguished Alumni Citations to G. Barry Anderson ’76, Apple Valley, MN, associate justice, Minnesota Supreme Court; Deanna Nelson ’64, Cary, NC, president/founder, BioLink Life Sciences, Inc.; Rick Webb ’73, Edina, MN, owner of Ciao Bella, Zelo and Bacio Restaurants; and John Wirth ’75, Pacific Palisade, CA, writer/executive producer, Paramount Studios.  First Decade Awards to Joe Gaugler ’95, Lexington, KY, assistant professor, Department of Behavioral Science, University of Kentucky College of Medicine; Debbie Lightly Mascaro ’95, Fargo, ND, research scientist, North Dakota State University Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering.

Senior Rachel Batalden, a double major in mathematics and secondary education with a 3.898 grade point average and two-time MIAC All-Conference selection at setter for the women’s volleyball team, has been selected as one of 56 student-athletes from across the country to receive a $7,500 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.

The Gustavus women’s hockey team finished third at the NCAA national championship after winning the MIAC title, the men’s basketball team won the MIAC regular season title and conference tournament and advanced to the NCAA national tournament, the men’s swimming and diving team won the MIAC title and placed seventh at the NCAA national tournament and had seven swimmers earn All-America honors and the women’s team had four swimmers earn All-America honors.

Senior Paul Fraser, a music and computer science major has been selected as the winner of the second annual Caltech-Occidental Composition Contest for new music for concert band. The contest drew entries from all over the world, and as the winner, Paul will receive a cash award and a recording of the world premiere of the work at a concert by the Caltech-Occidental Concert Band in Pasadena, Calif., in May.

Upcoming Events

  • Association of Congregations Meeting – April 23
  • G.I.V.E. Community Service Day – April 30
  • Class of 1955 and 50-Year Club Reunions – May 27 & 28
  • Commencement – May 29
  • Alumni Fund closes – May 31
  • Reunions on Homecoming – October 7 & 8
  • Nurses Reunion – October 8
  • class=MsoNormal>Commencement – May 29
  • Alumni Fund closes – May 31
  • Reunions on Homecoming – October 7 & 8
  • Nurses Reunion – October 8