Class of '49
January 2006

Dear ’49ers

Those of us in the Midwest are enjoying unusually warm weather so far this year.  It is unlikely we will have even one day of sub-zero weather and the average temperature is the second highest since 1846.  To those who like to ski, ice fish and ride around on a snowmobile it is a disappointment.  I’m happy to not have used my snow blower yet this year.

Enid and I and seven of our kids and grandkids are going to travel to Chicago this weekend to participate in the 100th anniversary of the first church I served―St. Mark’s Lutheran.  It is hard to believe I was pastor there for the 50th!

We’ve had a number of members sending in news reports.  It is hard to include everything but I’ll try to edit them to fit the letter.

Miriam Bloom Curtis did some traveling last fall.  She saw classmates Bruce ’47 and Marilyn (Jacobson) Akerson in St. Petersburg, FL; Bob and Connie (Elofson) Foseid in Mercer Island, WA; and Delores, Ruth and Rosemary in Minneapolis.

Glen Holmquist writes he has been married 56 years.  He helped Betty during her cancer “fights” by doing some of the housework.  He still gets invitations to “come and talk” about stewardship or whatever.  He writes a lot.  One thought he sends, “thank you” for all you give.

Can you top this?  Paul Kinney and his wife, Nova, who recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary, have four generations of their family near them in St. Cloud.

Bruce ’47 and Marilyn (Jacobson) Akerson have lived in Florida since 1969 and they still think fondly of Gustavus and the friends they made there.

Judge Howie Albertson lives on the farm his family has owned since 1898.  He’s developed a beautiful garden where he performs about 70 weddings a year.

Jean Luckman Rasmussen reports, “Son, Andrew and I rode an elephant when we were in Thailand in January, 2005.


Study Abroad Leader

Gustavus continues to be a leading institution for the number of students studying abroad, according to an annual ranking recently released by the Institute of International Education (IIE).  Consistent with its mission of giving students an education that is international in perspective, Gustavus was ranked seventh in the "Top 20 Baccalaureate Institutions" list of the institute’s "Open Doors 2005" report.  Gustavus was one of four Minnesota private colleges to make the list of 20.  The report was based on study abroad statistics from the 2003-04 academic year.  Gustavus students engage in international learning through various programs in more than 100 locations throughout the world, ranging from Australia to India and Ecuador to Sweden.  In recent years, 50 percent of Gustavus graduates have participated in at least one study-abroad experience.

New Carnegie Classification for Colleges and Universities

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching released a new classification system for institutions of higher education.  Gustavus’ classification is Arts & Sciences plus Professions, indicating that 60 to 80 percent of Gustavus students complete a traditional liberal arts major, such as political science, classics, or biology.  The new classifications describe five aspects of colleges and universities: instructional programs, enrollment profile, undergraduate demographics, size, and setting.  Undergraduate instructional programs are now designated as Arts & Sciences Focus, Arts & Sciences plus Professions, Balanced Arts & Sciences and Professions, Professions plus Arts & Sciences, or Professions Focus. 

Insurance Programs

The Alumni Association, in partnership with Meyer and Associates and Liberty Mutual, offers an insurance program to alumni and their families.  Products include insurance policies for life, short-term medical, auto, home, and renters.  For life and short-term medical insurance call Meyer and Associates at 800-635-7801 or visit  For auto, home, and renters insurance call Liberty Mutual at 800-524-9400 or visit

Gustavus to Perform at Orchestra Hall

The Gustavus Music Showcase will be Sunday, March 12, at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis.  The Gustavus Choir, Gustavus Symphony Orchestra, and Gustavus Wind Orchestra will perform.  This is a unique opportunity to hear three premier ensembles from Gustavus in one concert.  This showcase also allows prospective students, parents, and alumni from the area to meet and connect.  For tickets, call the Orchestra Hall box office at 800/292-4141.  Tickets are $20 for general admission, and $10 for students 18 and under.


Two big stories from the fall sports are that Hailey Harren won the national NCAA Division III cross country title and the men’s soccer team became the first MIAC school to play in the national championship game and finished second, losing 1-0 to defending national champion Messiah.  For the second consecutive year, men's soccer coach Larry Zelenz has been named Coach of the Year in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America/Adidas NCAA Division III West Region.  The men's hockey team is unbeaten in conference play, outscoring their opponents 28-5 in four games.

Upcoming Music Tours

This year nearly 300 students will participate in music tours as members of the Gustavus Wind Orchestra, Gustavus Choir, Gustavus Symphony Orchestra, Gustavus Jazz Lab Band, and Choir of Christ Chapel.  The Gustavus Wind Orchestra toured Eastern Europe Jan. 14-30.  Performances were scheduled for Germany, Czech Republic, Poland, and Austria.  The Gustavus Choir is touring Jan. 27-Feb. 11 (see schedule below), with performances in Minnesota and Wisconsin.  The Gustavus Symphony Orchestra, Gustavus Jazz Lab Band, and Choir of Christ Chapel will tour during Spring Semester.

Gustavus Choir Tour Schedule

  • February 2 at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church, Marshfield, WI, 7:30 p.m.
  • February 3 at St. Francis Catholic Church, Brainerd, 7:30 p.m.
  • February 4 at Central Lutheran Church, Winona, 7 p.m.
  • February 5 at Faith Lutheran Church, Winona, 8 a.m. morning service
  • February 5 at First Lutheran Church, Red Wing, 2 p.m.
  • February 11 at Christ Chapel, Saint Peter, 7:30 p.m.

Upcoming Alumni Events

  • Tucson, AZ Gustie Gathering - February 10
  • Phoenix, AZ Gustie Gathering - February 11
  • Sun City, AZ Gustie Gathering - February 12
  • Gustavus Music Showcase at Orchestra Hall - March 12
  • Atlanta, GA Gustie Gathering - March 26

I have had to miss the last two class agents’ meetings, but in mailings I have read of some changes being made.  Some class reunions are being held in the Twin Cities.  Phonorama is being done by some on the Internet.  Some are calling from their home.  The goals are the same―to keep in touch, to share some news and encourage gifts of money.  Thanks to all who continue to include Gustavus in their charitable giving.

Blessings in 2006!

Pete Erickson

1949 Class Agent