Class of '49
January 2008

Dear ’49ers,

When I saw some information from Gustavus recently, I was startled to see it will soon be 59 years since our class graduated.  I have been thinking about the various things that should have alerted me that I had become part of the group known as “senior citizens.”  About that same time my brother-in-law sent me a book titled, Senior Moments.  I thought you all might enjoy a few “moments.”

I’m sixty-three and I guess that puts me in with geriatrics, but if there were 15 months in every year, I’d be only forty three. ~James Thurber

At my age I don’t even buy green bananas. ~George Burns

An elderly man asked his wife of 50 years, “If you had to do it all over again, would you marry me.?” 

“You’ve asked me that before,” she answered. 

“What did you reply?”

“I don’t remember.”

“There was a time in my life, decades ago, when I was so full of energy that I was not only going to end world hunger, but also stop war and eliminate racism  Whereas today my life goals, to judge from the notes I leave myself, tend to be along the lines of “buy detergent.” ~Dave Berry

Further signs you are getting on . . .

·        Everything hurts, and what doesn’t hurt, doesn’t work.

·        Your children begin to look middle-aged

·        Your knees buckle, but your belt won’t

·        You get your exercise acting as a pallbearer

However, when all is said and done, we can thank God for all our blessings and for each new day that we can enjoy.

Myrtle (Lindquist) Hokenson writes that she and her husband, Odean ’53 are enjoying retirement and there five children.  The day she wrote she turned 80.  “Ouch!”  She responded.

Howie Albertson is still being called to fill in for judges in Washington County and also does some arbitration and mediation work.  He somehow thought I was living in Woodbury―but I’m not―and informed me that is where the rich of Washington County live.

George Schultz and his wife, Betty, celebrated their 60th anniversary last August.  The congregation he started in South Holland, Illinois celebrated their 50th anniversary.  George and Betty live in Texas.

Enid and I have two granddaughters at Gustavus.  During January term, one is in Africa with a group of about 20 nursing students from St. Olaf and Gustavus.  The other girl is traveling with about 50 Gustavus students in Greece.  Life has changed a bit since we were students.

Alumni Director, Randall Stuckey ’83, reports that six candidates have emerged from a pool of applicants for the job of president of Gustavus.  The final candidates will visit the campus in February.

Campus News

Forensics Team Continues Excellence

The Gustavus forensics team continues the tradition of excellence, with major team and individual wins this season.  Last season the team ranked in the top 20, which is impressive since 14 of the top 20 schools are “Division I” schools that have more funding and more coaching staff.  While many schools have several full-time forensics coaches, the Gustavus coach also is a full-time professor.  So a unique aspect of the Gustavus program is the team meets weekly for peer coaching, a technique the team has found to be very successful. 

Twin Cities Gustie Breakfasts

Join other Minneapolis/St. Paul area Gusties for a once-a-month morning cup of coffee and breakfast while getting an update on Gustavus. The group meets the third Wednesday of each month at the Doubletree Hotel, Minneapolis-Park Place, 1500 Park Place Boulevard (Hwy. 394 & Hwy. 100), 8:00-9:30 a.m., $10 per person.  Reserve by calling Don Swanson ’55 at 763/533-9083.  Upcoming speakers:

February 20 – Hank Toutain, Dean of Students

March 19 – Mary Morton, Provost and vice President of Academic Affairs

April 16 – Cindy Johnson-Groh, Executive Director, Linneaus Arboretum

May 21 – Tim Kennedy, Sports Information Director

Gustavus Music Showcase

The three international touring music ensembles at Gustavus Adolphus College — The Gustavus Choir, the Gustavus Symphony Orchestra, and the Gustavus Wind Orchestra —  will perform at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 9 at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis.  Tickets for the concert are on sale through the Orchestra Hall box office and may be purchased in-person, online at:, and via fax or phone at 612-371-5656.  Tickets are $22 for adults and $12 for children ages 6-18 and current Gustavus students with a valid I.D.

Upcoming Alumni Events

Twin Cities Gustie Breakfast – February 20

Music Showcase – March 9

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny – March 8

For more information on alumni events, go to:

As of January 7, 2008, 53 of our classmates have already made a contribution to the Alumni Fund.  With so many on fixed incomes, it gets harder as food and gas, etc. gets more expensive.  Some may have to cut back, but know, please know, that it is important to have contributions from alumni.  Our class has had, through the years, 60-70 percent participation.  This is wonderful!  On behalf of the Alumni Office and College, I say thank you!


Peter Erickson

1949 Class Agent