Class of '51
December 2010

60-Year Reunion ― May 27-28, 2011

Dear Classmates,

Greetings from the Robertz’s from a cold, snowy St. Peter, Minnesota.  Remember that biting wind that hit us as we struggled across the Gustavus campus so many years ago?  It still blows there as Bill experienced yesterday on a campus errand.  But oh! what a glorious autumn we had, including during the Nobel Conference.  Before that a lovely summer in the Minnesota River valley.  Our flower gardens were never more beautiful and raspberries more abundant.

Yes, living here over 50 years near Gustavus’ campus we feel very fortunate.  We have been able to be a part of this warm and wonderful community with all its cultural opportunities—the concerts, plays, lectures, sports, Nobel and now especially Christmas in Christ Chapel.  A few weeks ago we heard the Gustavus Symphony Orchestra under the new director, Ruth Lu Lin−a sparkling performance of a refreshing program of American composers.  We look forward to hearing them again this weekend at CCC, “A Renaissance Nativity.”  Hope we might see some of you there.

We have one death to report, that of Joan Goodman Halberg from Murrells Inlet, SC on September 8, 2010.  Joan worked and studied in Wesleyan University’s economics department.  She and her late husband, Dale, were active in Democratic politics.  She is survived by a son and three daughters, including Dana ʼ76.

St. Peter has become the retirement home for many Gusties, and we understand why.  We see them often on campus and especially at Friends of the Arboretum events.  I love the waterfall garden in the arboretum, a contribution of David and Delores Johnson.  It is so peaceful to just sit on a nearby bench and let the sound of water soothe your soul.  The arboretum’s many gardens and the log cabin are worth visiting in the summer.  Another of my favorite spots is the Hillstrom Museum of Art in the lower level of the student center which has a permanent collection of American art as well as various traveling exhibits.

We see Dorothy (Johnson) and Paul Lutz and Stan and Marie (Schafer ʼ52) Benson often.  Stan and Marie just returned from a visit with their son, Jeffrey, and family in South Korea.  In fact, Marie came to our book club meeting last night though she hadn’t slept for 48 hours.  Before Christmas they will be off again to Uganda to see son, Todd ʼ83, and will also visit Tanzania.

In August, Bill and I joined family and friends of Dorothy and Paul Lutz to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary at their daughter’s, Lynn Lutz McGinty ʼ84 and Dan ʼ84, her husband’s, lovely home in Shoreview, MN.  We picked up Marie Norberg Bergstrom ʼ50 in Minneapolis to attend with us.  We enjoyed visiting with their son, Erik ‘88, and his wife who came from Japan, as well as classmates Ray Lundquist, Florentine Peterson Anderson and husband Don, Art and Dorothy (Conrad) Gaard.  It was an elegant affair with tasty foods and pleasant reminiscences.

At a fall luncheon for retired employees of Gustavus hosted by President Jack Ohle we visited with a number of other Gusties who still live here and who you classmates might remember−Milt ʼ49 and Elaine Brostrom, Edna Spaeth Granlund ʼ50, Clair McRostie ʼ52, and Ellis Jones ʼ52.  This was representative of the many occasions we are invited to at the alma mater to partake of good food and friendships.

Lastly, make plans now to come back to Gustavus for our 60th class reunion on May 27-28, 2011.  God willing, we’ll be there, and after the Friday night dinner you are invited to continue visiting at our humble home immediately adjacent to campus—524 Capitol Drive.  In fact, our back yard abuts college property, the Retreat Center for Lutheran Congregations and the office of the vice-president for church relations.  You will receive more information about the reunion in upcoming months.  We ask that you send in your news to the Alumni Office.  The next guest letters will be written by classmates Ray Lundquist, Marilyn Street Turner and Marianne Ostrom Kjolhaug.  We’ll see you in May!

Marilyn Barnes Robertz

1951 Guest Letter Writer

Campus News

“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 breakfasts include:  Neal Hagberg ’81 and Leandra Peak ’83, musicians, on Dec. 15; and the winter sports coaches on Jan. 19.


December 10, 4-6 p.m. – Melva Lind Interpretive Center.  To usher in the winter season and holiday spirit, the Linnaeus Arboretum will be hosting its third annual Julgran celebration.  This year’s Julgram, which means “Christmas Tree” in Swedish, will once again be highlighted by a cookie contest with hundreds of cookies to sample!  The contest results will be announced at 4:30, followed by live music courtesy of our own talented Gustavus students, and hot cider (as well as the requisite milk) may be enjoyed by the Interpretive Center’s log fireplace.  Or, if the weather is nice, stand by the outdoor fire pit and roast a marshmallow or two.

Chapter Gatherings

This year and next, President and Kris Ohle have many travel dates planned in order to reach out to all of our alumni and bring them an update from the College.  Please mark your calendar if you live in or near one of these locations:

  • Palm Springs – January 7
  • Los Angeles – January 8
  • San Francisco – January 9
  • Seattle – January 27
  • Tucson – February 8
  • Phoenix – February 10
  • Denver – February 11
  • New York – March 4
  • Washington, DC – March 5
  • Jacksonville, FL – March 26
  • Orlando – March 28
  • Tampa – March 29
  • Naples – March 30
  • Chicago – April 29
  • Boston – March 2