Class of '52
February 2007

55-Year Reunion

Reunion dates ― May 25 & 26, 2007

Hi Gustie friends,

AT LAST!  No matter how often the Alumni Office reminds me that the first class letter of the new campaign is due in early fall, I have trouble getting wound up until the year turns.  Today spring is in the air, after several weeks of VERY cold weather, I might add, and it’s a poignant reminder to get started!!!

“I don’t remember how we happened to meet each other; I don’t remember who got along with whom first.  All I can remember is all of us together, always.”  ~The Friendship Page

This is the time of “Snowbirds” still seeking haven in the southern realms, aboard a cruise ship, or even in Hawaii!  I’m telling you that because it gives me an opportunity to say that I’m planning to spend two weeks there, on the island of Kauai from March 14 to March 28.  Jo Kendall and I are going together, and we’ll be staying with another couple who have been friends of hers for a long time.  I’ve never been to Hawaii so I’m really looking forward to it.  It’s also a time to begin looking at seed catalogs, to start planning how to get your ice house off the lake, and to settle down and finally wrap up the income tax stuff.  It’s never too early of course, to begin thinking about your 2007 pledge to Gustavus, or to send in that generous check that you intended to send last fall.

The December class letter that you received described for you some of the campus highlights from this school year.  At a recent evening reception at the President’s house I heard Dave Carlson ’60 (President Edgar Carlson’s ’30 son) and Linda Bailey Keefe ’69 play the beautiful new Steinway piano that Linda ’69 donated to the college.  That was a thrill.  I wish I could take you on a tour of the Book Mark so you could see all of the new sweatshirts and tees in bright spring colors!  I bought one in orange with a hood and zippered down the front!  It’s really fun!  Better check it out―great graduation gift for a grandson or granddaughter this spring.  And the football field is beginning to take shape.  For a while the dirt pile was higher than Lund Arena.  It will be awesome!  When you’re next on campus, why don’t you visit the Diversity Center?  They’re a warm, friendly group, and Virgil Jones is the new head guy.  He’s really neat!  Say hello to Cheryl.  They’re always welcoming.

How many of you remember some of the Will Rogers’ humor?  We’re always in need of something to smile about.  I hope these brighten your day!


v     Never kick a cow chip on a hot day.

v     The older we get, the fewer things seem worth waiting in line for.

v     Never miss a good chance to shut up.

v     Always drink upstream from the herd.

v     If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.

v     When you are dissatisfied and would like to go back to youth, think of Algebra.

v     There are two theories to arguing with a woman, neither works.

v     Long ago when men cursed and beat the ground with sticks, they called it golf.

I have a little news from classmates but not much.  You’ll have to wait to see your name in print in the “spring” letter.

Last June ONA LEE WITTMAN IVERSON and her daughter traveled to Toronto where she gave lectures at a Landscape Architecture Conference.  You must have been so proud of her!  What a trip!

RUSS PETERSON, Chisago City, had surgery last spring.  I hope your health is restored and your energy returned.

PAUL SWEDBERG and Carole celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary last June 25th.  Congratulations―it’s a very special event!

I hope I’m not missing something important.  There are a few items posted in the recent Quarterly―please don’t miss those.  Send your news and your $$$$ in pronto so that you’ll be counted!


Lindau Symposium brings Richard John Neuhaus to campus

The Rev. Richard John Neuhaus, a well-known conservative Catholic intellectual, will address “Religion in American Public Life” at the inaugural Lindau Symposium at Gustavus on Tuesday, May 8, 2007, 7:30 p.m. in Alumni Hall.  A gift to the College from Phil ’58 and Nancy Lindau, given prior to Phil’s death last April, established the symposium at Gustavus that bears his name.  Lindau, a commodities broker and executive who served Gustavus as a board member, campaign chair, and longtime volunteer leader, was passionate about the faith-life intersection and the church-relatedness of his alma mater.  The symposium, which the Lindau family and College officials anticipate will be an annual event, aims to provide a forum in which diverse intellectual voices and mainstream beliefs and values can be brought together in a liberal arts environment.

Gustie Pages

Looking for a dentist, doctor, lawyer, pastor, Realtor, or other professional?  Make it a Gustie!  Look in the Gustie Pages, an online database of Gusties who have submitted information about their profession.  Use the Gustavus network to meet your needs, or submit your professional information if you would like other Gusties to become your customers.  Go to the Gustie Pages at the alumni website at:  <>.

Career Connections with Students

Sign up now for the 2007 Gustavus Career Connections Reception.  The reception will be Monday, February 19, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Minneapolis Hilton.  The gathering allows Gustavus alumni to provide advice, encouragement, and career networking opportunities to Gustavus students seeking internships and career opportunities.  Alumni are invited to attend and assist current students in their career search.  You do not have to be hiring at your company to attend – just willing to share your experience.  E-mail the Career Center at or call 507/933-7586 if you can attend or want more information.

Give Every Year to Gustavus?

Do you give to Gustavus every year and plan to give every year in the future?  Then you should become a member of the Cec Eckhoff Society.  Members of the Cec Eckhoff Society simply make the public commitment that they plan to give financially to Gustavus every year.  It does not matter how much you give and this is not a formal pledge for a certain amount of money.  Cec Eckhoff ’56 led the alumni office from 1963-1994.  Cec believed that part of being an alum of Gustavus was to give monetarily each year to the College.  To become a member of the Cec Eckhoff Society, please call The Gustavus Fund office toll-free at 866/487-3863 or e-mail <>.  Thank you for your support of Gustavus!

Summer Sport Camps at Gustavus

Gustavus’ strong athletic tradition is evident with numerous summer sports camps featuring knowledgeable coaching staffs, acclaimed athletic facilities, and quality dining service and housing accommodations.  Camps offered this year include: golf, hockey, basketball, tennis, volleyball, soccer, throwing, and swimming.  For more information go to <> or contact the Athletic Department at 507/933-7617.

Music Tours

This year nearly 300 students participated in music tours as members of the Gustavus Wind Orchestra, Gustavus Choir and the Gustavus String Orchestra.  The Gustavus Choir toured Spain and Portugal January 11-30.  Performances were scheduled for Lisbon, Seville, Malaga, Grenada, and Madrid.  The Wind Orchestra toured Minnesota, Madison and Milwaukee, WI and Chicago.  The String Orchestra toured Nebraska, Kansas, and South Dakota.

Upcoming Alumni Events

  • Tucson Gustie Gathering – March 16
  • Phoenix Gustie Gathering – March 17
  • Sun City Gustie Gathering – March 18
  • Celebrating 75 years of Theatre Reunion – May 11-12

Wherever you live in this great country of ours, I’m certain you have been reading about the plight of higher education and K-12 education in recent years and growing worse each year.  I have just finished taking a class on “Understanding Criminal Justice.”  Among all that I learned, this fact stood out especially:  more money is spent on prisons than on education in this country, and the majority of inmates do not have high school degrees.  We all know that education is power, the right kind of power, and yet we sometimes turn a blind eye to this dilemma.  I have been playing a somewhat active role at the state government level this winter and pleading for the cause of higher education, although my concern is great for public schools as well where I spent my career.  Grants of all kinds are disappearing, and tuition costs are rising not only at private colleges, but at state and community colleges as well.  For young people who can’t pay the costs nor wish to go deeply into debt and yet desire an education, this is a tragedy.  Yup! You’ve got it!  If fine colleges like Gustavus are going to survive and do it well, we must increase our endowment.  There’s only one way to do it―increase what we give and encourage new donors.  I believe that a Gustavus education with its close relationship to the church, its outstanding liberal arts curricula, and its dedication to educate students for lives of leadership and service is unparalleled.  I hope you do too.


May you have. . .

A little more sunshine

To brighten each day,

A little more faith

When the skies are gray,

A little more hope

When a plan falls through,

A little more help

To begin anew,

A little more gladness,

A little more cheer,

And more and more blessing

Year after year!

If you have anyone in your family serving in Iraq or anyone in a friend’s family, please let me know.  I think we can all pray for them, for the Iraqi people, and for PEACE in the Middle East and Africa.

Go in God’s grace,

Barb Eckman Krig

1952 Class Agent