Class of '53
February 2007

This year we will be 54 years out of college.  How about we hold a mini celebration/gathering this fall at the Nobel Conference which is the first Tuesday and Wednesday in October?  The topic is energy which should appeal to everyone.  The Nobel Conference is held on campus.

The conference runs like this.  On day one the session opens with a big spectacular in the Lund Arena starting at 10:00 a.m.  There is special music before the start of this session, and every session.  Then follows a presentation by some world renowned expert followed by a question and answer session.  Lunch break is about 1.5 hours followed by two more sessions in the afternoon.  That same evening there are a host of programs plus a concert in Christ Chapel.  Wednesday is about the same schedule except there is a closing banquet at 6:00 .p.m.

Lunch breaks feature bag lunches sold by the college food service (amazingly good) which can be eaten anywhere, but if the weather is cold or rainy or both, there are tables set up in the Lund ice area (the ice is off so it’s comfortable).  Dinner on Tuesday is wherever you can find it, but also something is available on campus.

So?  My thought is that we could establish a class of ’53 location for lunches each day (either outside someplace or a special table in the arena).  We can have a meet, greet and eat spectacular.  At lunch the first day we could decide if we want to try to rendezvous someplace for dinner.  Or maybe we set up something in advance so folks coming in late on Tuesday know where to go.

On Wednesday, we do the same thing for lunch.  There will be some new folks who come down just for Wednesday and some folks will have left who cannot stick around for the afternoon.

The idea for this came to me while attending the 2006 Nobel Conference.  It was like a big reunion.  About 6,000 people attended.  I’d bet that more than half are alumni that come for the good time, the great presentations, and the general Chautauqua-like atmosphere.  It’s a blast.  So why not rally together the members of the class of ’53 who are attending?  All we have to do is show up and agree to find a common meeting place.

In the spring of 2008, of course, we will be guests of the college at commencement for our 55th anniversary.  The program is set and I think we get a special location for lunch on either Friday or Saturday.  More on that event later.

But back to Nobel.  How many would be interested?  To get an idea, drop me an e-mail at:  Or call:  218/724-2317.

There is a fee for attending the Nobel Conference.  One lesser fee for general admission.  One higher fee for reserved seating.  The topic this year will be a huge draw so it might be advantageous to secure reserved seating (actually it is a reserved seating section so you sit anyplace nearer the front).  Reserved seating goes fast so if this appeals to you, act quickly once the information comes out in the mail to all alumni.

On another note, the Gustavus wind orchestra (we used to call it the college symphony band which dissolved, I believe, in 1951 due to declining enrollment when the GI’s all graduated) came to our fair city and put on a concert at one of the local high schools.  Pretty spectacular.  There was a female clarinet soloist, a biochemistry major, who was sensational.  She also serves as one of the Admission public relations persons, so after the concert I had a chance to meet her.  If I was 18 and not sure where to go to college, I would have signed up on the spot for GA.

On a sunny afternoon this past fall, the aging football stadium that we remember so well was decommissioned in anticipation of a new stadium and field located closer to the tennis facility and Lund Arena.  Classmate, Moose Malmquist, delivered a remarkable tribute to the place.  I copy it here for your reading and reflection:

Decommissioning Hollingsworth Field – October 28, 2006

Remarks by Jim “Moose” Malmquist ’53

Today I am the voice of the past ― I am the voice of history.

I speak first for all of our comrades; those who are no longer with us; who have gone to their greater glory.

I speak for those soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen who joined our countries fight and helped win WWII; those young men who in the forties and early fifties interrupted their lives to serve their country then came flocking home, traded their military uniforms for football uniforms; started their families, lived in the college’s trailer village, came here to this place; this small town and this small college to stand tall and leave us the legacy often called the golden football years.

I speak for George Myrum whose life, along with two of his players, came to a tragic end in a team bus accident on the return from an away football game.  It was his vision, his dreams and his efforts that led to the creation of this stadium he sadly never saw finished.

I speak for the men, veterans most, who actually lived inside this stadium structure undoubtedly the cheapest housing ever offered here on campus.

I am the voice of the 28 All Americans who earned those honors here on this much loved ground.

I speak for the 21 championship teams who here left their thumbprint on the pages of our athletic history.

I speak for teammate, Cal Roberts, whose picture, biography and accomplishments are now a part of history in the College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend, Indiana, the first Division III football player ever inducted.  Our Gustie flag flies there today.

I speak for the man who personally cut, hauled and laid this sod, watered it, nurtured it and cherished it, our mentor, our coach, our friend Lloyd “Holly” Hollingsworth.  He now sleeps just over the hill to our south.

I speak for all our head coaches, who for the past 77 years led their Golden Gustie teams to battle right here on this storied field.  They are George Myrum, Tuddie Lindenberg, Howie Nelson, John Ronning, Lloyd “Holly” Hollingsworth, Lee Krough, Don Roberts, Jocko Nelson, Denny Raarup, Steve Byrne and Jay Schoenebeck.

I speak for the hundreds of young men whose path to manhood was in part paved with the lessons learned here on this turf, lessons learned through the joy of victory, through the crush of defeat, through hard work, and team work, the satisfaction of a job well done and the reality of sometimes failing to live up to one’s own expectations.

I speak for the cherished friendships, life-long friendships built here, nurtured here and to this day held close to our hearts.

I speak for Willie Lindquist who on so many golden autumn days lined this field with love, with pride, with unerring accuracy then crowned it with the distinctive Gustie helmet on the 50 yard line.

I speak for the best grounds crew in the country; our loyal and faithful Gustie crew who adopted this field and treated it as if it were their own.

I speak for the Gustie chain gang whose 150 cumulative years of service is living proof that old is good.

Today I am the clear voice of the thousands of Gustie graduates who sat here on this turf, in this stadium on those warm May afternoons, walked forward to the podium, as they accepted their diplomas and from this ground took the next big step in their life journeys.

I speak for this small college, who loved us, cared about us, educated us, and provided us a wonderful opportunity to play the game we loved then sent us on our way, safe in the knowledge of God’s redeeming grace.

I am proud to be a Gustie, a Gustie coach, a Gustie gridder, a linebacker, a full back.  I am proud to have worn the black and gold and I am proud to know that my college cares enough about this game we love to reinvest their resources and their trust in building a new place for the next generations of Gustie footballers to take on the welcome and always daunting task of beginning the next Golden Gustie era.

That was terrific.

This is the place in the letter where I usually pitch for contributions for the Alumni Fund.  This should be a good year to ask for contributions because your investments should have done well this year, unless you had them all invested in housing.  In which case, I’m sorry.

As you know, what is most important is that you contribute something so that our percentage of contributors ranks high.  That is what impresses foundations who study alumni support when thinking about grants.  It also gives Marv Larson and me bragging rights when we meet fellow class agents and the topic turns to percent of giving.

Look for those golden envelopes when they arrive in the mail which you can send in a check and add some news for the class letter.  Or, Google in Gustavus, go to the College web page, click on “giving” and you can contribute on line.

In 2006, our class had the third highest percentage of giving in our decade group (1946-1955).  We scored 66.5%.  Pretty remarkable.  Only the class of 1950 with 70.2% and the class of 1951 with 67.2% were higher.  Certainly we can catch them this year.

Your trusty class agents;

Marv Larson and Tom Boman

1953 Class Agents


Alumni Starring in The Cherry Orchard

The Department of Theatre and Dance is celebrating 75 years of theatre at Gustavus this year with two featured events:  theatre reunion to be held May 11-12 and a gala performance of The Cherry Orchard followed by a cast party which was held on February 10.  This was Professor Rob Gardner’s final directing work before retirement.  A cast of professional theatre alumni will join the student actors for this very special production.  The alumni cast included:  Peter Breitmayer ’87, Karen Esbjornson ’80, Alisa Pritchett ’85, Kevin Kling ’79, Scott Novotny ’75, and Michael Glenn (Waldhauser) ’97.  A sold-out performance was given for this unique celebration.

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