Class of ’53

February 2013

60-Year Reunion ― May 31 – June 1, 2013

Dear Classmates,

It is time to celebrate 60 years since we marched across that hallowed stage in Myrum Memorial Field House.  Our reunion starts on Friday, May 31, and runs through Saturday, June 1.  This is the weekend after Memorial Day weekend so you gotta clear your schedule and plan to attend.  Bring your significant other because there will be lots of good things happening.

We start with a private, Class of ʼ53, banquet on Friday night at 5:00 p.m. in the Campus Center banquet rooms.  I have been assured that we can serve wine at the event since the research is pretty solid that a glass of wine each day helps keep the heart ticking along.  The emphasis will be on socializing so don’t expect a long formal program.

We will ask the college chaplain to come by and offer the blessing before the meal.  We will also ask the President of the college to stop by near the end of the meal and give some insights and highlights about the college.  He loves to do that sort of thing.

Once the banquet is over, there are lots of schmoozing options including an informal gathering at Whiskey River, a fine watering hole right on the Minnesota River.

Saturday brings a cornucopia of goodies to attend.  Breakfast is served a la carte in the Evelyn Young Dining Room from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.  There are college-run seminars at 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. with a coffee break at 10:00 a.m. in Alumni Hall.  Look for the gathering of the Class of ʼ53 around one of the coffee tables.  The Class of ʼ53 has Linner Lounge (downstairs from Alumni Hall) as our official gathering and hang out site.

Lunch is at high noon in the dining center.  Look for the Class of ʼ53 table.

At 2:00 p.m. there is a choice of tours:  Granlund Sculpture Tour, Arboretum Tour, or a Campus Tour.

At 3:00 p.m. on Saturday there is an official Class of ʼ53 special gathering in Linner Lounge.  Details to follow.

If you decide to stay on for the rest of the day’s events, there is the President's Reception at 4:30 p.m. in the Campus Center Banquet Room followed by the annual Alumni Banquet in the same location at 5:00 p.m.  The Gustavus Symphony Orchestra presents a concert in Christ Chapel at 8:00 p.m.

Baccalaureate is on Sunday at 9:00 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. in Christ Chapel.  A brunch buffet is served from 10a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Evelyn Young Dining Room.  Graduation is at 2:00 p.m. at the football field, weather permitting.

You can secure free lodging on campus; information will be forthcoming from the Alumni Office (registration materials will be sent in April).  It would be remarkable if you were to be able to book a motel room in St. Peter at this date, but you should have no trouble securing something in Mankato, especially if you look to east Mankato with lots of new hotels on top of the hill just off Highway 22.

We have some fun homework for all of you, courtesy of suggestions by Marv Larson and Dan Borg.

Dan suggests that everyone write one page about their life since graduation.  We will gather all of those life path summaries and ask the college to put them into a fine little life path booklet for everyone.  Fun to read when you have some free time.  Send your contribution to me by mail or email.  My address and email are at the end of this letter.  Great idea, Dan.Marv reminds us that back in November he suggested that we start a Memories of Gustavus book.  There are a few pieces in so far and they range from blushing moments to recollections of learning moments that have been valued later on in life as well as some about the mentors who influenced their lives in significant ways.  They can be funny or they can be serious.  Send me about a page worth so it will be easy to reproduce and the final product will be a valuable memories of Gustavus.  My address and email are below.  Great idea, Marv.

Another idea from Marv.  Bring some of the good stuff that you saved from your college days.  At the last reunion Dwight Jaeger had a copy of the invoice for his second semester tuition.  Dick Engwall had a list of his expenses for most everything.  Marv found a copy of the program for graduation when he was moving this summer.  So bring along anything that is tangible evidence of the golden years of the early ʼ50s.  We'll have a place to display them all.

We will try to keep you informed of people planning to attend.  If you are wavering about attending, this should motivate you to register because of all the other good folks that will be there.

One last item.  You may recall at our 50th that we raised money for a Class of 1953 Scholarship Fund.  Well, that fund currently stands at $ 40,080.  How about we try to raise that to $60,000 by our 60th.  Included with this letter is a scholarship pledge form from the Alumni Office.  Give some thought and maybe we will hit that $60,000.

One last reminder.  When you send your “memories” and “life path” materials to me by email, please try to remember to send in a Word document (doc) format.

It is as simple as 1, 2, 3, 4.

  • Sign up for the our 60th, Friday, May 31, and Saturday, June 1 (registration comes in April).
  • Write out your Life Path masterpiece
  • Write out your College Memories memoir. (Send in #1 to the Alumni Office.  Send # 2 and #3, to me, Tom Boman.)
  • Send in an Anniversary gift in honor of our 60th!

Your trusty co-class agents (aka co-class presidents in the new jargon of the Alumni Office),

Tom Boman

1231 Maryland Street

Duluth, MN  55811


Marv Larson

3790 Lawndale Lane North, #326

Plymouth, MN  55446