Class of 1954

February 2014

Dear Classmates of '54,

May of 2014 will mark our 60th anniversary of graduation from Gustavus!  Being together up on the hill brings back many fond memories and the one I value most is the friendship and acquaintances made during those years.  Unfortunately, we do not see our “old” classmates as often as we would like and because of this, the committee for our reunion is building a good amount of free time to meet, greet and visit.  We will still, of course, have the important traditional programming.

As you all know the cost of higher education has risen dramatically, much faster than inflation and prohibitive to many worthy students were it not for the scholarships and financial aid that most receive, they could not attend Gustavus. When we attended Gustavus, a large percentage of the cost of our education was provided by the Augustana Lutheran Church.  Suppport from churches has changed over the years and today the colleges started by the church receive very little or no financial support from them.  This means that Gustavus, like many colleges today, needs to raise more funds and increase and increase endowments to provide the financial aid that will make attending Gustavus a possibility.

Several years ago, our class established a scholarship to honor our class president and friend, Dave Johnson.  Dave spent his career in higher education as a teacher and administrator.  Our goal was to raise $100,000 for an endowment fund with which to maintain this scholarship.  To date we have raised approximately $80,000.  I encourage all, as able, to consider a special gift to the Annual Fund.  It should be sent to the Gustavus Annual Fund and "EARMARKED" to the David Johnson Scholarship Fund.  It would be great to reach our goal during the anniversary year.

Once again, I hope that May 30-31 is marked on your calendar to be at Gustavus.  I look forward to seeing you!


Dick Brubacher

1954 Class Officer

Campus News

Gustavus Ensembles Travel

As many students headed home for Touring Break, Gustie musicians were on their annual music tours.  Concert touring provides an opportunity to perform a concert program numerous times, fostering a deeper artistic understanding and expression of the music.  This year the Gustavus Wind Orchestra toured internationally to Eastern Europe, and the Gustavus Choir toured the Upper Midwest.  Both ensembles had their home concerts in Christ Chapel on Feb. 15.

Gustavus Networking Event

All alumni and current students are invited to the third Gustavus Networking Event on Thursday, March 13 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Minneapolis - Park Place (1500 Park Place Blvd., Mpls.).  Starting at 5:30 the evening will include networking, a light meal and dessert, and a short program.  Registrants will be asked to select a career area from business, finance, marketing/communications, public service, law or technology.  Register online at

Gustavus Passion for Life Long Learning Series

The Offices of the Provost and Alumni and Parent Engagement are pleased to partner and present a series for lifelong learners titled Gustavus Passion for Lifelong Learning held twice yearly each spring and fall.  Dr. Kathy Lund Dean, Board of Trustees Distinguished Chair in Leadership and Ethics in Economics and Management will be the featured speaker at the next event.  To be held Thursday, March 20 at the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis.  Dr. Lund Dean teaches courses in Organizational Behavior, Strategic Management, and Conflict Management at Gustauvs. At this event, you will hear about her research on how religious accommodation and discrimination disputes in the workplace are being resolved by the courts. Cost is $10 per person and registration is online, by email or by calling 800-487-8437.

Exploring Luther’s Reformation and the Nazi Holocaust – Oct. 4-16

Journey on an educational tour of Germany and Poland with Gustavus professor emeritus of Religion Rev. Dr. Darrell Jodock from October 4 to 16, 2014.  The first focus of the trip is on the life and teachings of Martin Luther.  The year 2017 will mark the 500th anniversary of his 95 Theses.  Luther was seeking an academic debate, but the document had an unexpected result.  Visit sites associated with Luther’s life and examine together Luther’s ideas and their ongoing significance.  For more information visit:

Upcoming Events

March 4 - Naples, FL Chapter Gathering

March 13 - Gustavus Networking Event @ Doubletree at Park Place

March 19 - Gustie Breakfast @ ASI Chris Johnson ʼ85, Director, Center for Servant Leadership

March 20 – Passion for Life Long Learning Series @ ASI