Class of '55
March 2005

Dear Class Mates,

As I look from my window the snow is quickly receding.  I am not sorry to see it go.  Maybe golf can be played in the next few days.  Most of all I am in eager anticipation of our 50th reunion.  Our committee has sought to personally contact each classmate.  Where we have failed I hope you’ll be generous in your understanding of how difficult it is to reach everyone in this mobile and busy society.

I extend many thanks to my old buddy, Phil Eckman, for writing the last class letter.  He always has a way with words I have admired since we shared quarters on South Washington Avenue in St. Peter a few years ago.  He tells me he talked with our former roommate, Larry Lee, who is doing well.  Hope we see you at the reunion, Larry.

Here is a report of our anniversary gift through March 2, 2005:  Of 148 members, 59 have responded with gifts for a 39.9 percentage.  The endowed scholarship has received gifts and pledges of $25,850.  As for the anniversary celebration gift the total of gifts, pledges and estate declarations amounts to $2,165,000.  That is a wonderful response that I am confident will increase as the time of reunion draws near.

More specific programming will be sent out in the near future, but I just want to briefly highlight some of the events.  Just before the reception and banquet on Friday May 27, there will be a memorial service in Christ Chapel in memory of our deceased classmates.  This will be conducted by Jerry Christianson.  Jean Matz Carlson will provide the music.  At the banquet, Dr. Arthur Glass ’43 will tell tales of his life with us at Gustavus.  On Saturday Joan Bonn Wright will bring greetings to the 50-year club on behalf of its newest members.  We are hoping to have Professor Jim Gilbert ’62 give us a lecture at the Arboretum.  Most of all it is you who will provide the entertainment.

George Torrey will be presented the 2005 Greater Gustavus Award at the Alumni Celebration Banquet.  All Kappa Sigs, including this one, will be particularly pleased.  Congratulations, George!

I note with regret that Buck Emberg will not be coming from Tasmania to join us at the reunion.  He notes that his latest grandchild brings his total to 18!  Ardis Johnson Haglin counts her many blessings including 12 children with college degrees (two Gusties), 25 grandchildren, a mother of the year award in 1993, a husband of 48 years who was named to the Thrivent Hall of Fame and not least, membership of the class of 1955.

I look forward to seeing you all in person on May 27.


Dick DeRemee

1955 Class Agent

P. S.  The Alumni Office will add some campus news here:

Campus briefs

Gustavus has been known for its strong tradition of alumni participation in annual giving.  Gusties support their Alma Mater in many ways and show their pride with their gifts.  All alumni and current students have benefited from previous and current support.  Gustavus will be as strong as its alumni want it to be.  The 2005 Alumni Fund closes May 31.  Make sure you are included with many members of your class and other alumni that have chosen to keep Gustavus strong.  Three easy ways to give – send your check to the Alumni Office (by using the enclosed envelope), call 866-487-3863, or on-line at 

The Gustavus Alumni Association has announced 2005 award recipients.  The Greater Gustavus Award to George Torrey ’55 for his lifetime volunteer service and philanthropy to the College. Distinguished Alumni Citations to G. Barry Anderson ’76, Apple Valley, MN, associate justice, Minnesota Supreme Court; Deanna Nelson ’64, Cary, NC, president/founder, BioLink Life Sciences, Inc.; Rick Webb ’73, Edina, MN, owner of Ciao Bella, Zelo and Bacio Restaurants; and John Wirth ’75, Pacific Palisade, CA, writer/executive producer, Paramount Studios.  First Decade Awards to Joe Gaugler ’95, Lexington, KY, assistant professor, Department of Behavioral Science, University of Kentucky College of Medicine; Debbie Lightly Mascaro ’95, Fargo, ND, research scientist, North Dakota State University Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering.

Senior Rachel Batalden, a double major in mathematics and secondary education with a 3.898 grade point average and two-time MIAC All-Conference selection at setter for the women’s volleyball team, has been selected as one of 56 student-athletes from across the country to receive a $7,500 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.

The Gustavus women’s hockey team finished third at the NCAA national championship after winning the MIAC title, the men’s basketball team won the MIAC regular season title and conference tournament and advanced to the NCAA national tournament, the men’s swimming and diving team won the MIAC title and placed seventh at the NCAA national tournament and had seven swimmers earn All-America honors and the women’s team had four swimmers earn All-America honors.

Senior Paul Fraser, a music and computer science major has been selected as the winner of the second annual Caltech-Occidental Composition Contest for new music for concert band. The contest drew entries from all over the world, and as the winner, Paul will receive a cash award and a recording of the world premiere of the work at a concert by the Caltech-Occidental Concert Band in Pasadena, Calif., in May.

Upcoming Events

  • Association of Congregations Meeting – April 23
  • G.I.V.E. Community Service Day – April 30
  • Class of 1955 and 50-Year Club Reunions – May 27 & 28
  • Commencement – May 29
  • Alumni Fund closes – May 31
  • Reunions on Homecoming – October 7 & 8
  • Nurses Reunion – October 8