Class of '55
April 2009

Spring and 20

With joyful heart I stood in awe to watch sweet spring dance on the hill

Melting snow with fragrant breath, waking buds, arousing grass.

Beside a brook in Robard’s Glen I saw the act played out

While chorus birds sang arias of where the brook began

Far upland in the hills.

The happy scene gave me a thrill.

Thanking God I thought of love, of life and spring.

~Circa 1953

Welcome to spring!  We made it through and as the 20 year old poet suggests it gives a thrill even though we may be old in body, but not in spirit.

Vic Schlefsky’s letter was fantastic!  I thank him for taking us on a great stroll down familiar paths.

Although Jim Knapp was in the class of ’56 as was his wife, Joby (Gould), he was a close friend and fellow pre-med at Gustavus.  We spent many times together in the class room and fraternity events as did many in our class.  His passing in November 2008 left a large void in our circle.

Dick and Jo (Johnson ’56) Lundborg have been enjoying their winters in Hilo, Hawaii returning to the main land in late April to see their kids and grandkids on the West Coast and Texas.  We look forward to seeing them in Minnesota in September.  Then they will join me, Phil Eckman and Homer Russ to mark our 50th anniversary of graduation from medical school.

Marilyn Lundell Majeska and her husband are enjoying retirement in Maryland with frequent visits with their daughter.

Talking about anniversaries, in May 2010 our class will observe our 55th.  The 50th was a great success and maybe you would like to have another event.  Please tell me if you would.  As members of the 50-Year Club we are invited to the Alumni Banquet, but we can embellish that with our own get together before hand.  If I hear from a significant number of you supporting such a celebration I will take steps toward that end.  So, please send me a note by regular mail or e-mail ( indicating your wishes.

The Gustavus Annual Fund closes on May 31.  I urge you to continue the strong financial support that has been such a tradition for our class.  On March 30, 2009 our class participation was 53.3% just behind the class of 1953 with 56.6%.  The Fund has a goal of $2,012,000.  Currently $1,250,812 has been raised.  Even though these are hard economic times the needs of the College will hopefully continue to inspire your giving.  Remember, contributions can be made on-line through the Gustavus web site,

With best wishes for a happy spring,

Dick DeRemee

1955 Class Agent

Campus News

Update on Commission Gustavus 150

Recently posted to the Commission website is a summary of the common issues and “big ideas” discussed at the first nine National Summit meetings regarding the College’s five core values (Excellence, Faith, Justice, Service, and Community).  The participants were asked how the College might ensure that the core values would be lived out in the lives of alumni, faculty, staff, and students.  The summary is being shared with all members of the eight task forces of Commission Gustavus 150.  The common issues and big ideas will help shape the recommendations made by the Task Forces to the Gustavus Board of Trustees and ultimately form the basis for the College’s long-range strategic plan.

Congratulations to the Gustavus Adolphus College Forensics Team, which won its second straight Minnesota Collegiate Forensics Association State Championship on Sunday, Feb. 22.  Gustavus finished with 446 points to beat out Minnesota State University, Mankato (408 points) and Concordia College, Moorhead (213 points).  Gustavus placed first in 6 of 13 events and placed four individuals in the top seven of the individual sweepstakes standings.  First-year student, Chloe Radcliffe, placed first in the individual sweepstakes and senior, Tasha Carlson, will represent Minnesota at the 2009 Interstate Oratorical Association National Contest―the oldest speaking competition in the country―on April 25 in Oxford, Mississippi.

Hockey Finals

The men’s hockey team made its first appearance in the NCAA Division III Championship game at Herb Brooks Ice Arena in Lake Placid, N.Y., on Saturday, March 21.  They lost a great game to Neumann College, 4-1.  The women’s hockey team lost 2-1 to UW-River Falls in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament.

Gustavus’s Day at the Capitol

Hundreds of students and financial aid supporters from Gustavus Adolphus College and other Minnesota private colleges and universities gathered on various days at the state Capitol this spring to advocate for need-based student financial aid.  Gustavus’s Day at the Capitol was March 5, shared with Hamline University and St. Mary’s University.

“Come on You Gusties” Breakfast

Join us for a cup of coffee, breakfast, and great conversation.  Our featured presenter for May will be Kathi Tunheim, assistant professor for economics and management.  All Gusties are welcomed and invited to the breakfast, Wednesday, May 20, 8-9:30 a.m. at the Doubletree Hotel, Minneapolis-Park Place, 1500 Park Place Boulevard.  Cost is $10 at the door.  Reserve your spot by calling Don Swanson ’55 at 763-533-9083.

Linnaeus Symposium

The Linnaeus Symposium is scheduled for Wednesday, April 22, 2009 and will include Dr. Margaret Lowman, a tree ecologist and Gustavus alumnus, Gail Johnson Speckmann ’73, whose water color art display will premier during the conference; and there will be a special choreographed dance production on the theme of trees.

MayDay!  Peace Conference

“Tiananmen + 20 Years” is the topic of Gustavus Adolphus College’s 29th annual MAYDAY! Peace Conference to be held Wednesday, April 29, 2009 on the college campus.

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