Class of '55
September 2009

Dear Class of ’55:


I begin with this photograph of four old Gusties taken on September 14, 2009.  I hope you will recognize the avid golfers, left to right, Homer Russ, Dick Lundborg, Phil Eckman and Dick DeRemee.  The occasion was our 50th anniversary of graduation from the University of Minnesota Medical School.  We have all been close friends at Gustavus, all members of Kappa Sigma Chi and later, residents at Mayo Clinic where all of us gained our specialty training.  Now we are all has-beens, but where we have been has been exciting.  The place of our meeting was Lilla Van (or little friend in Swedish), the DeRemee summer home that stands on the shores of Lake Okoboji in Iowa.  We were joined by our wives Carolyn Monson Russ ’57, Jo Johnson Lundborg ’56, Julie Sherman Eckman and Lucy Fogelstrom DeRemee ’56.  Our friendships have endured these many years thanks to the solid base they were given at Gustavus.  It is a testimony of the great place Gustavus is, was and continues to be.  My what fun we had telling stories!

Remember, our 55th reunion takes place next spring.  In my last letter I solicited your interest in having some kind of special gathering at graduation.  To date I have received positive responses from Vic Schlefsky, Pat (Johnson) and Phil Hall, Ralph Sonday and Nancy List Sebo.  Incidentally, Nancy says she is not retired.  In fact she teaches piano to 25 students weekly including an 85 year-old!  Keep it going Nancy.  If we decide on a special event, I would like all the current respondents to serve on a steering committee to be sure we get things right.  I hope you will all consent to do so.

Buck Emberg writes from Tasmania that he is the Co-chair of Voters’ Block of TAP (Tasmanians Against the Pulpmill), with wife, Joan; they have collected 23,000 signatures from people in Tasmania who are opposed to a pulpmill being erected in their Tamar Valley, a community of 120,000.  The group is opposing forestry destruction and the overwhelming plantations as they replace small communities and farms.  They are on frequent world radio programs concerning ecology and politics.  Buck is shortly to hand in his Ph.D. thesis on Tasmanian colonial history.  He and Joan are also involved in a program to save the habitat for the Tasmanian Tiger.  The government says the animal is extinct because they want more forests for plantations.  The animal is not extinct.

“If you look at our website you will see what we are doing.  The site is about to be altered and given new information. Perhaps you would like an article about what we are doing down under.  It would be a story of an old graduate, TOTALLY involved in the community and still part of the leading edge. I wait to hear…and donate something.”

I hope many of you will send me your comments and news.  My e-mail is:

I wish you all the best

Dick DeRemee

1955 Class Agent

Campus News

GLA Membership

All of us remember the Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library.  It was a place for study and, depending on your era, finding a “coffee date.”  But, in the 21st century, it has become much more.  It is a technology-rich laboratory for learning and a storehouse of culture and recorded knowledge.  It must constantly be strengthened to ensure excellence in education.  The Gustavus Library Associates (GLA) provides financial support for the library and a program of events to its members.  Join this year and immediately make a difference.  Whatever membership gift level you choose, 100% goes directly to the library’s acquisition budget.  Join today at!!!

Homecoming and Family Weekend – October 9 & 10, 2009

Join us for Homecoming and Family Weekend festivities this year!  Parents, alumni, and friends of the College are invited to return and reconnect on this great weekend.  Check out all the activities on the Gustavus alumni web site (

A Walk in the Arb

As part of Homecoming Weekend, the Linnaeus Arboretum will be hosting its annual Fall Fest on that Saturday, October 10.  Come enjoy a guided hike through the arboretum and browse its many beautiful flower gardens and tree collections.  Maple trees will be in their fall peak this weekend.  Master Gardeners and tree care experts will be available to address your questions and concerns, so bring a branch!  Bring your kids (accompanied by an adult) for a hayride through the arboretum.  Have a look at this year’s scarecrows around the Borgeson cabin!  Enjoy cookies and lemonade, purchase an arboretum t-shirt.  There will be books available for purchasing and signing by two local authors, Jan Dunlap (Birder Murder Mysteries) and Jim Gilbert (Minnesota Nature Notes).  Join Us!

“Come on You Gusties” Breakfast

Once a month, Gusties gather for coffee, breakfast, and great conversation along with a campus speaker.  All Gusties are welcomed and invited to the breakfast, third Wednesday of the month, 8-9:30 a.m. at the Doubletree Hotel, Minneapolis-Park Place, 1500 Park Place Boulevard.  Cost is $10 at the door.

Upcoming speakers:

President Jack R. Ohle – Oct. 21

Chaplain Brian Johnson ’80 – Nov. 18

Thomas Young ’88 – Dec. 16

Upcoming Events

  • Nobel Conference:  H²0 Uncertain Resource – October 6-7, 2009
  • Homecoming/Family Weekend – October 9-10, 2009
  • Athletics Hall of Fame – October 17, 2009
  • Gustavus Library Associates – A Royal Affair – November 14, 2009
  • Farewell for Steve and Barb Wilkinson, Minneapolis Hyatt - December 12

royal affair