Class of '55
December 2009

55-Year Reunion ― May 29, 2010

Class of 1955 – Our Golden-Golden Annivesary

Dear Classmates:

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!  Undoubtedly you have already read these greetings in the cards from old friends and relatives.  Such greetings help to set one up for the holidays.  This year Lucy (Fogelstrom ’56) and I missed Christmas in Christ Chapel for the first time in a number of years due to previous commitments.  This wonderful Gustie tradition has long served as our first preparation for the holidays and we miss the spiritual charge it gave us.  Yet, decorating the house and smelling Lucy’s freshly-baked Lucia buns has given me a shot of Christmas enthusiasm.  I am eager once again to play Santa for my grandkids.  Only one of them still believes so my tenure may not be very much longer.  All the others go along so the fun is not dispelled.  At our home we light the Advent Candles in succession each Sunday and anticipate the glorious day of Christ’s birth.

My thoughts also hark back to our Christmas services in the old Auditorium Chapel where beautiful and sometimes funny things happened as when Dr. Allwardt played the organ as the devices of some nefarious elf played out a sophisticated trick.  Yes, those were the days.  I remember the bittersweet sadness I felt after one such service when the thought of leaving my friends (and girlfriend) for just two weeks to go home to waiting family.  I was conflicted.  It was too nice on the Hill.  These are some of my old Gustie thoughts as the season approaches.

Forgive me if I shift our thoughts forward to our 55th reunion.  Yes, I said 55th!!  I appointed a committee consisting of Pat (Johnson) and Phil Hall, Jackie Carlson and Joan Bonn Wright.  Nancy List Sebo was to join us, but had to go to California on a family matter.  We came up with a compact program:

Saturday, May 29

8:00 a.m.         Big Breakfast - to get you up and coffeed!

Noon:              50 Year Club luncheon

3:00 p.m.         Sharing time in the Dive similar to the event at the 50th,

Wine and beer will be available so we will all be ready to go to

5 p.m.              The Alumni Banquet

Attached to this letter you will find a form asking for information to be included in a special anniversary booklet and to hear of your plans to attend.  Campus housing in dorms will be available again so please declare that need as well when registration gets underway in April.  There will be a full day of events and lectures so we hope to see you all at the 55th!

Once again, Merry Christmas to all and to all, sleep tight.  (That is something Lushwell might have said.)

Dick DeRemee

1955 Class Agent

As part of the reunion program, the Office of Alumni Relations prints an edition of our addresses and brief biographies. We’d like to go a step further and invite you to submit a brief (300 words or less) essay/ remembrance/ reflection of your time after graduating from Gustavus. Use the questions in this PDF and return to Kathy Erlandsen.

Campus News

Gustavus gets High Rankings

Gustavus Adolphus College is listed as the 33rd best liberal arts college in the country according to a new set of college rankings released on Thursday, September 3, by Washington Monthly magazine.  The publication states on its website that schools were ranked based on their contribution to the public good in three broad categories:  social mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and Ph.D.s), and service (encouraging students to give something back to their country).

Gustavus once again ranked among the top 100 liberal arts colleges in the nation in U.S. News and World Report’s annual college rankings.  Gustavus moved up eight places from last year’s rankings to 80th on the magazine’s “Best Liberal Arts College’s” list.  Gustavus is one of six Minnesota colleges that placed in the top 100 in this year’s rankings.  One of the measures used to capture the various dimensions of academic quality at each college is alumni giving percentage; therefore, participating in a giving program at Gustavus, regardless of amount given, is important to the College.

New “Make Your Life Count” Website and Facebook Page

Gustavus has created a new “Make Your Life Count” website that includes a variety of feature stories exemplifying the College’s new brand position launched last month.  The stories celebrate Gustavus students, alumni, faculty, staff, programs, events, and organizations.  The website may be accessed from the Gustavus homepage by clicking on the “Make Your Life Count” brandline (in the upper right hand corner) or by visiting  The “Make Your Life Count” stories are also posted on a new Facebook page.  Become a fan and share your own Gustavus story.  When new feature stories are published, they will be communicated on the Gustavus News Twitter, and you may also subscribe (on the Make Your Life Count website) to receive e-mail updates.  To submit a “Make Your Life Count” story suggestion, click on the “Submit your story” link or e-mail the Gustavus Office of Marketing and Communication at

“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:  Thomas Young ’88 – Dec. 16, Margaret Anderson Kelliher ’90, Speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives – Jan. 20.

Upcoming Events

  • Dec. 16 – Twin Cities Breakfast, guest speaker - Tom Young ’88
  • Dec. 26 - Hawaii basketball game and reception – Jim and Sandy (Brown ’63) Johnston home, Honolulu, HI
  • Jan 7 – San Diego Chapter Event
  • Jan 14 – Atlanta Chapter Event – Linda Bailey Keefe ’69 residence
  • Jan 20 – Twin Cities Breakfast, guest speaker - Margaret Anderson Kelliher ’90
  • Feb 19 – Tucson Chapter Event
  • Feb 20 – Phoenix Chapter Event