Class of '56
October 2005

Hi everyone,

Just a few weeks ago our nephew was married in Hopkins.  It took some “doing,” but our children and grandchildren were all here for the weekend – and all had a wonderful time.

You, of course, know where this is leading.  We have high hopes for a good; make that great turnout for the 50th anniversary of our graduation next spring.  The reunion committee, listed at the end of our letter, is working hard to make this a wonderful event.  If you’re thinking yes, contact the Alumni Office at 800-487-8437 and we’ll add you to the tentative roster.

At the end of this class letter is a letter from Clyde Allen, our reunion gift chair.  He has provided some great information to challenge us and everyone is encouraged to participate.

A friendly reminder—please send in your survey sent to you by the Alumni Office.  Information you provide will be included in our Golden Anniversary booklet.  Here is the continuing list of those who say they are coming:

  • Clyde Allen
  • Lois Ledin Anderson
  • Dick Bergman
  • Joan Krantz Braun
  • Carolyn Jens Brusseau
  • Ramona Amundson Burns
  • Keith Carlson
  • Lynn and Bev (Runez) Carlson
  • Mary Andreen Carlson
  • Reuben Carlson
  • Vonnie Anderson Casserly
  • Dick Chilkott
  • Donna Lindquist Chommie
  • Jo Cipra
  • Phyllis Sletten Dalager
  • Roger Delgehausen
  • Lucy Fogelstrom DeRemee
  • Mimi Johnson Eisele
  • Tom Engquist
  • Dick and Char (Swansson) Erickson
  • Bob Erdman
  • Charmaine Nelson Flen
  • Melba Johnson Gevik
  • Beverly Matson Gustafson
  • Ruth Hanson Haberman
  • Corrine Rhyne Holm
  • Jim and Joann (Gould) Knapp
  • Joan Lindall
  • JoAnn Johnson Lundborg
  • Kay Rethwill Moline
  • Roger and Helen (Sandgren) Munson
  • Kent and Carol (Lindberg) Musser
  • Moon Mullin
  • Charles "Dewey" Parrish
  • Paul Piche
  • Vonnie Kettner Propp
  • Faye Reber
  • Don and Nancy (Lea) Roberts
  • Joanne Johnson Satter
  • Barbara Carlson Ulven
  • Alan Westberg

A note from Don:

Fifty years, you have got to be kidding!

Last Sunday, I attended Don and Carol Hauskens’ 50th wedding anniversary family party.  Don was a classmate, teammate, and one of my roommates.  He and Carol were married the first weeks of football practice.  I was the best man.  Paul Eddy, Don Dennison and John Speliopoulos were in the wedding party.  Holly was not all that pleased with the timing of this event.  We ended up going directly from the practice, to our car, to Mankato, with our equipment still on.  We picked up our suits and dressed in the car, arriving just in time for Paul to light the candles.

We have not seen Don and Carol for a while, but it seemed like only yesterday when Paul lit the match on his shoe—my point being that we’ll all have flashbacks when we get together.  If you need help with a flashback, can you identify those attending our 10th anniversary reunion in 1966?  If you’re still breathing, make an effort to be on campus in May.

Semper fi,

Don and Nancy Lea Roberts

P.S. Does anyone have their freshman green beanie?

10th Anniversary Reunion – 1966

10 Year Reunion 10 Year Reunion

Reunion Committee:

Memorial Service             Roger and Helen Sandgren Munson, Dick and Char Swansson Erickson

Eckhoff Recognition          Dick Chilkott

Seminars                          Beverly Matson Gustafson, Kay Rethwill Moline

Dinner & Program             Bob Erdman, Carolyn Jens Brusseau, JoAnn Johnson Lundborg

Promotion                         Corrine Rhyne Holm, Joanne Johnson Satter, Mimi Johnson Eisele, Ruth Hanson Haberman, Joan Lindall, Faye Reber, Kent & Carol Lindberg Musser, Don & Nancy Lea Roberts

Fellow Classmates:

Our 50th anniversary is a time for us to come together, renew friendships, share memories, and be grateful for the foundation that Gustavus provided each of us for our life’s journey.

Gustavus alumni in general and each of you specifically, are the strengths and fiber of Gustavus.  The basic groundwork and excellent education that Gustavus offered gave each of us the tools for future opportunities to experience success.

When we were students at Gustavus, the Church and those Gusties who preceded us provided the College with the emotional and financial support necessary to augment the cost of our education.  Today these Church resources have been reduced to minimal amounts and consequently the financial support for the institution becomes our responsibility to provide for current and future Gusties.

Approximately 85-90 percent of students requires and receives financial support in the form of scholarships.  This puts a tremendous burden on the endowment funds.  More and more dollars are required each year to generate income to the College from the endowment earnings.

It is the challenge of each of us who cares about this institution called Gustavus to contribute to the College to insure the school’s future.  Our 50th anniversary is a time to sit back and reflect upon the ways we can help and then act to contribute to the cause.  Methods of participation are highlighted below.

Annual Fund Gifts—We should have 100 percent participation and hopefully we can all significantly increase our gift during this milestone anniversary year.

            Our class goal:              5 gifts of $10000-$15000

                                                10 gifts of $5000-$10000

                                                50 gifts of $1000-$5000

                                                100 gifts of $500-$1000

Cec Eckhoff 50th Anniversary Endowed Scholarship—I am proud that we have decided to honor our dear departed classmate by establishing a $50,000 scholarship in Cec’s name.  This is a special gift over and above our annual fund gift and can be pledged and paid for over the next three years.  We will need contributions in much the same amounts as listed above.

Gustavus Heritage PartnershipThis particular partnership was established in 1988 to recognize individuals who have thoughtfully and generously included a gift to Gustavus in their estate plans.  Today there are more than 750 members of this society and some of our class of 1956 is included in that number already.  A reasonable goal for our class would be an increase of 10-25 classmates enrolled in that society.  Perhaps some of you already have included Gustavus in your will but have not made it known to the college.  Now is the time to declare so in writing.

Please keep in mind that common ways of gifting are:  cash, stocks and bonds, real estate, bequests in your wills, and life insurance.  The Gift Planning Office at Gustavus can help you with the particulars, arrange your participation, and can be reached at 1.800.726.6193.

We are counting on your participation by Reunion Weekend.  This can happen by declaring your intentions in the form of a pledge or outright gifts.

I hope this letter is of value in determining how you can give back to Gustavus in recognition for the value of your education and life success since graduation.  A member of our class will be contacting you in the near future by phone to answer questions, invite you to the reunion, and get your pledge for our class gift.  We want 100 percent participation and our goal of $3,000,000 in gifts from the above methods can be attained.

I am grateful for Gustavus and each of you.  I’ll see you at the reunion.

Sincerely yours,

Clyde Allen



Campus News:

A New Year Begins

The 144th academic year began September 7 with 2,600 students and approximately 710 new students, the largest enrollment and new class in college history.  Some changes in the general education curriculum will also be implemented this year, including a foreign language requirement for graduation.

Class Reunions/Homecoming

Class Reunions and Homecoming Weekend will be October 7-8.  This is reunion time for the classes of 1960, 1965, 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, and 2000, but all alumni are invited to attend the events, even if it is not a reunion year.  There is a full schedule this year with athletic events; seminars on aging, Living CSI, and the Linnaeus Arboretum; dedications and tours of Mattson Hall and renovated Old Main; as well as performances by comedian Scott Novotny ’75, many Gustavus musical ensembles and the Rockin’ Hollywoods.  The schedule is designed to provide activities for alumni and families.

Wind Orchestra Tour

Join Gustavus alumni and parents on a companion tour with the Gustavus Wind Orchestra to Eastern Europe January 17-27, 2006.  The trip includes visits to the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, and Austria and will be hosted by Tom Emmert, professor of history, and Jon and Anita (Thomsen) Young ’77 ’77.

Nurses Reunion

All Gustavus nurses are invited to the 45th anniversary of the nursing program at Gustavus on Saturday, October 8.  Events will include the dedication and tour of Mattson Hall, the facility that houses the nursing and education departments, a luncheon with keynote speaker Dr. Donald Swenson on “Celebrating Our Roots,” and a slide show presentation of the history of the college's nursing program.

Announcing the Gustavus 2006 Alumni Fund Campaign

“When you get your invitation in the mail or receive a call from a Gustie student or classmate, commit to making your gift to the Alumni Fund this year,” encourages Jan Michaletz ’74, alumni board member, class agent, and 2006 Alumni Fund Chair.  The Michaletz family―Russ ’74, Mara ’02, Annie ’05, and John ’08―have agreed to chair this year’s alumni fund drive.  The 2006 Alumni Fund goals are to achieve 9,000 donors and $1,185,000 dollars in alumni giving.  The 2006 fiscal year began June 1, 2005 and ends May 31, 2006.  Gifts to the Alumni Fund will immediately support current Gusties in the classroom, in labs, on the playing field, in the library, and more.  Tuition does not cover the real cost of educating students today, nor did it when you were a student at Gustavus.  Since its inception in 1954, the goal of the Alumni Fund has been to help keep the Gustavus educational experience accessible for current students.  Give the gift of Gustavus to a current Gustie by making your Alumni Fund gift this year.

The 2004-2005 Honor Roll of Donors is now available online at:  The Honor Roll of Donors recognizes those who have made gifts to Gustavus between June 1, 2004 and May 31, 2005.  To find your name or to check out your class results, point and click from your home or office computer.  To have your name included in the 2005-2006 Honor Roll of Donors, go to to make a gift online.

Nobel Conference

The College’s 41st Nobel Conference, The Legacy of Einstein, was held September 27-28.  The panel consisted of scientists in the areas of statistical physics, relativity, cosmology, and unified theories, who discussed current work in the areas of Einstein’s greatest contributions.  In addition, a historian of science explored the impact that Einstein’s discoveries and his social and political views have had on science and humanity.  Also, a play, Clockworks:  Einstein Time, was premiered, the Physics Force group performed, and a symphony orchestra concert celebrated Einstein through music.

Alumni Directory

In partnership with Publishing Concepts (PCI), a comprehensive alumni directory is being produced and will be released in 2006.  PCI will be contacting alumni to get current information.

First Frost * A Royal Affair

Since 1977 Gustavus Library Associates has helped raise funds for the endowment of Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library located at Gustavus.  Over 1,000 guests will attend First Frost * A Royal Affair, the biennial gala dinner/auction benefit at the Sheraton Hotel in Bloomington on Saturday, October 29.  This year Evelyn Young ’33, a long-time GLA supporter, is being honored.  The program will feature tenor Mark Thomsen ’78 and will be hosted by former Miss America Gretchen Carlson and physician and Gustavus parent John Najarian.  Contact the Office of Public Relations at 800/726-6198.

Athletics Hall of Fame

On Saturday, September 24, Gustavus inducted the following people into the Athletics Hall of Fame:  Holly Brodmarkle Cervin ’87, track and field; Marc Illies ’85, baseball and football; Marc Iverson ’89, football; Gretchen Koehler, coach; Rich Skanse ’84, tennis; Dick Walters ’75, hockey.  Mary Mansour ’85, softball, and Jay Rooker ’85, soccer, had also been selected but will be inducted Fall 2006.

Campus Progress

Whether it’s planning for brand new buildings or renovating old ones, the Gustavus campus is always changing.  A new web site has been designed to keep you updated on the changes taking place on campus.  Check it out at:

Upcoming Alumni Events

  • Washington, D.C., Gustavus gathering — October 7
  • Class reunions for 1960, 1965, 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000 — October 7-8
  • Nursing reunion — October 8
  • Homecoming — October 8
  • Family Weekend — October 7-8
  • Black Student Organization/Pan Afrikan Student Organization Reunion — October 14 – 15
  • Washington, D.C. Gustavus gathering — October 23
  • A Royal Affair * First Frost — October 29
  • Wind Orchestra Companion Tour to Eastern Europe — January 17-27