Class of '56
January 2007

Dear Classmates,

Happy New Year!  Despite all the world crises, we are looking forward to good times and special memories during 2007.  And Gustavus knows we’re out there.  As Kathryn Erlandsen, Associate Director of the Gustavus Fund, says, “We feel your presence everyday as the students walking by remind us of those that walked by before them.”

After our eucalyptus steam bath this morning, we (Carolyn and Jo) are feeling relaxed and enjoying the balmy temps and gorgeous views at the Hualalai Resort on the Kona side of the Big Island.  We hope you are all basking in your own piece of paradise wherever it might be!

We have loved being your class agents for the last five plus years, but it is time for a change!!!

Please let us know NOW if you would like to take over this fun job.  It’s a great way to reconnect with fellow classmates and Gustavus (the alumni office is VERY helpful) and there are definitely benefits as well!  Call or e-mail one of us ASAP!  We’ll work out the transition schedule with you at your convenience.

We all were certainly saddened to read in the Gustavus Quarterly about Lynn Carlson’s death on September 30th.  Our sincere sympathy goes out to Bev Runez Carlson and her family in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin.

Sad news continues as we were advised of the death of Richmond Anderson in December.  He had been battling Parkinson’s disease.  We send our condolences to Lorraine Youngquist Anderson and know she has the support of her family (all who live in or near Kansas City, Missouri) and friends.


Jo Johnson Satter is in the process of adjusting―making no big decisions and taking life a day at a time after Einar ’55 passed away last September.  She was in the Twin Cities for Christmas with family and may go to Tucson for a visit this winter to see her sister.  She mentions how wonderful it is to have support from family, friends, her church and the medical community in Norcross.

Dick Derauf has been hospitalized in Milwaukee since September with multiple health issues.  He hopes his health improves enough to be able to enter a rehab facility in Madison in the near future.  Dick has enjoyed hearing from classmates and friends.  Keep the cards and letters coming and address them to his home at:  37 Golf Parkway, Madison, WI 53704.

Mary Gruse Jennett and her husband, Duane, are retired and live in Ortonville on Big Stone Lake, but spend the winter months in Arizona.  Mary wrote that she taught school in Winnebago and then Montevideo where she met her husband!

Paul Piche wrote in December (and we could not paraphrase it nearly as well) that “about the only thing this olde bod has done for excitement was chair (again) the volunteers and coordinators for the Virginia Special Olympics last month…some 900 athletes in 7 sports for four days here at the beach.  After that I go back to bed and wait for the next aviators’ “Tail Hook” convention.”

Donna Lindquist Chommie is planning a trip to Africa in March.  How fortunate she will be to have her son and daughter-in-law for guides as they are living in Zimbabwe and are involved with AIDS programs through Population Services International.

We heard again from Erland Nord who continues his outreach to the Islam community in Edmonton, Canada.  If you want further information about his work, he can be reached at:

Faye Reber labeled herself “Ms. Grace” after falling over a stool in October and breaking her right arm!  Nevertheless, she is off to Arizona for the winter.

Miriam Peterson Gustafson is in an assisted living facility in or near Chisago City, but continues to enjoy news of classmates and Gustavus.

Both Bev Johnson Anton and Mimi Johnson Eisele write that their oldest grandchild is a student at Gustavus.  Bev’s granddaughter, Amy, is a sophomore and Mimi’s granddaughter, Jenna, is a freshman and “loves it.”

May peace break into your house and may thieves come to steal your debts.

May the pockets of your jeans become a magnet for $100 bills.

May love stick to your face like Vaseline and may laughter assault your lips.

May your clothes smell of success like smoking tires, may happiness slap you across the face

And may your tears be that of joy.

May the problems you had forget your home address.    (e-mail from Paul Piche)

May 2007 be a great year for you and yours!

Carolyn Jens Brusseau                                             JoAnn Johnson Lundborg

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Campus News

Alumni Starring in The Cherry Orchard

The Department of Theatre and Dance is celebrating 75 years of theatre at Gustavus this year with two featured events:  Theatre Reunion May 11-12 and a gala performance of The Cherry Orchard followed by admission to the cast party on February 10.  The Cherry Orchard will be Professor Rob Gardner’s final directing work before retirement.  A cast of professional theatre alumni will join the student actors for this very special production.  The alumni cast includes:  Peter Breitmayer ’87, Karen Esbjornson ’80, Kevin Kling ’79, Scott Novotny ’75, and Michael Glenn (Waldhauser) ’97.  A sold-out performance is expected for this unique celebration, so order your tickets soon.  For more information and to order tickets, go to the Cherry Orchard site from <>.

Gustie Pages

Looking for a dentist, doctor, lawyer, pastor, Realtor, or other professional?  Make it a Gustie!  Look in the Gustie Pages, an online database of Gusties who have submitted information about their profession.  Use the Gustavus network to meet your needs, or submit your professional information if you would like other Gusties to become your customers.  Go to the Gustie Pages at the alumni website at:  <>.

Career Connections with Students

Sign up now for the 2007 Gustavus Career Connections Reception.  The reception will be Monday, February 19, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Minneapolis Hilton.  The gathering allows Gustavus alumni to provide advice, encouragement, and career networking opportunities to Gustavus students seeking internships and career opportunities.  Alumni are invited to attend and assist current students in their career search.  You do not have to be hiring at your company to attend – just willing to share your experience.  E-mail the Career Center at or call 507/933-7586 if you can attend or want more information.

Give Every Year to Gustavus?

Do you give to Gustavus every year and plan to give every year in the future?  Then you should become a member of the Cec Eckhoff Society.  Members of the Cec Eckhoff Society simply make the public commitment that they plan to give financially to Gustavus every year.  It does not matter how much you give and this is not a formal pledge for a certain amount of money.  Cec Eckhoff ’56 led the alumni office from 1963-1994.  Cec believed that part of being an alum of Gustavus was to give monetarily each year to the College.  To become a member of the Cec Eckhoff Society, please call The Gustavus Fund office toll-free at 866/487-3863 or e-mail <>.  Thank you for your support of Gustavus!

Summer Sport Camps at Gustavus

Gustavus’ strong athletic tradition is evident with numerous summer sports camps featuring knowledgeable coaching staffs, acclaimed athletic facilities, and quality dining service and housing accommodations.  Camps offered this year include: golf, hockey, basketball, tennis, volleyball, soccer, throwing, and swimming.  For more information go to <> or contact the Athletic Department at 507/933-7617.

Upcoming Music Tours

This year nearly 300 students will participate in music tours as members of the Gustavus Wind Orchestra, Gustavus Choir, Gustavus String Orchestra, Gustavus Jazz Lab Band, and Choir of Christ Chapel.  The Gustavus Choir will tour Spain and Portugal January 11-30.  Performances are scheduled for Lisbon, Seville, Malaga, Grenada, and Madrid.  The Wind Orchestra will tour Minnesota, Madison and Milwaukee, WI and Chicago.  The String Orchestra will be in Nebraska, Kansas, and South Dakota.

Upcoming Alumni Events

  • The Cherry Orchard Gala Performance – February 10
  • Orlando Gustie Gathering – February 13
  • Tampa Bay Gustie Gathering – February 15
  • Naples/Marco Island Gustie Gathering – February 17
  • Tucson Gustie Gathering – March 16
  • Phoenix Gustie Gathering – March 17
  • Sun City Gustie Gathering – March 18
  • Celebrating 75 years of Theatre Reunion – May 11-12