Class of '56
April 2010

Greetings class of ’56 from Roger Delgehausen!

The day after I realized that I had a conflict and could not attend the Phoenix chapter of the Gustavus Alumni Association, I received an e-mail from Jo Johnson LundborgCarolyn Jens Brusseau was visiting her in Hilo and our class agents offered me the opportunity to be the guest writer for the April class letter.  I could look at it as penance for not attending the alumni event, instead, I had done some reminiscing about Gustavus that week so it was like a voice out of past extending an invitation that I just couldn’t refuse.

Nostalgia and Trivia

Have you ever told somebody that you attended Gustavus during the middle of the last century?  Well, the college was founded nearly 100 years before that in Red Wing.  My GAC sweatshirt says est. 1862.  It was originally named Minnesota Elementary Skola (elementary school in Swedish) and moved the following year to East Union, just a few miles from Belle Plaine where we still live during the summer months.  In 1865 it was renamed St Ansgar’s Academy.  In 1873 it was renamed Gustavus Adolphus College.  Enticed by an offer of $10,000 and enough land for a large campus, the college relocated to St Peter in 1876, the same year Old Main was constructed.

And so, an institution was born that became an important part of our lives.  The time was right for us.  The art barn, classroom annex, field house, for that matter most of the campus that we knew is gone or has dramatically changed.  The campus looks very different today, but Old Main still greets us as we come up the hill and the bust of Old Gus still greets students just like he did us.  The way we remember it served us well and it was our Gustavus.


Each of us has our special memories that made our time there so important.  The day I walked into the Uhler Hall courtyard as an incoming freshman, I was approached by seniors Jim Wennblom ’53 and Jim Ford ’53 (even before I could move into my room).  They got me involved with the development and operation of the campus radio station KGAC.  It now operates as KGSM.  The station was located in the Rancherino.  Jo will remember the many hours she spent just across the hall from the station as editor of the Gustavian Weekly.   I recall discussions we had with Dr. Winfield in the canteen.  They became part of the final grade for an ancient and medieval philosophy class.  Some memories are more indelible than others, but each one that comes to mind is a treasure.  When is the last time any of you played the 45 RPM record that accompanied our senior annual?  Who still has a machine that will play it?  By the way, do you know what the Gustavus motto is?

The college recently announced plans for the construction of a 125,000 square foot academic building and a west mall.  A ceremonial groundbreaking is scheduled for April 16.  How many classroom annexes will fit inside?  Also in the planning is the renovation of the A. H. Anderson Social Science Center.  We remember that building as our library.  Built in 1948, the construction cost was only $420,000.  Plans also include the construction of two wind turbines.  Perfect for a place where the wind blows a lot.  There is one thing that has not changed.  If you attend Gustavus you need to own a really good winter jacket!

Class News

Thanks to Kay Rethwill Moline for serving as guest writer in January.  Also, thank you Kay for your service on the Gustavus Alumni Association Board.  Her term ends this fall.

Lee Carlson, owner of Main Motor Sales in Anoka, has been nominated for the 2010 TIME Magazine Dealer of the Year award.  He was one of a select group of dealers from across the country honored at the 93rd annual National Automobile Dealers Association meeting.  Congrats Lee!

Since we have joined the 50 year club we don’t report much news to Jo and Carolyn.  After retiring from the Minnesota Department of Education, I discovered that life after retirement begins a new chapter in our lives and with it a new adventure or two.  I remain active as a board of director for a non-profit foundation program called STARBASE MN.  The purpose of the STARBASE program is to increase the knowledge, skills, and interest of inner city youth in science, math, and technology for greater academic and lifelong success.  The program serves over 3,000 kids annually.  Check it out at  During the time Bev and I are in Arizona we volunteer at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.  We usher several times a month.  A few weeks ago we ushered for the Glenn Miller Orchestra in concert.  Then it was Martin Short.  Do you remember him on Saturday Night Live?  Let’s hear what you have been doing after retirement!

It was earlier reported that Beverly Matson Gustafson was retired.  She continues to teach her music course at Gustavus.  Bev was honored last May for 30 years of service to Gustavus.

You, undoubtedly, enjoyed reading the letter from Inger Bjorck Ruin in the January class letter.  If you would like to correspond with Inger in Sweden, her e-mail address is  She would probably enjoy your comments about the new health care reform legislation!

The spring Gustavus Quarterly suggested that Carolyn Jens Brusseau was still working.  Not so!  After 27 years at Paine Webber Jackson,Curtis, PaineWebber Group, UBS/Paine Webber, UBS Financial Services…Same Firm-Four Names….talking on THE TELEPHONE from exactly 9 to exactly 5 (except for the time spent filing orders, reading reports, drafting investment plans, etc.)  Carolyn is finally FREE to TALK to the SAME PEOPLE before 9…after 5…and…ANYTIME during the day SHE WANTS!  It’s true, as of January 21, 2010 co-class agent, Carolyn RETIRED!  First order of business was to travel to Hawaii to pose for the annual picture with Jo for the Quarterly.  Look for it!!!

Attend a Breakfast

Kay reported last time about the “Come on You Gusties” breakfast.  Gusties gather on the third Wednesday of the month from 8-9:30 a.m. for coffee, breakfast and conversation at the Doubletree Hotel, Minneapolis-Park Place, 1500 Park Place Blvd.  Cost is $10.00 at the door.  Speakers for May 19th are Al Molde ’66, Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Tim Kennedy ’82, Sports Information Director.  On June 16, Bob Neuman ’80, Senior Associate Director of Admissions will be the guest speaker.

50 Year Club Reunion

As a member of the 50 Year Club, why not enjoy some of the activities during Reunion Weekend scheduled this year for May 29?  The 50 Year Club luncheon will be held on Saturday, May 29 at 12:00 p.m.  The alumni banquet will follow at 5:00 p.m.  Talking about reunions, I am looking forward to our 55th next year.  If you wish to serve on our class reunion committee, contact the Office of Alumni Affairs at 1-800-487-8437 or send an e-mail to

Nobel Conference 46

October 5 and 6 are the dates.  The theme for this year’s conference is “Making Food Good.”  For more conference information, visit the Nobel Conference website.  Tickets may be ordered on line or by phone at 507-933-7520.  Mail orders are no longer accepted.

More from our Scholarship Recipient

Kay asked Dee Dee for an update.    Dee Dee writes to Kay:

“Since I last met with you I had found out that I have been accepted into the Athletic Training Program so I have been very busy this semester working in the Athletic Training room and shadowing.  As you know, softball has also started so I have been having a fun time with that.  Our first games are already next week at Bethel and La Crosse.  I think our first home game is the following week, but who knows what the weather will be like.  Other than that, nothing else is really new.  I have just been really busy with classes, softball and working as a student trainer.  I am looking forward to lunch sometime so we can catch up!  I hope you have a great rest of the week and Happy Easter.”

Don’t Forget the Gustavus Annual Fund

If you haven’t already contributed to this year’s Gustavus Annual Fund, there is still time to do so.  This year’s fiscal year ends at the end of May.  The last Gustavus Quarterly pointed out what an impact it would make if those who do not support the Annual Fund gave just $25.00.  The college could support student needs with an additional $423,425.

A Little More Trivia

Did you know that an aerial view of the Arboretum is shaped like the State of Minnesota?  One of the top student-attended events is the annual Presidents Ball, known around campus as P-Ball.  The annual event is held in the Twin Cities.  This year was held March 27th.  Talking about dancing, social dance is a PE class where you learn any kind of dance imaginable and of course get credit for it!  Oh yes, the Gustavus motto is “Our Strength Comes from Heaven.”

Remember the good times,

Roger Delgehausen

1956 Guest Letter Writer

News from Campus

Gustavus Announces Major Building Projects

At its Monday, Jan. 25 meeting, the Gustavus Adolphus College Board of Trustees voted unanimously to move forward with three major building projects.  The College will erect a new 125,000 square foot academic building with a large 3-story atrium at the center providing natural light to many of the spaces.  It will qualify for a “gold LEED” qualification as a green building.  This will develop a mall extending west from its iconic Christ Chapel.  It will house the largest departments on campus (economics and management, psychology, and communications).  Also, plans are under way to renovate A. H. Anderson Social Science Building.

Gustavus Forensics Wins Nationals

The Gustavus Adolphus College forensics team took first place in the individual events portion of the Pi Kappa Delta National Comprehensive Tournament March 19-21 in Minneapolis.  Gustavus amassed 306 points to narrowly defeat Ohio University, which scored 305 points.  A total of 57 colleges and universities participated in the tournament.

Fantastic Winter for Gustie Athletics

The Gustavus winter athletic teams had great success including MIAC championships in men’s and women’s hockey, women’s basketball, and women’s swimming.  The Gusties finished second in men’s basketball, men’s swimming and diving, and women’s indoor track and field.  Gustavus also played in and hosted the NCAA Div. III Women’s Frozen Four National Hockey tournament in March.

Wind Orchestra Tour

The Gustavus Wind Orchestra, under the direction of Conductor Douglas Nimmo, has returned from a 15-day concert tour through Germany, Poland, the Czech and Slovak Republics, Hungary and Austria.  The Choir of Christ Chapel will be traveling to the Phoenix/Tucson area this spring.  On April 15 they will be at Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Sun City West, April 16 at All Saints Lutheran Church (LCMS) in Phoenix, and on April 17 at Lord of Grace Lutheran Church in Tucson.  For other campus news please check the website at

Admission News

Applications for next year are ahead of where they were last year at this time which makes Mark Anderson ’66, the director of admission, very happy.  We graduated two very large classes in the last two years so we need to have somewhat larger classes in order to maintain our enrollment at about 2,500.  Mark Anderson will retire at the end of the academic year so a search is going on to replace him.  Gustavus has had only three directors of admission since 1950 (Howard Holcomb ’49, Owen Sammelson ’58, and Mark Anderson ’66) which is quite an amazing track record.

Upcoming Events

  • Apr. 11 – Gustavus Symphony Orchestra Home Concert
  • Apr. 22 – New York Chapter Event – The Core Club
  • Apr. 23 – Choir of Christ Chapel Home Concert
  • Apr. 25 – Boston Chapter Event - Bay Back Hotel
  • Apr. 28 – May Day! Peace Conference
  • May 1 – Gustavus Choir Home Concert
  • May 3 – Chicago Chapter Event – The Chicago Club
  • May 4 – Denver Chapter Event