Class of '57
April 2002

To all my GA classmates, Happy Easter!

I have been thinking about writing this letter a long time.  Finally, I get to it!  Some of this thinking is about our 45th REUNION coming up very soon—September 20th & 21st.  Are you all coming?!  We have heard from many that they are.  Enclosed you will find a questionnaire.  It would be great to get responses from all of you, even if you can’t make it to the Reunion.  Bob used this last fall at his 45th and Harvey Davis did a great job of compiling the information and using it in general, certainly not in particular.  I will be calling you at the upcoming Phonorama April 22, 23, 24, and 25.  I’ll get to as many of you as I can in those four days and remind you to:  1) Fill in and send in that questionnaire and,  2) Make plans to come to the REUNION!

AND, of course I will be asking you for money.  I have recently received a letter from the Alumni Office asking, pleading, “What can we do to emphasize participation in the Alumni Fund?”  Participation is key!!  Now, I am pleading with you.  What CAN we do?  Anyone with an imaginative reply to that question call, e-mail, or write to me.  What can YOU do?  You are the only one that can answer that question.   We are 194 strong, last year 115 of us donated for a 59% participation rate.  This year our goal is to increase that rate by 5%.  An up-to-the-minute report straight from the Office, as of this writing, is that we have 85 donors so far and need 39 more by May 31, 2002 when the Fund closes.  At one time our participation rate was 69%.  Let’s try to match that!  In this Reunion Year, let’s at least reach our goal, 64%.  You 39 folks know who you are.  Gustavus needs you!  Dig deep into thy pockets and GIVE!  Put that money in that envelope and send it today or before May 31 for sure!  I just can’t get any more assertive than that.  Here’s one more thing:  Evelyn Sponberg Young ’33, our Alumni Fund Chair this year, will be 90 years old in July.  There will be a celebration at Mount Olivet Lutheran Church on Thursday, July 25, at 6:30 p.m.  For those of us who remember the color and excitement that surrounded our basketball team because of Gus and Evelyn, wouldn’t it be a great idea to give Evelyn a gift that would thrill her beyond anything else—a bigger donation than usual to the Fund of which she is the chair.  She is a very special lady!  We should do something special.


Our Class of ’57 News:

Two weddings this year!!  Marlys had reported one—Jinny Field is now Jinny Field Cable.  I was privileged to receive pictures of the event via e-mail.  Her report is “Life is wonderful!”  Is that beautiful new house soon finished?  And Jean Bernard Johnson is now Jean Bernard Johnson Wimberly.  She and Ben live in Gainesville, VA.  Congrats all the way around!!  I hope we’ll meet the new husbands at the REUNION in September, the 20th and 21st.  Mark your calendars.

Dennis Hinton from Las Vegas e-mailed me last fall to report Harold Boler’s death on September 15th.  Our sympathy to Ellen (Maus ’58).  Thank you, Dennis, for the information.  If there are others that would take the time to report the comings and goings and doings of classmates it would be much appreciated.  Our sympathy to Ron Sjostrand on the death of his father last fall.    I talked to Charlene, Ron’s wife, at Phonorama and she put me in touch with Ron who was staying with his mother in Erie, PA.

Barbara Carlson Glenzinski lost her husband, Jim, last fall.  We extend our sympathy to her.  Sandie Clark Vollan and I met Barbara for lunch recently.

Mary Lois Kendall Dick has retired from her position as director of the award-winning City of the Lakes Sweet Adelines and now teaches voice in her home and sings in the choir of Calvary Lutheran in Edina.  Wally Johnson’s wife, Ellen, has put away her nursing uniform after 45 years!  They are now both fully retired in Two Harbors.  Wally, you mentioned a daughter, Denise, who died while a senior at NDSU, a pre-vet student.  Was that recently?  I am assuming not.  All of Wally and Ellen’s other children are Gustavians, right?  And didn’t I write somewhere that you two live on “America’s Most Scenic Highway?”

Don Eckberg in Silver Springs,  MD writes that he was back on the Gustavus Campus for the first time! last fall for Homecoming activities and the Nobel Conference.  And you will be back this coming fall for our 45th, right?  Patsy Truhn Schumacher says, “Yes, I plan on the reunion!”  Lois (Larson) and Glenn Mauston are busy in FL—Lois directs a reading program for second graders and when I called last fall Glenn was at a church council meeting.  Marcy Rhyne Herr brags without any apology that Emerson, grandson age 3, recites “the Pledge of Allegiance without a hitch over the phone to Grammy.”  Of course, that’s the first thing a dutiful daughter of a judge would teach her son.  Charles Hendrickson is featured in a photo article in the New York Times.  He is now president of the Association for Pipe Organ Builders of America, a trade organization of 30 firms.  I see (and we do have fun!) John and Jennifer Livingston at church often.  That’s Central Lutheran, downtown Minneapolis.

Shortnotes and Whereabouts

Norita Anderson Lundgren and Larry’s oldest son is getting married.

Earl Nelson and Evelyth (Peterson ’59) are adding to their house—an entertainment center?

Claudia Christianson Nimrichter is retired and in Florida.

Vern Loren is enjoying the 10th year of his heart transplant.

Roger Olson retired from teaching math at Dana College in Blair, NE.

Ron Berg “finally retired from coaching after 45 years.  Footloose and fancy free now.”

Jon Berglund retired two years ago last October.

Whitey Hixon moved back to Minnesota two years ago and is enjoying living on the lake in Spicer.

Bruce Appelquist retired in June 2001.

Dick Gastler continues as a “substitute teacher extraordinaire.”

I have just received The Spire, the newsletter from the Office of Church Relations at Gustavus.  In it there is reference to ordering the just released disc, Nobel Symphony composed by Steve Heitzeg, Gustie alumnus 1982.  It takes me back to those two days of the Nobel Conference, the national excitement of that premiere, and the whirl of phone calls and requests that Al Behrends, Fine Arts Director, fielded as radio stations around the country wanted videos and airings of the composition.  It seems the timing, after September 11, and the theme of the music, peace and justice, caused quite a stir!  I will have to say, it was the cause for some pride (yes, I know, it is one of the seven deadly sins) and pondering about our Alma Mater.

As I wandered the Gustavus campus that day in October, I was further impressed.  There is the Arboretum.  Charles Mason, Executive Director Emeritus, and his wife, Harriet, have left a legacy to be enjoyed by all.  The roses were stunning even after some rather cold weather.  Sculptor Paul Granlund’s art abounds on the campus.  We are privileged to see it any time we choose to traverse the grounds from one end to the other.  Then there is the Conference itself.  To exist for a few days at the feet of Nobel laureates, five at this conference alone, to rub elbows with them while hearing information straight from its origin, information most of the time mediated by others, books, news reports, etc., is an experience to be enjoyed by only a few.  There are many many reasons to be glad and proud we are Gustavus alums.  To be a part of Gustavus in any way is a valuable addition to our lives.

It’s time to wind down and get this epistle to Randy and Philly.  Remember, our REUNION is coming up in September, the 20th and the 21st!!  I had a note from Paul Brostrom that the G-Flats are a distinct possibility for entertainment.  Two of the four, Bob Sotebeer and Paul are in our class.  The others, Phil Knautz ’48 and Dewey Parrish ’56 have agreed? to be with us as well.  Paul and Bob, can I depend on you to contact me with your plans?  I’ll be in touch.  And Roger Dahlin and his wife, Bev, promised a year ago was it? to present “The Rev and Bev Show.”  I’ll be in touch with you as well.  Or you call me.  Are there any others out there?  I’m thinking of you, Bob Villesvik ’56.  I talked to you and Bette (Kocourek) at Bob’s reunion last fall.  Could you get the Pep Band together?  Oh, there’s fun to be had!!  You must join us.

Send in that money to the Alumni Fund.  We are counting on at least 39 of you to come through before May 31.  And the 85 of you who have already contributed thank you, thank you!  We are so grateful for all of you.  The questionnaire—remember, none of it will be recorded, saved, or used against you in a court of law.  Promise!  You’ll hear from me again at Phonorama time and I’ll see you at the REUNION.

Anybody want to call with me at Phonorama?  We have cell phones and can wander around the Radisson South as we talk to classmates.  Do it!  Call me at 651-488-8442 or e-mail me at:  The dates are April 22, 23, 24, and 25.

Have a wonderful Easter season!

Judy Lund Erdman

1957 Co-class Agent


P.S.  Now for some campus news written by a current Gustavus student:

Campus News:

Hi!  This is Tracey Hanson again writing from the Alumni Office.  For those of you who haven’t previously heard from me, I am a senior double majoring in Communication Studies and Business Management.  I am a seasoned Alumni Office veteran, as this is my fourth (and final) year here.  After not having taken a J-Term class, spring semester and the homework it entails has been hitting me hard.  Contrary to popular belief, the “senior slacker” final semester has been just the opposite for me.  My time at Gustavus has flown by, especially this final year.  The fact that it is March and I am still without a job is beginning to be a constant thought in the back of my mind.  It also seems to be a constant thought in the minds of my parents, although it seems closer to the front of theirs!  Spring semester has also been the final opportunity to be all together with classmates, so much time has been spent socially with roommates and friends.

As I will be graduating in June, this will be the final time you receive updates from me.  I now will also move into the alum category and step into the real world.  I’m not sure I’m completely ready for the change, but I’m darn sure that I better get ready because it’ll be here before I know it!  Here is some news from Gustavus.

Hello Walk On-line Alumni Community ( has been launched and Gusties of all ages are invited to join this meeting place for anything from small talk to debate to caring conversations.  Hello Walk at Gustavus is the sidewalk running from Uhler Hall on the north side of campus past the front of Old Main to Pittman Hall on the south side, which, for decades, was the main “artery” and gathering point on campus.  Even though the campus landscape has changed, the spirit of Hello Walk continues with you joining the conversation on the virtual Hello Walk.  Associate professor of political science, Chris Gilbert, will guest host a discussion on politics for the months of May and June.  Check it out at

Reunion Weekend for the 50 Year Club and Class of 1952 is May 31 & June 1.  A schedule of events and registration material will be sent in April.

Homecoming 2002 & All Sports Reunion Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Intercollegiate Athletics is September 21.  Homecoming Weekend will include reunion gatherings for classes of 1957, 1962, 1967, 1972, 1977, 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997 and 2002.  Class reunions will be held in Bloomington at the Radisson South Hotel Friday evening, and Homecoming events including class and all-sports reunion events will return to campus for activities Saturday.  A schedule of events and registration material will be mailed in August.  A schedule will be published in the summer and fall issues of the Quarterly.

The Alumni Association is on the road this spring connecting alumni to each other and the College.  Complete information is listed on our web site under events.  If you need more information, give us a call at 800-487-8437.

  • April 5             Bay Area Chapter event, Beauséjour French Restaurant, Los Altos, 6:30 p.m.
  • April 6             Seattle Chapter event, Luncheon at Buca di Beppo Restaurant, 12:00 noon
  • April 7             Denver Chapter event, hors d’oeuvre reception, Karen Noren Talle ’62 residence, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
  • April 11           Brainerd Lakes Area event, First Lutheran Church, 7:00 p.m.

It has been an extremely successful winter sports season at Gustavus.  Women’s hockey won the MIAC regular season championship with an undefeated record and advanced to the Frozen Four National Tournament, finishing third in the nation. The men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams both won MIAC titles, the first time in Gustavus history.  The women’s Nordic ski team won its first MIAC championship.  Men’s basketball placed second in the MIAC during the regular season and MIAC playoffs, and advanced to the Sweet Sixteen before losing to number one ranked Carthage College.  Men’s hockey finished second in the MIAC regular season and playoffs.  Women’s basketball finished fourth in the MIAC and advanced to the conference playoff for the first time ever. The women’s indoor track team finished second and both the men’s Nordic ski team and men’s indoor track teams placed fourth in MIAC action.  The women’s gymnastics team advanced to the NCGA National Championships.  Five Gustavus coaches were named Coach of the Year in their respective sports – Jon Carlson (women’s swimming & diving), Mike Carroll (women’s hockey), Mickey Haller (women’s basketball), Scott Jerome (women’s Nordic skiing), and Brett Petersen (men’s hockey).

G.I.V.E. – Gusties In Volunteer Endeavors is moving to the spring.  Work projects will happen in the Twin Cities on Saturday, April 27.  Register on-line at under the alumni events section.

The 22nd MAYDAY! Peace Conference, May 1 will address the topic "Sanctions and Beyond:  What is the Human Price?"  For conference information and reservations, call the Office of Public Affairs (507/933-7520).

Comprehensive Alumni Directory

The Alumni Directory being published for the Gustavus Alumni Association by Publishing Concepts is still in production.  Those who purchased directories should expect to receive their copy in September.  Orders for an alumni directory can still be taken by calling 800/982-1590.

Evelyn Sponberg Young’s 90th birthday celebration

The Twin Cities Chapter of the Alumni Association invites all Gusties and friends of former Gustavus food service director and 2002 Alumni Fund Chair Evelyn Sponberg Young ’33 to her 90th birthday celebration on July 25, 2002 at Mt. Olivet Lutheran Church, 5025 Knox Avenue South, Minneapolis, at 6:30 p.m. with a 7:30 p.m. program.

Evelyn will be serving her famous Red Velvet Cake and all guests will receive a loaf of her famous Swedish rye bread. A book of remembrance will be compiled as a gift for Evelyn.  Please send remembrances and stories of Evelyn to Alumni Office, Gustavus Adolphus College, 800 West College Avenue, St. Peter, MN 56082.  Reservations should be made with the Alumni Office at 800-487-8437, e-mail at or visit our web site at, alumni, events.

NOBEL CONFERENCE® XXXVIII, The Nature of Nurture – The Early Years, will be held on campus October 1 & 2.  The conference will explore the forces that are most important in shaping a child’s personality, gender identity, and language acquisition and learning ability.  History, discoveries, research, and clinical studies will all be surveyed to draw a better understanding of biological forces and environmental influences on brain development.

For more news and information about Gustavus, check out the web site at


NAME ___________________________

Please answer the following questions in a serious (or not so serious) fashion in order for us to celebrate and share our growth in these past years.  Whether you plan to attend this reunion or not, we need your input.  These responses will be compiled for our class reunion use only.  Hopefully you'll be able to attend!

1.      Who or what influenced you the most during your years at Gustavus and why?

2.      What is the one most outrageous, frustrating, or humorous thing you recall from your Gustavus years?

3.      If you could go back, to our college years, what would you set out to change―especially knowing what you know now?

4.      What are you most proud of in your personal accomplishments in the past 45 years?

5.      What didn't you know 45 years ago?  List some of life's lessons, realized truths, shocking revelations, and new knowledge that you have acquired since graduation day.

6.      We know for sure friends are preferred to kings!  But who is the most important, known celebrity that you've talked with?

Please send this sheet promptly (Do it today so it doesn't get lost in the shuffle!) to: 

Judy Erdman, 240 McCarrons Blvd. N., Roseville, MN  55113

Remember―this is for fun and will be used only for the class reunion.