Class of '57
September 2002

Dear Classmates,

I’m still computer illiterate—I had half of this letter done and I lost the whole thing!  Here’s hoping I can be as clever the second time around!

I have so many things to tell you, I hardly know where to start.  First, and most important to me is that Nancy Reiter Grimes has consented to take Judy Lund Erdman’s place and become our co-class agent.

Next—I must tell you about our 45th reunion.  Many thanks to Judy who planned our whole Friday night banquet!  Bishop Roger Anderson gave the invocation at which time he read all 30 names of the people who have died in our class.  That was so meaningful.  The G-Flats sang a few numbers for us.  Do you remember them?  Phil Knautz ’48, Dewy Parrish ’56, Paul Brostrom, and Bob Sotebeer.  That was fun.  Rev. Roger Dahlin and his wife gave us the “Bev and Rev Show”  Roger even played his trumpet.  Jayne Arvidson Thrasher sang a “tribute” to Arturo Cavara with a rendition of “My Hero” and Ruthie Lundgren Hutchins and I sang a couple of old songs from our days at Gustavus.  Mary Lundgren Hauck ’54 was at the piano, so it was just like old times (but we missed Kathy Lundgren Peterson ’56—she lives in Williamsburg, VA and could not be with us).  Don’t know how we sounded, but we sure had fun doing it.  Dr. Bob Wahman talked some about days gone by.  Judy had a display of some Christmas cards that Denny Kumlin had made and also some paintings done by Nancy Irgens Derauf.  We have so much talent in our class!

Clem mentioned to me—and I will pass it on—there were three girls who came down to Gustavus as freshmen in the fall of ’53 from Warren, MN and all of us were there Friday night.  Pretty good representation!!

Saturday was another fantastic time down at Gustavus.  Clem was the MC for the luncheon.  This time Rev. Ted Granquist gave the invocation.  Clem had each table think of and tell of something they remember from their time at Gustavus.  Our table sang the PIGEONS song.  We even had all of the words.  We heard some stories we had not heard before.  The G-Flats sang for us again, and this time they did my favorite of their old songs—the song from Rigoletto.  Such fun!  All I have to say is that if you missed it, you really missed out on a great time.  Funny thing, none of us has aged a bit—we all look the same as we did at Gustavus.  (Yeah right!)  By the way, it was Homecoming and the Gusties won the game!

I know that no one has a calendar that goes five years ahead, but I sure hope you all will make an effort to come to our 50th!  It will be on graduation weekend down at Gustavus—the whole thing.  Nancy and I will keep reminding you so you will have NO excuses.

The class of ’62 has their reunion the same years that we do.  This year, in honor of their 40th reunion, they gave enough $$ for an endowed chair at Gustavus.  That would be something to strive for.  Maybe you have another idea of something we could do.  Let us know.

I must congratulate us!  Our class giving increased 12% in participation.  That is really great, but how great would it be if we could go up to 75%, 85% or even 100% participation?!  I know everyone can’t afford to give a lot, but we can all afford just a little.  By the way, Judy and I got an award—a dinner for two in the Market Place (college dining room).  Wonder if we will ever use it!  Ha!

I was reunioning for over a week before the real thing.  Pat Truhn Schumacher flew in from LAX on September 12.  She was with Clem and me till Sunday when we took her to meet MaryEllen Schulke Downs.  They went to an Elderhostel in Bemidji and got back just in time for the reunion on Friday. After the reunion, Phyllis Holmberg Olsson and Pat took a short trip up the North Shore.  Sunday night, Vada Peterson Carlson, Judy Lund Erdman, Nancy Reiter Grimes, Marcy Rhyne Herr, and Bev Bloomquist Todaro came up to Balsam Lake.  We spent the week just having a wonderful time.  It took me awhile to come back down to earth after all that.  Such fun it is being with old friends.

I went to the State Fair this year—as I always do.  I visited the Gustie booth in the Education Building and they were putting fake Gustie tattoos on people.  I got one on my arm and was very careful not to put soap on it or scrub it so it would last until our reunion.  It had faded a bit, but it was still there.  Of course, I forgot to show it to everyone—but it WAS there.  It is gone now!  It was fun while it lasted.  Hey—if my grandkids can wear them, so can I!

I received quite a bit of class information when I attended class agent’s day on campus in September.  I will try to pass it on to you:

Harold Matsuura and wife, Patsy, live in Hawaii.  He spent 37 years working in the public health area as a microbiologist, a communicable disease investigator, and an epidemiological specialist both on Oahu and the Big Island of Hawaii.  He was district environmental health program chief of the Big Island from 1976 until his retirement at the end of 1994.  He must have gotten that smart because he sat by me in chapel—right?  Ha!  It was good to hear about you again.  Do you ever come to the mainland?

Karen Larson Pone is a pianist, artistic director and CEO of the Pone Ensemble for New Music, Inc. based in the Hudson Valley.  It was founded by her and her late husband, Gundaris Pone, to promote and perform 20th Century music, particularly that of living American composers.  She teaches private piano to about 35 students, has 2 grown sons and 3 grandsons.  A busy person!

Clem Carlson has been in Five Counties Nursing Home for two years.  He developed Parkinson’s disease.  His mind is still going strong and he would like our prayers.

Jinny Field Cable said she hoped to see us at the reunion, and she did.  We met her husband too.

John Livingston retired from the US Postal Service in December of 2001 after 40 years of being a mailperson.  He was the last person in a five state area that had worked on the “Mail Trains.”  Might I add that the mail service was a lot faster when we had mail trains!

Rodger and Jo (Spooner) Lundblad were in Cuba for a two-week study course.  They said it was a great trip, but there was a shocking lack of Christianity in Castro’s communist Cuba.

Claudia Christianson Nimrichter has retired to Walton Beach, FL where there are white sand beaches and emerald waters.  Two of her sons and a daughter-in-law have joined her there.  She loves gardening with the extended growing time and has a part time job in a gift shop right on the beach.

Charles “Cubby” DeCorsey spent the summer on Lake Minnewashta—and the golf course.  He says “Stop-by-then.”

Gary and Joyce (Kirkvold) Knoll have moved permanently to their beautiful log home on lake Benedict (which has a channel to Leech Lake.)  When they were in Florida this spring, they had a nice visit with Lowell and Jan Madsen in Key Largo.  (He also sat by me in chapel!)

Charlene Lind Olson loves retirement after 36 years of teaching.  She now spends several months a year in Massachusetts and Rhode Island visiting her kids.

Ardell Waxlax Markitans says the Gustavus-Get-Together in Sun City, AZ was a lot of fun.  They enjoyed hearing Jim Gilbert ’62 speak.  (I just heard him at Gustavus at the Arboretum and he was fantastic!)  They planned to spend a couple of the hot summer months up at the University of Minnesota/Duluth.  Being from the North Shore, I’m sure it was a fun time.

Bruce Johnson still works part-time doing electrical and locksmithing work.  He spent this past season doing research for rules change proposal for NCAA that will eliminate all the fouling during the last 2 minutes.  It still had to be voted on by the rules committee.

Jerry Carlson is still coaching after 42 years.  Wow!  You must love it!  His son, Jon ’88, by the way, coaches men’s and women’s swimming and women’s tennis at Gustavus.  They did VERY well this year too.

Bernie Anderson Galvin is a very busy lady.  She drives up to the Twin Cities to sing in the City of Lakes Barber Shop group, which takes in the international competitions and was formerly directed by Mary Lois Kendall Dick.

Sandy Rader Howell and her husband have both retired.  They live on a golf course, love to travel, and enjoy their grandkids.  It doesn’t get better than that!

Chuck and Dorothy ”Dodee” (Lofstrom) Colberg retired from the ministry in July of 2000.  They live in northern Minnesota April thru October, and wherever they happen to be the rest of the year.  They also live part-time in Iowa.

Well, that is it for the news.  Pretty good this time.  Keep it up!  If you have my email address—you have to change it.  AOL lost me so I in turn lost all my addresses.  If you gave yours to Gustavus, I have it, or if you wrote it down at the reunion, I have it.  Otherwise, you can now contact me at:  (The change is the addition of the 1.)  Write me any time.

Your classmate,

Marlys Mattson Nelson

1957 Co-Class Agent

Campus News:

Welcome Class of 2006

Approximately 690 new students arrived on campus this fall keeping the total student enrollment just over 2500.  There are many interesting opportunities for first year students even before school starts with a community service immersion experience in the Twin Cities, a cultural study in Paris and a wilderness experience in the Boundary Waters.

Gustavus named a “Best Buy”

The Fiske Guide has again named Gustavus one of forty-three “Best Buys” in the country.  This is based on an exceptional investment of tuition money for an exceptional education.

Hello Walk Online Community is featuring several discussions this fall including Nobel Conference Director Tim Robinson discussing nature vs. nurture, and Political Science Professor Don Ostrom discussing the upcoming elections.  Join the conversation by going to <>

Gustie students start new community service initiative called the AMIGOS program.  The 65 Spanish speaking volunteers serve the growing Chicano-Latino population in St. Peter by providing after-school tutoring, teaching ESL classes to adults and serve as big partners.  This program is in addition to the other on-going and one-time service opportunities that 75% of students participate in while at Gustavus.

Building a Great Gustavus Campaign was launched to the public on Saturday, September 7.  Since the tornadoes of 1998, the campaign has raised $77 million toward a $100 million goal.  The focus of the remainder of the campaign is on funding renovations in Old Main, growing endowment, and increasing gifts and participation in the Gustavus Alumni Fund.  Your personal financial support and your leadership are needed and greatly appreciated.

Minnesota Legislature Cuts Financial Aid

Due to cuts with the Minnesota State Legislature, Gustavus lost $400,000 in money for student employment.  The college continues to work hard to meet financial needs of students since nearly 80% of Gustavus students receive financial assistance.  This includes $14 million from the colleges own budget.  Your support of the annual fund goes directly to help these students and is especially needed to help make up the financial gap for these current students.

Upcoming Events

Fall Phonorama will be held on October 7-10 and 14-17.  The first week of calling will be held at the Doubletree Hotel by the airport and cell phones will be used.  The second week will be held at U.S. Foodservice (formerly Alliant Foodservice) in Eagan and regular landline phones will be used.  Please come and help us raise some dollars for Gustavus as well as catch up with your classmates.  You can volunteer by calling:  866-487-3863 or register on-line at:

Christmas in Christ Chapel is December 6 & 7.  The theme this year will be songs, stories and legends from Scandinavia.