Class of '57
January 2005

Dear Classmates,


SAVE THE DATE!!!   MAY 25-26, 2007



Ok, that is your first notice.  You will receive several more announcements, but I hope you will start planning now to attend.  I received an email from Randy yesterday about that very subject.  Would you like to serve on a planning committee?  Would you like to chair such an event?  The more heads that get together to work on it, the more fun we will have at the reunion.  A friend of mine (whose birthday is in January) emailed me and said that this is the year we all (or most of us) turn 70, but he feels 40.  I sometimes even feel 20, but not when I look in the mirror!  Of course, when we get together for our reunion, we will all look and feel like we are in our 20s!  All those wonderful memories will come flooding back—even tho the campus looks quite different from what it looked like in the 50s.  The campus too has aged well!

This year, we did not get to Christmas in Christ Chapel.  First one I have missed in years and I hear it was spectacular.  I will have to work harder to get there next year.  I did get to the St. Lucia Festival on December 10.  A Gustie graduate, class of ’86 by the name of Dan Felton was our entertainment.  He is a professional singer.  The number he sang in chapel just sent shivers thru me.  He was very good.  Lucia has really turned into a very wonderful affair.  Sharon Johnson Eddy was there.  Only had a chance to say hi, as Alumni Hall was VERY crowded.  I think there were 350 people there.

As I watched the hill in Ventura County, California slide down taking houses and trees, etc. with it, I got up and called Pat Truhn Schumacher.  Pat lives in Camarillo, which is in Ventura County.  She was ok—and was fixing supper for Mary Ellen Schulke Downes who was coming to spend the night.  They see each other now and then.

Do any of you remember Clem’s cousin Glenn Nelson ’55?  He died in December.  He had been diagnosed with ALS last April.  I guess he was lucky that pneumonia took him before he became incapacitated.  Anyhow, we saw many Gusties at both the reviewal and the funeral.  I won’t try to tell you who was there because I would miss someone for sure.

Before I get too far into this letter, I want to remind all of you of the Gustavus Library Associates ROYAL AFFAIR—First Frost which will be held on Saturday, October 29, 2005 at the Sheraton (formerly Radisson South Hotel).  I mention this for two reasons.  One is to plead for items for the silent auction.  The other is to ask you to attend.  If you talk to anyone who has been to one in the past, you know it is a really fun Gustie party and the money made goes to the endowment for the library at Gustavus.  Other libraries all over the country are very envious of our support for the library.  If you ever have a chance, go see for yourself just what we have accomplished.  We really have a first class library.

I did receive a few items of class news from Gustavus so now I will pass it on to you.  Gayla Manuel Clemons writes that she is enjoying life in picturesque Winona with her two “boys” (Bichons).  She moved her mom and step-dad back from Texas this summer and her sister and family also live in Winona so it is a real family affair.  She also sees Jinny Field Cable and husband, Clyde, fairly often.

Arne Walker is chairman of ACMNP-GSMNP and will host a national board meeting in Gatlinburg in September of 2005.  He was at a national board meeting in the Grand Tetons in 2004.  He also led a Youth retreat to GME in Bozeman, MT.  He serves on the boards of Mountain of Hope Good Shepherd Clinic and Smokey Mountain Area Rescue Ministry, 15th year Gatlinburg Ministerial Association pres. and began his 44-year of ordained ministry and 48th year of relating to the juvenile court system.  He also has 8 grandchildren.  Whew!  That makes me tired! 

Jinny Field Cable lives in Eaton, CO.  She reports that her husband, Clyde, flew in an aerobatic contest in Albert Lea in September 2004.  Gayla came to see it, as did several of Jinny’s relatives and friends from Fairmont.  She hopes he will do it again this year.

Carol Lundberg Owen has returned to Minneapolis to live after 37 years in Eau Claire, WI.  Welcome home!  Ted Granquist lives in Rochester, MN.  He serves as a volunteer for the Mayo Hospice Program.  Spent the summer at their cabin north of Duluth and enjoyed several hikes on the Superior Hiking Trail.

Ron Berg is reminiscing about days at Gustavus.  He says he enjoyed being a RED and if he had the chance, he would have done it all over again.  (Come to the reunion and for a day or so, you can!)

Wally Johnson and his wife, Ellen, are going to Hawaii for two weeks in January.  You are probably there as I write this letter and we are looking forward to -40 degrees on Friday!  Brrr.  Wish I were with you!

I received some Christmas cards from a few of you.  I hope you don’t mind if I share some of what you wrote. 

Glenn and Lois Larson Mauston sent a wonderful picture of the whole family, taken at their July 4 celebration.  Glenn has just gotten a new hip.  Now watch him burn up the golf course!  They had quite a time dodging the four hurricanes that hit Florida this year.

Gary and Joyce Kirkvold Knoll spent Christmas in Alaska celebrating the birth of a grandchild in December.  How exciting.  Gary got two deer this season too.  You must have a huge freezer!

Bill Johnson is still doing dentistry but only two days a week.  (Those are the days that Clem and I have to make our appointments!)  He is leaving for Mexico on February 5, with 29 other folks to do mission work in LaUnion.  It is in the Sierra Madre Mountains.

Barb Carlson Glenzinski has moved from her home in Edina to a townhome in Eden Prairie.  Isn’t it great to have the snow shoveling done for you and the lawn mowed in the summer?

As you can see, we are quite short on class news.  When you send in your donation to Gustavus, please add a little news to share with the rest of us.  Nancy and I will be forever grateful!

Please put those dates on your calendar and make them priorities.

Till next time,

Marlys Mattson Nelson

Greetings classmates and a happy 2005 to you all!

It is always hard to follow Marlys.  She has such a way with words and gives so much information in such an easy way.  We are very lucky to have her as our class agent.  As she said, the news from you all out there is pretty sparse.  I, too, am going to have to rely on Christmas cards, and I wish I heard from more of you.

Denny and Vada (Peterson) Carlson spent both Thanksgiving and Christmas with their daughter, Tori, and family in Massachusetts.  Vada and I went to Vietnam for two weeks in October.  We were on an Overseas Adventure Travel tour that is fairly rigorous and has only 14 in the group.  We started in Hanoi and then traveled on to Ha Long Bay, Hue, Hoi An, and Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon).  We saw so much, ate such good food (with chopsticks, no less), met so many wonderful people, and had many shopping opportunities.  We had two Vietnam vets in our group and several times we met either former Viet Cong or former South Vietnamese army veterans.  It was very poignant to see them interact and embrace.  Phyllis Fox Paulson and husband, Don, are planning a trip to Italy in April.  During the year, he sings in a Barbershop Quartet, and she volunteers one morning a week in her grandson’s elementary class.

Beverly Bloomquist Todaro and husband, Joe, journeyed to Tampa, Florida, for Christmas to spend time with their son, Tim, and his family.  While Joe attended the 45th year reunion of his class at West Point last September, Bev, Vada Peterson Carlson, Marlys Mattson Nelson, Marilyn Rhyne Herr, and I spent a week in Calistoga Springs, California, at the Roman Spa.  We ate a lot, toured the Jack London home, drank some wine, played bocce ball, and soaked up the mineral springs.  Susan Soldin Thorsheim lives in New Jersey and is retired from her job with a small newspaper.  Each year I look forward to getting a card from Carol Rylander Farrell.  She is a watercolorist and always has a reproduction of one of her works on the front of her card.  She also is active with the Reach to Recovery and Cancer Support Group in her area of Littleton, Colorado.

Clem and Marlys (Mattson) Nelson spend most of the summer at their beautiful home on Balsam Lake in Wisconsin.  Marlys continues to direct a singing group called the Larks.  They give an annual spring concert and perform regularly at senior citizen homes and care centers.  Since her retirement from the bench in March, Marilyn Rhyne Herr has been busy traveling.  She’s managed to visit all of the following:  the Northeast, parts of Canada, Minnesota, South Dakota, Alaska, Napa Valley, Olympic Peninsula, the Berkshires AND she spent Christmas in France.  By the time you read this, she will have welcomed her newest grandson, born to daughter Julia.  Judy Lund Erdman missed our trip to Napa because she was over in Romania leading a hiking trip with David Johnson ’54.  She said that it was spectacular.  She is contemplating going back to Romania to teach English to a group of orphans.

That’s it for me.  I second everything that Marlys says about the upcoming 50th.  Won’t someone volunteer to take the leadership for this event?  Let me hear any news that you may have. 

Nancy Reiter Grimes

Campus News:

Old Main has served the Gustavus campus since 1876 when it housed the entire campus.  To keep Old Main a functional part of campus, a complete renovation of the building will begin in February. Classrooms and offices will be reconfigured and updated to accommodate current teaching technology. Central climate control and an elevator will also be added.  Mattson Hall has been built west of Schaefer Fine Arts to house faculty and staff during the renovation. The new residence hall being built southwest of the football field is progressing and will be ready for fall semester

Did you know that the college has gone wireless? Wireless computing, that is? Many buildings support wireless connectivity and outdoor connectivity is being broadcast from several roofs. Gustavus continues to increase the number of wireless locations on campus every month.

Gustavus music ensembles will tour soon.  The Gustavus Choir will take a 17-day East Coast tour (January 20-February 5), the Wind Orchestra (formerly the Gustavus Band) will tour nine days (January 28-February 5) in Minnesota, North Dakota and Montana, and the String Orchestra will tour nine days (January 29-February 6) in Iowa, Nebraska, and Colorado.  The Gustavus Choir, Wind Orchestra, and Symphony Orchestra will perform at the Gustavus Music Showcase, St. Andrew Lutheran Church, Eden Prairie, on March 20.

The Gustavus athletics website received the Pride of CASE V Gold Award at the District V Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Annual Conference in December. The district includes educational institutions from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

Announcing a new tool for all Alumni: The Gustavus Gift Planning website is a resource for alums of all ages to learn more about planning for their financial future.

The site explores some basics like the need for a will and health care proxy.  It also provides information about planning for the transfer of assets to benefit you and your family, a gift calculator to see how to make a gift that pays you and also provides tax benefits, e-brochures for more information, and how to have a meaningful impact on a non-profit organization important to you.  Check it out today at

The 2003-2004 Honor Roll of Donors is now available under the Gustavus Fund at The Honor Roll of Donors recognizes those who made gifts to Gustavus between June 1, 2003 and May 31, 2004. To find your name or check out your class results, just point and click from your home or office computer. For those who do not have access to a computer, you may call toll-free 866-487-3863 to receive a copy in the mail (supplies are limited).

Upcoming Alumni Events

  • Boston Chapter with Gustavus Choir– Jan. 24
  • New York Chapter with President Jim Peterson ’64 and Gustavus Choir – Jan. 26
  • Washington, D.C. Chapter with Gustavus Choir – Jan. 29
  • Tampa Bay Chapter with Gustavus Choir – Feb. 2
  • Marco Island Chapter Boat Cruise Luncheon – Feb. 5
  • Diversity Center Reunion/Building Bridges Conference – March 12
  • Tucson Chapter with Professor Dick Martin – March 18
  • Phoenix Chapter with Professor Dick Martin – March 19
  • Sun City Chapter with Professor Dick Martin – March 20
  • Twin Cities Gustavus Music Showcase – March 20
  • Seattle Chapter with President Jim Peterson ’64 – April 1
  • Bay Area Chapter with President Jim Peterson ’64 – April 2
  • Gusties In Volunteer Endeavors (G.I.V.E.) day of community service – April 30