Class of ’57

February 2013

Dear Classmates,

Brr--Here I sit reminiscing about those cold walks from Wahlstrom Hall way across the campus to Uhler for breakfast and then an 8 o’clock class!  That wind was biting!  Made us tough I guess!  Today is pretty nice here, but yesterday and the day before were below zero!   Uff Da!

I really don’t have much news, but I don’t want you to forget about Gustavus and me so thought I had better write a note.  So here goes.

Christmas in Christ Chapel was one of the best ever!  It was a beautiful Advent service and the program used pictures from the St. John’s Bible both on screens and on paper.  I have had the chance to see that beautiful interpretation of the Gospels in person a couple of times and Gustavus did a wonderful job of portraying it all!  The music was flawless to my ears.  I loved it all−and yes, I did cry when we sang O Come All Ye Faithful.  I hope you all can someday experience that place−that arrangement−and those choirs and orchestra!  I wonder if those kids know just how lucky they are to have that place.  Or do they have to graduate and come back to feel it?  I don’t think we knew until we were gone!

I also went down for the St. Lucia Festival.  It was extra fun for me this year.  On both sides of Alumni Hall−where we had the luncheon−were slides from past St. Lucia candidates.  And there I am−all of us in our dark sweaters and peter-pan collars!  Ha!  Barb Bredsten was our St. Lucia.  The year before us had Kathy Lundgren ʼ56.  I was so busy looking I almost forgot to eat, but not quite!  Ha!

The Macy’s (formerly Dayton’s) Store in St. Paul announced it was closing, along with the wonderful River Room Restaurant−SO…Phyllis Holmberg Olsson and I went down for one last pop-over.  The place was packed, but we waited in line and got in.  They were no longer taking reservations.  Wonderful but sad!

Last Thursday I met Vada Peterson Carlson for lunch in White Bear Lake.  We sat for two hours drinking coffee.  It is so much fun to be together with my Gustie friends.  Others are good to have−but my Gustie friends are the greatest!

My grandson came home last night for break between J-term and second semester.  He was busy−intramural broomball and volleyball−played hockey every day with a bunch of his buddies on a rink in St. Peter−and oh yes, he did have a class!  Ha!  One day they went ice fishing and caught a bunch of fish.  I asked him if he remembered how Grandpa Clem taught him to clean them.  He must have because they cleaned them, one of the guys cooked them, and they fed their whole section in Norelius.

I do want to mention something you might want to get on your calendar.  Gustavus Library Associates is again going to sponsor “A Royal Affair.”  It will be November 16, 2013 at the brand new Radisson Bleu near the Mall of America.  We are still in the planning stages, but it will be a great Gustie event−of that I am sure!  Hope I will see at least some of you there!

I did get one note of news from the college.  In September, Roger Krantz was elected into the Hutchinson High School Wall of Fame as an outstanding graduate of HHS.  This honor was for the following reasons:  He was appointed by the Governor to serve on Minnesota State Health Care Access Commission, which developed Minnesota Care Health Insurance Program for the uninsured and underinsured citizens of Minnesota.  He served on the University of Minnesota Duluth Rural Health School Advisory Committee to develop the Rural Physician Program for Minnesota.  He played on two Gustavus MIAC football championship teams.  He received the George Boerner Award as Hutchinson High School male athlete of the year and was Captain of the 1948 HHS football team.  Congratulations Roger!

I do know that GaleSook” and Lois (Wicktor) Falk went to Cancun with their family for three weeks to get out of this balmy Minnesota weather!  They live in, Bemidji, need I say more?

I have received Christmas cards from many of you and I love it.  I should call them for more news, but I won’t this time.  I might mention that it is a bit hard to write a newsletter when I have no news, but when I do−you get my ramblings of not much!  Ha!

Love you all−keep in touch−and don’t forget our wonderful Alma Mater.  I think we may be on a giving roll this year.  I hope so.  I have sent many of you thank you emails.

Till next time−stay warm!

Marlys Mattson Nelson


Campus News

Upcoming Chapter Gatherings

National Chapter events for alumni, parents and friends are scheduled for the 2012-13 academic year and will focus on the College’s pillar of “Teaching and Learning.”  Please save the date for the event in your area.

Feb 13 – Tampa – 6 p.m., home of Neil ʼ69 and Robyn Fenske

Feb. 15 – Naples – 6 p.m., Flemings Steakhouse

Feb. 28 – Seattle – 7 p.m., JM Cellars Winery

Mar. 2 – San Francisco – 2 p.m., Rock Wall Winery

Mar. 9 – Madison, WI – 12 noon, Quivey’s Grove

Mar. 12 –Denver−6 p.m., 240 Union

Mar. 14 –Chicago−6 p.m., Hotel Lincoln

Music Tours – February 2 - 10

The Gustavus Choir is on tour in the Southwestern United States, and the Gustavus Wind Orchestra will be traveling the Midwest:

The Gustavus Choir has concerts and/or worship services in the following cities:  San Diego and Riverside (California); Green Valley, Sun City West, and Phoenix (Arizona); Santa Fe and Albuquerque (New Mexico).

The Gustavus Wind Orchestra has concerts and clinics in the following cities:  Excelsior, Rochester, Winona, and Plymouth (Minnesota), Mason City (Iowa), Lake Forest and Chicago (Illinois), Germantown and Wausau (Wisconsin).

Both ensembles will have their home concerts in Christ Chapel on Feb. 16.

On His Watch:  John S. Kendall at Gustavus

Dr. John Kendall ’49 served Gustavus as a faculty member for 23 years and as president for 10 years.  Rev. Dennis Johnson ’60, also a former president of Gustavus, wrote a book about the record of John Kendall as a professor and as a president.  As such, it is a study in leadership.   It is about a man who came up through the academic ranks to lead one of America’s best colleges.  It is about his preparation for that office and his hopes once he occupied it.  It is about passion, purpose, leadership and heart.  It is also about issues still at the core of higher education today. And, it deals with the frustrations, conflicts and disappointments that go with the job.  It is how this man took on the challenges, met them with humor and persevered to advance the college he loved.  It is what happened “on his watch,” as he often described his time at the helm.  The book is available at the Gustavus Book Mark.

Christ Chapel Cited as One of the Most Beautiful

Here is a link that includes the Gustavus Chapel as one of the thirty most beautiful college chapels in a survey of schools across the country.  Take a look at some of these beautiful chapels including our own Christ Chapel by going to

Alumni Travel Opportunities

2013 Friends of Music Salzburg Choral Tour

Gustavus Friends of Music has arranged for a Gustavus Alumni choir tour to Munich, Salzburg, Vienna and Prague June 23 - July 5, 2013.  Singers and non-singers alike are welcome.  Once in Salzburg, the singers will join the Mozart International Choral Festival and perform Mozart’s Coronation Mass in the Salzburg Cathedral on June 29.  Not a singer?  There is space available for non-performers as well.  For more information contact Jackie Neeck Peterson ’77 at: or 800-726-6192.

2013 Pearls of Central Europe

Experience Central Europe with Gustavus professor emeritus of history Dr. Tom Emmert from September 10-21, 2013.  This 12-day Gustavus study tour combines learning, exploring, leisure, lecture, food, and arts with special touches, all led by a faculty expert.  The journey is focused around three showpiece cities of Central Europe:  Prague, Vienna, and Budapest.  For more information, contact Tom Emmert at:

Gustie Breakfasts - Twin Cities – New time and place

Engage with other alumni and learn something new about your alma mater at the monthly Twin Cities Gustavus alumni breakfast.  Please join us at the American Swedish Institute (2600 Park Ave, Minneapolis), on the third Wednesday of each month at 7:30 a.m.  Cost is $10.  Gustie breakfasts are also being held on campus the second Wednesday of each month.  February’s speaker is Philip Brunelle, Artistic Director, VocalEssence