Class of '58
May 2000

Dear '58ers,

Spring arrives! The recent rains have made the campus lush and temporarily lowered the concerns about the predicted summer drought. From my office window, everything is green and the trees planted two years ago are rapidly making their mark on the horizon.

The passing of Dorothy Anderson and Floyd Martinson reminds us that there are now only a handful of faculty from our students times at Gustavus. Some are still very present on the campus―Esby ’41, Bernhard Erling ’43, Rod Davis, Milt Brostrom ’49, Chet JOHNSON and VIC Gustafson ’42. The St. Peter contingent includes Art Glass ’43, Holly ’36, Phil Knautz 48, Myron Falck, Ellery Peterson ’49, Arne Langsjoen ’42 and Clair Mc Rostie ’52. Ward Tanner and Ethel Pehrson ’30 live elsewhere.

Looking at the above list reminds me how few women were on the faculty at Gustavus in our days. Thirty-six percent of the current faculty are women. Fifty-six percent of the current students are also women, about the national average for undergraduate colleges.

This is a major sports weekend at Gustavus as both the women's and men's tennis teams compete in the regional tournament. Both are favored to win and to move to the nationals the week after. The women's national tournament will be held at Gustavus, the first time ever "in the north". The conference track meet is also this weekend and several Gusties have already qualified for nationals by their time or distance.

There is lots of construction activity on campus. An eighty-bed residence hall, the International House, is currently being built. It will have an international theme and will also house the Office of International Education. An outdoor track encircling an Olympic-sized soccer field is under construction north of Lund Center. Both construction projects will be done before fall.

Class reunions have been moved to Homecoming with the exception of the 50th anniversary year class and the 50-Year Club. We still have a ways to go!

Other Campus news

Forensics Team Earns International Awards ― The College speech and debate team captured two championships and six other awards at the recent International Forensics Association tournament in Paris, France. Both Gustavus debate teams compiled a 3-1win-loss record. The team's strong overall performance earned Gustavus a fourth-place Sweepstakes Award. Gustavus attends international forensic competitions every other year.

Men’s swimming and diving team completed its most successful season in Gustavus history finishing undefeated in both non-conference meets, with a record of 7-0, and conference meets, at 6-0. At the MIAC Championships, Gustavus placed first for the first time since 1960. They beat conference power St. Olaf, who had won 20 consecutive MIAC titles before this year. Earlier in the year, the Gusties also handed the Oles their first conference dual meet loss since 1981, breaking an Ole streak of 96 straight wins. Please read the Spring Quarterly for complete winter sports recaps or visit the athletics site at

Members of the New Millenium: Knowing that we are in a technological age, we want to encourage all alumni to get involved and get online. If you have access to a computer and the Internet, we hope you will check out the Gustavus Alumni Association homepage regularly. We publish information about upcoming events, post class letters, provide information about the Alumni Office, list e-mail addresses of alumni and more. Check us out under the alumni section at

Thanks to all of you who have made your annual donation to the Gustavus Fund. Your support has been great! Some of you do have outstanding pledges and I hope you will make those payments before the end of the month. For those of you who have been less active, why not start now?

I was reminded of our freshman year by the recent passing of two of the leaders of our class in our first year. We all remember the contributions of JERRY BUEGLER and DONNA JEAN SWENSON KAUFMAN. "D.J." was very active in recent years with the Linneaus Arboretum at Gustavus and served as president of the Arboretum Board.

It's been a long time since the Royal Affair of last fall, but, nevertheless, we should recognize the number of '58ers present. Among the gathering were PHIL LINDAU, NORRIE HEINE BECKER, JAN (THOMAS) & DOUG PRITCHARD, KAREN HUBBARD, BOB PETERSON, CAROLYN LUND SANDVIG, MARTHA BANKE CURTIS, JOHN DAHL, MARLYS JOHNSON JOHNSON, DON ELVESTROM, HEATHER DAVIS-PEABODY and apologies to those I may have missed.

JIM MC PHERSON delivered the Jefferson Lecture at the invitation of the National Endowment for the Humanities in the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Waahington on March 27. Jim's lecture was titled "For a Vast Future Also: Lincoln and the Millennium." Congratulations to Jim on the invitation to this prestigious lecture. Also, congrats to Jim on his selection to join the Gustavus Board of Trustees this June. Our class has been well represented on the Gustavus Board with PHIL LINDAU, KAREN HUBBARD and MARK WIBERG having served in the past.

And now for some Phonorama news...BEV DUNCAN ANDERSON has a new grandson, now nearly a year old, and has retired. RENEE LINDBERG works at Area Rug Dimensions in Overland Park, KS. MIKE and Marcia (Halgren ’57) DALE will be traveling to Saskatchewan in July for a Millenium Family Reunion of Torgrimson descendants. Rumors have Mike retiring from the Foursome in Wayzata this summer. ROLLIE and Mary HIRMAN now have a little hide-away in Ft. Myers, FL. GERALD YOUNGQUIST is serving as District Governor of Rotary District 6460 this year. DICK EKLUND was on campus last summer and I am not sure I mentioned our visit in a class letter. Dick is still hard at work in the clothing business. CHARLES BRINKER says he is close to retirement, but is opening a new factory and continues to be a prominent St. Peter businessman. JOYCE BEBENSEE YOUNG is a retired teacher, as is SHIRLEY LUNDGREN KANNE.

ARLENE JORNLIN RAMBERG and her husband are now grandparents to six grandchildren and recently purchased a condo in Chisago City. SONYA (HARBO) & DUANE TALUS are "looking at retirement", but keep busy traveling. They were in Italy for nine days in February. Also, they keep busy with five grandsons. LOIS JOHNSON WALFRID'S new book is You Are Wonderfully Made and I can't even guess how many books Lois has written. A great number! DON MILTON has retired once, but keeps finding things to do in other jobs. Sue will retire from teaching this June. I had a long talk with JOYCE STRAND MARVEL at one of the phone sessions. Joyce continues to teach chemistry in the south St. Louis Area. My muddled notes suggests she likes chemistry, but would like better students. My teachers always said that too! JEANINE LUNDAHL OLSON's daughter, Jennifer, graduated from Harvard Divinity School last June. Her son, Steve, is a high school band director in Lennox, SD.

This is as out-of-date and up-to-date as I can get. Rembember the Gustavus Fund―in your dreams and your pocketbook!