Class of '58
April 2009

Dear ’58ers,

The Alumni Office has encouraged me to write a class letter in spite of my protests about lack of news.  The news we have is important to share; there just isn’t very much of it!  Alumni Director, Randall Stuckey ’83 suggested the inclusion of the return envelope as an easy way for you to respond with news, opinions, etc.  It can also be an easy vehicle for those of you still planning to send a class gift.

CAROLYN LUND SANDVIG phoned me from St. Louis yesterday with several news reports.  Carolyn and Gene ’57 are in St. Louis to celebrate the induction of Gene’s sister, Joan, into the Speed-skating Hall of Fame, a family affair.  Carolyn has been in Norway at least once this year, maybe twice, to visit their daughter, Susan, and her family.  They have been living in Norway for a year and Carolyn reports that their granddaughter, Ilsa, has become fluent in Norwegian, as a fourth grader.  Most of my conversations with Carolyn are on her cell phone as she is traveling, perhaps to Ann Arbor to visit their other daughter, Sara ’81, and her family.

JOYCE STRAND MARVEL retired from teaching at Washington University and moved to Texas.  Her new address is:  3028 Southridge Court, Grapevine, TX  76051.  Joyce has long considered moving to Texas since her sons and their families are nearby and it is important to be near three grandchildren.  I checked my atlas to discover that Grapevine is a suburb of Dallas.  Carolyn says, “Joyce has a marvelous home with acreage and a swimming pool.”  Well, that’s a rich reward for retirement!

HEATHER PETERSON DAVIS-PEABODY spends at least two months in Florida with her partner, Bob Lund.  Heather reports her lung cancer is in remission and she has completed her chemo treatments.  I think Heather flew back to St. Paul this month to attend the induction of her late father, Art ’25, into the St. Paul Humboldt High School Hall of Fame.  I assume Heather and Bob will return to Brainerd once it appears that warmer weather is here to stay.

Congratulations to KAY JACOBSON CARLSON and REUBEN ’56 on their 50th wedding anniversary.  Last year was a year of celebrations for SONYA (HARBO) and SKIP TALUS, who celebrated Sonya’s “real” 18th birthday on February 29, 2008, followed by 50th wedding anniversary parties in Houston, Biwabik and Minnetonka, their grandson’s graduation party, our 50th reunion and a year to rest.  Since they sold their business in 2001, they spend five months in Biwabik and seven months in Houston.  “Best of both worlds and about the same temperature.”

I am sorry to report the deaths of two classmates.  LARRY RAY passed away in Dassel, MN on March 1 from complications from a stroke.  Larry was a long time teacher at the Minnesota School for the Blind in Faribault until his retirement in 1998.  He moved to Dassel to be near his daughter after his wife’s death.  He wanted very much to attend our reunion last spring, but could not for health reasons.  He made sure last year that he was a reunion donor, and his daughter honored his request again this year.

BOB ORTLOFF passed away at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester on January 9, 2009.  Bob graduated from high school in New Auburn, MN in 1952 and attend Gustavus for two years, but then returned to help on the family farm when his brother was drafted.  He returned to Gustavus and graduated with our class with a major in business administration.  He began his career in banking in Stewart and Hutchinson, before moving to Stoddard, WI in 1969 after he purchased the Bank of Stoddard and Stoddard Insurance Company.  Later he also purchased the Ferryville State bank and had been the chief financial officer of Secluded Land Company since 1992.  He is survived by his wife, Audrey, two daughters and five grandchildren.  Bob and Audrey attended the reunion last spring.  He was a loyal member of the Class of 1958.

Jan and I had dinner with BOB and RANAE PETERSON last week.  Bob continues his therapy at the Benedictine Center in St. Peter and sends his greetings to the class.  JOANNE NELSON MCCARTHY is retired in Santa Fe, NM.

Thanks to all of the following who made a gift to Gustavus between February 15 and April 15.


Gifts from this group were made to the Gustavus Annual Fund, Christ Chapel Accessibility Project, Class of 1958 Scholarship Fund, Gustavus Library Associates, Athletics Fields Project and to the Linneaus Arboretum.  See how many choices you have!

We set high goals last year in our reunion year, both in gifts and participation and we met those goals.  This year our goal is for continued participation.  We are only half way to our goal of 67% participation from the class of 1958.  We need to hear from a lot of people!  These are tough economic times and most of us have seen our retirement assets take a sharp fall.  The college’s endowment has taken a similar hit.  However tough it is, most of us can afford to make a gift to our alma mater.  This is the year of PARTICIPATION!

Best to all of you!

Owen Sammelson

Carolyn Lund Sandvig

1958 Co-class Agents

Campus News

Update on Commission Gustavus 150

Recently posted to the Commission website is a summary of the common issues and “big ideas” discussed at the first nine National Summit meetings regarding the College’s five core values (Excellence, Faith, Justice, Service, and Community).  The participants were asked how the College might ensure that the core values would be lived out in the lives of alumni, faculty, staff, and students.  The summary is being shared with all members of the eight task forces of Commission Gustavus 150.  The common issues and big ideas will help shape the recommendations made by the Task Forces to the Gustavus Board of Trustees and ultimately form the basis for the College’s long-range strategic plan.

Congratulations to the Gustavus Adolphus College Forensics Team, which won its second straight Minnesota Collegiate Forensics Association State Championship on Sunday, Feb. 22.  Gustavus finished with 446 points to beat out Minnesota State University, Mankato (408 points) and Concordia College, Moorhead (213 points).  Gustavus placed first in 6 of 13 events and placed four individuals in the top seven of the individual sweepstakes standings.  First-year student, Chloe Radcliffe, placed first in the individual sweepstakes and senior, Tasha Carlson, will represent Minnesota at the 2009 Interstate Oratorical Association National Contest―the oldest speaking competition in the country―on April 25 in Oxford, Mississippi.

Hockey Finals

The men’s hockey team made its first appearance in the NCAA Division III Championship game at Herb Brooks Ice Arena in Lake Placid, N.Y., on Saturday, March 21.  They lost a great game to Neumann College, 4-1.  The women’s hockey team lost 2-1 to UW-River Falls in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament.

“Come on You Gusties” Breakfast

Join us for a cup of coffee, breakfast, and great conversation.  Our featured presenter for May will be Kathi Tunheim, assistant professor for economics and management.  All Gusties are welcomed and invited to the breakfast, Wednesday, May 20, 8-9:30 a.m. at the Doubletree Hotel, Minneapolis-Park Place, 1500 Park Place Boulevard.  Cost is $10 at the door.  Reserve your spot by calling Don Swanson ’55 at 763-533-9083.

MayDay! Peace Conference

“Tiananmen + 20 Years” is the topic of Gustavus Adolphus College’s 29th annual MAYDAY! Peace Conference to be held Wednesday, April 29, 2009 on the college campus.

Reunions/Commencement Weekend – May 30-31, 2009

As members now of the 50-Year Club we are invited back each year to campus to see each other and attend a reunion luncheon and alumni banquet.  You should have received your invitation/brochure in the mail. 

Also, May 31st marks the close of the 2009 Gustavus Annual Fund!  If you have not yet made your donation on line to contribute to the 2009 Gustavus Annual Fund you have until May 31st.  We all know these are tough economic times; even if you only have a few dollars to spare every little bit helps.  May 31 is also Commencement Day for the Class of 2009!

Gusties Gather! is September 20th

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