Class of '58
55-Year Reunion - May 31 – June 1, 2013Dear ʼ58ers,
The winter blahs are with us in the northland, too cold, at least for me, and little snow. But, there is hope on the horizon. Pitchers and catchers report in Florida and Arizona in less than a month. And can spring be far behind?
Have you marked May 31 and June 1 on your 2013 calendar? We will soon be celebrating our 55th Anniversary! Or, if you like larger numbers, the 59th year since we arrived on campus. The reunion committee meets tomorrow and hopefully more information will be available before this letter is finished.
We are planning to begin our celebration Friday evening in our own room in the Jackson Student Union. The room will be large enough for moving about, conversation, dinner and refreshments available all evening. We are trying to plan a program with fewer speeches and more participation.
On Saturday morning, we plan to meet for breakfast and to hear from three or four of our classmates. The day will continue with the 50-Year Club luncheon at noon and the annual Alumni Banquet in the evening.
We will not be able to have a memorial service in the Chapel because it is always reserved for the 50th reunion class. We will recognize those classmates who have passed since our last reunion after the invocation on Friday evening. As we grow older, our numbers become smaller. You may have noticed in the last Quarterly the passing of three classmates, JIM JOHANSON, CHARLES BUSCH and DICK WINSOR. Since that time, KEN NELSON and LEROY MUELLER have also passed away. In checking our records, I discovered that the following have also passed away since our reunion.
CHAR JONSON BERNDT, EARL BOVEN, HEATHER PETERSON DAVIS-PEABODY, ANDREA GRANT JANOUSEK, LLOYD JOHNSON, DARLENE THOMPSON KRIEWALL, BOB ORTLOFF, BOB PETERSON, LARRY RAY, JUDITH HANSON TURNLUND, and MARLENE HAUGEN WIDMARK
News from our classmates –DARWIN ʼ60 and LINDA (ECKBLAD) KNOCHENMUS are active members of Friendship Force which has brought guests to their home from all over the world and allowed them to share the hospitality of people around the world. This year they hosted guests from Thailand, France and Russia.
I forgot in our last letter to mention that CAROLE LAMBERT CAMERON, recently named to the Hall of Fame in her high school, was once also named Teacher of the Year in Denver, Colorado.
ROBERT CHRISTENSON recently completed a four-year project providing 172 million Indonesian citizens with multi-biometric (10 fingerprints, iris, facial characteristics) ID cards. In October, he served as moderator for the 38th Minnesota Health Care Roundtable – this one addressing health care exchanges. In 2013, he will be working on three new start-up ventures. Two health related and one a new college. He also continues to provide consulting services to his health care clients.
KEN NELSON, who passed away in September, was a retired junior high math teacher in Wayzata. He was also one of the sixty percenters as you will read later in the letter.
We enjoyed a visit with LARS LOFGREN during the royal visit of their majesties King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia in October. Lars is a former director of both the Royal Dramatic Theatre and the Nordic Museum (both in Stockholm) and is Lord Chamberlain to his Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf. Lars provided much sage advice and encouragement throughout the planning of the exhibition of Swedish Art in the Hillstrom Museum this fall.
DICK WINSOR died in August in Green Valley, AZ. After graduating from the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago, he served as a pastor in Boston and Chicago. After leaving the Lutheran ministry, he served nonprofit organizations in Chicago, Los Angeles and Florida. Ever a seeker, Dick discovered religious science, graduating from Holmes Institute in Los Angeles in 1995. He served as an interim minister in both Vero Beach and Miami and then moved back to Green Valley where he was an integral part of the ecclesiastical team of the Sonoran Desert Center for Spiritual Living in Amado.
CHUCK BUSCH passed away in an assisted living center in Fairfax, MN after many years of declining health. Another sixty percenter, Chuck asked his wife to always remember the Annual Fund at Gustavus, even after he was no longer able to make any decisions. His wife, Dorothy, reminded me of that when she sent in her annual check.
CAROL LUND GARONE took a church history tour with her now retired pastor and his wife and 25 others including her son, Peter, and his wife. They traced the path of the Pilgrims in the Netherlands and through England as well as enjoying other historical sites along the way – Bath, Stonehenge, Oxford, and Cambridge. In London, they saw the Olympic rings just hung from the Tower Bridge. One of their group is a descendant of one of the families on the Mayflower.
LOIS JOHNSON WALFRID: “In answer to Psalm 2:8, the Lord has blessed me with readers who have written from more than 40 countries to say “I love your books. I can’t put them down.” Starting next month, Moody Publishers will release Escape Into The Night, first novel in the Freedom Series. They will continue releasing the additional five novels in the series every month or two after that.”
DR LEROY MUELLER passed away on December 8 in Hendricks, MN. He practiced medicine in rural western Minnesota for 43 years, delivering more than 1,300 babies and often house calls on weekends. He was well known for his professional demeanor and compassionate care and took pride in keeping current on best medical practices through continuing education. He was selected Family Physician of the Year in 2000 by the Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians. A distinguished career.
Leroy was born in Belle Plaine, grew up on a farm and attended a country school through 8th grade. Since I have a similar background, are there others in our class willing to admit that they also attended a one-room country school?!
Books in Bloom
Last year seven members of our class responded to our class letter's information about Books in Bloom, an initiative of the Gustavus Library Associates (GLA) that pairs books and other library materials with floral arrangements, by sponsoring several of the blooms! Many thanks to class members Anders Bjorling, Don Elvestrom, John Johnson, Lois Walfrid Johnson, Marlys Johnson Johnson, Owen Sammelson and Carolyn Lund Sandvig who sponsored a bloom ($500) or partial bloom ($125-$250). (What’s with those Johnsons?)
And because GLA is able to raise funds from outside sources to cover all event costs, each sponsorship went directly to support the Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library's (Library) acquisitions. What an investment in resources for current and future students and faculty!
Last year’s Books in Bloom highlighted 30 different books/media and attracted over 500 people, some coming to campus for the very first time! In 2013, Books in Bloom will be held May 3-5.
To see a visual presentation of Books in Bloom, go to www.gustavus.edu and type Gustavus Library Associates in the search box. It will lead you to a gorgeous slide show of blooms and books.
Then contact Marlys Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org with your commitment to sponsor, or partially sponsor, a bloom for 2013. Or perhaps you love to dabble in floral arrangements and would like to design a bloom. Marlys will send you a list of books/media for review and selection. Can we raise the number of ʼ58 participants in this literary/artistic effort from seven to twelve? Will you be among them?
Or perhaps you just want to come and see an intriguing array of interesting books and matching floral arrangements. Bring your entire family! You'll have the opportunity to create a book list for future reading and get a few ideas for flowers and plants to add to your garden.
All designers and sponsors are invited to an opening reception from 5:30-7:30 on May 3. Great wine and snacks! Good company, too.
The reunion committee met on January 15 and minutes from Marlys Johnson are found at the end of this letter. We decided not to set a monetary goal for this reunion, partly because we outdid ourselves in our 50th reunion, raising nearly $2.4 million. We did set a goal for 70% participation, a percentage we also reached last year.
The Alumni Office has provided us with several interesting facts about our class.
Every living member of our class has made a gift to Gustavus at least once since graduation. Sixty percent of our class makes a contribution every year, thus the term a sixty percenter. Total giving for our class since graduation is $3,971, 595 as of the end of the last fiscal year; so, we’re closing in on the $4 million mark this year. Congratulations! Thanks to the following who are already donors this year:
BOB BAUGH, BILL BINGER, KAREN MATTSON BRUNING, ALAN CARLSON, DOROTHY PALM CHILKOTT, ROBERT CHRISTENSON, JIM CONE, JOHN DAHL, MIKE DALE, JIM EDMAN, DICK EKLUND, DON ELVESTROM, DENNIS ERICKSON, MARLYS CHELGREN HEBAUS, LOREN HERBST, STEPHEN HILDING, ROLLIE HIRMAN, KAREN HOLMEN HUBBARD, MARCIA (AMUNDSON) and CHET JANASZ, MERYL NELSON JESSEN, BARBARA ANDERSON JOHNSON, ELWOOD JOHNSON, JOHN JOHNSON, MARLYS JOHNSON JOHNSON, SHIRLEY LUNDGREN KANNE, JODY SPRINGER LANGE, STAN LARSON, MARJORIE MCKAY MILLER, BARBARA JOHNSON MORRIS, MIRIAM ANDERSON OLSEN, BARBARA JENSEN OLSON, DALE OLSON, JEANINE LUNDAHL OLSON, GLEN PETERS, NANCY JOHNSON PETERSON, JAN (THOMAS) and DOUG PRITCHARD, ARLENE JORNLIN RAMBERG, PAT TRENCH ROSENBERG, OWEN SAMMELSON, CAROLYN LUND SANDVIG, HELEN MAGNUSON SCHULZ, DONNA (ELVESTROM) and ADE SPONBERG, JAN (CARLSON) and LYNN STRAND, SONYA (HARBO) and DUANE TALUS, CHARLES THOMPSON, MORNA PELL TRAFFAS, SHIRLEY LARSON WARD and MARK WIBERG. We’re nearly halfway to the 70! Thanks!
Our class scholarship now stands at just over $100,000 depending on the market. The College uses a strategy of 4.5% of a three-year average of the endowment in awarding scholarships. Our recipient, Liana Lien, a senior biology major from Alexandria, has promised a summary of her career in the spring class letter.
Best to you all and we hope to see you at the reunion!
Carolyn Lund Sandvig
5901 Park Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55417
Marlys Johnson Johnson
726 Lower Johnson Circle
St. Peter, MN 56082
618 West Nassau
St. Peter, MN 56082
Class of 1958
Reunion Committee Meeting
January 15, 2013, 11:30 Administration Building, Conference Room
Members present: A. Bjorling, M. Johnson, M. Kinney, S. Sammelson, C. Sandvig
- Meeting was called to order by Marlys who welcomed Marge who joined us by phone from Alabama.
- Our reunion will begin on Friday, May 31 with a reception from 5-6 p.m. followed by dinner at 6 p.m. Saturday we will begin at 7:30 a.m. and finish by 9 a.m. to allow people to attend seminars planned for the weekend.
- Friday Evening Program
- Sam will ask a classmate to do an invocation; Marge will read the names of those who have passed away since our 50th reunion (17 as of today), and Anders will light a candle as the names are read.
- Topics related to our time at Gustavus will be placed on each table to stimulate dinner conversation. If time, someone from each table will give a brief summary of their discussion.
- As plates are cleared for dessert, participants will draw a name from a cup at their table, seek out the person, and enjoy a conversation with that person.
- Sam will create a short quiz on GAC topics/places/people. Prizes will be awarded. Prizes include the GAC coffee table history book and GAC “swag.”
- The evening will end with the Gustavus Alma Mater; Marlys will search out a song leader.
- Saturday Morning Program
- Sam will identify someone to give the invocation
- The committee will invite 5-6 people to participate on a panel to be moderated by Marlys. Panelists will be invited to share life-changing experiences or comment on opportunities following full-time employment.
- We’ll close with the Gustie Rouser (Carolyn may treat us with a cheer!)
- Class Communications
- Committee members will be asked to call 5-8 class members to encourage reunion participation. Calls will be made the last two weeks in April or first few days of May.
- Reunion information will be sent by the College around April 1.