Class of ’58

April 2013

Dear ʼ58ers,

I write this looking out on the eight inches of snow we received on the 11th of April. We need moisture in southern Minnesota, but is there no mercy? Give us some rain, gentle soothing rain creating May flowers.

Yes, it is nearly reunion time! Fifty-five years since we graduated; fifty-nine since we first stepped on campus. You should have received the reunion brochure sometime in the last few days; if not, let me know or phone the Alumni Office.

May 31 and June 1 are the dates. We have our class social and dinner at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 31 in the Three Crowns Room of the Jackson Campus Center. Our program will be quite informal with plenty of time to meet old friends and renew acquaintances with classmates. There will not be any speeches after the invocation and plenty of opportunity for voluntary audience participation.

We have a class breakfast scheduled for Saturday morning with the opportunity to hear from a panel of three classmates reflecting on life during retirement. More information will be sent next month as we complete our final plans. We also hope to give you a list at that time of those planning to attend the reunion.

The Alumni Office does not like me to call this the last great reunion, but I will anyway, as the 60th will see fewer of us attending and we may not be as perky in our eighties as we all are in our seventies!

Also on the reunion schedule are three seminars, one of them featuring our classmate, ANDERS BJORLING, sharing his photographs and adventures from around the world. (9 a.m. and 10:30) A class photo will be taken at 1:30 Saturday afternoon.

Complimentary campus housing will be available in Sohre and Pittman Halls on the south side of the campus. Bedding and towels are provided. If the weather does not get better, you might wish to bring a blanket!

The passing of MARLYS JOHNSON was a shock to all of us, particularly those on the reunion committee who will not forget the reunion meeting on January 15 when Marlys, the committee chair, was her usual vibrant self, full of ideas and leading us all in her enthusiasm for the reunion. Two weeks later, she was in Methodist Hospital in Rochester being treated for aplastic anemia. She passed away on March 21, three days after her 76th birthday. I am sure many memories will be shared at our reunion.

She was awarded an alumni citation from Gustavus in 2000 for distinguished service and significant achievement in educational administration. Last year, she was one of 150 Gustavus Sesquicentennial awardees for her work with Citizens Scholarship of America. The Gustavus Alumni Association proclaimed Marlys Honorary President for the day of March 25, 2013.

We have been delighted to receive news notes from so many of you. Thanks!

It had been a long time since we heard from LOWELL WEBSTER and his note was as follows:
“Thanks for the update. I am fine now, had a quad-by pass a year ago plus two strokes and much more−90 days in the hospital and re-hab. I’ve been in the newspaper industry since graduation, ad sales, publisher-owner, past 30 years as a newspaper broker, selling weeklies (St Peter) dailies in MN, IA, ND, SD and CO. I work with Calhoun Companies as a business broker in Edina. I have three children, one graduated from St. Cloud, one from Gustavus (Joel ’84) and one from North Dakota. I have been married to the same gal since 1958 – Now all is well.” Lowell, thanks again for all of that information.

JIM EDMAN will not be able to attend the reunion as their grandson will be graduating from Harvard Law School! Sounds like a good excuse to me! And Jim says he is already planning to attend our 60th in 2018.

DON KOCH makes several trips a year from Colorado Springs to see his son and family in Minnesota and always finds time to visit with classmate GLENN SAMPSON in Minneapolis. Glenn has Parkinson’s and is getting stronger as he regularly exercises on his stationary bike. Don is an avid skier and tells me he goes out twice a week. I am hoping to see him if he stops in St Peter on his way north.

SALLY CLAUSEN TAYLOR and her husband, Gib, celebrated 50 years of marriage in November 2012 with a cruise through the Panama Canal last January.

LOIS JUNGAS MARSTON continues as a field underwriter/regional rep for New York Life Insurance Company in Hugo, MN.

KAY JACOBSON CARLSON recently moved from five acres in Tigerton to an apartment in McFarland SHIRLEY LUNDGREN KANNE enjoys retirement, spending time with family and friends.

DOUG PRITCHARD of Stillwater is a branch manager with Feltl and Company.

In the January class letter, I mentioned in the paragraph about the passing of LEROY MUELLER that he had attended a one-room country school as I had in my youth. I asked if there were other classmates that would admit to this, then common, but now unique educational experience. Three have responded, LINDA ECKBLAD KNOCHENMUS, like me in rural Vasa Township and then to Red Wing High School; NANCY JOHNSON PETERSON, who attended a one room school for two years and then into a two-room school after the first consolidation; and MARLENE ISENSEE THOMAS, who attended a one-room country school, the Brackett School named for her great-grandfather. She said there were two in the 8th grade. In my case, I was the only one, first in the class and last in the class.

More news from Marlene – “As far as the reunion goes, I am not making any long-term plans as my husband, John, is in hospice care. Also, our granddaughter has the lead role in the “Sleeping Beauty” ballet at that time. This coming (last) weekend, I flew to Washington with my daughter and granddaughter for the wedding of our oldest grandson. I enjoy reading about everyone’s lives in the class letter.”

Thanks to DR. ALEXANDER NADESAN, retired political science professor at Bemidji State University.

“In April, 2012 I spent a month in Asia, visiting alumni of Bemidji State University. By the way, this is my 33rd trip to Asia. I am a specialist in East Asian and (ASEAN) affairs, the ten Association of South East Nations. Before I retired, I was a visiting professor in a number of these countries.
In April, I spent a few days in Hong Kong, Bangkok, Thailand, Kuala Lumper, Malaysia, Medan-Sumatra-Indonesia and Jakarta, Java, Indonesia, mostly visiting with alumni, taking pictures and gathering information about their American education.
In the spring, I prepare my garden and fish a lot through fall until it freezes. I gave up ice-fishing as it was too much work. We travel to Arizona every winter to visit the grandkids. This is the boring story of a retired professor.”

Thanks Alexander. We hope to see you at the reunion.

DON LOOMER had hoped to attend the reunion, but chose instead (correctly) to use his funds to take his whole family to Disneyland for four days to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. Bev and Don attended the memorial services in January for their sister-in-law, Diane Kolander Loomer ʼ62, who passed away after a long illness. It did give them a chance to meet the many Gusties who attended the service.

STAN LARSON reports that DON OLSON is good to go−no additional treatments for his cancer. He says Don had a splint installed in January and is anxious to get outdoors since this is the first time in 15 years that Don and Ginny have not spent some time during the winter in Palm Springs, CA. Don is planning a fishing trip to the boundary waters; unfortunately, it is at the time of our reunion. Bummer for us, but good for him.

Jan (Swanson ʼ62) and I had dinner (twice) with Jim and RUTH RAARUP MITCHELL in Destin/Fort Walton Beach earlier this winter and had a fun time rehashing history.

We also received a long note from SONYA JOHNSON BERG, who hopes to attend the reunion. She writes:

“Thank you for your personalized note. I moved to Glenwood 12 years ago after my husband, Earl, passed away and the children settled into a routine life style. I am living on Lake Minnewaska in a small cabin.
I have, over the years, been a medical technologist for a total of 30 years, owned and operated a knitting/antique business, raised 8 children and over 24 grandchildren. When I arrived in Glenwood all children were married and settled. Life had it that I applied to become a foster grandmother, working in the local high school in the biology, algebra and physics departments, helping students that were falling through the cracks and tutoring them. At the same time, I became involved with an organization called the Pope County Families in Need. We support the working poor with food, gas and pharmacy cards weekly. Our families number 127 that receive weekly cards. We also have been blessed with local and Minneapolis friends who donate quality clothing that we distribute to those in need. Our churches use our group to find homes for over 200 hand-made quilts and furniture. Last winter the basement was like a store and several families came daily for coats, jeans, sweatshirts and shoes. We survive on local donations from individuals and churches. We have supported several women who attended Alexandria Vo-Tech and returned to the community caring for the elderly in care centers in Glenwood and Starbuck. God has blessed us and we keep the love flowing here.”

A great story. Thanks for sharing!

DON and Sue (Myers ʼ60) MILTON live on their farm near Nunica, MI and keep very busy enlarging their pond, grading and seeding. Don keeps busy in his shop, making benches and end tables. Remember, Don moved from being a philosophy professor to creating furniture. Perhaps that is not as big a move as we might think! They are in good health and also enjoy raising their grandchild.

And that’s it for the news, folks! Thanks to all of you willing to share information about yourselves. There are many more that we would like to hear from, particularly those who have been quiet for years.

In the last letter, we invited gifts to our class scholarship and we have been very pleased with the response. Thank you! The 1958 Class Scholarship endowment stood at $104,816 on February 28 and we have had many gifts since then.

I asked our scholarship recipient, Liana Lien, now a senior, to say something about herself.

“I am excited to say, that in a few short months, I will be joining you as alumni of Gustavus. Looking back at all that I have learned and experienced makes me so grateful for the valuable education the College has exposed me to. Beginning college, I was told I was an adult, but now I truly feel that I am. I feel like an independent, educated, open-minded, and proud Gustie. After taking courses on campus and in London while I was abroad, I have gained a great interest in international organizations and businesses. I hope to use my biology degree in a research and development department or similar area of an organization, which also has an international interest. Being a first-generation college student, I look excitedly to the future for what great things are yet to come. Thanks for your continued support!

I am hoping that we might have the opportunity to meet and hear from Liana during our reunion.

Total giving for our class since graduation is $3,971,595 as of the end of the last fiscal year. CONGRATULATIONS! We have now passed $4 Million!

  • 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 to Gustavus every year. Incredible loyalty!
  • Twenty percent make a donation in two years out of five. This is the year! A reunion year.
  • Twenty percent may come forth sometime. Maybe this will be the year?

Thanks again for all your support. We hope to see you at the reunion – May 31 and June 1.

Carolyn Lund Sandvig
5901 Park Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55417
Owen Sammelson
618 West Nassau Street
St. Peter, MN 56082

Thanks to all of you who sent a gift to Gustavus in 2013. January – April 10


Gustavus is excited to announce that due to the generosity of a group of dedicated alumni, all gifts this spring to the Gustavus Annual Fund will be matched, dollar-for-dollar up to $100,000! Make double the impact on the Hill today through April 30, 2013. Visit

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National Chapter events for alumni, parents and friends have been taking place throughout the 2012-13 academic year and have focused on the College’s pillar of “Teaching and Learning.” Please save the date for the event in your area.

June 5 – St. Cloud – 6:00 p.m. - Le St. Germain Suite Hotel
June 6 – Willmar – 6:00 p.m. – The Oaks at Eagle Creek
July 9 – Duluth – 6:00 p.m. – Northland Country Club
July 10 – Grand Rapids – 6:00 p.m. – Sugar Lake Lodge
July 18 – Sioux Falls – 6:00 p.m. – Callaway’s
Aug. 19 – Rochester – 6:00 p.m. – Rochester Golf and Country Club

Books in Bloom

Books in Bloom is an initiative of the Gustavus Library Associates (GLA) that pairs books and other library materials with floral arrangements, by sponsoring several of the blooms!

Each sponsorship directly supports 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 and type Gustavus Library Associates in the search box. It will lead you to a gorgeous slide show of blooms and books. Then contact Gustavus Marketing/Communications Office at 507/933-7550 with your commitment to sponsor, or partially sponsor, a bloom for 2013. 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.