Class of '59
April 2002


Dear Classmates,

This letter is a little overdue—for that I apologize.  It is a difficult letter to write as I’ve just learned that our class agent, John Erickson, is no longer with us.  I knew he was struggling with cancer, but didn’t expect to receive this news just as we were getting ready to put a letter together.  So, taking a lead from Wilt’s last letter, I’ve entitled this edition, “WHY.” 

Why does someone like John have to leave us just now?  He certainly was a leader.  In reviewing the Gustavian, I am reminded of his activities and leadership–an Eppie, swim team, Chapel choir, Student Senate, junior class president and sophomore class vice president among his honors.  And recently, he has been our dedicated class agent.  Thank you, John, for all your work.  We will miss you.

I’ve also learned that another class member, Paul Petersen, passed away last October -also of cancer.  He was a minister in Withee, Wisconsin, at the time of his death.  In the last Gustavus Quarterly, there was a quote from the class of ’54, “We started out reporting our engagements and weddings, then children, then jobs and job changes.  That worked for about the first 30 years.  And then, wham, we just plain ran out of that kind of news.”  I think that’s true of our class too and hope that death news is not the only thing we’ll have to report from now on!  We may be nearing the 50-Year Club, but there’s a lot of life in us and we need your news to make our letters interesting.  So―start telling us what keeps you in or out of mischief from sunup to sundown―about your children and grandchildren; about your travels; and what kind of interesting volunteer job you are doing.  Feel free to email me news throughout the year.

I do want to thank Wilt for writing the winter newsletter.  He did a terrific job and I felt like he put life back into our class.  The news may not have all been truthful, but it surely was fun to read.  How about considering becoming a co-agent again.  WHY not?  I would appreciate your help.  If not Wilt, how about someone else volunteering?  Or would someone like to be a guest writer from time to time?

The news we’ve gathered since our winter letter follows:

Nancy Anderson Gruber has become a grandmother to triplet girls.  They’re in LasVegas and Nancy is in Pennsylvania–do you get to see them often?

Liz Sandquist Brown has a new grandson in New Orleans, LA.  I know she was there for his arrival.

Rev. Dr. Dennis Anderson is the newly appointed regional representative for the Board of Pensions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.  Dennis lives in Westerville, Ohio.

Lynnette Street Flato promises a visit to Minnesota next September.  We hope to have another mini-reunion upon her arrival.

Barbara Flueger Jackson, wrote a thank you note to Wilt on his great letter.  She is a clinical laboratory scientist for St. Paul hospitals.  Her husband, Carl, is retired from 3M and they have two sons.  Bryan is with NW Airlines and Curt is with Intel.

Linda Lund Anderson was last seen heading to Florida.  I think she spent some time in Minnesota between her California fling and heading south.  There are two darling granddaughters to hold her attention in Minnesota.

It looks like Carol Hansen Johns has moved from Mankato to Webster, South Dakota.  Tell us what’s exciting out your way!

Jeanne Turnquist Lindstrom writes that she is keeping busy with 10 wonderful grandchildren.  Her husband, Ernie, is still working but they do find time to travel–especially now that three of their children are attorneys and are working in his office.  Some of their travels are to follow their youngest daughter, Kris ’95, as she pursues a golf career.  Their son, Mark, is a captain with Continental and was in the air on September 11th.

Donna Seaberg Madden and husband just returned from an African trip at Christmas time.

Evelyth Peterson Nelson and her husband, Earl, are making an addition to their home in St. Peter, to include an entertainment center.  Earl sounds like a handy man to have around!

Cal Raasch in Unionville, Missouri, reports that he’s a first time grandpa to a baby boy.  He sounds excited!

Jeanette Westberg Johnston is a substitute teacher in Waukesha, Wisconsin.  She went to Cancun last summer and swam with the dolphins.

Phil Reilly and Marna (Colliander ’60) went with Andrea (Noren ’60) and Fred ’60 Rogers to Tibet and China last April.  They even made it onto Tibetan TV.  We need more information on this bit of news.

I spent January travelling southwest to New Mexico and Arizona and then up the coast to Washington to see my son, Dan on his 40th birthday!  Avis (Baldwin) and Bill Rill, we didn’t get near enough to you in Arizona to give a call.  And now I have just returned from a week in Colorado skiing.  I’m determined to continue skiing until I get free lift tickets.  As we sped through Nebraska, I observed that Stu Anderson’s cattle are well fed and if we weren’t in a hurry to get home, I’d have called on Stu and Jane Wells Behrhorst. 

It’s been great to hear from so many of you–keep the news coming!

Linda Lund Anderson and Lois Madsen Allen will be helping me with Phonorama later this month.  If anyone else has time available on April 22, 23, 24 and 25, we’d love to see you.  Otherwise, expect a call from one of us lovely ladies!

Speaking of Phonorama–here are the statistics from the class of 1959 for this year.  Of our class of 218 people, 85 have given or pledged to this date.  That’s only 39.4%.  Our goal for this year is to have 137 donors or 61.7%.  Remember the dollar amount is not what matters—we really want to increase the number of givers.  We need 52 more.  If you’ve not pledged or given so far, consider giving a small gift in John Erickson’s memory.  I especially liked Wilt’s quote of Dr. Edgar Carlson ’30 concerning giving.  To paraphrase–if a college trains people to get, but fails to train them to give, it has no good reason to exist.  Let’s show Gustavus that we know how to give!  I, for one, truly appreciate my liberal arts education.  I have benefited from this background many times and know it is time to give back to the school.

That’s all the ’59 news for this issue.  Perhaps after Phonorama, we’ll have more–or like Wilt, we’ll invent some!

’Til next letter or phone call,

Carol Johnson Heyl

1959 Class Agent

1702 Valley View Drive

Winona, MN 55987


P. S. Now for some campus news written by a current Gustavus student:

Campus News:

Hi!  This is Tracey Hanson again writing from the Alumni Office.  For those of you who haven’t previously heard from me, I am a senior double majoring in Communication Studies and Business Management.  I am a seasoned Alumni Office veteran, as this is my fourth (and final) year here.  After not having taken a J-Term class, spring semester and the homework it entails has been hitting me hard.  Contrary to popular belief, the “senior slacker” final semester has been just the opposite for me.  My time at Gustavus has flown by, especially this final year.  The fact that it is March and I am still without a job is beginning to be a constant thought in the back of my mind.  It also seems to be a constant thought in the minds of my parents, although it seems closer to the front of theirs!  Spring semester has also been the final opportunity to be all together with classmates, so much time has been spent socially with roommates and friends.

As I will be graduating in June, this will be the final time you receive updates from me.  I now will also move into the alum category and step into the real world.  I’m not sure I’m completely ready for the change, but I’m darn sure that I better get ready because it’ll be here before I know it!  Here is some news from Gustavus.

Hello Walk On-line Alumni Community ( has been launched and Gusties of all ages are invited to join this meeting place for anything from small talk to debate to caring conversations.  Hello Walk at Gustavus is the sidewalk running from Uhler Hall on the north side of campus past the front of Old Main to Pittman Hall on the south side, which, for decades, was the main “artery” and gathering point on campus.  Even though the campus landscape has changed, the spirit of Hello Walk continues with you joining the conversation on the virtual Hello Walk.  Associate professor of political science, Chris Gilbert, will guest host a discussion on politics for the months of May and June.  Check it out at

Reunion Weekend for the 50 Year Club and Class of 1952 is May 31 & June 1.  A schedule of events and registration material will be sent in April.

Homecoming 2002 & All Sports Reunion Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Intercollegiate Athletics is September 21.  Homecoming Weekend will include reunion gatherings for classes of 1957, 1962, 1967, 1972, 1977, 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997 and 2002.  Class reunions will be held in Bloomington at the Radisson South Hotel Friday evening, and Homecoming events including class and all-sports reunion events will return to campus for activities Saturday.  A schedule of events and registration material will be mailed in August.  A schedule will be published in the summer and fall issues of the Quarterly.

It has been an extremely successful winter sports season at Gustavus.  Women’s hockey won the MIAC regular season championship with an undefeated record and advanced to the Frozen Four National Tournament, finishing third in the nation. The men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams both won MIAC titles, the first time in Gustavus history.  The women’s Nordic ski team won its first MIAC championship.  Men’s basketball placed second in the MIAC during the regular season and MIAC playoffs, and advanced to the Sweet Sixteen before losing to number one ranked Carthage College.  Men’s hockey finished second in the MIAC regular season and playoffs.  Women’s basketball finished fourth in the MIAC and advanced to the conference playoff for the first time ever. The women’s indoor track team finished second and both the men’s Nordic ski team and men’s indoor track teams placed fourth in MIAC action.  The women’s gymnastics team advanced to the NCGA National Championships.  Five Gustavus coaches were named Coach of the Year in their respective sports – Jon Carlson (women’s swimming & diving), Mike Carroll (women’s hockey), Mickey Haller (women’s basketball), Scott Jerome (women’s Nordic skiing), and Brett Petersen (men’s hockey).

G.I.V.E. – Gusties In Volunteer Endeavors is moving to the spring.  Work projects will happen in the Twin Cities on Saturday, April 27.  Register on-line at under the alumni events section.

The 22nd MAYDAY! Peace Conference, May 1 will address the topic "Sanctions and Beyond:  What is the Human Price?"  For conference information and reservations, call the Office of Public Affairs (507/933-7520).

Comprehensive Alumni Directory

The Alumni Directory being published for the Gustavus Alumni Association by Publishing Concepts is still in production.  Those who purchased directories should expect to receive their copy in September.  Orders for an alumni directory can still be taken by calling 800/982-1590.

Evelyn Sponberg Young’s 90th birthday celebration

The Twin Cities Chapter of the Alumni Association invites all Gusties and friends of former Gustavus food service director and 2002 Alumni Fund Chair Evelyn Sponberg Young ’33 to her 90th birthday celebration on July 25, 2002 at Mt. Olivet Lutheran Church, 5025 Knox Avenue South, Minneapolis, at 6:30 p.m. with a 7:30 p.m. program.

Evelyn will be serving her famous Red Velvet Cake and all guests will receive a loaf of her famous Swedish rye bread. A book of remembrance will be compiled as a gift for Evelyn.  Please send remembrances and stories of Evelyn to Alumni Office, Gustavus Adolphus College, 800 West College Avenue, St. Peter, MN 56082.  Reservations should be made with the Alumni Office at 800-487-8437, e-mail at or visit our web site at, alumni, events.

NOBEL CONFERENCE® XXXVIII, The Nature of Nurture – The Early Years, will be held on campus October 1 & 2.  The conference will explore the forces that are most important in shaping a child’s personality, gender identity, and language acquisition and learning ability.  History, discoveries, research, and clinical studies will all be surveyed to draw a better understanding of biological forces and environmental influences on brain development.

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