Class of '59
October 2008

Dear Classmates,

One of the best things about being a class agent is having the phone ring at 4:30 in the afternoon and having Paul Jeske on the other end.  I had not heard from him or about him since we graduated in 1959—and here he was calling to locate other classmates.  In the meantime, I caught up on Paul’s history.  He was a plant manager for 3M and has been retired for eleven years.  Paul spends most of his time in their cottage in northern Minnesota.  He and his wife had just returned from a trip to Italy.  They have three children—all living nearby.

Another plus, is getting to know someone I really never knew while at Gustavus.  DwayneD.L.” Smith has volunteered to be on the reunion committee and has written the following letter to encourage all of you to show up in May.

This past summer was as good as it gets for D.L. Smith.  I’ve been on Ten Mile Lake in Hackensack, Minnesota for 26 years.  I call it the best lake in Minnesota and not because I’m on it.  It is 5,700 acres, 208’ deep, and sugar sand beaches.  It is full of walleyes and has 23’ water clarity.  Another classmate, Fritz Kilander has been on the lake twice as long as I and has a beautiful home on the east shore.  I’m on the north shore about ten minutes by boat from Fritz.  I believe he has lived on the lake the past 37 years and he has actually been coming to Ten Mile since birth.  I usually see Fritz two to three times per summer and he’s always tinkering with something.  I spend two weeks at Christmas at the Ten Mile and several three-day weekends as I took up snowmobiling four years ago and it sure beats out Palm Springs, Naples or any island you can name by a landslide.

The Dr. Paul Youngdahl How are you doing, Rube?  (My name for the preacher since high school.)  Rube had lumbar surgery in July and missed our annual golf game at Superior National, his home course.  I’ll be seeing you soon.  By the way Rev. Youngdahl is the best in his field with nobody a close second.  On Sunday mornings while listening to the Rev. I sometimes wander off and think here’s the guy that threw the best pass behind the back I ever saw in a basketball game.  What a treat for me to hear the best voice ever from the pulpit on Sunday mornings.

How are you, Shirley (Zaske) and Pat Sweeney?  I hear that you moved out-of-state.  Congratulations Pat on 30 years!  I’m extremely proud of you.  More so even than when you hit those two 25’ two-handed set shots in 1957 to help us beat St. Mary’s after being down 16 points with 4 minutes left on the clock on St. Mary’s court.

Owen Wallin and Wilt Croonquist were two of the greatest individuals to ever come out of Willmar, MN.  Owen worked on my back as a chiropractor for about five years.  He was the best.  What a pure man he was.  Four years at Gustavus with Owen was a real help to me.  I never heard him speak ill of anyone or anything.  He was salt of the Earth.  Marcia [(Hedberg) Wallin], I hope you are doing well.  We all know Owen is with the Lord and doing well.

Wilt Croonquist is also with the Lord.  What a great man as well!  I’ll never forget freshman week at Gustavus when Wilt, Duane “Dewey” Aldrich, and myself took a trip to St. Olaf where Wilt knew some friends (girls).  I came home from that trip saying “that’s my kind of guy.”  I didn’t see much of Wilt until about 1994 when we spent 28 days together at a very pleasant place.  What a surprise that was for both of us.  Wilt gave me a 28 medallion and now I’m going on 14 years.  Thanks Dewey for your great work with Wilt and me on those Sunday afternoons.

Paul Magnuson, I know you’re from South Dakota, but I can’t recall the town.  I was fortunate to be in a law class with you on two different occasions.  What a professor Kyle “Boomer” Montague ’34 was! Congratulations on your long successful career as the Chief Judge of the United States in the St. Paul District.  In athletics, as a player you would get press coverage for 8 to 10 years.  Well, Paul, now you’ve had it for about 50 years as I’ve really enjoyed reading about your many decisions in the Minneapolis and St. Paul newspapers.

[The next portion of DL’s letter dealt with his parents’ passing and mementos handed down to him.  These news articles will appear in the golden yearbook to be produced for our reunion.]

I sure hope to see you all in May of 2009 for our 50th.  My apologies for any mistakes in this letter as I never received an “A” in English from Prof. George.


D.L. Smith

1959 Guest Letter Writer

And I thank D.L. for sharing his Gustavus memories and what those friendships have meant to him over the years.

News we’ve received since the September letter:  Nancy Oman Ward was struck by a car as she was walking across the street.  She is out of intensive care but will need many weeks of therapy.  You may send cards of cheer to her at:  c/o Max, 727B S. Fremont St., San Mateo, CA  94402.  We do hope Nancy will be able to attend the reunion.

I understand that Liz Sandquist Brown was sighted in Minnesota visiting her daughter and grandchildren. 

More “hut” memories from Diana Sroder Johnson:  We only had cold water in the huts so had to heat for hot water.  The kitchen drains froze in the winter and consequently had to throw all dishwater, etc. out the front door.  The huts had no insulation which meant that frost built up on all the inside walls and windows―somehow we remained warm.  All of the residents in the Vet’s housing would pool loose change to buy a six pack of beer to have as we played cards.

Included with this letter is a gold information sheet that we hope all of you will complete updating your information with us.  This will all go into a golden anniversary booklet which you’ll receive at the reunion.  Everyone will be in the booklet and the more returns we get the better the book will be.  Please complete and return the form as soon as possible.

You should be hearing from one of the committee members in the next few weeks—we hope to reach each one of you.  We’re still looking for pictures, display items and memorabilia.

Gustavianly yours,

Carol Johnson Heyl

1950 Class Agent

152 Janet Marie Lane

Winona, MN 55987


Campus News

Presidential Inauguration

Gustavus Adolphus College inaugurated Jack R. Ohle as its 16th president on Friday, Oct. 3 in Christ Chapel.  Various inaugural events were held over a four-day period.  On Homecoming Saturday, Oct. 4 the celebration was capped-off with an Oktoberfest; a buffet-style dinner immediately following the Homecoming football game with about a thousand Gusties in attendance.

Twin Cities Gustie Breakfasts

Join other Minneapolis/St. Paul area Gusties for a morning cup of coffee and breakfast while getting an update on Gustavus.  The group meets the third Wednesday of each month.  November’s presenter will be Tom Young ’88, vice president for institutional advancement.

Doubletree Hotel, Minneapolis-Park Place, 1500 Park Place Boulevard (Hwy. 394 & Hwy. 100)

Third Wednesday of the month - 8-9:30 a.m.

Cost is $10 per person.  Reserve a spot by calling Don Swanson ’55 at:  763-533-9083.

Nobel Conference ― Who Were the First Humans?

Nobel Conference XLIV held Oct. 7 and 8, 2008 focused on the first humans.  Presenters considered the full range of recent evidence about the first modern humans going beyond archaeologists and paleoanthropologists to the work of biologists, climatologists, geneticists, mathematicians, and psychologists who have been adding to the scientific database.

Twin Cities lecture on international terrorism

Dr. Magnus Ranstorp '85, research director for the Center for Asymmetric Threat Studies at the Swedish National Defense College in Stockholm, Sweden, will present a public lecture titled, “The Threat of Global Terrorism,” on Thursday, Nov. 6, 7:30 p.m., at Interlachen Country Club, 6200 Interlachen Blvd., Edina, MN.  Ranstorp, who will be in the United States to cover the presidential election for Swedish television, will address some of the key terrorism trends and challenges for the next U.S. presidency.  He will also be presented a Gustavus Distinguished Alumni Citation in international relations.  RSVP to the Office of Alumni Relations at 800-487-8437.

Need medical insurance?

Are you between jobs?  Self-employed?  Not covered by an employer health plan?  If you need health insurance you can find the right coverage for yourself and your family through the alumni association.  Whether you need temporary or permanent coverage, please visit to learn more about the range of coverage options available.

The Linnaeus Arboretum's 2009 calendar is available now for purchase

The calendar features the photography of Anders Björling ’58 and phenological notes by naturalist, Jim Gilbert ’62.  You can purchase your copy for $16 ($15 for current members of Friends of Linnaeus Arboretum).  Please add $3 per calendar for shipping and handling.  Checks should be payable to Linnaeus Arboretum Calendar and mailed to:  Linnaeus Arboretum Calendar, Gustavus Adolphus College, 800 West College Avenue, St. Peter, MN  56082.  (Contact Shirley,, 507-933-6181 with questions.)

Legacy Award for Gustavus admission

The Gustavus Legacy Award was created for new students whose siblings are current Gustavus students or graduates or whose parents or grandparents are Gustavus alumni.  Renewable awards of $2,500 per year are given to scholarship recipients who have a high school grade point average of at least 3.5 or an ACT of 26 or 1170 (Critical Reading + Math) on the SAT.  For more information, contact the Admission Office at 800/GUSTAVU(S).

Upcoming Alumni Events

  • Gustavus Library Associates Fall Author Day — Nov. 5
  • Twin Cities Lecture, “The Threat of Global Terrorism,” Dr. Magnus Ranstorp ’85 — Nov. 6
  • Twin Cities Gustie Breakfast, Thomas Young ’88 — Nov. 19
  • Christmas in Christ Chapel – Joyeux Noel – December 5-7
  • Twin Cities Gustie Breakfast, Steve Kjellgren ’86 — Dec. 17