Class of '59
November 2008

Dear Classmates,

Larry and Deone (Nordquist) Cartford are on the Reunion Committee and following our meeting in September, they wrote this letter reporting their experiences on returning to campus.

“What 50 years can do!!  Not so much to each of us, but to the campus.  When we think back on 1955-’59 we hardly recognized the campus.  Old main stands proudly, that we recognized, but where is the Art Barn, South and North Halls, Commerce Hall,Classroom Annex, Music Barn, Myrom Field House and Wahlstrom Hall?  Hello Walk seemed strange, conversations, sure, but on cell phones.  Then there are the new buildings; we didn’t even recognize their names.

And the cafeteria, voted one of the 10 best in the country, now that is an experience.  Didn’t we have three choices of main course?  Now they have hundreds, so it seems, stations where you can have Mexican, Chinese, Greek, American, salads, desserts and on and on.  Our Reunion Committee met in the gym, they call it Alumni Hall now.  That’s where we had our phy-ed classes and wasn’t that where we dined with Prince Bertil?  And the Book Store, remember that old yellow room we had, now, man, you’d think you were in a shopping mall.  Oh well, 50 years, what else would you expect?  It’s still a magnificent place with tons of memories.

We’re on the Reunion Committee; it’s a fun group of seventy-somethings.   And have we an awesome weekend planned for all the ’59ers!!  We hope you’re planning to come.  It’ll be a thrill as we remember, chat and realize what a strong footing Gustavus gave us for our futures.  See you the weekend of May 29-30, 2009.”

Your classmates,

Deone and Larry Cartford

Requests from the Reunion Committee

We plan to have a little trivia game going on Saturday morning—but for that we need your help.  Please email, call or snail mail information to Larry and Deone Cartford.

Please tell them what you are most famous or infamous for while at Gustavus.  They would like other trivia that you remember about Gustavus such as:  How many absences from Chapel were you allowed?  What does “double beanie” mean?  You can reach the Cartfords at: or 10147 East Elmwood Drive, Sun Lakes, AZ 85248 or call:  480-883-3031.

We’re also looking for pictures from our Gustavus days as well as one current picture of you alone or with family to put into a video to be seen during the reunion.  Send those pictures to:

Carol Johnson Heyl

152 Janet Marie Lane

Winona, MN 55987

Phone:  507-454-5543


We’ll pass the pictures on to a tech savvy classmate—Lou Everett?

And another thing.  Some of our classmates have been very industrious or creative in the last 50 years.  We’d like to showcase their accomplishments by having a display of their endeavors during the reunion.  Again, please let Carol Heyl know what you might bring―arts, writings, photography, etc. (her contact information is listed above).  This will be forwarded to Kay Carlson Gritton who will coordinate the displays.  Do limit your display items to one or two items.

Do you have an interest in a golf outing on Friday morning?  Let Carol know of your interest― both men and women are invited to participate—and she will find another classmate to coordinate it.

We hope you have completed the Golden Anniversary Information Sheet that was in last month’s letter.  If you haven’t, please do so.  We noticed that there was not an area to report on marriages, children etc.  Not to worry, a full biographical survey will be coming out in the next few weeks that will ask for all of that information.  (If you’ve lost this valuable sheet or the dog chewed it up, there will be a second chance in January when this will be mailed again.)  Or maybe you’ve just received a chance to update your profile on the Gustavus website.  This is a great website where you can track down classmates etc.

Last but not least---Carol Miller Hammarberg and John Bold are Co-Chairs of the Fundraising Committee and are sending you this special message.

“To celebrate our 50th reunion, our class will be giving a Fiftieth Anniversary gift to Gustavus in appreciation for the excellent foundation we received 50 years ago.  Personally, we know that having a liberal arts education with a Christian emphasis, has served us well for the past 50 years.  Whether it has been visiting the campus on occasion or getting the alumni news, we are impressed with the degree of excellence in the instructors, the variety of course options and the commitment of Gustavus to diversity among the students.  We want to ensure that Gustavus is there ready to serve for generations to come.

There are a number of ways we can give to this gift.  The committee’s goal is to increase our class of ’59’s giving to $100,000; $40,000 to the annual fund, $25,000 for a class endowed scholarship and the remainder for other gifts and bequests to the college.  The pledge card that is included with this letter provides the opportunity for you to pledge an amount spread over three years if that will encourage you to increase your gift.  It is also possible to give this gift through your estate planning with a bequest in your will or other charitable vehicle.

We hope you will give your thoughtful consideration in making a gift to Gustavus in honor of the outstanding Class of 1959!


John Bold and Carol (Miller) Hammarberg

Co-Chairs of the Fundraising Committee

Class News

The committee has been busy calling all of our classmates and have come up with current news:

  • Joyce Miller Biagini travels to Costa Rica frequently.
  • Dean Brown attended the Oct 4th Homecoming and saw Dick Halvarson
  • Len Brown referees football, baseball and softball.  His daughter has an art gallery in London so they travel to Europe every two years—latest were Austria and Switzerland.
  • Ken RockVam ran for the at-large city council position in New Ulm this fall.  How did it turn out Ken?
  • Bruce Heyl went pheasant hunting with his two sons in South Dakota this fall.
  • Liz Sandquist Brown comes to Minnesota at Christmas and during the summer, but will not be able to attend the reunion.
  • Pat and Shirley Zaske Sweeney will be moving to Otsego, MN to be nearer grandchildren but will probably return to Arizona when the snow flies.
  • Stu Anderson and Fritz Kilander call each other every Sunday—now that’s a good roommate!
  • Dick Faye celebrated his 50th wedding anniversary by vacationing in Hawaii for 50 days.  Dick and Larry Baker ’56 have been clowning around with the Shriners for years.  They also keep in touch with Radford Reither.
  • Ron Hawkinson clogs his way through 20 performances a year.  His oldest son graduated from Gustavus and a granddaughter is applying.
  • David Nordstrom is enjoying retirement, does many elderhostels—the most recent to the Canadian Rockies.
  • John and Lynda (Hedbom) Peterson’s next trip is to Branson, MO.  John retired but is now a visitation pastor and hospice chaplain.
  • Richard Royle was at Gustavus for two years―then engineering at the University of Minnesota.  His daughter is an ’88 graduate of Gustavus.
  • Roy Schwen is a sculptor and is presently working on a sculpture for Concordia College in the Bronx.  Would you have anything to exhibit in our display room Roy?
  • Stan Jurgenson is a pastor in Las Vegas—had been with the Veteran’s Administration for 35 years as a hospital chaplain.
  • Evie Bonander was a social worker in the medical field as an administrator.  Now retired but volunteers at Massachusetts General unless traveling―latest travel to Turkey, Honduras and Jerusalem.
  • Paul and Marian (Fickes) Borg live near their two children.  Marian and her daughter have a very successful craft business―how about bringing something to display?
  • Karen Wahlstrom Compton and husband, Duane, divide their time between Ouray, Colorado and Longboat Key, Florida.  She and Duane have six children.
  • Joyce Johnson Elvestrom is in Arizona for the winter, but will go back to Lutsen for Christmas.  All three of Joyce and Don’s ’58 children are Gustavus graduates.
  • Morris Lundgren has 5 children; one is a Gustavus graduate.  Morris spent 30 years at Central Lakes College and did graduate work at Drake University and Bemidji State University.
  • Lynda Johnson Minnick has two sons residing in Minnesota.  She continues her interest in World Awareness National Council of Churches.  She has just graduated from the Botanical Gardens in ornamental garden work.  She recently led a group to the Middle East for her church.
  • Marie Munson Rutter travels the world as much as possible!  She hopes to go to the Northwest Passage next.  She did visit Dubai last year enroute to other places.  Marie has two sons and two wonderful grandchildren all in Edmonton.
  • Floie Vane had a wonderful career as a research scientist, but now is loving retirement.  She’ll be in Mexico for Christmas.
  • Ralph and Betty (Watson) Peterson live in Duluth.  Ralph taught economics at Northern Michigan University and has been retired since 1980.  They go to Florida after Thanksgiving.
  • Carol Anderson Larson lives in Arizona most of the year, but does come north to Iron River, WI for the summer.
  • Dick Lindholm is alive and well.  He retired from teaching a few years ago.  He and his wife have 25 grandchildren!
  • Warren Woods joined an “Over 70 Softball League” this summer and truly enjoyed it.  He is in a creative writing group during the winter months and will share a poem he has written for our display area.
  • Barbara Flueger Jackson retired 3 years ago from her favorite lab job.  She and Carl have 2 sons and grandchildren.
  • Bob Koons retired 9 years ago and now splits his time between Walker, MN and Green Valley, AZ.
  • Fritz Kilander has historical GAC items dating back to when his grandfather was called from Sweden to teach at Gustavus.  He’ll bring all these things for display and then probably donate them to the archives at school.
  • Karen Hanson Shogren and her husband enjoy GA football.  Karen was a nurse and her husband Robert was a system engineer.  Their children Kathy and David were GA grads in 1981 and 1982.
  • Bob Koons retired nine years ago and splits his time between Walker, MN and Green Valley, AZ.  Last Christmas they were in Germany where their son was.
  • Marlo Putz retired for a second time this fall from North Hennepin Community College.  His first retirement was from Minnesota Crop Improvement with the University of Minnesota.  He has three sons:  one in California with the LAPD, one in Maryland with the Secret Service and the third right next door, near Buffalo, MN.
  • Loren Shoquist is a senior member with Gideon’s International travelling over 125,000 miles for them—Indonesia, India, Spain, Argentina.  He and Carole (Engstrom ’60) have two children and two grandchildren.
  • Carol Hansen Johns and Steve ’60 cruised to Canada and celebrated Steve’s 70th birthday in NYC.  They also visited Nancy and Louis Bittrich.  And now they’re escaping from South Dakota to Florida for the winter.
  • Barbara Endersbe Wallin is semi retired from her job as church secretary—only working 20 hours a week.  Jerry retired from teaching and they keep busy with their five grandchildren.

Are You One of the Truly Golden Gusties?

These are the people who have indicated they plan to be at the reunion in May so far:

Bob Adolphson, Lois Madsen Allen, Linda Lund Anderson, Sandie Anderson, Sonia Anderson, Stu Anderson, Marilyn Gustafson Asp, Tusa Johnson Bergman, Joyce Miller Biagini, John Bold, Evie Bonander, Marian Fickes Borg, Dean Brown, Len Brown, Bruce Carlson, Jeanette Reinke Carlson, Deone Nordquist Cartford, Larry Cartford, Elizabeth Johnson Dahl, Joyce Johnson Elvestrom, Lou Everett, Kay Carlson Gritton, Carol Miller Hammarberg, Ron Hawkinson, Bruce Heyl, Carol Johnson Heyl, Jerry Hoffman, Elaine Torrey Holmen, Paul Jeske, Carol Hansen Johns, Ben Johnson, Cliff Johnson, Diana Sroder Johnson, Connie Collamore Johnson, Fritz Kilander, Bob Koons, Dick Lindholm, Jeanne Turnquist Lindstrom, Chuck Lower, Morris Lundgren, Paul Magnuson, Lynda Johnson Minnick, David Olson, Marlo Putz, Ken RockVam, Richard Royle, Marie Munson Rutter, D.L. Smith, Pat Sweeney, Shirley Zaske Sweeney, Floie Vane, Barbara Endersbe Wallin, Kathleen Coffman Westgard, Paul Westgard, Warren Woods and Paul Youngdahl.

There are a few “maybes”:  Dick Faye, Ann Hendrickson, Jeanette Westberg Johnston, Pat McLane Olson, John and Lynda Hedbom Peterson, Loren Shoquist.

And now I’ve run out of news, so it’s time to sign off.  See you in May if not sooner!

Gustavianly yours,

Carol Johnson Heyl

1959 Class Agent

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.  December’s presenter will be Steve Kjellgren ’86, director of dining services.  Here are the details:  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.

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

  • Christmas in Christ Chapel – Joyeux Noel – December 5-7
  • St. Lucia Day – December 11
  • Twin Cities Gustie Breakfast, Steve Kjellgren ’86 — Dec. 17