Class of '59
January 2009

Happy New Year! 

2009—who would have thought we’d ever see this day—and now it’s only five months until we see many of you at the reunion.  If you want a sneak peak at some of those planning on attending, go to the website.

The following was submitted by one of the committee members—see if you can guess who wrote it!

“It’s amazing what memories come to mind when reminiscing about Gustavus days.

  • As freshmen, Mrs. Holmberg’s visits to our section when someone was campused for smoking, not me as when I inhaled one puff in the smoker in Rundstrom Lounge and could hardly make it up the stairs―that was enough of that.
  • Freezing cold walks to the “top of the hill” all winter.
  • Decorating our rooms for Christmas and celebrating with classmates.
  • Sliding down Wahlstrom hill on cafeteria trays in the fluffy snow.
  • Newspapering section mates rooms when they were on exciting dates.
  • Getting my mouth taped shut when bugging friends who were trying to study.
  • As a freshman, first semester eating my way through 18 meal books and not gaining a pound.
  • Joining every extra curricular organization possible to avoid studying.  (I’m so lucky I actually made it through these “hallowed halls” with a degree).
  • “Hell night” with cracked raw eggs on our heads.  (I have a terrible, wonderful picture of that.)
  • Crazy antics in Chapel―wasn’t there an old horse buggy on stage one morning―Edgar Carlson ’30 cried―or did I imagine that?
  • Porter’s Restaurant dinners when family visited.
  • Large groups walking down the hill together on Sunday morning to church.
  • Inspiring creativity in that wonderful art barn.
  • And huge yellow mums for homecoming.
  • What are your memories?  Come to the reunion so we can compare notes.”

This was written by Kay Carlson Gritton―only she could go through 18 meal books and not gain weight!  Did you know that she has seven grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren?  And according to Kay they look like a miniature United Nations.

Class News

Over the holidays, I have heard from a few classmates.

Ron “Rod” Johnson lives in Fairfield Glade, TN which he describes as an ideal retirement place—lots of active people and low taxes.  Their children are spread out over Texas, Minnesota and New York—so they travel to see them.

Marcia Hedberg Wallin spent Christmas in Washington, D.C. with her oldest son, Mitch, and his family.

Betty Croonquist wrote that she had a good year and sees her two children and their families often.  She went on a Mediterranean cruise this fall and will spend the winter in Gulf Shores, AL.

Paul Magnuson was on campus for New Year’s Eve with a number of older Gusties.  For a number of years, they have gathered at the Retreat House to bring in the new year and at the same time solve all the world problems!  Paul did report that Bob Peterson ’58 had fallen recently and is now in a nursing home in St Peter.  He would love to hear from other Gusties.

Sonia and Sandie Anderson celebrated their joint birthday on December 31st and January 1st.  I think that’s interesting that the twins although they were born at about the same time, were actually born in separate years.

Bob Swenson emailed me that he would be at the reunion.  He settled in Janesville, WI in 1968 and hasn’t been back to Gustavus much so he’s really looking forward to the reunion.  He did take in Christmas in Christ Chapel this year with his sister, Linnea Swenson Ulrich ’63 and before leaving Minnesota had taken in five lutefisk dinners.  This month he is on a trip to Egypt, Jordan and Israel.

Paul Engebretsen also emailed me that he and Linda (Pierson ’60) would be attending in May.  Their son, John graduated from Gustavus in ’91 and now is an adjunct at the school teaching music students on Monday and Wednesday evenings.  Paul retired from his OB-Gyn practice in 2005 in Alexandria.  He was also a consultant to the Royal Hobart Hospital in Tasmania, Australia.  In retirement, Paul has formed a band called DOC ALL STARS, but also keeps busy fishing, golfing, playing racquetball, and biking.  He and Linda spend three to four months in Arizona.

Warren Woods sent me a collection of his creative writings.  His poem, “Vinegar, Viagra and Vioxx” started him on his creative endeavor.  I know you’ll enjoy reading this poem and many of his other works at the reunion.

Paul Youngdahl did his usual eight Christmas Eve services.  Yes, Paul, I was in attendance at the 5:00 service.  It was wonderful to hear a great message as well as beautiful music.

We’re still looking for more trivia ideas—send them to the Cartfords at or 10147 East Elmwood Drive, Sun Lakes, AZ  85248.  And we need current pictures for our video.  The ones that have been sent already are posted on the website.  Either send your photos to me or Kathy Erlandsen at Alumni Relations, 800 West College Ave., St Peter, MN  56082 or you could email them directly to Kathy at:  We’ll get them on the website and in our video.

Included in this letter, is another questionnaire to be completed and returned to school.  If you’ve already sent one back, there’s no need to repeat unless you want to add information to that which you’ve already sent.

The Truly Golden Gustie list of those attending the reunion is growing.  Are you there?

Bob Adolphson, Duane Aldrich, Lois Madsen Allen, Dennis Anderson, Linda Lund Anderson, Roger Anderson, Sandie Anderson, Sonia Anderson, Stu Anderson, Hope Pluto Annexstad, Marilyn Gustafson Asp, Sharon Wolff Baker, Jane Wells Behrhorst, Tusa Johnson Bergman, Joyce Miller Biagini, John Bold, Evie Bonander, Marian Fickes Borg, Joanne Belanger Broten, Dean Brown, Len Brown, Mary Ann Swanberg Bue, Bruce Carlson, Jeanette Reinke Carlson, Deone Nordquist Cartford, Larry Cartford, Betty Croonquist, Elizabeth Johnson Dahl, Joyce Johnson Elvestrom, Paul Engebretson, Marilyn Espeseth Erickson, Lou Everett, Buzz Flolid, Kay Carlson Gritton, Carol Nelson Groseth, Nancy Anderson Guber, Carol Miller Hammarberg, Susan Hansen, Ron Hawkinson, Bruce Heyl, Carol Johnson Heyl, Jerry Hoffman, Elaine Torrey Holmen, Earl Jackson, Paul Jeske, Carol Hansen Johns, Dan Johns, Ben Johnson, Bill Johnson, Charles Johnson, Cliff Johnson, Diana Sroder Johnson, Connie Collamore Johnson, David Johnson, Dorothy Rylander Johnson, Rod Johnson, Stanley Jurgenson, Fritz Kilander, Bob Koons, Carol Anderson Kvam-Hansman, Dick Lindholm, Jeanne Turnquist Lindstrom, Chuck Lower, Morris Lundgren, Donna Seaberg Madden, Paul Magnuson, David Matson, Lynda Johnson Minnick, Dean Nelson, Evie Peterson Nelson, Vonnie Kyrklund Olsen, Allegra Nelson Olson, David Olson, Donna Olson Olson, Ione Hultander Olson, Bob Olson, Marlo Putz, Phil Reilly, Radford Reither, Ken RockVam, Richard Royle, Marie Munson Rutter, Bob Sandberg, Marion Johnson Sansted, D. L. Smith, Roxanne Rosendahl Steiner, Pat Sweeney, Shirley Zaske Sweeney, Bob Swenson, Don Tiegs, Floie Vane, Barbara Endersbe Wallin, Marcia Hedberg Wallin, Kathleen Coffman Westgard, Paul Westgard, Jack Westin, Warren Woods, Paul Youngdahl.

Now for the Maybes.  If you know anyone in this group, encourage them to come!

Ralph Akermark, Joyce Ford Anderson, Ray Austin, Louis Bittrich, Janet Sommers Chell, Ted Chell, Narese Dahl Dudley, John Edman, Dick Faye, Lynette Street Flato, Muriel Doherty Haegele, Lorraine Hanson, Ann Hendrickson, Barbara Flueger Jackson, Joanne Swenson Iverson, Jeanette Westberg Johnston, Norma Beyers Koos, Bootsie Anderson Lauridsen, Bob Linder, Sandie Alvig Lyons, Pat McLane Olson, Sheila Ice Olson, Jocelyn Neufeld Palmer, Carol Sammelson Perkins, John Peterson, Lynda Hedbom Peterson, Betty Watson Peterson, Ralph Peterson, Karen Hanson Shogren, Loren Shoquist, Bill St. Clair, Karen Walden Taylor, Karen Anderson Willhite.

Please note that enclosed with this letter is your alumni reunion survey and return envelope.  This is the usual five-year survey that the Alumni Office sends off, different from the biographical survey they sent this past fall.  Please be sure to fill them both out and return so we have updated information for the Golden Anniversary booklet.

The reunion committee is meeting again on February 21st at St. Stephen Lutheran Church located at 8400 France Avenue South, Minneapolis from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.  If there are classmates out there who are interested in attending, we always have room for more ideas and help.  In the meantime, stay warm and off the slippery ice.

Gustavianly yours,

Carol Johnson Heyl


152 Janet Marie Lane

Winona, MN 55987

Campus News

Haugen Named Head Football Coach

Peter Haugen was named the new head football coach in mid-December.  Haugen posted an 111-44 record in 15 years at Washburn High School.  He is the 17th head coach in the 93-year history of Gustavus football.  Haugen started the second week of January.

President Ohle is on the road!

Please join President Ohle, his wife Kris, and other Gustavus staff at a chapter dessert reception near you.  President Ohle will be visiting 11 cities around the country in the coming months and all alumni, parents, and friends of the College are invited to attend a reception.  Dates are listed below or check out the Alumni website to find out more details.

Mustaphi Named Michelle Obama’s Deputy Press Secretary

Semonti Mustaphi ’03 was recently named Deputy Press Secretary for First Lady Michelle Obama.  Mustaphi worked on the Obama campaign, and has also held communications positions for three senators.  Mustaphi graduated with a political science and communication studies double major, danced in the Gustavus Dance Company, and was an Anderson Scholar.

Gustie Breakfasts

Join us for the “Come on You Gustie” Breakfasts.  The breakfasts are held the third Wednesday of each month at the Doubletree Hotel, Minneapolis-Park Place, 1500 Park Place Boulevard (Hwy 394 and Hwy 100).  The breakfast runs from 8-9:30 and is $10 per person.  Reserve a spot by calling Don Swanson ’55 at (763) 533-9083.  February’s speaker will be Kris Kracht, communications; forensics head coach.

Music Ensemble Tours

Both the Gustavus Wind Orchestra and the Gustavus String Orchestra will be touring at the end of January and beginning of February.  The Wind Orchestra will tour mainly in the Denver area, but will also make two appearances in South Dakota.  The String Orchestra will travel from Stillwater through Iowa, Missouri, Tennessee, Ohio, Illinois, and Wisconsin.

Upcoming Alumni Events

  • Chicago Alumni Gathering - Jan. 29, Hyatt Regency O'Hare, 7 p.m.
  • 100th Anniversary of Gustavus Men's Basketball - Feb. 7
  • Twin Cities Gustie Breakfast, Kris Kracht, communications; forensics head coach - Feb. 18
  • Tucson Chapter Gathering - Feb. 19, Westward Look Resort
  • Phoenix Chapter Gathering - Feb. 20, Millennium Resort, Scottsdale
  • Los Angeles Chapter Gathering - Feb. 28, Art Director's Guild, Studio City
  • Boston Chapter Gathering - Mar. 14, Hyatt Regency Cambridge
  • New York Chapter Gathering - Mar. 16, New York Marriott East Side
  • Twin Cities Gustie Breakfast, Ken Westphal, vice president for finance - Mar. 18
  • Seattle Chapter Gathering - Mar. 21, Trinity Lutheran Church, Freeland, WA
  • San Francisco Chapter Gathering - Mar. 23, Hotel Vitale
  • Twin Cities Gustie Breakfast, Steve Wilkinson, retiring men's tennis coach - Apr. 15