Class of '59
March 2009

50-Year Reunion

Reunion dates ― May 29 & 30, 2009

Dear Classmates,

I first dreamed of attending Gustavus after a visit on campus in the late ’40’s.  In the fall of 1955 it was a privilege for me to attend my church college and become a Gustie.  I thought that because I came from a small school and so many of you had graduated from much larger schools the competition would be overwhelming and so I often took the road of least resistance, trying to blend in and “figure it out.”  I soon learned that note taking and studying should be a priority over socializing.  I kept a rather complete expense journal that first year.  Some of the entries were:  GA Sweatshirt $2.75, Green Beanie $1.75, Class Dues $1.00, Ice Cream and Pie $.15, Bowling $.30, Books $18.85, Tuition $386.70 (1st semester), $396.70 (2nd semester), dissecting kit $.50, Tickets to Leap Year Party $1.00.  Does anyone remember a Leap Year Party???  Tuition for my sophomore year was $425.50 and $430.50.  It is good that I wrote that all down because I sure don’t remember it now.

I met Clyde ’56 in that first year.  As our love grew, my dream of graduating from Gustavus became less of a reality.  After my sophomore year, we married, traveled to California where Clyde was employed and 6-8 weeks later we moved to St. Paul, MN.  I completed my degree at another Lutheran College, taught high school students, parented two sons, and at various stages of family life became involved in related activities in our church, local schools and community.

The Gustavus class of ’59 includes:  those who entered in the fall of ’55; those who transferred into our class; those who started with another class took some time away and then returned; those who returned to school after serving our country in the military; those who spent one semester at Gustavus and became nurses through the Bethesda Nursing School; and those who, like me, started at Gustavus then left (for whatever reason) and continued life and study somewhere else.  I treasure the friendships made during and after my two years at Gustavus and feel fortunate to be a member of this class.  Through the years I have a recurring dream about finals and graduation.  The time comes and I realize that I have not handed in assignments, I’ve missed classes, I’ve never found the classroom, the doors are locked etc. and I never do graduate.  I haven’t figured out if this has something to do with what I actually did while attending Gustavus or the disappointment of not walking with the Gustavus graduates of 1959.

It is my privilege to represent all of the Gustavus non-graduates of our class on the reunion committee.  I am looking forward to seeing many of you at the reunion.  We plan to have a “Class of ’59 gathering place” for memorabilia and meeting friends.  We want you to feel at home once again, whether you’ve been back to Gustavus since attending or you’ve never been back on campus.  This is your year to visit and become reacquainted as we catch up through the years with each other.  You’ll be surprised who remembers you and has stories to tell about you.  It will be the time to remember a specific incident or event through the eyes and ears of others who were there with you.

Today, Gustavus is recognized for excellence.  It is an extra ordinary place with extra ordinary people.  It prepares the students for lives of service, leadership, lifelong learning and growing friendships.  Because of others, Gustavus was there for us.  Let us as a class, “give back” so that others may experience the excellent Gustavus liberal arts education.  Give as generously as you can to the “Class of ’59 – 50th Anniversary Gift.”

See you at Gustavus for our 50th reunion, May 29 & 30, 2009!

Lois Madsen Allen

1959 Reunion Committee Member


Greetings Golden Classmate,

I’m certainly glad that Lois kept all those notes on tuition and fees.  After moving many times in the last 50 years, I’m thankful that I still have all the yearbooks to look up everyone.

Phone News

I’ve said this before, but one of the best parts of my job as class agent is receiving phone calls and emails from classmates that we haven’t heard from in a long time.  Here are the messages I’ve received in the last month.

Dean Hillman has retired from the New York University Medical Center where he was professor of otolaryngology, physiology and neuroscience for 30 years.  Dean is in the process of moving.  He plans to attend the reunion.

Narese Dahl Dudley writes from her motor home in California that she and her husband celebrated their 50th anniversary in September.  They have one daughter, son-in-law and two grandchildren who are all grown up.  They travel the country in their motor home but return to Vancouver, WA for the summer.

Steve Johnson and wife, Helen (Hannover ’60), will be able to attend the reunion.  Steve was with 3M Corporation for 30 years.  They have two boys and one girl and six grandchildren.  Most of their time is spent traveling or in their island lake home in northern Wisconsin.

Marilyn Zahl Hempstead read Kay Carlson Gritton’s letter last month and decided she just needed to get in touch with Kay who had been her roommate.  That resulted in a call to me to get Kay’s number.  Marilyn and I discovered we’re almost neighbors as she lives in LaCrosse, WI – so we plan to get together soon.  Marilyn started Gustavus with us and then went on to the nursing program at the University of Minnesota.  Her husband has been the library director at Viterbo University in LaCrosse.  They have two daughters—one in California and the other near Kansas City.

Jeanette Reinke Carlson forwarded a newsletter from Jo Belanger Broten with her year of activities.  The highlights are that she has become a docent at the Denver Art Museum and that she was very involved in the Democratic Party in Colorado.  She first served as an alternate delegate to the Denver Convention and Assembly, then served on the hospitality committee for the convention in August, and then volunteered to make phone calls up to election day.

Brad Johnson reminded me that we were Chapel partners for years and how he switched seats with me so he could make a fast exit.

Joy “Bunny” Anderson Davis was pleased to know that so many in our class remember her.  Unfortunately, she won’t be able to attend the reunion.

I hope you’ve been checking the website for pictures of classmates as they look today.  It’ll make recognizing them at the reunion much easier.  For those of you who have not sent in pictures from Gustavus days or a recent one, you have until April 22nd to get them to me so I can forward them on to Lou Everett and his wife to put into a video.

Earlier, I said the best part of the class agent job is hearing from everyone.  Now, the hardest part of the job is asking for money.  But I’ll do it anyway.  Each fifty-year reunion class makes an anniversary gift to the school.  This is our way of saying thank you for the education we received and ensures future generations will have the same opportunities.  As in the past, a regular pledge can be made, or to increase the total gift to Gustavus you could make a three year pledge.  Another method to donate to the gift is through a bequest in your will.  This could either be a specific dollar amount or possibly a percentage of your estate.  Just one per cent would make a nice gift!

A gift can be designated to any cause at Gustavus that you want to name―scholarship, maintenance, library, science, endowment, music, art, athletics—you name it.  I realize that the current economic conditions are not the best, but I do hope you can contribute in some way.  We’re not looking for huge dollar amounts as much as we’re hoping for participation from everyone.  Included in this letter is a pledge form for those who have not already done so.  As of March 6, 101 classmates have donated or pledged $43,891.00.  This does not include bequests made through estate planning.  Please consider thoughtfully how you may add to this total.

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

  • Bob Adolphson
  • Duane Aldrich
  • Lois Madsen Allen
  • Dennis Anderson
  • Anita Lien 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
  • Janet Sommers Chell
  • Ted Chell
  • Betty Croonquist
  • Elizabeth Johnson Dahl
  • Joyce Johnson Elvestrom
  • Paul Engebretson
  • Marilyn Espeseth Erickson
  • Lou Everett
  • Buzz Flolid
  • Donna Bjerkstrand Gray
  • 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
  • Weldon Jacobson
  • Paul Jeske
  • Carol Hansen Johns
  • Dan Johns
  • Brad Johnson
  • Ben Johnson
  • Bill Johnson
  • Charles Johnson
  • Cliff Johnson
  • Diana Sroder Johnson
  • Connie Collamore Johnson
  • David Johnson
  • Dorothy Rylander Johnson
  • Rod Johnson
  • Steve 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
  • Bob Moland
  • Dean Nelson
  • Evie Peterson Nelson
  • Vonnie Kyrklund Olsen
  • Allegra Nelson Olson
  • David Olson
  • Donna Olson Olson
  • Ione Hultander Olson
  • Bob Olson
  • John Pearson
  • Bob Proshek
  • Marlo Putz
  • Phil Reilly
  • Radford Reither
  • Ken RockVam
  • Richard Royle
  • Marie Munson Rutter
  • Bob Sandberg
  • Marion Johnson Sansted
  • Sally Nordstrom Sarff
  • Marilyn Ekberg Scherer
  • D. L. Smith
  • Warren Sonday
  • Peter Spell
  • Roxanne Rosendahl Steiner
  • Pat Sweeney
  • Shirley Zaske Sweeney
  • Bob Swenson
  • Mark Thorsell
  • 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
  • Greg Bergeron
  • Louis Bittrich
  • Narese Dahl Dudley
  • John Edman
  • Darrell Erickson
  • Dick Faye
  • Lynette Street Flato
  • Beatrice Meyers Frazee
  • Muriel Doherty Haegele
  • Dick Halvarson
  • Lorraine Hanson
  • Ann Hendrickson
  • Dagmar Kociscak Isaacson
  • Barbara Flueger Jackson
  • Joanne Swenson Iverson
  • Jeanette Westberg Johnston
  • Norma Beyers Koos
  • Bootsie Anderson Lauridsen
  • Bob Linder
  • Gloria Swanson Lund
  • Sandie Alvig Lyons
  • K. Allan Nelson
  • Pat McLane Olson
  • Sheila Ice Olson
  • Jocelyn Neufeld Palmer
  • Carol Sammelson Perkins
  • Allen Peterson
  • John Peterson
  • Lynda Hedbom Peterson
  • Betty Watson Peterson
  • Ralph Peterson
  • Jack Proeschel
  • Judy Omtvedt Rapinac
  • Avis Baldwin Rill
  • Bill Rill
  • John Scherer
  • Karen Hanson Shogren
  • Loren Shoquist
  • Bill St. Clair
  • Jim Stockdale
  • Karen Walden Taylor
  • Jim Vanasek
  • Sharon Booth Warmuth
  • Colleen Kerns Walter
  • Karen Anderson Willhite

Look forward to the April newsletter which will have all the details of the reunion plus a registration form.

Gustavianly yours,

Carol Johnson Heyl

1959 Class Agent


152 Janet Marie Lane

Winona, MN 55987