Class of '59
With the New Year here, I think about how quickly this decade from 2000 to 2009 has happened. The same time span of ten years from 1950 to 1959 didn’t go by this fast. In that decade we went from junior high to high school to four years of college─certainly that went much more slowly than these last ten years! This has been quite a decade with wars, terrorism, economic uncertainty, and a new president. But the best for me was our 50th college reunion.
Don and I leave tomorrow morning for a month in Green Valley, Arizona—away from snow, ice and cold—and maybe seeing some Gusties while there. I’m traveling with my Golden Anniversary yearbook for addresses and phone numbers.
Since the reunion, I’ve heard from many with their current news:
Carol Hansen Johns wrote from South Dakota on a snowy day. She and husband, Steve Carlson ’60, spent the month of October in Rome, Italy, with Louis and Nancy Bittrich dining at restaurants that Louis had researched for them. Carol and Steve are wintering in Cocoa Beach, FL but went by way of New York City to have Thanksgiving with Steve’s daughter and family. Of course they took in Broadway plays while there!
Deone (Nordquist) and Larry Cartford should be back in Sun Lakes, AZ by this time. They were there this fall and returned to Wisconsin for the holiday season. Their first trip to Arizona was circuitous. First they headed north to St. Cloud for a visit with Ben and Suzanne (Wasgatt ’60) Johnson—then on to Winnipeg, Canada to see Janet (Sommers) and Ted Chell. From there they went west to Edmonton, Canada to check up on Marie Munson Rutter and her husband Nat. With the Rutters, they toured Lake Louise, Banff and Jasper. Finally they headed south to the Grand Canyon and their winter home. Larry is busy with French and art lessons while Deone swims and golfs. They will be hosting a party at their home for all Gusties in the area on February 20.
John Bold is also in Arizona for the winter and plans to return to Minnesota in mid May. Of their grandchildren, one is a senior at St. Thomas, another is a sophomore at Gustavus and one granddaughter is still in high school.
“Rod” Ron Johnson sent Christmas greetings to say that he is feeling much better and is standing straighter. This was due to neck surgery in July. Up til the surgery they were active in visiting friends and children. His wife, Lorene (Johnson ’61), has her 50th reunion in 2011 and they hope to be there then─so if you missed him in 2009, you can attend this reunion.
William “Bim” Moeglein also sent Christmas greetings from Florida where he enjoys sailing and his wife, Joy, enjoys painting. Their Christmas cards are always one of her beautiful art works.
Earl Jackson has retired as president of Biomedical Exchange International.
Dorothy Rylander Johnson and John Johnson ’58 celebrated their 50th anniversary in September. They have escaped to Pine Island, Florida for the winter.
Linda Lund Anderson has moved again; but she is still in St. Paul. She finally found a condo that fit into her plans although a lot of redecorating needed to be done. It’s about two blocks from her last apartment.
Betty Croonquist has also moved back to Willmar to be near friends of hers and Wilt’s.
A number of us attended the Gustavus Library Associates’ fund raiser, Shine ~ A Royal Affair, compliments of Elaine Torrey Holmen and Karen Holmen Hubbard ’58. Around the table were Linda Lund Anderson, Betty Croonquist, Paul and Nancy Youngdahl, Paul Magnuson, Elaine and myself. I don’t think any of us successfully bid on any object although Linda came close to purchasing a beautiful lab puppy.
One sad note. Lynette Street Flato’s husband Edwin passed away suddenly this fall from cancer discovered very late. Our hearts and prayers are with Lynner and their two daughters.
I hope that you’ve been reading the latest Gustavus Quarterly about Commission 150. There are exciting times ahead for Gustavus. The participants in studying the future of Gustavus have looked at every aspect of the school. A few tangible ideas follow.
- Expand opportunities including scholarships and fellowships for students and faculty to develop and enhance global perspectives and cultural competencies on campus and off campus.
- Transform the philosophy for alumni engagement, ensuring that it is a continuum starting during the admission process through the post-college experience.
- Develop ways to facilitate opportunities for faculty, staff, alumni and friends, students and prospective students to be engaged by the College in the Twin Cities.
- Integrate health, wellness, and fitness opportunities and philosophies throughout the campus and community.
- Increase the resources in faculty development to support the time and needs of faculty.
- Nurture Christian faith among Christian students.
- Expedite the funding and construction of the “new academic building.”
These are just a few of the ideas the Commission 150 group has come up with─and of course most of the ideas need resources to be realized. So I’m going to give you:
Top Ten Reasons to Give to Gustavus:
10. Your gift will qualify for a tax deduction
9. Every gift matters—if every alum gave $25, it would add $423,425 to benefit student needs.
8. The Annual Fund aids faculty teaching and research, computer technology, scholarships and “green” initiatives
7. Grant givers look at alumni support in awarding grants to schools.
6. Rankings increase the value of a Gustavus degree.
5. Alumni participation influences Gustavus’ rankings in guidebooks and national magazines.
4. The Annual Fund enables Gustavus to retain and attract quality faculty.
3. The Annual Fund is a major source of financial aid─it provides 70% of students with scholarships
2. The Annual Fund bridges the 20% gap between operating budget and tuition.
1. One student educated at Gustavus will impact thousands in the future.
As we head off to warm, sunny Arizona, I wish you all a very Happy New Year. Keep sending your news to me so I can forward it on to everyone else. We all enjoyed our reunion and we hope to keep the bonds of friendship close and secure.
Carol Johnson Heyl Stone
1959 Class Agent
152 Janet Marie Lane
Winona, MN 55987
New “Make Your Life Count” Website and Facebook Page
Gustavus has created a new “Make Your Life Count” website that includes a variety of feature stories exemplifying the College’s new brand position launched last month. The stories celebrate Gustavus students, alumni, faculty, staff, programs, events, and organizations. The website may be accessed from the Gustavus homepage by clicking on the “Make Your Life Count” brandline (in the upper right hand corner) or by visiting makeyourlifecount.blog.gustavus.edu. The “Make Your Life Count” stories are also posted on a new Facebook page. Become a fan and share your own Gustavus story. When new feature stories are published, they will be communicated on the Gustavus News Twitter, and you may also subscribe (on the Make Your Life Count website) to receive e-mail updates. To submit a “Make Your Life Count” story suggestion, click on the “Submit your story” link or e-mail the Gustavus Office of Marketing and Communication at email@example.com.
“Come on You Gusties” Breakfast
Once a month, Gusties gather for coffee, breakfast, and great conversation along with a campus speaker. All Gusties are welcomed and invited to the breakfast, third Wednesday of the month, 8-9:30 a.m. at the Doubletree Hotel, Minneapolis-Park Place, 1500 Park Place Boulevard. Cost is $10 at the door. Upcoming speakers: Margaret Anderson Kelliher ’90, Speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives – Jan. 20; Doug Minter ’79 and Kirk Carlson ’95, Gustavus Financial Aid Directors.
- Jan 14 – Atlanta Chapter Event – Linda Bailey Keefe ’69 residence
- Jan 20 – Twin Cities Breakfast, guest speaker - Margaret Anderson Kelliher ’90
- Feb 19 – Tucson Chapter Event – Warren and Donna (Gabbert) Beck ’67 ’66 residence
- Feb 20 – Phoenix Chapter Event – Larry and Deone (Nordquist) Cartford ’59 ’59 residence