Class of '59
April 2010

Dear 1959 Classmates,

A year ago this time, we were busy putting final details on our reunion plans.  Where has this year gone?  Just last week, a Winona friend who is also a Gustie, asked me for ideas for their memorial service that they’re planning for 2012.  That brought back a flood of memories of all the fun we had in planning and how the committee really got to know each other so well.  But here it is, a year later, and time for me to get the April newsletter out.  Spring came early to Winona, but then winter returned for a few days again.  I did get our little lawn raked and windows washed during the warm spell and now am anxious to get into the flower garden.  Don and I had a wonderful month in Arizona but didn’t get to see many friends while we were there because we had to attend to family matters at home.  Maybe next year, we’ll plan our snowbird trip a little later and be able to take in the Gustie reunion that I’ve heard so much about in February.  In June, we’re headed to Alaska by way of Seattle and I really do hope to see Gustavus friends on our way through.  Once our plans are finalized, I’ll call and arrange to see you in the Northwest.

Enough about us.  Here’s the news I’ve received since January.

I talked with John Bold while in Arizona.  He goes hiking in the Catalina Mountains about three times a week.  We drove past them and can understand why he loves to do that.  He and Cherrie will be returning to Minnesota in May.

Ben Johnson has found time to write a book this year.  It is “We Are Not Alone-- Evidences of the Supernatural Among Ordinary People”.  It will be published by May of this year and he will have copies at Alumni Weekend if you’re interested in purchasing it for $10.  He’ll be there to sign the book as Suzanne is celebrating her 50th reunion this year.  If you can’t be on campus, Ben says you could send him a check and he’ll mail an autographed copy to you.  I’ve already ordered a copy—it sounds intriguing!  In case you need his address, it is: 1628 13th Ave SE, Saint Cloud, MN 56304.

Bob Sandberg in Utah sent me a note this winter.  One of his neighbors had a son who was going to do missionary work in the Winona area and hoped he’d contact me.  Bob, Greg didn’t call but two other young men did and they knew of Greg—he’d already moved onto the next territory.

Betty Croonquist did a bit of traveling this winter going to New York City, Maryland and Arlington, Washington.

I talked with Tusa Johnson Bergman yesterday to wish her an early birthday.  She said she’s coming up on her ninth anniversary of living with cancer and she still has the sparkle in her voice!  She and Dick have also moved to a high-rise condominium in Edina and she says it’s great.  The best part is they now feel like youngsters as everyone else is using a cane or walker.  They have an indoor park, walking trail and a wonderful restaurant right in the complex.  Her new address is 3330 Edinborough Way Apt. 911, Edina, 55435.

Elaine Torrey Holmen has done quite a bit of traveling—I don’t have specifics but will get the details later this month.  Linda Lund Anderson has continued to commute between St. Paul, California and Arizona on a regular basis.

Since I didn’t have a chance to see Deone (Nordquist) and Larry Cartford while in Arizona, we chatted via email.  They keep busy with visitors and family—especially during Spring Break.

I don’t seem to have much news compared to the letters from a year ago.  So if you miss the news---be sure to send me some by email, snail mail, or phone.  I know that others want to know what you are doing.

For those of you who did not have the opportunity to read any of Warren Woods creative writings, I’m including one in this letter.


Water flowing in a meadow stream can be charming

It offers beauty, in no way is it harming

Unlike floods, typhoons, hurricanes or

Global warming reports which are scary and alarming.

We have many problems and they are complex

No one seems to have an answer, we are perplexed

Some people have cancer and diabetes

Our physicians prescribe medicine to treat us

There are many other diseases

We are unable to cure the common cold

With its never-ending sneezes

Beware of Mad Cow, West Nile and E.coli

They can make us sick, we can even die

Lead paint is discovered on imported toys

Bought as presents for little girls and boys

We have vehicles four and five years old

That have been recalled and shouldn’t have been sold

Jungle animals that use to roam

Now find zoos and circuses to be their home

There’s a dilemma of air and water pollution

Perhaps someone will find a solution

Perhaps…perhaps there is something I can do

I’ll run for President of these United States

My platform will be better than those other candidates

I’ll seek the nomination from both parties

And choose to run against myself

This will confuse all the pollsters

Also confuse the electorate; the youngsters and the oldsters

When voting is over, I’ll give two speeches

One of concession, the other of acceptance

Perhaps there will be a banquet and a victory dance

Whew!!!all that campaigning

Can be physically draining.

Perhaps I’ll take a couple of naps

Then travel to the north and to the south

Go to the Artic and Antarctica

And repair the polar caps

Perhaps I’ll bring a large fan and a filter

Apply some Elmer’s Glue; get thins back in kilter

I’ll work past midnight, perhaps until one or two

When the job is finished and my work is done

To myself I’ll say, “That was kind of fun.”

The glue is in place and as I fan it

The planet is saved; the glaciers are as solid as granite.

Perhaps tomorrow I’ll check the earth’s crust, its inner core

I must remember to notify Al Gore

And tell him that things are secure

The human race will endure . . . perhaps.

~Warren E. Woods, October 15, 2007

Who would have thought─that coming from a business, sociology and anthropology major?  Warren, have you been to the new Twins Stadium yet?

I was truly impressed with the spring issue of The Gustavus Quarterly.  Our college on the hill has become such a well-rounded institution offering subjects we hardly knew existed back in the ’50s.  And they seem to have all the advanced technology to go along with the education.  I am very proud of our school.  Now if only I could convince one grandchild to go there!  Don’s granddaughter will decide by May 1 if she’ll be a Gustie.  I have her graduation present all picked out if she does.

Just to prove how great a Gustavus education is─my niece’s daughter is graduating from Gustavus in May.  She was flown to New York for an interview and is graduating with a job!  Not all graduates can say that.  I want to think the Gustavus background had something to do with her success.

Commission 150 has outlined four goals related to alumni that they plan to pursue.  I thought you’d like to know what they are─and you can expect to hear more from them and me about them.

  • Create a new focus and philosophy in alumni programming based on a life long journey from admissions through post-college years.
  • Revamp the alumni volunteer leadership model to sustain a mutually supportive, broad-based level of engagement.
  • Substantially increase alumni engagement by reinventing alumni class leadership structure.
  • Promote the “Reading in Common” book to alumni to build community between alumni and students.

I can’t end this letter without making an appeal for a gift to The Annual Fund.  The stock markets have been doing a little better this year and at least we’re still receiving our Social Security checks!  Give a little or a lot—Gustavus and the students need it.  Remember, you have until May 31 to get your gift in this year.

Have a wonderful summer and I hope to have more news for the September letter.

Gustavianly yours,

Carol Johnson Heyl-Stone

152 Janet Marie Lane

Winona, MN 55987


Campus News

Gustavus Announces Major Building Projects

At its Monday, Jan. 25 meeting, the Gustavus Adolphus College Board of Trustees voted unanimously to move forward with three major building projects.  The College will erect a new 125,000 square foot academic building with a large 3-story atrium at the center providing natural light to many of the spaces.  It will qualify for a “gold LEED” qualification as a green building.  This will develop a mall extending west from its iconic Christ Chapel.  It will house the largest departments on campus (economics and management, psychology, and communications).  Also, plans are under way to renovate A. H. Anderson Social Science Building.  Construction timelines for the projects are not yet finalized, but the College expects to break ground on the new academic building late this spring.

The effort is a significant early implementation step of Commission Gustavus 150, an innovative, constituent-based strategic planning process that has engaged hundreds of alumni, students, faculty, staff, and other stakeholders over the past year.  “These projects will greatly enhance learning and teaching, student recruitment, and institutional advancement for many years to come,” said President Jack R. Ohle.

Groundbreaking for New Academic Building

Gustavus will hold a ceremonial groundbreaking at the future site of a new 125,000 square foot academic building just west of Christ Chapel at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, April 16.  The new academic building is part of a $44 million commitment made by the College’s Board of Trustees in January to move forward with three major building projects.  Also included in the plan is the development of a west mall extending from Christ Chapel and a major renovation of the Anderson Social Science Building.  The academic departments that will be housed in the new academic building include communication studies, history, psychology, economics and management, and sociology and anthropology.

Gustavus Forensics Wins Nationals

The Gustavus Adolphus College forensics team took first place in the individual events portion of the Pi Kappa Delta National Comprehensive Tournament March 19-21 in Minneapolis.  Gustavus amassed 306 points to narrowly defeat Ohio University, which scored 305 points.  A total of 57 colleges and universities participated in the tournament.  Gustavus sophomore Chloe Radcliffe won the Pentathlon competition, which recognizes the top 10 students who compete in at least five events.  First-year student Kate Bissen took first place in Informative Speaking and senior C.J. Hunt also took home a first-place trophy in the Program Oral Interpretation event.

Fantastic Winter for Gustie Athletics

The Gustavus winter athletic teams had great success including MIAC championships in men’s and women’s hockey, women’s basketball, and women’s swimming.  The Gusties finished second in men’s basketball, men’s swimming and diving, and women’s indoor track and field.  Gustavus also played in and hosted the NCAA Div. III Women’s Frozen Four National Hockey tournament in March.

Wind Orchestra Tour

The Gustavus Wind Orchestra, under the direction of Conductor Douglas Nimmo, has returned from a 15-day concert tour through Germany, Poland, the Czech and Slovak Republics, Hungary and Austria.  The Choir of Christ Chapel will be traveling to the Phoenix/Tucson area this spring.  On April 15 they will be at Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Sun City West, April 16 at All Saints Lutheran Church (LCMS) in Phoenix, and on April 17 at Lord of Grace Lutheran Church in Tucson.  For other campus news please check the website at

Admission News

Applications for next year are ahead of where they were last year at this time which makes Mark Anderson ’66, the director of admission, very happy.  We graduated two very large classes in the last two years so we need to have somewhat larger classes in order to maintain our enrollment at about 2,500.  Mark Anderson will retire at the end of the academic year so a search is going on to replace him.  Gustavus has had only three directors of admission since 1950 (Howard Holcomb ’49, Owen Sammelson ’58, and Mark Anderson ’66) which is quite an amazing track record.

Attend a Chapter Event Near You!

There will be Gustavus alumni chapter events in the following cities:  New York, April 22; Boston, April 25; Chicago, May 3 and Denver, May 4.  President Ohle will be attending most of those events so we hope that you will make an attempt to attend and hear what he has to say.  He is providing outstanding leadership!

“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 speaker, April 21:  Virgil Jones, director of multi-cultural programs.

Upcoming Events

  • Apr. 21 – Gustie Breakfast – Doubletree Hotel, Minneapolis
  • Apr. 22 – New York Chapter Event – The Core Club
  • Apr. 23 – Choir of Christ Chapel Home Concert
  • Apr. 25 – Boston Chapter Event - Bay Back Hotel
  • Apr. 28 – May Day! Peace Conference
  • May 1 – Gustavus Choir Home Concert
  • May 3 – Chicago Chapter Event – The Chicago Club
  • May 4 – Denver Chapter Event