Class of ’59
January 2011

Dear Class of ʼ59ers,

Another year has begun—where did 2010 go−or for that matter the whole first decade of this century?  All I know is that my youngest child turned 46 today and that makes me feel old—the other two are 49 and 52!  And winter seems to be harsher than any other winter I remember.  Winona set a record for snowfall before Christmas—26 inches in one weekend.  Our snowplower couldn’t even get to us until Monday and then it took him twelve hours to plow out our little townhouse area of 34 homes.  There was nowhere to go with the snow.  Of course, now that it’s warmed up some, the snow is dirty looking and melting all over our garage.  My countdown to spring has begun!  I hope some of you are enjoying warmer climates.

Now for the news I’ve managed to gather:

I was watching the Twins first playoff game against New York when the camera panned the stands and there was Paul Youngdahl grinning about the home run just hit.  Paul also appeared in my Washburn High School Foundation newsletter about a golf tournament he was in—thanks for supporting my alma mater!

Karen Walden Taylor spent nine days in Albuquerque, NM where she had a grand visit with Cliff and Diana Sroder Johnson.

Tusa Johnson Bergman and Dick ’56 have moved again.  Apparently, they wanted to find a little younger crowd with which to play.  Their new address is:  9350 Collegeview Road, #215, Bloomington, MN 55437−sounds like a college nearby−that would be a younger crowd!

Mark Bjorkman’s wife passed away recently.  Mark lives in Denton, TX.  Our sympathy to you and your family, Mark.

Lois Madsen Allen’s husband, Clyde ’56, suffered a stroke this fall but is making a remarkable recovery—thanks, I hear, to Lois’ therapy management.

By a strange set of circumstances, I have reconnected with Scott Griesman.  Scott is living in Sandy Valley, NV—very close to Las Vegas.  Scott is a retired airline pilot and math teacher.  His avocation is airplanes—he owns five—three that fly and two that are on-going projects.  He says they keep him out of trouble.

Liz Sandquist Brown, let us know when you visit your children in the Twin Cities.  We could get quite a group together for lunch while you’re there.

Betty Croonquist keeps my inspirational thoughts well stocked with emails—thank you—there are days I need them.

Bim Moeglein didn’t make it to Florida this year as his wife suffered a stroke.  She is recovering in Walker, MN.

This past November, Paul Magnuson was invited as a Fulbright Senior Specialist to United International College (UIC) in Zhuhai, China.  UIC is an English speaking, private liberal arts college unique in its curriculum and style as opposed to the traditional Chinese pedantic method.  A partnership of two colleges in China, UIC was developed with an international emphasis, and has a strong relationship with the Minnesota Private College Council (MPCC) – including Gustavus.  Coincidentally, President Jack and Kris Ohle were on campus during Paul’s time there.  There were also students from Gustavus attending UIC.

While there, Paul developed mock trials in his classrooms to demonstrate the American judicial process and held a moot court competition.  He also gave faculty and public lectures, conducted a seminar with Macau University law students and met with chief judges of the Guangdong province.  Paul was the featured speaker at UIC’s annual High Table Dinner, a formal event in the tradition of its British Hong Kong heritage.

Elaine Torrey Holmen was able to accompany Paul on this special assignment.

My children and other friends have encouraged me to go on Facebook.  I use it sparingly, but I’m wondering if there are others out there who would want to form a ʼ59 Gustavus group to keep the conversations going on a more regular basis.  Email me or “friend” me on Facebook if you’re interested.

Gustavus is building toward celebrating our 150th year of existence.  The Sesquicentennial Kickoff will be Homecoming weekend which is September 30th and October 1, 2011.  Perhaps we’ll see you there.

Now of course, I can’t end this letter before I make a bid for your money.  Once you get your taxes figured, see if there’s a little left over for Gustavus---or better yet, consider the deduction you’ll get for next year by making a gift this year.  It doesn’t have to be big—every little bit helps keep Gustavus strong and a wonderful educational institution.

And now I’ll send this on to the Alumni Office so they can insert campus news.  Until next time-

Gustavianly yours,

Carol Johnson Heyl Stone


152 Janet Marie Lane

Winona, MN 55987

Campus News

Call for Distinguished Alumni Citation Nominees

Each year the Gustavus Alumni Association presents Distinguished Alumni Citations.  The Distinguished Alumni Citation recognizes outstanding and exceptional professional achievement, such as to bring unusual honor to the individual in his or her field of endeavor.  Criteria appropriate to selection shall include the difficulty of accomplishment; quality, creativity, and distinctiveness of performance; recognition by professional peers; and lasting contribution to the world of ideas and affairs.  While the citation is a professional award, humanitarian achievements may also be weighed.  Nominees are now being accepted by the Alumni Board of Directors; please e-mail a resume or curriculum vitae to Randall Stuckey ’83, director of alumni relations, at  For a complete list of past recipients, view the awards website.

Gustavus Choir Tour

The Gustavus Choir will embark on a tour of Italy this month.  The 57 student musicians, under the direction of Greg Aune, will travel to and sing at various locations in Italy Jan. 13-28.  As is the case with each Gustavus international music tour, it includes an educational component.  The students are learning about the Italian Renaissance in the month-long Cultures of Creativity course taught by Chaplain Brian Johnson ʼ80.  Joining the Gustavus Choir will be a companion tour of 15 Gustavus alumni, parents, and friends.

Gustavus Wind Orchestra Tour

Under the direction of Douglas Nimmo, the Gustavus Wind Orchestra will tour Minnesota and Wisconsin between the January Interim and Spring Semester.  All concerts are free and open to the public.

Saturday, Jan. 29, 7 p.m. – Tornstrom Auditorium, Brainerd

Sunday, Jan 30, 3 p.m. – Central High School Auditorium, Duluth

Monday, Jan. 31, 7 p.m. – Wausau East High School, Wasuau, WI

Tuesday, Feb. 1, 8 p.m. – Lawrence University Memorial Chapel, Appleton, WI

Thursday, Feb. 3, 7 p.m. – Schauer Arts and Activities Center, Hartford, WI

Friday, Feb. 4, 7 p.m. – St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, Middleton, WI

Saturday, Feb. 5, 7 p.m. – St. John Lutheran Church, Owatonna

The tour will wrap up with a home concert on Saturday, Feb. 12. at 2 p.m. in Christ Chapel.

“Come on You Gusties” Breakfasts

Engage with other alumni and learn something new about your alma mater at the monthly Gustie breakfasts. New this month was the start of the breakfasts in St. Peter.  Minneapolis breakfasts are the 3rd Wednesday of the month, St. Peter breakfasts are the 2nd Wednesday of the month.

Speakers at the Minneapolis venue will be Brett Petersen, men’s hockey coach, and Mike Carroll, women’s hockey coach.  The event is Wednesday Jan. 19, 8–9:30 a.m., at the Doubletree Hotel Minneapolis-Park Place, 1500 Park Place Blvd. Cost is $10 at the door.  Reserve your spot by e-mailing the Office of Alumni Relations at or by calling 800-487-8437.

The St. Peter speaker for February will be Thomas Crady, vice president for enrollment management.  The breakfast will be Wednesday, Feb. 9, 7:30–9 a.m. in a campus banquet room in the C. Charles Jackson Campus Center.  Cost is $8 per person, or $15 for two, payable at the door.  Reserve your spot by e-mailing or by calling 507-933-7512.

Upcoming breakfasts include; Kate Knutson, political science professor, in March; and Warren Wunderlich, director of the physical plant, in April.

Chapter Gatherings

This year President and Kris Ohle have many travel dates planned in order to reach out to all of our alumni and bring them an update from the College.  Please mark your calendar if you live in or near one of these locations:

Seattle – January 27

Tucson – February 8

Phoenix – February 10

Denver – February 11

Boston – March 2

New York – March 4

Washington, DC – March 5

Jacksonville, FL – March 26

Orlando – March 28

Tampa – March 29

Naples – March 30

Chicago – April