Class of 1959

April 2011

Dear Class of ʼ59ers.

In January, I wrote about our terrible winter−and we’re still flirting with snow.  The weathermen are calling for snow this weekend and yet when I go for my morning walk I see daffodils and hear the birds chirp.  If the snow hits−I’ll consider moving to the desert.  The Mississippi River is rising, but we’re well away from any flooding.

I am sad to write that our classmate, Fritz Kilander, passed away on March 26th while visiting family in Florida.  Fritz has had heart problems for the last few years.  I’m so thankful he was able to attend our 50th reunion.

Now for cheerier news...

Jeanette Westberg Johnston sent me a newsy letter this winter.  Her holiday letter encompassed everything from Christmas through Shrove Tuesday as it was written in bits and pieces.  She and Scooter, Cameron Johnston ’60, keep busy with their five grandchildren ages 10 to 15 running around to all their activities.  Jeanette’s MS slows her down a bit, but not her spirit.  Jeanette and Scooter celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary by attending Garrison Keillor’s show in Spokane WA.  Her final note in her letter was that she was writing from a nursing home as she had broken a few small bones in her foot.  By now she is home.

Deone (Nordquist) and Larry Cartford visited Jeanette and Scooter in Moscow, Idaho, on their way to Arizona last fall.

Paul Magnuson spent the winter months in Florida as a visiting judge.  And he is now participating in a National Forum on “Judiciary Reform and Justice” in Mongolia!  Elaine Torrey Holmen is tagging along since she’s never been there—what an excuse!

Betty Croonquist’s daughter, Pam, was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia and is undergoing treatment at the Mayo Clinic and is in a research study with them.  Pam still manages to teach school half days.  Our prayers go to her recovery.

Paul Youngdahl had successful back surgery in early March, but then experienced fainting spells that resulted in nose surgery and a pacemaker.  You’ll have to get the details from PY himself.

Carol Miller Hammarberg is still working, but only four days a week.  Her relaxed schedule allows her to visit family in California, Louisiana and Minnesota.  She has her sights set on a European trip sometime this year.

Susan Hansen joined me on facebook and reported that she survived the big snowstorm in Michigan—but since she’s a Minnesota transplant, she rather enjoyed it by curling up with a book and wine.  Since then, she has published her second book, “Nature Voices” − a book of poetry and photography. 

Speaking of books, Ben Johnson has gone on tour promoting his book that has taken him all the way to California.  Ben has also taken on an interim pastor position in Cokato, MN.

Linda Lund Anderson was in Hawaii when the Japanese tsunami hit.  I hear they only had to change where they were staying and didn’t experience any trouble.

Yours truly spent a week in Seattle visiting my son, Dan and his wife, Pattie, for a little R & R.  The weather was beautiful and we visited many dog parks since they only have dogs and no children to spoil.   I also had the opportunity to visit the Boeing plant and tour Seattle’s underground.

The Alumni Fund drive comes to an end May 31.  Have you made a contribution yet?  I do have a list of those who have made a gift earlier and I do plan to thank you individually soon.  For those still considering a gift, consider making a gift in Fritz’s memory or any other classmate who is no longer with us.

And now I’ll send this on to Gustavus for their campus news−but first a parting word of advice from Jeanette Westberg Johnston, Be sure and do all you can when you still can.”  Does she think we’re getting old?   I don’t feel that way yet---but I will listen to her advice.

Gustavianally yours,

Carol Johnson Heyl-Stone

152 Janet Marie Lane

Winona, MN 55987


Campus News

Alumni Association Awards Announced

The Greater Gustavus Award is the highest award given to those, who by deed, have notably advanced and aided Gustavus Adolphus College.  Walter Youngquist ’42, Eugene, OR, chair emeritus, Department of Geology, University of Oregon, and consulting geologist, was selected as the 2011 recipient of the Greater Gustavus Award.  Youngquist has established five different endowed funds at the College and is the recipient of a Gustavus Distinguished Alumni Citation in the field of geology in 2002.  Walter’s father, Walter Youngquist ’16, received the Greater Gustavus Award in 1953.

Distinguished Alumni Citations recognize outstanding and exceptional professional achievement, such as unusual honor accorded to the individual in his or her field of endeavor.  Named as 2011 recipients are John “Jack” Bergman ’69, St. Francisville, LA, lieutenant general, retired, United States Marine Corp., in the field of military service; Robert Brown ’83, Rochester, MN, John T. and Lillian Matthews Professor of Neuroscience, Chair of Department of Neurology, Mayo Clinic, in the field of medicine; and Mark Thomsen ’78, Henderson, NV, professional operatic tenor, in the field of music.

The First Decade Award recognizes early professional achievement to one female and one male in the 10th Anniversary Class.  Selected were Kirsten Cullen Sharma ’01, New York, NY, clinical assistant professor, New York University Child Study Center, New York University Langone Medical Center, and Jonathan Poole ’01, Washington, DC, special agent, violent crime branch, Diplomatic Security Service, U.S. Department of State.  The Awards will be presented at the Alumni Banquet on Saturday, May 28.

Sesquicentennial Award

In 2011–2012, Gustavus will celebrate its 150th academic year.  The Board of Trustees has established an award in honor of this Sesquicentennial anniversary to recognize individuals who have made a significant difference in the life of the College.  The award, called “The Sesquicentennial Award,” will acknowledge and pay tribute to living alumni, parents, friends, and retired faculty and staff who:

  • Through actions in their personal or professional lives, have advanced the status of Gustavus as a premier liberal arts college;
  • Have set a new precedent in the ways they supported and advanced the mission of the College as an institution dedicated to preparing students “for fulfilling lives of leadership and service in society”; and/or
  • Have brought particular dignity or honor to the College.

Please submit nominations online at .  For more information about the Sesquicentennial Awards, visit .

“Come on You Gusties” Breakfasts

Engage with other alumni and learn something new about your alma mater at the monthly Gustie breakfasts.  The speaker for April will be Warren Wunderlich, director of the physical plant; for May the speaker will be Carolyn O’Grady, international education and for June it is Grady St. Dennis, director of church relations.  The Minneapolis breakfast is Wednesday, April 20, 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 breakfast will be Wednesday, May 11, 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.

Chapter Gatherings

This year President and Kris Ohle have traveled to many parts of the country and made 15 stops in various cities, in order to reach out to all of our alumni and bring them an update from the College.  There is still one more on the calendar, so if you live in the Chicago area, please mark your calendar for – Friday, April 29.

Summer will bring another round of picnic gatherings – so please mark your calendar if you live near one of these locations:

Mankato, MN – May 31

Rochester, MN – June 1

Sioux Falls, SD – June 6

Fargo, ND/Moorhead, MN – June 7

St. Cloud, MN – June 8

Apple Valley, MN – July 12

Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN – July 13

Long Lake, MN – July 14

Duluth, MN – July 26

Grand Rapids, MN – July 27

Brainerd, MN - July 28

Books in Bloom

“Books in Bloom,” a new initiative hosted by GLA to benefit and celebrate Folke Bernadotte Library, will be held on Honors Weekend, May 6-8, 2011.  Based on the Minneapolis Institute of Art’s “Art in Bloom,” floral arrangements depicting more than 20 different books, films, and periodicals will be placed throughout the library.  Each arrangement is sponsored by a $500 donation with all proceeds going to fund new acquisitions for the library.  Professional floral designers as well as those who simply love plants and flowers will create the arrangements.  The exhibit is free and open to the public.  Hours are Friday 3-7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. - 6p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.  A brochure with a brief description of the materials and a map for self-guided tours will be available.  Also, student led tours are scheduled throughout the weekend.