Class of '60
October 2004

Dear Classmates,

Surprise!!!  Again you have a guest letter writer.  This time it comes to you from Andy (Noren) and Fred Rogers who live in glorious Colorado where we've enjoyed a cooler and wetter summer than usual but, none-the-less, quit spectacular.

In April we heard from our classmate, Jim Anderson, who reminisced about some special college memories.  We agree with much of what he said and would add that our college friends will always remain our most precious and dear connection to Gustavus.

This past summer was somewhat weird for us as we tried to figure out what was ailing Fred.  After returning from our cabin on Gull Lake near Brainerd, in mid-July, Fred took to his bed with a mysterious ailment.  After several weeks of doctor visits it was discovered that the mystery was Lyme disease.  No doubt a Minnesota deer tick, on the golf course, got Fred as he rummaged in the weeds for a lost ball.  After an antibiotic regimen Fred is feeling much better and we have decided to go ahead with a fall trip to India and Bhutan.  We might add that Fred is not retired and owns and operates MAJR Financial Corp. in Denver.

Speaking of Gull Lake, for several years we have enjoyed Bill and Jean Shogren as next-door neighbors.  Between Bill's fishing and Fred's golf we usually manage some long bicycle trips on the Paul Bunyan Trail.  This past spring Bill traveled to Scandinavia where he visited David and Inger Wold in Saffle, Sweden.  We were also there a few years ago and can attest to its beauty.  Bill and Dave toured through parts of Norway before Bill ventured to northern Sweden for some great fly-fishing.

Last spring we met Helen Hannover Johnson and Steve ’59, Eagan, and Marguerite Stow Nelson and Dave, Brooklyn Park, in Minneapolis for two hours of chatter.  Both couples have beautiful children and grandchildren (we saw the pictures!).  Over the years many Gustie women have been members of a bridge club that began in the smoker of Wahlstrom Hall in 1957.  Still going strong, three lucky charter members, Helen Hanover Johnson, Marguerite Stow Nelson and Shirley Zaske Sweeney ’59, recently received from their husbands sweatshirts that said "Longest running bridge club in America and still going."

Marna Colliander Reilly and Phil ’59 live in Eden Prairie but spend much of the winter in Palm Desert, CA where they enjoy the company of Jerry and Judy Thorson who have lived there year around for four years.  Cam and Jeanette (Westberg ’59) Johnston continue to reside in the Milwaukee area.

If you're looking to re-finance your home, Mike Bentzen is your man.  He works for Discover Mortgage in Golden Valley.  Anne Kilty Wiberg writes that she and Mark ’58 love being retired in Chicago, enjoy ushering at Symphony concerts, and have two young grandsons in Atlanta.  Bob and Jean (Stenstrom’61) Eidsvold live in Minneapolis where Bob is still involved in his company, Barrett Moving and Storage.  He's thinking about retirement, but at the moment, besides work, he's busy writing his memoirs about growing up in the ’50s.  Fred can hardly wait to read the part about their antics at Edina High School!!!

Let us also add our kudos to our illustrious classmate, Dennis Johnson for his leadership at Gustavus.  Recently we saw photos from the Wyoming summer wedding of Carol and Denny's son, Andy, when we visited mutual friends, Mary and John Lucken.  It looked like a very happy western celebration.

Steve McCann says he is still young, loves the beach in California and is actively involved in his Ob/Gyn practice in Torrance, CA.  Martha Jonson Miller, St. Charles, IL is happily retired from teaching, loves to travel, volunteers as an archivist at the local Heritage Center and recently became a grandma.  Carol Schumacher Vamvakias, Fairfax, VA retired as an orthopedic case nurse manager at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC.  Her husband, Nick, continues to work for the Defense Intelligence Agency.  They have six grandchildren.

From New Brighton, Jo Jensen Tollefson writes about some big travel plans―to Norway in May to visit relatives and a hike with other Gusties through Transylvania in September.  It sounds like Lorna Chumley Berlin has become a watercolorist of note.  She teaches at Daemon College, Amherst, NY, was awarded the Mary Litt Memorial Award and Medal and has been elected to the Watercolor USA Honor Society.  Bob Fenske serves as a county commissioner in Marshall, MN.  He and Sandy have 10 grandchildren.

Paul Tidemann is celebrating his 40th year as an ELCA pastor with 23 years at St. Paul Reformation Church.  He also plays the French horn in the Northeast Orchestra in Fridley.  Wife, Janet (Ryan), also a pastor is on disability because of Parkinson's disease.  Cy Kruse, Brainerd, MN, says that he and wife, Nancy, are enjoying a nearly idyllic life in retirement after a long career in education.  Cy was vice president for academic affairs in the North Dakota college system and superintendent for the Prior Lake Schools.  Cy and Nancy enjoy international travel, golf and gardening at their home.  Fred has some happy memories of Cy's parents as his St. Peter landlords during his senior year.  Many a party in that basement!!!

Virginia Nelson Anderson and husband, Ray, are active in Janesville, WI with community and church activities.  She had a corneal transplant in March.  Kent Carlander is an instructor at Santa Barbara College of Oriental Medicine.  Rosemarie Anderson Kohler has retired from nursing in Vista, CA and now has time for lots of golf.  From Bakersfield, CA Cathy Johnson writes that she stays busy as a substitute teacher and has an athletic granddaughter she'd love to send to Gustavus.  Byron and Gail (Nelson ’62) Helgeson live in Winter Park, FL where Byron has had an outstanding career in sales with Disney Vacation Club.  "Swede" came to Denver last fall as a member of the Tangerine Bowl committee, to attend the CU-OU game in Boulder.  Fred tagged along for a rip-roaring time and has wondered ever since how he could get on that committee.  Gail retired from teaching this year and Byron who is semi-retired reports that luckily they suffered no damage from Charley or Frances.  They still don't know if their Vero Beach condo took a hit during Hurricane Jeanne.

Also in Florida, Bob and Lou (Eckman) Engstrom write from Deltona (near Daytona Beach) that they are thankful for having made it safely through the hurricanes.  Despite all the local flooding, the Engstroms lost only a few trees.

Arlan Burmeister informs us that he and wife, Bev, have recently been to their 50th high school reunion.  This year was busy, for them, with trips to Puerto Vallarta, Italy and Greece.  Bev Lingwall Mooney and her husband, Dave, have two new grandchildren since April.  They live in West St. Paul and are happy to have moved from a house with 46 windows to one with only 14.

Let us paraphrase the words of Dr. Edgar Carlson ’30.  He once said that if Gustavus has not taught you, in four years, the importance of giving back, the institution has failed in its mission.  Please be generous when you get a call from Phonorama.

Good wishes to everyone,

Andy (Noren) and Fred Rogers

Campus News

143rd Academic Year Begins

Classes began Sept. 8 with 657 first-year Gustavus students and 2,500 in all.  Long-standing orientation traditions such as the Square Dance and President’s Banquet have been joined by newer traditions like Gustie Greeter Orientation Groups and the Reading in Common program.  These newer programs were created to provide a more meaningful transition and to encourage students to meet others outside their residence hall.

Nobel Conference, The Science of Aging

The 40th Anniversary of the Nobel Conference was on the Science of Aging.  The campus hosted over 6,000 guests October 5-6 to learn about the research molecular biologist are conducting on longevity, Alzheimer’s, and delaying debilitating disease and how this impacts life expectancy, the economy, and the health-care system.

New Residence Hall

Work crews have been busy this summer and fall constructing a new residence hall on campus.  The goal is to have the building enclosed before winter.  The building, located southwest of the football field will house 200 students in suites and apartments and is scheduled to open for fall 2005.

Gustie Pages

Looking for a dentist, doctor, lawyer, pastor, realtor, and much more?  Make it a Gustie!  The Gustie Pages is an online database of Gusties who have submitted information about their profession.  Use the Gustavus network to meet your needs or submit your professional information if you would like other Gusties to be your customers.

Athletics Hall of Fame

The Gustavus Adolphus College Athletics Department has chosen eight individuals for induction into its Athletics Hall of Fame.  The 2004 inductees include Lori Allen ’88 (golf), Jim Chalin ’76 (basketball), Bruce Edwards ’77 (ice hockey), Barb Jaeger ’88 (soccer), Dean Kraus ’89 (football), Pachi Lopez ’71 (soccer), Greg Peterson ’88 (golf), and Gary Reinholtz (long-time athletic trainer, benefactor).  This group will be honored at the Athletics Hall of Fame Banquet, which will be held in Alumni Hall at 7:30 pm on Saturday, October 16.

Extraordinary Place

Gustavus is once again ranked among the top 100 liberal arts colleges in the nation in U.S. News and World Report's annual college rankings.  Gustavus is one of five Minnesota colleges in the top 100 national liberal arts colleges for overall quality (Carleton, Macalester, St. Olaf, Gustavus, St. John’s).  The ranking groups schools into categories based on a national educational classification that includes national liberal arts colleges, national doctoral universities (University of Minnesota, St. Thomas), regional master's degree-granting universities (Hamline, St. Catherine’s, Bethel, Augsburg), and comprehensive regional colleges (Concordia-St Paul).

Upcoming Events

  • 35 Years of Gustavus Tennis – October 8-10
  • Athletics Hall of Fame Induction – October 16
  • Charlotte Area Gustavus Gathering – October 30
  • Christmas in Christ Chapel: “Seasons of Promise” – December 3-5
  • St. Lucia Festival – December 9
  • Class of 1954 and 50-Year Club Reunion – May 27-28
  • Class Reunions for 1960, 1965, 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000 – October 7-9, 2005