Class of '60
Dear Classmates, Fellow Survivors:
Denny Johnson asked me to compose this message for the new year, then had the nerve to tell me not to screw it up. You can take a man out of Iowa, but you can’t take the Iowa out of a man, says I.
First, to the mailbag, Scooter Johnston and his good wife, Jeanette (Westberg ’59) have moved to Moscow. The Communists there seem to have convinced them that they are in Idaho. They are retired and “keeping up with their daughters and five grandchildren.”
Meanwhile, Suzanne Wasgatt Johnson has been celebrating Mozart’s 250th birthday by singing “The Mass in C” with the Minnesota Center Chorale. For those of you from Iowa, Mozart was a classical German composer. Suzanne reports that she and her husband, Ben ’59, live near the beautiful Clemens/Munsinger Park near the Mississippi in St. Cloud, where they often walk.
Tom Weston is retired and living in Lacey, WA. He will be back this spring to attend his wife’s, Carol’s (Villesvik ’61) 45th reunion at Gustavus. Virginia Nelson Anderson writes from Janesville, WI that she and hubby, Ray, will be moving to a new community “within a year.” She did not say where she is going. Might it be Moscow? Clayton McCoy retired at the end of May 2005 from the University of Florida. Clayt has set his sights on publishing a book. I assume his own.
From Menominonimominee, Wisc. , Owen Peterson claims that he and Judy (Magnuson ’63) welcomed a new granddaughter in December 2005. John Bergstrom sends greetings to all from Mesa, AZ. While enjoying life in Punta Gorda, FL Carolyn Kvam Hansman also loves to travel and mentions three weeks in September near the Black Forest, which, like Mozart, is German. In September, my Edina High School class of ’56 had a reunion. I am sure many Gustie classmates had the opportunity this year to take a sentimental journey back to the ’50s for their 50th. Two of our cohorts, Bob Eidsvold and Bill Shogren, served on the planning committee with me. I learned that Bob and his wife, Jean (Stenstrom ’61) had moved to a new address in Bloomington this year, while still wintering in Florida. Shogie revealed a surprising talent (surprise to me, anyway) for calligraphy. He did lots of impressive signage and place cardage for the event. Bill also tried to organize a tennis tournament, but Fred Rogers and I were the only ones who signed up. The weather was bad, so Freddy was spared the embarrassment of my kicking his butt. Freddy looks terrific, by the way, but never as good as the lovely Andy (Noren). They are still ensconced in Colorado, under piles of snow this week, I guess.
I saw one of my favorite people, Marguerite Stow Nelson, but all too briefly. Marguerite and her spouse are splitting their time between Blaine and Big Fork, Minnesota and doing much traveling even to Cuba. Another inveterate traveler is Carolyn Rydell Kreuzer, still of Edina, but a regular visitor to Sweden and Norway where she has lots of family. One of the most memorable parts of our reunion was the memorial service for deceased classmates that was officiated by Bob Engstrom. Bob was the only pastor graduated from our unholy class at Edina, and the talented Louise provided the music on a fabulous electric keyboard.
Not much else to report, except that I saw a few familiar faces at a Christmas open house at Jim Anderson’s place in Bloomington last week. Jim and Diane (Hammargren ’63) were great hosts. I was pleased to see recently retired David Carlson and Karen (Westman ’61). David tells me he is now taking piano lessons. Travels to Northfield or Rochester for them. It’s about time he got the proper training. The Wibergs, Joel and Nancy (Anderson) took time out from Christmas concert going to attend. Try to remember them in your prayers. Joel, in particular, needs help. He forces Nancy to go to every choir concert in the Seven County Mosquito District during the Holiday season. There are many. Does anyone know of a 12 step program for Stille Nachtism? Bev Lingwall Mooney was at the party with her husband, Dave, who gave tips to my wife, Britt, on retirement planning for teachers. Denny Johnson was also there, looking to sucker someone into doing this letter. As always, Carol (circa ’75) was there with him and had no other agenda than being a charmer.
Craig Lawson stopped by to see us a while back on the occasion of his son Brian’s wedding in St. Peter. He and Alice divide their time between Houston and Breckinridge, CO where they ski and hike in the mountains. They also joined Steve Carlson and Carol Johns (’59) last spring in Tuscany, Italy, where the Lawsons hiked and the Carlson/Johns tippled. The highlight for Carlson-Johns duo from Dakota was again this year their pilgrimage to the Carlton County Fair in Barnum, MN in August.
In closing, I would like to send off my special greeting and thanks to classmate Jean Hilding Stuart. Jean has been a loving and caring friend to my sister, Linda Lundgren Erickson ’61 who is now confined to an Alzheimer’s facility in Eden Prairie. Linda still loves music, and Jean has brought her musical talent and good cheer to my sister and her fellow patients for years. On this 25th of December, I can think of no one who better represents the spirit of genuine giving than Jean does.
Happy New Year!
1960 Guest Letter Writer
Alumni Starring in The Cherry Orchard
The Department of Theatre and Dance is celebrating 75 years of theatre at Gustavus this year with two featured events: Theatre Reunion May 11-12 and a gala performance of The Cherry Orchard followed by admission to the cast party on February 10. The Cherry Orchard will be Professor Rob Gardner’s final directing work before retirement. A cast of professional theatre alumni will join the student actors for this very special production. The alumni cast includes: Peter Breitmayer ’87, Karen Esbjornson ’80, Kevin Kling ’79, Scott Novotny ’75, and Michael Glenn (Waldhauser) ’97. A sold-out performance is expected for this unique celebration, so order your tickets soon. For more information and to order tickets, go to the Cherry Orchard site from <gustavus.edu/alumni>.
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Career Connections with Students
Sign up now for the 2007 Gustavus Career Connections Reception. The reception will be Monday, February 19, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Minneapolis Hilton. The gathering allows Gustavus alumni to provide advice, encouragement, and career networking opportunities to Gustavus students seeking internships and career opportunities. Alumni are invited to attend and assist current students in their career search. You do not have to be hiring at your company to attend – just willing to share your experience. E-mail the Career Center at email@example.com or call 507/933-7586 if you can attend or want more information.
Give Every Year to Gustavus?
Do you give to Gustavus every year and plan to give every year in the future? Then you should become a member of the Cec Eckhoff Society. Members of the Cec Eckhoff Society simply make the public commitment that they plan to give financially to Gustavus every year. It does not matter how much you give and this is not a formal pledge for a certain amount of money. Cec Eckhoff ’56 led the alumni office from 1963-1994. Cec believed that part of being an alum of Gustavus was to give monetarily each year to the College. To become a member of the Cec Eckhoff Society, please call The Gustavus Fund office toll-free at 866/487-3863 or e-mail <firstname.lastname@example.org>. Thank you for your support of Gustavus!
Summer Sport Camps at Gustavus
Gustavus’ strong athletic tradition is evident with numerous summer sports camps featuring knowledgeable coaching staffs, acclaimed athletic facilities, and quality dining service and housing accommodations. Camps offered this year include: golf, hockey, basketball, tennis, volleyball, soccer, throwing, and swimming. For more information go to <gustavus.edu/athletics/camps/> or contact the Athletic Department at
Upcoming Music Tours
This year nearly 300 students will participate in music tours as members of the Gustavus Wind Orchestra, Gustavus Choir, Gustavus String Orchestra, Gustavus Jazz Lab Band, and Choir of Christ Chapel. The Gustavus Choir will tour Spain and Portugal January 11-30. Performances are scheduled for Lisbon, Seville, Malaga, Grenada, and Madrid. The Wind Orchestra will tour Minnesota, Madison and Milwaukee, WI and Chicago. The String Orchestra will be in Nebraska, Kansas, and South Dakota.
Upcoming Alumni Events
- The Cherry Orchard Gala Performance – February 10
- Orlando Gustie Gathering – February 13
- Tampa Bay Gustie Gathering – February 15
- Naples/Marco Island Gustie Gathering – February 17
- Tucson Gustie Gathering – March 16
- Phoenix Gustie Gathering – March 17
- Sun City Gustie Gathering – March 18
- Celebrating 75 years of Theatre Reunion – May 11-12