Class of '60
Greetings in the New Year!
As I write we are in the midst of another snow storm―not as much snow as in some parts of the country, but more than usual. One of the things that I have been doing is family genealogy and I run across Gustavus family connections every so often. One was Shirley Ann Menk, now deceased, who graduated in 1946, related to my great grandmother. It’s been fun looking at the Gustavus yearbook from 1931 because my wife, Janet’s (Ryan’63) father, Karl Ryan, graduated from Gustavus in 1930 along with Edgar Carlson and Wilton Bergstrand among his classmates.
Mustaphi Named Michelle Obama's Deputy Press Secretary
Semonti Mustaphi ’03 was recently named Deputy Press Secretary for First Lady Michelle Obama. Mustaphi worked on the Obama campaign, and has also held communications positions for three senators. Mustaphi graduated with a political science and communication studies double major, danced in the Gustavus Dance Company, and was an Anderson Scholar.
Haugen Named Head Football Coach
Peter Haugen was named the new head football coach in mid-December. Haugen posted an 111-44 record in 15 years at Washburn High School. He is the 17th head coach in the 93-year history of Gustavus football. Haugen started the second week of January. My eldest son, Peter, attended Washburn and people around the Twin Cities say that Haugen is an outstanding coach and also has great interest in the arts and other things.
President Ohle is on the road!
Please join President Ohle, his wife Kris, and other Gustavus staff for dessert at a chapter reception near you. President Ohle will be visiting 11 cities around the country in the coming months and all alumni, parents, and friends of the College are invited to attend a reception. Check out the dates and locations listed below.
Upcoming Alumni Events
- Chicago Alumni Gathering - Jan. 29, Hyatt Regency O'Hare, 7 p.m.
- 100th Anniversary of Gustavus Men's Basketball - Feb. 7
- Twin Cities Gustie Breakfast, Kris Kracht, communications; forensics head coach - Feb. 18
- Tucson Chapter Gathering - Feb. 19, Westward Look Resort
- Phoenix Chapter Gathering - Feb. 20, Millennium Resort, Scottsdale
- Los Angeles Chapter Gathering - Feb. 28, Art Director's Guild, Studio City
- Boston Chapter Gathering - Mar. 14, Hyatt Regency Cambridge
- New York Chapter Gathering - Mar. 16, New York Marriott East Side
- Twin Cities Gustie Breakfast, Ken Westphal, vice president for finance - Mar. 18
- Seattle Chapter Gathering - Mar. 21, Trinity Lutheran Church, Freeland, WA
- San Francisco Chapter Gathering - Mar. 23, Hotel Vitale
Want to support Gustie professionals? In need of a doctor, pastor, or financial adviser? Look in the Gustie Pages, 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 become your customers. Go to the Gustie Pages at the alumni website: www.gustavus.edu/alumni.
Our 50th Class Reunion
Just a reminder that in May, 2010 we will be celebrating our 50th Class Reunion. (We really can’t be THAT old!) I will need to have some volunteers, especially from the greater Twin Cities, to gather as a Reunion Committee to plan this gig. Already Jo Jensen Tollefson (nursing class) and Dennis Johnson have agreed to serve. Send me an email if you’d be willing to help, even if you are far away; you could make some phone calls or share your ideas. Email me at: email@example.com.
We’ll have our first chance for discussing reunion plans on Saturday, February 21 at St. Stephen Lutheran Church in Bloomington, MN from 8:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. If you’re able to join us, contact Kathy Erlandsen at Gustavus to get more details at: 800-487-8437.
Support The Gustavus Fund
We have a special challenge on our hands in the next 18 months. The class of 1958, headed by our friend Owen Sammelson, gathered $1,048,000 in their 50th reunion year! We know that the economy gives us all a challenge right now. But if you can, I invite you to make a plan for a gift to Gustavus―first of all, in this fiscal year ending May 31, 2009, and secondly, in the following year ending with our reunion. It’s interesting to know that as a class we have given $1,177,027.12 since graduation. (I wonder who gave 12 cents!) We’ll have some more statistics about us in our next class letter.
Our gifts to Gustavus are multiplied many times as graduates go out to make this world a better one in their communities, careers, churches and in daily life. I hope that you read the alumni section of the Gustavus Quarterly to see what remarkable things GA graduates are doing. The Gustavus Annual Fund enhances teaching, learning and living at Gustavus. Your gift counts. 65.2% of our class gave to Gustavus in the prior fiscal year. That puts us second in our decade, only behind the first place Class of ’58 which participated at 80%. Let’s see what we can do to raise our percentage! Thanks, everyone!
Memories…Remember the times you’ve had here, remember when you’re away!
I thought it would be neat to include some memories of our times at Gustavus and I’d like to invite some of you to send in some memories that we could include in these letters. I remember Prof. J. Luke Creel in the English Department. I had him for freshman English and also for a creative writing course. He was an elegant southern gentleman and a stickler for the proper use of English. One of his pet peeves was to refer to children (or friends, for that matter) as “kids.” I’m in regular contact with Dr. Erazim Kohák, philosophy professor who awakened my life. He went on to teach at Boston University and has gone home to retire (and do some teaching at Charles University) in Prague, Czech Republic. Kohák has also been very involved in Czech politics. He visited Gustavus a couple of years ago and Janet and I spent a day with him and his wife, Dorothy.
Martha Jonson Miller has been traveling a lot. She has had three children graduate from Gustavus who were fourth generation Gusties. Rosemarie Anderson Kohler sent us word that her husband, Albert, died in July 2008. She wanted us to know this along with the fact that she has a new dog, Mannie Moe. Kent Carlander reports that as of October 31, 2008 his work ended with Vida Nueva, Santa Barbara (California) and he is entering retirement. Kent was a SHIA supportive housing specialist. Allan and Carol Anne (Magnuson ’61) Moberg are in Tampa, Florida. Carol says, “I have recently had my second hip replacement done and am recovering very well, but anxious to really get going again. Great to be without pain. Allan is still working at our (photography) studio―sort of semi-retired but keeps very busy. With changes in technology a lot of work can be done at home, which is nice. Our son, Mark ’86, is now in charge of wedding photography so that gives Allan a real break. I’ve been the babysitter for our daughter’s 2-year old and will be doing it again, once my hip is totally healed. Nice to be busy!” [Paul adds - I recall Al working at the Lorhammer Photo Studio in St. Peter, which was a pretty high class place!]
Virginia Nelson Anderson of Janesville, Wisconsin, says “After two years of planning and more recently executing, we have moved to Cedar Crest, a retirement community in Janesville and are loving every minute! It is a dynamic community with a myriad of interesting programs and activities each week. Ray and I are still busy (outside of here) with our church and Janesville commitments, so we’ve really had to “pick and choose” at Cedar Crest. I decided to join their choir (modest expectations―we’re all old!) and a writing group called “Memoirs Made Easy.” Both are very enjoyable. We are planning to go on a Mediterranean cruise in October 2008. (written in March 2008).” We learned that Dr. Peter Linner Boman died November 12, 2008 in Duluth, Minnesota. His medical degree was from the University of Minnesota School of Medicine. He began his full medical practice in Duluth in 1970 as an orthopedic surgeon, serving thousands of patients until his retirement in 1995. Peter served in the Air National Guard retiring as a Lt. Colonel. After retirement he became involved in a real estate development business and developed the Mt. Royal Shopping Center. He was a member of Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Duluth. He is survived by wife, Susan, four children; and former wife, Judy Loomer Giese ’62 of Duluth.
Dennis Johnson is making us proud again! Margaret Anderson Kelliher, Speaker of the Minnesota House, has appointed Dennis Johnson to be the chaplain for the current session of the Minnesota legislature. His duties are to open each session with prayer or to host the guest pastor, priest, rabbi, imam who has been invited to be the guest chaplain. The chaplain is also to be available to provide counsel and support to members of the House. Readers may know that Speaker Kelliher is a Gustavus graduate of 1990.
We learned that Carolyn Rydell Kreuzer, died in early January 2009. She had been a longtime resident of Edina. Her heart was always full of love and concern for her family and friends. Her spirit lives on in the hearts of those who knew her. She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard (Dick). Surviving her are two daughters, Beth (John) DeBaere of Cottage Grove and Pam (Geir) Hetland, resident of Norway. She also has five grandchildren and a great grandchild.
Let me pass on something from someone who was not in our class - Dr. Carolyn Wedin, class of ’61. Carolyn played trumpet in the band in our days. Carolyn is professor emeritus, University of Wisconsin, Whitewater and has also taught several times at the University of Lund in Sweden. One noteworthy book of hers is “Inheritors of the Spirit: Mary White Ovington and the Founding of the NAACP.” I hear from her often, and in her recent Christmas letter she says that she wrote a lot more articles for the Oxford Encyclopedia of African American History (though, she says, she did not write one yet on Barack Obama because he was not even on the list five years ago when the project started). Now she is doing a chapter in a book on African American candidates for President since the 19th century writing on a very interesting woman, Charlotta Bass, a Progressive Party candidate for vice president in 1952. Carolyn lives, with her husband, Tony Rolloff, in Frederic, Wisconsin.
I think it is good to pass on things about contributions to life from persons in adjacent Gustavus classes who some of us might know!
Finally, Paul and Janet Tidemann enjoyed another Christmas in Christ Chapel with its preceding unbelievable smorgasbord dinner! We enjoyed dinner conversation with Joel and Nancy (Anderson) Wiberg. The Christmas music focused on French music this year and was superb as always. It was good to see Gustavus Choir Director, Greg Aune, back after a year of battling with cancer.
Gustavus live long!
1960 Class Agent
1079 Goodrich Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55105-3135