Class of 1960
September 2009

50-Year Reunion ― May 28-29, 2010

Dear Class of ’60,

You will be receiving a Class of ’60 letter just about every month from now until our 50th Reunion.  This one is written by classmate Bob Eidsvold.  Thanks, Bob!

~Paul Tidemann

Class Agent


Have you done the arithmetic yet?  “What arithmetic,” you ask?  After all, income tax time is April, and if you’re like me, the check book usually won’t balance, anyway.  The math I’m here to mention is the addition of 50 years to our time in May, 1960, when we completed our studies and life on the hill.  We went on to an assortment of next things in our respective lives.  The celebration of that time in 1960 in the form of our 50 Year Class Reunion is set for the weekend of May 28-29, 2010.  Yes, this coming May will be 50 years, and plans are already underway for a great celebration Friday and Saturday on the Gustavus campus.

A committee of classmates has already met three times, with Paul Tidemann, Class Agent, serving as event chairman.  Saturday, September 12, was our most recent meeting in connection with the college’s “Volunteer Leadership Day.”  President Jack Ohle’s remarks to the assembly touched on some interesting facts about our Alma Mater.  Gustavus ranked in some notable national measures.  It increased eight positions in U.S. News and World Report of American colleges and Universities from 88th to 80th place.  In Athletics, the NCAA Directors Cup ranked Gustavus number eight, and by academic measure, Gustavus Men’s Golf ranked number one, and Women’s Golf ranked number two.  Three student athletes received NCAA post graduate scholarship awards, and the college ranked tenth nationally in its graduation rate.

While President Ohle acknowledged the trying times in our national economy have certainly been felt at Gustavus, the year was completed with a modest operating surplus, the fund raising goal was thankfully met, $322,000 in grants were received, and the 2010 budget is balanced.  Even so, employee salaries are frozen.

The student enrollment goal of 660 new students was met, and ACT scores show an increase over the previous year.  An ongoing goal to increase out-of-state students was met showing an increase of 3%, and the goal to increase students of color moved the increase from 11% of freshmen last year to 14% of the class this year.  I found it rather fascinating to contemplate another statistic, the fact that there are 26,000 Gustavus alumni presently living somewhere on earth.  Maybe one lives on your block!

At this point, the reunion committee can use your help with something.  We would love to gather current photos of as many of you as possible.  So please send a recent photo of yourself!  Also, older photos and videos of times at Gustavus are sought.  We ask that you identify who is in the photo and add some “what, where, and how” to describe the photo.  Please send any photos to Kathy Erlandsen, Associate Director of Reunion Giving, Gustavus Adolphus College, 800 West College Ave, St. Peter, MN 56082-1498 or email her at:  She promises to return any photos if you so request.  Also, in the next month, one of us on the committee will try to reach you by phone.  We want to touch base with you for any suggestions you might have, get any news about you, and find out whether you are planning to come to the reunion.  Let us know.

We received a terrific story about Gary and Dottie (Van Campen, ’61) Mau in the Stillwater (MN) Gazette.  The St. Croix River home they bought in 1991 included a 90 year-old bait and tackle shop.  While he never set out to own such a business, they decided to continue the business, and have now completed eighteen years of ownership of “Beanie’s” at Maui’s Landing, said to be in the shadow of the I-94 crossing at Lakeland in the St. Croix Valley.  When asked what the best advice he ever received was; he answered, what his Gustavus roommate told him, Dottie was the best girl for him!  Gary told the reporter how thankful he is that he listened to his roommate!  Gary had a 22-year career as a Navy pilot and worked for a defense contractor for 14 years, according to the article.  Asked what the key to happiness is, Gary was quoted as saying, “A great relationship with your partner, and faith in God.”

Classmate, Lois Anderson Nelson, sent a note covering a news report of a 1986 Gustavus grad, Dr. Deb Dittberner ’86, Lois’s family doctor with the comment, “She is the best!”  The good doctor, from the Alexandria (MN) clinic, was selected in a poll as the “Favorite Area Health Care Professional.”

Bill Shogren, in another credit to his writing career, had an article published in Midwest Fly Fishing magazine.  The title of the article, “Valkommen till Sjostrommen,” told the story of fly fishing for grayling in Sweden.  Well done, Bill!

On the return trip from St. Peter yesterday, I visited with an old farmer at his vegetable stand.  He passed a few observations about life on to me, and I offer them for your consideration:


  • The best sermons are lived, not preached.
  • Words that soak into your ears are whispered…not yelled.
  • Keep skunks and bankers at a distance
  • Life is simpler when you plow around the stump
  • It don’t take a very big person to carry a grudge.
  • Every path has a few puddles
  • Most of the stuff people worry about ain’t never gonna happen anyway.

Stay well, and stay in touch.  Send photos and save the Reunion date – May 28-29, 2010.

Gustavus Live Long!

Bob Eidsvold

1960 Guest Class Letter Writer

Campus News

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Men's Golf Named Academic National Champions

signatureThe Gustavus men’s golf team has been selected by the Golf Coaches Association of America as the Academic National Champions for Division III.  Coach Scott Moe’s 2008-09 squad was the only team in Division III to post a cumulative team grade point average above 3.50.  This is the first year that the GCAA has honored teams for their academic standing.

Homecoming and Family Weekend – October 9 & 10, 2009

Join us for Homecoming and Family Weekend festivities this year!  Parents, alumni, and friends of the College are invited to return and reconnect on this great weekend.  Check out all the activities on the Gustavus alumni web site (

A Walk in the Arb

As part of Homecoming Weekend, the Linnaeus Arboretum will be hosting its annual Fall Fest on that Saturday, October 10.  Come enjoy a guided hike through the arboretum and browse its many beautiful flower gardens and tree collections.  Maple trees will be in their fall peak this weekend.  Master Gardeners and tree care experts will be available to address your questions and concerns, so bring a branch!  Bring your kids for a hayride through the arboretum!  Have a look at this year’s scarecrows around the Borgeson cabin!  Enjoy cookies and lemonade, purchase an arboretum t-shirt.  The weather for last year’s Fall Fest was absolutely gorgeous, and we expect this year to be no different!  For more information, call 507-933-6181 or email

“Come on You Gusties” Breakfast

Once a month, Gusties gather for coffee, breakfast, and great conversation along with a campus speaker.  All Gusties are welcomed and invited to the breakfast, third Wednesday of the month, 8-9:30 a.m. at the Doubletree Hotel, Minneapolis-Park Place, 1500 Park Place Boulevard.  Cost is $10 at the door.

Upcoming speakers:

President Jack R. Ohle – Oct. 21

Chaplain Brian Johnson ’80 – Nov. 18

Thomas Young ’88 – Dec. 16.

Upcoming Events

  • Nobel Conference:  H²0 Uncertain Resource – October 6-7, 2009
  • Homecoming/Family Weekend – October 9-10, 2009
  • Athletics Hall of Fame – October 17, 2009
  • Gustavus Library Associates – A Royal Affair – November 14, 2009
  • Farewell for Steve and Barb Wilkinson, Minneapolis Hyatt - December 12

royal affair