Class of '60
December 2009

50-Year Reunion ― May 28-29, 2010

Dear Classmates,

As we near our 50th anniversary reunion I’m sure you are as flooded with memories as I am.  What do I remember about Gustavus?  Simple things mainly...Phil Knautz ’48 crafting an anthem and a concert that sometimes moved us to tears...Robarts Glen and Seven Mile Creek...standing in line to go to church as Millard Ahlstrom ’34 knelt in the darkness of the cross’s shadow and prayed.

What do I remember?  Simple things the Freshman Pepperpot and the long line of Senior’s paddling us, our shoes thrown into a pile on Myrum’s floor and Kangaroo Court on Old Main’s steps...serenading sweet freshman girls at Wahlstrom Hall.  Simple things like my dad encouraging me to take Karlis Kaufmanis’ astronomy class so that I could find out what a huge God we had...Simple things like reaching out to the less fortunate at the State Hospital and Clair Johnson and Rod Davis challenging me to take up a church vocation...Simple things like Ruth Bostrom Esbjornson ’41 not getting mad when we stayed up until 2:00 a.m. talking to our friends.  Simple things like listening to our classmates hold Youngstown on the one yard line in 1958 and how George Anderson who was also the mayor of St. Peter got us a police escort to the airport so our 3:00 a.m. arriving team would have 700 of us there to welcome our victors home.

What do I remember?  Simple scenes like photographs in my mind...the icy cold hitting my face as I walked from the Rancherino to the gym to take those horrible body building classes...listening to Alexis and Lindeman spin their tales of literature and Kaufmanis present "The Star of Bethlehem"...simple things like Montague ’34 on the microphone and Willie Lindquist in the locker room...and Evelyn Sponberg Young ’33 not only feeding us, but giving some of us jobs when we needed them...simple things like the homecoming variety shows, the banquets, the dates we had, the friends, those who we found here and have loved our entire lives.

What do I remember?  Simple things mainly...starting from scratch things like building a homecoming float or a term paper...dreams turned into reality by saints living and dead at this place, by people refusing to give up...dreams nurtured by Edgar Carlson ’30 and his faculty who wouldn’t give up on any of us along the way.

What do I remember?  Well, quite a bit I guess.  It is the simple things I remember and that is where we live our lives from day to day for that is what Gustavus gave to us─a way, a center, a compass so that we could live day to day in things so simple as the breaking of the bread in Emmaus and suddenly we see Jesus in the midst of us.  I remember so many who not only proclaimed that Gustavus was a college of the church but lived their lives like Gustavus was a college of the church.  And to that we say “amen” and we still do.

Jim Anderson

1960 Guest Letter Writer


CLASS of ’60!

Imagine─it’s soon 50 years since we left GAC!  WOW!  For most of us, our education and life have blest us!  What can we do to bless coming generations?

The Answer?  We can give back our blessings enabling others to have a quality education and life.  In 2010 we could lead the classes in Annual Fund gifts.  We also could surpass $25,000 for a scholarship from the class of ’60.  Times are financially difficult!  Doreen and I have two daughters (Gusties) who’ve lost jobs and are fighting to keep their homes.  Even we retired clergy will see a 27% drop in pension over the next three years.  Yet, we’re still blest and will find a way to help.

“Remember,” “relish,” “cherish” those memories and “share” as you’ve been blest.  See you in 2010!

Nate Lundgren

1960 Guest Writer


Our Reunion Committee continues to contact classmates.  Here are the class updates from contacts made in November.

  • ROBERT KRAUSE continues to work 2-3 days per week as an anesthesiologist in northern California.  Bob recently returned from a two-week Hawaiian vacation.  Making the most of the current real estate market, he has recently purchased a condominium on the island of Kauai, with an eye toward possible permanent residence there once he takes down his medical shingle.
  • LOWELL EK and his wife, Peggy, enjoy travel, including a recent two-week river cruise on the Seine, and a trip to Egypt last year.  U.S. Presidential history has been a major long-term interest, and the Eks have visited all of the Presidential libraries.  Doniver Lund, Rodney Davis and Prof George are recalled as having been especially inspirational professors at Gustavus.  Lowell served on the Prior Lake, MN school board for six years, while classmate Cy Kruse was superintendent there.  The Eks are looking forward to spending four months in the Naples, FL area this coming winter.  They have a daughter who lives in Minneapolis, and grandsons, ages 10 and 12.
  • GLENN SCHLEEDE was in the U.S. Office of Management and Budget in the first Reagan administration.  He then worked for an electric utility in New England and in the last few years has been writing a lot about the problems of wind energy development.
  • RUSSELL RAVEN retired in 1994 after a career with the telephone agency of the U.S. Dept of Defense and some work with the National Security Agency.  In the last 10 years he has been working on an earth impact project through Montana State University measuring the impact of meteors on the earth.  In particular there was a meteor that tracked across the U.S. and landed in Montana and uncovered a large bone bed with bones of 10,000 30 foot animals!  His wife, Opal (Graff '58) comes back to her family home in Jeffers, MN from time to time.
  • ROGER OSTER retired from the corporate treasury department of American Express where he worked in New York City.  They live back in Minnesota and spend the winter in Green Valley, Arizona.  He has been part of a Corvette Club with several Gustie classmates.
  • MARIAN NELSON McCOLLUM taught elementary music for 15 years and 7th grade language arts for 5 years before retiring.  Marian is from Comfrey which was wiped out by the tornado when Gustavus had it, too.  Both Lutheran churches in Williamston, Michigan, Swedish and German, were destroyed so they now have one combined church named “New Hope Lutheran.”  They have a son and family teaching in Warsaw, Poland, so they have traveled there and to Scotland where her husband Lon's clan is from.
  • GORDON LARSON taught math in the Detroit area for 42 years.  He was also a coach in junior and senior high for football, basketball, baseball and swimming.  Gordon plays golf a bit.  Their pastor is a Gustie from a long line of Gusties.  He appreciates the information from class letters as one who is not near the campus.
  • DAVID SILSETH - We have had a lot of new info about David that has been in recent class letters, so nothing new.  They live north of Orlando, Florida.
  • KEITH CARLSON - Keith, or as many know him, “Joe,” taught geology at Gustavus for 36 years.  His first geology class at Gustavus with Prof. Chester Johnson was when he was a freshman.  He enjoys fishing and now that he is retired in St. Peter he attends lectures and concerts on campus.  He and his wife just returned from a Mediterranean cruise.
  • KENT CARLANDER hopes to attend the reunion.  It’s a long trip.  Kent is a fill-in counselor for a mental health agency that he used to work for before retirement.  He is also facilitating an art project to assist persons with mental illness.  He plays softball and also plays banjo in a fiddle group!  He is class president of his Moorhead High School class so was involved in their reunion.  Kent is also assisting three churches in Santa Barbara, California with the ELCA Book of Faith project “Making Sense of Scripture.”
  • CAMERON JOHNSTON (aka “Scooter”) Johnston and Jeanette (Westberg ’59) have been living in Moscow, Idaho for about five years where their children and five grandchildren live, too.  Scooter was a social worker for years in the Milwaukee area.  He now spends a lot of time with his grandkids sports─was once a coach, but now is just a scorekeeper and transports the kids to football, hockey, soccer, baseball and basketball!
  • ANNE KILTY WIBERG is doing well after surviving a bout with cancer.  She was on the Call Committee at the church where she and Mark ’58 are members and love their new pastor.  They were headed for Scottsdale, Arizona in late November for a family reunion on Mark’s side.  They are looking forward to the reunion.
  • R. OWEN NELSEN has been a psychologist for years in forensic psychological work, and is not fully retired.  He is working as a consultant for people with mental disabilities that need help with their social security benefits.  He plays golf.  Has three daughters and four grandchildren.  He is thinking about coming to the reunion if he can connect with someone he knows.
  • KAREN FOX WIENKE has three children and seven grandchildren.  She left after our junior year and graduated from River Falls, WI.
  • RICHARD “DICK” LOOMER is semi-retired as an orthopedic surgeon, but still works in his practice once a week and teaches orthopedic surgery at the University in Vancouver, British Columbia.  He is also the steward of a small island which is a nature preserve in an area where salmon hide out and where snow geese migrate for the winter.  His wife, Diane (Kolander ’62), is nationally known as a choral conductor.  Dick sings in her Over 55 choral group and is a great support for Diane’s choral work.
  • JEANETTE FLURY ZIEGLER was a child protection and adoption worker for 30 years.  She played bassoon in the Gustavus Band and has more recently played sax in a German band and loves singing and ringing bells in church groups.  They have lived in Mankato, MN since 1964.  They have one granddaughter who lives near to Mankato and she cares for her a day a week.
  • MARTHA JONSON MILLER is retired as a teacher.  Three children went to Gustavus and live in the Twin Cities area.  She is an ardent traveler:  just returned from St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.  Awhile back she went to the Arctic out of Norway and was on a rubber raft and saw lots of polar bears and other arctic creatures.  She’s an archivist at her church.
  • LESTER SCHUFT - Les’ wife of 42 years, Shirley, died on October 16 after an extended illness.  Les is well known in Minnesota as the leader of a 7-10 piece polka band (“Les Schuft and the Country Dutchmen”), which he has led for 57 years, starting before he came to Gustavus.  Les played trumpet in the Gustavus Band.  He was a dentist in Hutchinson, Minnesota from 1966 to 1996.  For years he has been an account executive, farm director and music director for two radio stations in the Hutch area - KDUZ and KARP.  Wednesday mornings he has a show called Musicians Roundup where he interviews big time and small time music leaders.  Les went through the Faith Builder challenge-level theological education program for laity of the Southwestern Minnesota Synod, ELCA and is certified to preach and do visitation for churches in the area.  He really appreciates his days at Gustavus, especially biology with Dr. Art Glass ’43.  His son, Curtis, is a Gustavus grad 1991.
  • DAVID WOLD wrote:  Thanks for a very newsworthy newsletter.  In case anybody is interested, here’s a little bit about me.  I’ve now lived in Säffle, Sweden for 33 years or almost half of my life.  I still work now and then writing marketing information for suppliers to the pulp and paper industry.  Otherwise, my wife, Inger, and I travel a lot in Europe mostly, but in May we’ll celebrate her 60th birthday while on a tour of China.  Another important past-time is cycling─mostly around here, but also a couple times a year in the wine districts in Italy and France.  If anyone wants to know more about me, they can visit my personal website at
  • CAROL NELSON COBURN - Thought you might want to know that Andy Noren Rogers and I had lunch recently.  She has convinced me to fly up with them in May for the reunion.  I have a motel reservation and plan to renew old friendships.

Paul Tidemann

1960 Class Agent

Campus News

New “Make Your Life Count” Wesite and Facebook Page

Gustavus has created a new “Make Your Life Count” website that includes a variety of feature stories exemplifying the College’s new brand position launched last month.  The stories celebrate Gustavus students, alumni, faculty, staff, programs, events, and organizations.  The website may be accessed from the Gustavus homepage by clicking on the “Make Your Life Count” brandline (in the upper right hand corner) or by visiting  The “Make Your Life Count” stories are also posted on a new Facebook page.  Become a fan and share your own Gustavus story.  When new feature stories are published, they will be communicated on the Gustavus News Twitter, and you may also subscribe (on the Make Your Life Count website) to receive e-mail updates.  To submit a “Make Your Life Count” story suggestion, click on the “Submit your story” link or e-mail the Gustavus Office of Marketing and Communication at

“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:  Thomas Young ’88 – Dec. 16, Margaret Anderson Kelliher ’90, Speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives – Jan. 20.

Upcoming Events

  • Dec. 12 - Farewell for Steve and Barb Wilkinson, Minneapolis Hyatt
  • Dec. 12 - Stockholm area Gustie gathering – Nedre Manilla
  • Dec. 16 – Twin Cities Breakfast, guest speaker - Tom Young ’88
  • Dec. 26 - Hawaii basketball game and reception – Jim and Sandy (Brown ’63) Johnston home, Honolulu, HI
  • Jan 7 – San Diego Chapter Event
  • Jan 14 – Atlanta Chapter Event – Linda Bailey Keefe ’69 residence
  • Jan 20 – Twin Cities Breakfast, guest speaker - Margaret Anderson Kelliher ’90
  • Feb 19 – Tucson Chapter Event
  • Feb 20 – Phoenix Chapter Event