Class of ’60
April 2010

50-Year Reunion ― May 28-29, 2010

Dear Classmates,

The time of our 50th reunion draws closer and I hope that you are planning to be there.  Pre-registrations are high and we are guaranteed a great turnout.  When I attended my first alumni banquet the attendees from the 50 year class seemed fairly ancient.  Of course, 72 is the new 62 or is it 52?  Some signs of aging to be sure, but from what I have seen we are a very active and fairly healthy class─living lives of a combination of work, volunteerism, mixed with time for leisure and hobbies.

As most of you know, I was a transfer student.  I regret not sharing all four years with you, but, on the other hand, having had an experience at another school made me doubly grateful for the Gustavus experience.  Gustavus truly provided me with a home, the campus experience I once dreamed of, lifelong friends and an education that prepared me for the world.  Little did I know then that I would spend the greater part of my career in service to the College.  I could not have been more fortunate.  Not only did I have the experience of my own student days, but I had the privilege of getting to know hundreds of Gusties who followed us across the graduation stage we walked 50 years ago.

Over the years, I have come to appreciate that my experience and the value I put on Gustavus was not unique, but rather was the norm.  The first year out of Gustavus, I was at the Seminary in Rock Island.  Like you, I was contacted by the Alumni Office for my first class gift.  I was pretty broke, but gratitude overruled the checkbook balance.  Ren Anderson ’34, founder of the Gustavus Annual Fund, wrote a note in response to my gift.  All it said was, “Terrific, Denny.”  I have been conscious of repaying Gustavus ever since.  I have written that check every year and I have now put a will provision in place.  I can’t really repay my college for all it has given me, but I can and will send my own “thank you” note back to the college every year.  Pretty consistently 65% of you have had the same practice.  We are shooting for a record breaking goal during this reunion year.  Be sure to read Paul Tidemann’s words about the class gift.  I am pleased with the way the schedule looks for the two-day celebration.  I know it will be a fun and meaningful time.  The memorial service will give us a chance to remember in a special way those classmates─friends, roommates, teammates─who have died since we left Gustavus with such high hopes.  The years have sped by but we carry great memories and the friendships become more important with each passing year.

Linner Lounge will be reserved as a gathering place for our class between scheduled events.  Bring your mementoes and souvenirs from our college years to display there.  Also, we encourage you to bring and display your own unique gifts and talents for us to see and enjoy.  Are you a painter?  Bring a painting or two.  Do you do crafts or handiwork?  Bring a sample.  Writer?  Produced a music CD?  We just might buy a copy.  Let us see what you might have published.  Photography?  Yes.  Your talent on display will help us know more about you since you left Gustavus and will spark interesting discussions.

At our Friday banquet, Steve Lundgren and Marilyn Wiklund Anderson will be our emcees.  Some singing.  A slide show─a chance to hear President Ohle and a presentation of our class gift.  But, mostly, there will be plenty of chances to just visit with friends.  And, I am looking forward to hearing Mel Hammarberg and his talk on Friday afternoon─the first official activity of our weekend.

See you there,

Denny Johnson

1960 Reunion Committee Member

GUSTIE GIVING!  A word from Class Agent Paul Tidemann:

We are getting down to the wire with a deadline for crediting our 50th Anniversary Class gifts by May 31, 2010.  We are so grateful for so many of us who have already made contributions.  As you know, we have some goals we are trying to meet:

  • A gift to our Class Endowed Scholarship to assist students coming to Gustavus.  Our goal is to gather at least $30,000.  To date we have received $26,617.
  • A gift to the Gustavus.  Our goal here is to raise at least $105,000 for the college and to date we have received $70,205.

If you give a gift for this year and a pledge for the next two years, the whole amount will count towards our goal.  We are shooting for a record breaking 80% participation.

You can also make a pledge through your Will, through the gift of stock, or through a deferred gift that can provide income to you and your spouse during your lifetimes and then reverts to Gustavus.  The Gustavus Advancement Office can assist you in these kinds of gifts.

When I was in parish ministry we often worked on ways we could be encouraging of member giving.  The traditional approach was tithing─giving 10% of one’s income.  I’ll tell you up front that I could not quite make that this year because of the fact that our pensions were reduced by the ELCA.  But Janet (Ryan ’63) and I came up to 9% for our giving to Gustavus this year.  I encourage you all to figure out what you can do in this very special year.  Go for it!

Paul Tidemann

1960 Class Agent


TOM CARLSON is planning on attending reunion, at least the Friday portion.

JAMES OLSON transferred from Gustavus to the University of Minnesota College of Engineering after two years.  He received degree there in geologic engineering followed by a master’s degree in geophysics.  He then had a long career with the Bureau of Mines which included work in Antarctica, and the Alaskan Arctic.  Jim also holds a degree in mining engineering.

GORDON LARSON:  I was looking forward to attending the reunion but we are unable to make both a family reunion, in Willmar, June 10-13 and our class reunion.  I was anticipating the opportunity to see friends I haven’t seen since 1960.  I was able to spend a little time with Pete Nyhus at our Madison High School 50th reunion in 2006.  I would appreciate it if you could pass a "hello" on for me to my teammates Ron Zaniewski ’61, Arne Johnson, and Mel Hammarberg.  Also, any of the “Eppies” who make it back for the reunion and my freshmen year roommate, Bob Swiggum.  I’m hoping that we will be able to make a stop in St. Peter to visit the campus when we come out for my family reunion.  Have a great time at the reunion, those of us unable to make it sure appreciate the effort made to put out the class letters.

JOHN SCHROEPPEL:  I haven’t yet decided if I will be going to the reunion.  It would be fun, but my wife, Anne, has a kind of cancer and her treatment may not be done until the end of July.  We’ll have to see how things go.

RON JORGENSON:  Dear Gusties, unfortunately we will not be making the reunion this spring.  At that time we will be in the midst of leaving for a month in China.  Daughter, Lynn, two grandchildren Sarah Song Lee and Grant will be traveling with me to Sarah’s birthplace where she was left in a small basket on the steps of a tea victory.  A victim of the Chinese “one child” family, and a blessing to our whole family.  In addition to exploring Sarah’s hometown in Guangzhou province we plan on taking in as many of the significant sights of China as we can.

My wife, Pat, will not be able to travel with us as she has osteoporosis, broke her hip in August last, and would have a problem with all of the walking.  We will miss her companionship.

We spend a lot of time these days doing volunteer work with the Fish Food Bank, our church and other stuff, like County Commissioner for me, community service and political activism.  For other fun we go to our second home in St. Kitts, West Indies to get warm.  This, after many skiing ventures at Whistler, British Columbia, where we have been down all the major runs that you were able to see in our recent Winter Olympics.  Time at the Pacific Ocean beaches, fishing for salmon, and a 175 pound sturgeon in the Columbia River, shooting those pesky 15 pound Canada geese who mess up our yards and golf courses round out SOME of our outdoor activities.  Concerts, plays, musicians like Ladysmith Black Mombaso, a concert pianist friend of ours from Berlin who will be in concert tonight in Tacoma represent some of our other interests.

Gustie memories are very fond, and the friends and education gave us a wonderful start on many, many blessings.  Sorry, but we really miss you.  Please say hi to my “roomie,” John Soll.  My blog is:  http:/ for those of you who might be interested in that stuff.  Warm regards, Ron Jorgenson, Tacoma, Washington

R. OWEN NELSEN is actively working for the Social Security Administration, performing psychological evaluations on applicants for disability.

CY KRUSE:  Nancy and I are spending the winter in Arizona golfing and enjoying the wonderful weather.  Unfortunately, we won’t make the 50th since I will be fishing in a brown trout tournament on Green Bay and Lake Michigan that weekend with my sons.

ANNE KILTY WIBERG:  Anne and Mark ’58 just hosted a reunion with the Mount Olivet Lutheran Church Choir that sang in the Chicago area.  Pastor Paul Youngdahl ’59 was there as well.

LUTHER GRANQUIST is retired from years of significant work as a legal aid attorney.  He continues to do research on areas of Minnesota dealing with mental retardation and other issues.

LAVONNE RISTY HERBERT is retired.  She was at Gustavus for two years and transferred to the University of Minnesota nursing program.  She was a nurse for many years, especially during the time that her family lived, for 10 years, in Washington, DC.  She played French horn in the Gustavus Band, still has the horn and plays occasionally, but plays piano more often.  One of their sons is a Gustavus graduate and is now a psychiatrist in San Francisco.  They have two other children and five grandchildren.

Campus News

Groundbreaking for New Academic Building

Gustavus will hold a ceremonial groundbreaking at the future site of a new 125,000 square foot academic building just west of Christ Chapel at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, April 16.  The new academic building is part of a $44 million commitment made by the College’s Board of Trustees in January to move forward with three major building projects.  Also included in the plan is the development of a west mall extending from Christ Chapel and a major renovation of the Anderson Social Science Building.  The academic departments that will be housed in the new academic building include communication studies, history, psychology, economics and management, and sociology and anthropology.

Gustavus Forensics Wins Nationals

The Gustavus Adolphus College forensics team took first place in the individual events portion of the Pi Kappa Delta National Comprehensive Tournament March 19-21 in Minneapolis.  Gustavus amassed 306 points to narrowly defeat Ohio University, which scored 305 points.  A total of 57 colleges and universities participated in the tournament.  Gustavus sophomore Chloe Radcliffe won the Pentathlon competition, which recognizes the top 10 students who compete in at least five events.  First-year student Kate Bissen took first place in Informative Speaking and senior C.J. Hunt also took home a first-place trophy in the Program Oral Interpretation event.

Fantastic Winter for Gustie Athletics

The Gustavus winter athletic teams had great success including MIAC championships in men’s and women’s hockey, women’s basketball, and women’s swimming.  The Gusties finished second in men’s basketball, men’s swimming and diving, and women’s indoor track and field.  Gustavus also played in and hosted the NCAA Div. III Women’s Frozen Four National Hockey tournament in March.

 “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 speaker, April 21:  Virgil Jones, director of multi-cultural programs.

Upcoming Events

  • Apr. 22 – New York Chapter Event – The Core Club
  • Apr. 23 – Choir of Christ Chapel Home Concert
  • Apr. 25 – Boston Chapter Event - Bay Back Hotel
  • Apr. 28 – May Day! Peace Conference
  • May 1 – Gustavus Choir Home Concert
  • May 3 – Chicago Chapter Event – The Chicago Club
  • May 4 – Denver Chapter Event