Class of ’60

September 2012

Dear Classmates,

In reading the fall Gustavus Quarterly (see p. 78) I was sad to note that our classmate, Craig Lawson, recently experienced the death of his brother Gary Lawson, class of ʼ62.  We extend our sympathy and wishes for God's blessing to the Lawson clan.  Their father was Rud Lawson, business manager at Gustavus in our day, who had a hand in getting the bid from Carlstrom Construction for the building of Christ Chapel which started in our senior year.

You may also have noted that our classmate, Dick Loomer's wife, Diane (Kolander ʼ62) was given an honorary doctorate at Commencement for her outstanding musician work as a conductor, composer and clinician.  Read that article on page 5!  It notes that Dick completed his orthopaedic residency at Vancouver General Hospital, but then encouraged Diane to pursue her love of music!

Take note, also, of the article in the Quarterly on page 9 about the book, "Black and Bold" written by Bruce Gray ʼ61, with the collaboration of our own Dennis Johnson about the history of African American students at Gustavus.  I know I will buy that one!  You can find it at the Gustavus BookMark.

I also noted that Kay Rethwill Moline, Communications Chair for the Class of ʼ56, toured Scandinavia and while there visited her brother-in-law, our classmate, David Wold.  She was on a trip with her granddaughter, Erika Royer, ʼ03.

Y’know−you just have to read through these Gustavus Quarterlies to get news and good info about people you may know and even people you don't know, but are glad to know about!

Our Class Giving to Gustavus:  Finally, thanks to so many of you who gave generously to Gustavus during this last year ending May 31, 2012.  We had 120 donors, which is 58% of our class.  Our gifts totaled $42,643.48.  Our decade runs from 1960-1969 and participation level for those ten years was 47%, so we were above that!  Some classes were able to give a lot more, but we were at about average for the 10 year group.  The year ended in May, but I received info that 12 of our classmates made new gifts in August, 2012!

The American Swedish Institute (ASI) in Minneapolis has just completed a large new addition to that classic “castle” at 2600 Park Avenue, the Nelson Cultural Center, and Gustavus has an office in the new quarters where you can stop in if you are in Minneapolis.  ASI is a fantastic place to visit.  They have new exhibits going on all the time and one, right now is "Treasured Threads:  Nordic Lace" for lace holds a special place in the traditions of the Nordic countries.  It runs through Sunday, January 13, 2013.  They also have FIKA, the American Swedish Institute's new Nordic-inspired café which has coffee, snacks and great lunches.  The third Wednesday of each month is the Gustie Breakfast which will now be held at ASI.  The cost is $10 and it starts at 7:30 a.m. with breakfast and coffee and at about 8:00 a.m. we have a speaker from the college to give us lots of good news, history and information.

Upcoming speakers include:

October 17 – Nobel Conference Recap

November 21 – Donald Ostrom – November elections

December 19 – Terry Morrow – Minnesota Vikings stadium

AND, be sure to visit the Gustavus Office in the new Nelson Center at ASI and tell others, especially interested students, to check it out as they might want to attend Gustavus!

Campus News

Nobel Conference – “Our Global Ocean”

October 2-3 – Nobel Conference 48 examines, “Our Global Ocean” as a source of inspiration, danger, and knowledge.  We know less about our own oceans than we do about the surfaces of other planets hundreds of millions of miles away.  Top researchers in biogeochemistry, oceanography, deep-sea biology, molecular genetics, and coral ecology will discuss the most relevant topics concerning our mysterious oceans.  Tickets for this year’s Nobel Conference are available at:

The Royal Visit

Their Majesties King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden will visit Gustavus in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the founding of the College by Swedish immigrants in 1862.  The Royal Visit to Gustavus will be Friday, October 5, 2012.  For the full schedule of the day’s events, visit visit.  Many events require tickets.

Hall of Fame

The Gustavus Adolphus College Athletics Department has selected nine individuals for induction into its Athletics Hall of Fame.  The 2012 class of inductees include Rhonda Gorseth Alberts ’93 (Gymnastics), Brian Brekke ’95 (Football),Kara Bloomquist Drekonja ’96 (Cross Country),Brett Gross ’96 (Track & Field),Brock Guettler ’92 (Basketball),Mark Kruger ’86 (Tennis),Jason Lesteberg ’96 (Hockey),Scott Stoneking ’96 (Soccer), and Donald Swanson ’55 (Benefactor).  This group will be honored at the Athletics Hall of Fame Banquet, which will be held in Alumni Hall at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, following the Hall of Fame football game between the Gusties and Hamline University, which is set to take place at 1 p.m. at Hollingsworth Field.

Homecoming 2012

October 12-14 – Homecoming 2012 will include the Sesquicentennial Closing Dinner, reunions, a football game, a performance by The Bend of the River Big Band, and more.  For information on reunion registration and the entire homecoming schedule, visit

Alumni Travel Opportunities

2013 Friends of Music Salzburg choral Tour

Gustavus Friends of Music has arranged for a Gustavus Alumni choir tour to Munich, Salzburg, Vienna and Prague June 23 – July 5, 2013.  Singers and non-singers alike are welcome.  Once in Salzburg, the singers will join the Mozart International Choral Festival and perform Mozart’s Coronation Mass in the Salzburg Cathedral on June 29.  Not a singer?  There is space available for non-performers as well.  For more information contact Jackie Neeck Peterson ’77 at or 800-726-6192.

2013 Pearls of Central Europe

Experience Central Europe with Gustavus professor emeritus of history Dr. Tom Emmert from September 10—21, 2013.  This 12-day Gustavus study tour combines learning, exploring, leisure, lecture, food, and arts with special touches, all led by a faculty expert.  The journey is focused around three showpiece cities of Central Europe:  Prague, Vienna, and Budapest.  For more information, contact Tom Emmert at

Upcoming Chapter Gatherings

National Chapter events for alumni, parents and friends are scheduled for the 2012-13 academic year and will focus on the College’s pillar of “Teaching and Learning.”  Please save the date for the event in your area.  Time and location details will be forthcoming

Nov. 8 – New York City

Nov. 10 – Boston

Nov. 10 – Dallas

Nov. 11 – Houston

Nov. 13 – Washington, DC

Jan. 29 – Phoenix

Jan. 31 – Tucson

Feb. 3 – Los Angeles

Feb. 4 - Palm Springs

Feb 13 – Tampa

Feb. 15 – Naples

Feb. 28 – Seattle

Mar. 2 – San Francisco

Mar. 9 – Madison

Mar. 12 – Denver

Mar. 14 – Chicago

Apr. 11 – Atlanta


David Folkerds was named this summer by KARE 11 television station as an “Eleven Who KARE” honoree.  He received the award from the station and Thrivent Financial for his volunteer work with the “Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity” building program.  Since retirement from teaching in 1996 Dave has volunteered with Habitat for Humanity.  Seven years ago they combined with Thrivent to build new homes in the Minneapolis area.  A video can be found on the KARE 11 website Go to community and then to Eleven Who Care.

Allan Moberg, a well-known photographer in Tampa, Florida (who, in his student days worked with the very fine Lorhammer Studio in St. Peter) writes:  “As most of you know, the Republican convention was in Tampa.  The man who got the convention to Tampa is a very good client of mine; I have photographed him many times.  Also, Pam Bondi, who was a speaker at the convention, and is the Florida Attorney General, I photographed her wedding since she is from Tampa.

      I don’t believe I mentioned this fact previously, that when George Steinbrenner passed away, during the moment of silence at Yankee stadium that day, the portrait that they flashed on the scoreboard was a portrait that I had done of Mr. Steinbrenner.

      I am still battling prostate cancer; we have a huge cancer center only about two miles from our house.  I am receiving tremendous care from them even though my last chemo treatment ended in a disaster.  The nurse missed the vein and the chemo went into my arm instead of the vein.  My arm is still numb and that was five months ago.  They have me on a very expensive oral chemo now which seems to be doing very well.  I have absolutely no side-effects from any of the chemo; I lost most of my hair but certainly not all.  I kept on working all during these treatments and the only slight problem; I got tired a little earlier than normal.  I still cut my lawn and worked outside as much as possible.

      We have four grandchildren, and all who live here in Tampa, very fortunate.  The oldest grandson is a freshman this year. What a brain, he is in the IB program for exceptionally brilliant students, but is an all-around fun boy.  The others are in school also and doing very well.

      We have a very different situation in our Lutheran Church in Tampa, a Presbyterian Church approached us about four years ago about the possibility of using our sanctuary for worship as their school grew so large that the school needed more space so they wanted to use our church for worship until they could build one of their own.  They like this situation so well that they are not actively searching for a church of their own.  Their service is at 9:00 and we meet at 11:00.  They have an exceptional choir with a very good director so I now sing with both choirs on Sunday morning, I get a real workout.

      That is about all, Carol and I have been married for 51 years and I am going to be 75 this year (ugh).  I am still at the studio part-time; the scene for a professional photographer has certainly changed since I opened my studio 47 years ago.  With digital photography, everyone is a professional.  I have my studio in South Tampa which is a very wealthy community and absolutely no room for expansion since it is a peninsula.  When I opened up, I was the only studio there and now there are at least 90 "professional photographers."  If you want to see some of Allan’s work go to:−then go to "Allan Moberg Portraits."  You can also check out photographic blog:

Paul ʼ59 and Linda (Pierson) Engebretson report that their son, John Engebretson ʼ91, an adjunct saxophone instructor at Gustavus, and band director at Kennedy High School in Bloomington, Minnesota, will give a saxophone recital at Gustavus on November 16 at 7:30 p.m.  She notes: we are enjoying retirement, and spend four months in Sun City, AZ and then in Alexandria, MN in the summer.  The nine grandchildren keep us busy in the summer with their visits and various activities.  No big trips lately, except that we are taking a road trip next week to Boston and Cape Cod and visiting our son, Mark, and family in Greensboro, NC for Thanksgiving.

Nancy Dege Gerhard reports:  I traveled to Sweden this summer for almost a month, visiting my brother and his family.  I have a new great-nephew who has dual citizenship. I visited Stockholm, Gothenburg, Copenhagen, Oslo, and took the Hurtigruten Ferry from Bodo in Norway to Kirkennes which is above the Arctic Circle and is the northernmost city in Europe.  I also took a pastel class for a week in Bend, Oregon, with Richard McKinley, a renowned pastelist.

We heard from Suzanna Wasgatt Johnson, “Back to the regular time zone after a very busy summer that went by too quickly.  Ben ʼ59 and I sing in the Minnesota Center Chorale as well as the Bethlehem Lutheran choirs.  Our grandchildren are delightful (aren't they all?) and fun to be with.  We had family reunions of both Johnsons and Wasgatts.  Relaxing 'up at the lake' but no luck fishing.  We certainly get a lot of reading done.  Hope all is well and God bless!

Dick Loomer tells that he and Diane traveled with their men's choir to Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Slovenia and Italy this summer−very hot−one day it hit about 105° F.  Back to work one day/week this fall teaching orthopaedics.  Joel Wiberg bragged to me that he caught a 33 inch northern in Sand Lake this summer at the Bob Engstrom Memorial retreat and fishing/lying contest.  Steve Lundgren claims it’s the biggest ever caught in Sand Lake but then who ever believed Steve Lundgren−better get the details from him.

Dan Buendorf and Sandy (Luedtke’62) said, “2012 is our 50th Wedding Anniversary year.  We started off with a cruise to Hawaii in January.  Celebrated the day of our anniversary (July 8) with a paddleboat cruise on the St. Croix River leaving from Stillwater−son, Tim ʼ88, Stephanie, and Max were with us.  In August we traveled to Northern Michigan for a timeshare experience.  In September we are traveling to Florida for two timeshare experiences.  In November we will travel to California to attend Sandra’s niece’s wedding and then motor over to Palm Springs for a week of timeshare, followed by another week of timeshare in Scottsdale, AZ.  Will be here in St. Peter to enjoy all of the Christmas programming at Gustavus.”

Dave Ehline sent us news:  “I’ve lived in Castle Rock, CO (between Denver and Colorado Springs) for 13 years.  I had triple coronary by-pass surgery one year ago, and I'm still kickin'!  I retired fully a little over four years ago, but keep busy making wooden toys that are sent to children in countries where kids have never had a toy.  I also am still able to do pulpit supply, and have done an interim ministry.  I was the preacher at the 60th anniversary celebration of the congregation that I served for 13 years in Omaha, NE.  My retirement travels have taken me to Hawaii, Alaska, Sweden, Denmark, Bahamas, as well as California, Nebraska, Michigan, Florida, Arizona, Utah, Montana, Wyoming, and British Columbia.  I no longer enjoy travel, but prefer to stay home. I write four times a year for a professional journal entitled Creative Forecasting, and am writing a devotional book for couples.  The ELCA congregation to which we belonged left the ELCA, and now we are active members of a Presbyterian Church (USA).  My three children live in Saginaw, Michigan, San Francisco, CA, and Omaha, NE.  My five grandchildren range in age from 7 to 27.  I remain a loyal Democrat.  I still believe in God even after reading a book by a fellow Gustavian entitled From Pastor to Atheist.

Dennis Johnson and Carol are spending a month at their Wyoming cabin built on the property of their son and daughter-in-law, Andy and Alison. Dennis just completed a project assisting Bruce Gray ʼ61 in his new book, Black and Bold:  A History of African American Students at Gustavus.  It is now available at the BookMark.  Dennis also reports that he has been commissioned by Joanne Kendall to write a biography of John S. Kendall ʼ49, tenth president of Gustavus.  Any of you who have anecdotes or observations about the Kendall years are welcome to submit them to him at  Dennis also reports that classmates Joel Wiberg, Roger Anderson, Dan Buendorf and Paul Tidemann are part of a team connecting parishes to Gustavus and the GACAC.  Dennis also reports that the Third Annual Bob Engstrom Memorial Fishing days were held this year at the Sand Lake home of Steve Lundgren.  Joining in were classmates:  Joel Wiberg, Jim Anderson, Dennis Johnson and Dave Carlson.  Dennis, the news-hound, also reports that David and Karen (Westman’61) Carlson celebrated a wedding this summer as their daughter, Linnea ʼ94 was married.  Roger and Nita (Swanson ʼ61) Anderson celebrated a 50th wedding anniversary this summer.  James and Diane (Hammargren 63) Anderson are pleased that another granddaughter is entering Gustavus this fall as a first year student.  Meredith Fahrenz ʼ16 joins older sister Alissa ʼ13 who is a senior this year.

Kent Carlander in California sent this news:  “I’m teaching a painting class each week with Creekside Art Group (CAG) sponsored by The Phoenix of Santa Barbara.  Painters from The Phoenix House, Mountain House and the Mainstream Program meet outdoors year round each Friday afternoon to paint with acrylics on canvas.  We're located by the Santa Barbara Creek across from The Santa Barbara Mission, the Queen of the California Missions.  The Phoenix program is designed to provide state-of-the-art treatment for individuals diagnosed with major mental illnesses.  Art can lift spirits, inspire and provide a creative and therapeutic outlet for many people.  CAG artists paint abstract and/or realistic paintings, depending upon their preference, and have the choice of displaying their paintings at numerous local art shows throughout the year.  Art supplies are provided in large part through support by Christ Lutheran Church of Goleta, CA and grants by Thrivent.

Paul Tidemann is very involved in issues surrounding the Dakota/U.S. War which took place in 1862, the year Gustavus was founded.  It was on December 26, 1862 that the largest mass execution took place in Mankato when 38 American Indian men were hanged.  It has become a hot topic in Minnesota.  Tidemann notes that we need to know a lot more about how that War still affects Dakota people who were banned from Minnesota after that War−though some returned and stayed.  Paul is also heavy into family genealogy with over 5,000 persons in his extended family data base.  He also still plays French horn in the Northeast Orchestra and keeps people informed about and seeks fund support for the mission and ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Guyana where he was a pastor in the ʼ70s.

THANKS EVERYONE who responded to my plea for news. You will see an edited version of some of this in the winter Gustavus Quarterly, but I really encourage you to send snippets of news in any time it happens.  You can send it to and I will get it.  The next deadline for news is December 7.

Paul Tidemann

President, Class of ʼ60