Class of '61

December 2012

Dear Classmates,

Probably the largest group of ’61 Gusties on the Hill in 2012 at one time were the attendees at the Dec. 1, Christmas in Christ Chapel.  At the moving Saturday concert, classmates who were spotted included Elsa Cornell, St. Peter; Rev. Jerry ’59 and Joan (Miller) Hoffman, Minneapolis; Stu Johnson, St. Peter; Roger ʼ60 and Nita (Swanson) Anderson, Roseville; Jo Larson Karvonen, St. Paul; Darlene Koch, St. Louis Park (the widow of Rev. Ron Koch); Dr. Arne and Miriam (Lind) Lagus, St. Croix Falls, WI; Ralph and Marlys (Schneider ’63) Swenson, Hudson, WI; as well as Sid and Virgene (Grack) Sehlin, Golden Valley.  Certainly there were additional ʼ61ers whom we missed in the large crowd.

Rev. Jerry ʼ59 and Joan (Miller) Hoffman, Minneapolis, traveled in the Northeastern states and Quebec, Canada, during the beautiful time of autumn leaf change.  While in the East, they were able to visit Sam ’62 and Phyllis (Miller ’63) Forsythe, Joan’s sister, in Alton Bay, NH.  In 2011, Jerry was honored to receive the Gustavus Adolphus College Association of Congregations and Alumni Service Award.

Carol Olson Heath, Minneapolis, has become a great grandmother for the second time.

Ron and Nancy Langness, Hudson WI, have a granddaughter who is a sophomore at Gustavus.  They are enjoying coming to campus for activities in which she participates.

Dale and Barb Knutson Richter, Rochester, are spending their first winter as snow birds in Arizona.  For their 50th Anniversary they took their three sons, wives and grandchildren on an Alaskan cruise.  During that cruise, they toured Juneau with Peter and Julie Nelson Neyhart who reside there.

Our class officer roster remains incomplete.  We need a Class President and a Vice President in charge of Student Recruitment who will coordinate efforts to identify qualified young people to become Gustie students.  Elsa Cornell, Vice President of Reunions, is still out there to identify prospective classmates to help keep us together and in support of “Go Gusties Go.”

Annual Fund Chair, Stu Johnson, is tracking our progress in this year’s fund raising effort and has a message for you below.

We wish you a blessed Christmas season,

Virgene Grack Sehlin

1961 Communications Chair

Thanksgiving is over.  Christmas in Christ Chapel is over for this year.  The First Sunday in Advent has come and gone.  Now that the minor things are out of the way, it is time to concentrate on making your gift to Gustavus Adolphus College in order for you to get your income tax deduction for 2012.

How you ask?  Simply write a check or go online ( for the Gustavus Annual Fund, or the Class of ʼ61 Scholarship Endowment, give some shares of stock, start your own endowment, give to your favorite athletic team, to your favorite department at Gustavus, how about a piece of property.  Use your own imagination.

Gustavus will help you make the contribution in whatever form.  Alumni are the best givers to dear old GAC.

Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,

Stu Johnson

1961 Annual Fund Chair

Campus News

Gustie Breakfasts - Twin Cities

Engage with other alumni and learn something new about your alma mater at the monthly Twin Cities Gustavus alumni breakfast.  Please join us at the American Swedish Institute (2600 Park Ave, Minneapolis), on the third Wednesday of each month at 7:30 a.m.  Cost is $10.  Gustie breakfasts are also being held on campus the second Wednesday of each month.

December 19 – Terry Morrow – Minnesota Vikings stadium

January 16 – Kathy Lund Dean – Distinguished chair of Leadership and Ethics

February 20 – Philip Brunelle – Artistic Director, VocalEssence

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

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