Class of '62
Greetings ’62 Gusties!
My first return to Gustavus since the March tornado was on Saturday, September 12th. Class agent, Jan, was unable to attend the annual class agent’s meeting, so I went in her place. The morning meeting was filled with that great Gustavus Spirit. Yes, the tornado was a true disaster, but Gustavus is going to be new, progressive, and great! In other words, the negative means positives! The highest ever number of freshmen on campus is a wonderful sign that young people like what Gustavus offers and the Gustavus Spirit, so that they aspire to be Gustavians.
In the plan of building a Greater Gustavus, some changes will be affecting us, the graduates. The new plan for Phonorama is to put emphasis on the reunion years, with classmates calling classmates. Other classes can call classmates if they wish. Otherwise, the calling will be conducted by trained, enthusiastic students. They will gather news, as well as ask for pledges. Jan and I hate to lose that personal touch with you, so we will continue to call as much as we can, but we need some help from you on the calling. Let’s hear from you on this subject.
Another major change is that all the separate donation funds are now going to be united under one title, the Gustavus Fund. Insurance paid for a good share of the replacements needed at Gustavus, but not all, so our contributions are needed more than ever before. If giving per month by credit card is an easier way to give, Gustavus can accommodate you. Both the giving dollar amount and the giving participation for the annual fund was down last year. Let’s do our share as a class and help raise these numbers.
Some other bits and pieces that may interest you—
We saw a video done by Lifetouch Studios in Eden Prairie. It showed some shots of the beautiful campus before the tornado, after the tornado, the volunteers helping with cleanup and the hopes and dreams for a Greater Gustavus. I don’t think there could have been a dry eye in the room! Lifetouch is planning to enter this video in a contest. It was very uniquely and well done.
The 1998-99 academic year opened with a record enrollment of 2,470 full-time students (compared with the previous record of 2,389 set in 1988), including a record 700 incoming students (compared to 648 of 1987). Contributing to the record enrollment is the stable 94 percent full-time student retention rate. Students returned to a campus that has been newly landscaped with 400 trees planted last spring and nurtured over the summer. They also discovered that 95% of all repairs made necessary by the tornado of March 29 are now completed. They returned to find Johnson Hall gone as it proved to be "beyond repair," but they also were greeted by a new College View Apartment addition, which houses 92 upper-class students, and the recently purchased Jefferson Avenue apartments (now known as Arbor View), which houses 60 upper-class students. In addition to new carpeting, painting, and furnishings, the campus is sporting 300 new state of the art computers for students and faculty, 28 new Steinway pianos (making us a member of a very elite circle of "All Steinway" campuses), 13 new high-tech multimedia systems for classrooms, new and upgraded outdoor and indoor athletic facilities, and new scientific equipment.
What remains to be done? The Prairie View Residence Hall, to be in place and opened in October, will house 60 students. It will be located west of Schaefer Fine Arts Center. Physically and symbolically the repair/restoration era will end with the placement of the spire and the cross back on the top of Christ Chapel. The spire will go up in sections over a two-day period and the cross is scheduled to be set on Thursday, October 22, weather permitting.
Students also noted the beginning stages of construction on the new Campus Center. This project, part of our strategic plan, was accelerated by the storm. The official groundbreaking ceremony will take place Monday, October 19. This $18.6 million, 51,000 square foot construction project will double the size of the Dining Service Building, providing students, faculty and staff with expanded and improved dining, meeting and office spaces. The Dining Room will, appropriately, be named for Evelyn Young ’33, longtime director of the Dining Service at Gustavus.
In progress also is an addition to the Melva Lind Interpretive Center to house the Department of Environmental Studies. Our own classmate, Jim Gilbert, has been appointed Linnaeus Arboretum Director. Jim, we’re all proud of you!
The meeting was informative, well-attended, inspiring—along with great food. I went away with an overwhelming feeling of gratitude for all the people at Gustavus who have remained so positive when it would have been so much easier to run away from Gustavus, St. Peter, and all the stress. Our heartfelt thanks to all.
Many of us celebrated our 40th high school reunions this summer. Did you think about that reunion as our "golden," since we were 58 years old and from the class of ’58? Our next GA reunion will be in 2002, and we will be 62 years old from the class of ’62. Great to plan to attend that reunion!
We need a few things from you classmates
- News. Biographies. We try to write three class letters a year and four in reunion years, but we need the news to keep us connected. We want a catch-up autobiography from everyone soon. Please send
- Pledges. Dollars. Our total class dollar amount was way up last year because of a very generous gift from Terry Skone. Thank you, Terry! But without that gift, our amount and participation percent is not what we’d like it to be. Gustavus needs us more than ever.
- Callers for Phonorama. If we want to make the personal touch with classmates, we need people to help with the calling. Calling 237 people takes time and more than a couple people!
- St. Lucia Tradition started last year at Jan’s for Twin Cities area people. Do we want to continue? We need a location and planners. Call us!
I saw my old friend from babyhood, (We were both in the hospital at the same time—also Jerry Lindblad) Mary Jo Anderson Olson. She had a wonderful trip to Spain in June, spent July in Minnesota, and is back in Arizona teaching.
Karen Anderson Herth came to MN this summer to visit family and attend her high school reunion. While I was at the airport visiting with her, Craig and Diana Jacobson Martens walked by. They were on their way to Cairo, Egypt, where Craig had a project with IBM. Craig and Diana, let’s hear about that trip!
Dean Anderson will come to the next GA reunion and will bring his wonderful bride (and my friend) Gail. I saw them at my Willmar H. S. reunion and began "encouraging" him.
Jackie Falk Anderson
Thanks much to Jackie for stepping in when needed. We’re all in this together, so it’s wonderful when we all do a part—calling, writing, attending, encouraging, giving.
News notes were few this time. Our giving participation numbers were down. Even if the gift is small, even if the news isn’t earth-shattering, we need input!
In May a half page of the Star Tribune was devoted to the business life of Hilding Nelson. He has had an interesting time, investing money in companies and then rescuing them when they have been in trouble. The article stated that he has retired for the fourth time in ten years to spend time in his cabin in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, but each time he gets called back to rescue another company in which he has had a stake—Lund International, Pet Food Warehouse, John G. Kinnard Brokerage. The article is very complimentary to his talents of turning companies around, his great integrity, and tremendous energy. He now plans to hike, wilderness camp, whitewater raft, and even spend several months in the wilderness of Argentina, having, of late, successfully saved the Kinnard firm. Keep in contact with us, Ing. I got burned owning stock in Lund’s and Pet Food Warehouse. You could have told me to weather the downslide, for you were coming to save us!
Jan Eiffert Hoomani returned to St. Cloud this summer for her high school reunion, seeing many for the first time in 10 to 40 years. She had a great time seeing friends and family and attending the Guthrie Theatre and the State Fair for the first time in 30 years. She and Gail Lindsey Breen are getting together in Charlotte recently to spend the weekend together.
Ted Stoneberg is in his 17th year of teaching pastoral care and counseling at Anderson University School of Theology in Anderson, Indiana. His wife, Carla Johnson ’64, is a supportive services nurse.
Jan Grack Eggersgluess is currently working as an adjunct instructor at Concordia University in St. Paul in the Organizational Management program and also teaches classes at Hennepin Tech. in Microsoft office applications courses. Her husband, Gene, is VP of marketing at Spancrete in Maple Grove.
Dick Hane continues to serve as pastor of Salem Lutheran in Hermantown, MN. He is active in the Kiwanis Club and is chairperson of the Board for Church in Society for Northeastern MN Synod. Judy Samuelson continues to be anesthesia assistant for Duluth Oral Surgeons, choir director and part-time organist at Salem Lutheran and director of Duluth Legion Chorus. They are proud grandparents of their first grandchild, born in January of this year to their daughter, Jennifer ’91.
Jerome Delgehausen continues to teach German and World Religions at St. Thomas Academy in Mendota Heights.
Linda Jones Lawrence of Olathe, Kansas lives in her country home of 21 years with her horses, dogs, cats, birds, etc. Her hubby, Chris, still works at Kansas University Medical Center and Linda still manages a Rural Water District on a part-time basis. There’s lots of development coming her way, so her future in that job is in question. She doesn’t want a full-time job at this time in life anyway. (Who of us does?) They have five grandsons, ages 10 to 1—products of their two daughters. She says she hasn’t been able to make it to a GA reunion yet, so the 40th is in her plans!
Kermit and Janet Swanson moved from Clara City to St. Peter in August, 1997. Jan works for CSFA in St. Peter. Kermit is retired. They thankfully and luckily managed to escape damage from the tornado. They are enjoying GA sports, drama and music, and the city of St. Peter with its nice people.
Photography is still keeping Nan Forsman Buchanan busy in Ohio. In the past year she has had work accepted at the Butler Institute of American Art’s Annual Artist’s Exhibition, the LWCA Women’s Art Show where she won the prize for photography, and the prestigious Three Rivers Art Show in Pittsburgh.
Wouldn’t it be fun to see the talents of our classmates? For our 40th let’s have a talent show, an arts and crafts display, some good stock options available, a sermon, a lesson, a taste of rural water, some anesthesia…
Karen Hawkinson Summers continues in her ministry to support women needing shelter in Bellingham, WA. She mentioned that she loves to hear about her classmates for we do "continue to be a remarkable bunch." Her two daughters are doing well—one in her last stages of her doctorate in Tucson and one doing research for an anthropology doctorate from Columbia U. She is in the Russian Far East for 15 months of research, and Karen was planning to visit her this past summer.
Claiming to be a real Alaskan pioneer is Dick Hultberg. He has lived there over thirty years now. He spends the darkest of the winter months in Arizona and Las Vegas now that he is retired, but always goes back to the North for the rest of the year. He keeps himself busy on the boards of church, Boy’s and Girl’s Club, Baseball Club and with the Parks and Recreation Commission. He has a four-year-old grandson.
Floyd Flowers expressed great sadness at the tornado destruction. His former home on North Seventh survived the storm with only windows and shingles needing replacement, but all seven trees he planted 45 years ago were destroyed. That storm affected so many. He was amazed at the speed of clean up and restarting of classes at Gustavus and was looking forward to his visit in June. Floyd deserves the best of medals for sending his autobiography—the only one to arrive for months! Thank you, and here it is:
Floyd B. Flowers (a.k.a.: that old student)
Born: 3-25-27, the 5th of 6 children, on a large farm 8 miles from Gustavus near Cleveland. As a member of Cleveland’s basketball team, I played in a couple of holiday tournaments in the Gustavus gymnasium, now our student union.
I graduated Cleveland H.S. in 1945 with WW II still on. I enlisted in the army and was drill sergeant/platoon leader at age 19. I was recommended for West Point and I turned it down—absolutely the most stupid thing I have ever done.
After the war, I entered the sales field as the Minnesota State Manager for Standard Chemical Co. until early 1958 when I became legally blind.
I had married Harriet in 1953, and we lived in a new home in St. Peter. Our first two children were born there. I entered Gustavus in 1958, became head resident at Uhler in 1960, and our son, Dave, was born shortly after moving into the dorm. I am quite likely the only student who slept with the same woman in a men’s dorm for two years and had a child there.
After graduating from Gustavus in ’62, I attended Washington U. in St. Louis and earned a Masters of Social Work in 1964. After a three-year stint in Madison, WI, I was hired as the executive director of the Family Service Agency in DeKalb, Illinois in 1967 and remained there until I retired in January, 1981. I love retirement by continuing to learn, doing things I enjoy, and being useful to some very select organizations.
Our three children all have master’s degrees, live in the close area, and have given us five lovely grandchildren, who really are "God’s gift for growing older."
An Addendum: The same infamous tornado that wrecked so much at Gustavus destroyed the barn and damaged the home on our family farm. I have many memories of farm life there, of course, and calculate that in just my four years of high school, I milked 62,400 cows. Do you wonder why I never returned to that?
Maggie Swenson Miller deserves the medal for the most eventful summer. She has three Gustie children, and all three of them were married this summer. After three weddings, she and hubby, Myron, thought they deserved a vacation—Spain in September with Ruth and Ben Leadholm. They won’t forget this year!
My news of late: First the bad news--My daughter left Gustavus for the U of M. That was agonizing turmoil for me, but she had to make her own decision. She is amazed at how much easier the classes are at the U, and how lacking people are in friendliness there. She can’t believe that students sit in every other chair or on the floor, rather than sit next to someone. She is learning in her own way what I couldn’t tell her. The good? news—We bought lake property near Winter, WI and love it…except for the bad septic system, the well that’s not producing water, the cracked and bowed foundation, the electricity that works only some of the time, the doors that won’t close…We are getting to know workmen in the area…
The Gustavus Fund has new directors and they are asking for Class Commitments for the 1998-1999 fund year. For unrestricted funds, our class gave $14, 413.32 this past year from 59.5% of us. Can we do better than that? Of course, we can! If we want a Greater Gustavus, if we want to be a graduate of a school with continuing national prestige, we must do better. Estimates are that insurance did not cover $5 to 7 million dollars worth of damage to the college. Will we do our part? Those unrestricted funds are more necessary this year than ever before. Please, all of you, show your loyalty and appreciation! Gustavus, live long!
Your class agent who is soon to quit if we can’t hit the $16,000 mark from at least 65% of us, or who hears from no one about St. Lucia Day or Phonorama, or who receives no autobiographies,
Jan Swanberg Mousel
7102 Center Drive
Eden Prairie, MN 55346
US News and World Report continues to give Gustavus high ranking. This fall’s issue again placed Gustavus in the top half of the 162 national liberal arts colleges in the country. Gustavus is one of four colleges in Minnesota to be in this category. The others are Carleton, Macalester and St. Olaf. The other ELCA schools in addition to Gustavus and St. Olaf are Gettysburg, Muhlenberg and Augustana (IL). Many of the schools with which you are familiar are classified as either a "national" or a "regional" college. National liberal arts colleges have the most selective admission policy, recruit nationally and offer most of their degrees in the liberal arts. Regional liberal arts colleges are less selective in admitting students and grant fewer than 40% of their degrees in the liberal arts.
US News further honored Gustavus by ranking the College third nationally (out of 90 schools) in operating efficiency. This ranking measures academic quality and dollars spent to deliver that quality. Gustavus was the only Minnesota college ranked in this comparison of national liberal arts colleges.
Newsweek magazine’s college publication again listed Gustavus as a "buried treasure." These are colleges that are known as "Hot Schools, Cool Spots." The magazine describes Gustavus as a place where "Personal attention rules--can’t slide by here." Other buried treasures include: Davidson College, Davidson, NC; Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA; Pomona College, Claremont, CA; Trinity University, San Antonio, TX; and College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA. Good company, indeed.
Children of alumni continue to be honored for their academic achievement and potential when they enroll at Gustavus. The Alumni Scholarship of $2,500 (renewable to $10,000 over four years) is awarded to children and grandchildren of alumni with high school grade point averages of 3.5 or better, or SAT scores of 1170 or an ACT of 26. This fall Gustavus welcomed to campus 70 new entering students who are children of alumni. Sixty-seven legacy students were awarded an Alumni Scholarship. This number includes 54 children of alumni and 13 grandchildren of alumni.
Nobel Conference XXXIV, Virus: The Human Connection was October 6 & 7. The Nobel Conference magazine was again inserted in the August Minnesota Monthly magazine and sent to the entire Gustavus mailing list.
Christmas in Christ Chapel is December 4, 5 & 6. The theme this year is The Holy Family. A ticket order form was inserted in the center of the Summer Quarterly and another form is enclosed with this class letter.
The Gustavus Orchestra will perform its Autumn Concert at the Ted Mann Concert Hall on the campus of the University of Minnesota on Saturday, November 14, at 7:30 p.m. The featured violin soloist is Siqing Lu, one of the most important Chinese violinists of his generation. General admission tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Call the University of Minnesota Arts Ticket Office (612-624-2345) or Gustavus Ticket Center at (507-933-7598).
G.I.V.E. (Gusties In Volunteer Endeavors), a day of community service, was a huge success for another year. Alumni, parents and friends gathered on Saturday, October 3 to work together in the spirit of service to better their communities. An impact was made around the country as nearly 1,000 Gusties worked in nine cities including: Atlanta, GA; Boston, MA; Duluth, MN; Fargo, ND; Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN; Orlando, FL; Saint Peter, MN; Seattle, WA and Washington, DC.
Recycle your Quarterly – after reading each issue of the Gustavus Quarterly, we encourage you to "recycle" the magazine by taking it to your place of business or worship and sharing it with others. Spread the good word about Gustavus!
Alumni Chapters will be meeting in cities around the country near you! Mark your calendars today for the following Alumni Association chapter visits: Chicago, November 14; Atlanta, November 19; Washington, DC, November 20; Boston, November 21; Denver, February 1 (Gustavus Band concert); Fargo, Feb. 20; Seattle, March 5; San Francisco, March 6; Los Angeles, March 7; Phoenix, March 8; and Sun City, March 9.