Class of '63
March 1999

Volume 36, No. 2

Dear ’63 ers!

Alright already! So, it’s March and the hockey tournaments are upon us….and basketball tournaments are just around the corner. . . and, of course, being experienced Minnesotans, we KNOW that we will have the biggest snowstorm of the winter in a matter of days! NOT!! We have been having what WCCO broadcaster, Steve Cannon, would describe as a "wimpy winter." Hardly any snow left here in the banana belt! The snowbirds will soon start wending their way north. They have been so disappointed this year not to read of –30 degree temps and horrible blizzards whilst basking in 80 degree weather and playing golf at Arizona National, etc. etc.

What all this means, however, is that your beloved class agent (that’s me) is suffering a load of Lutheran guilt for not having a second class letter written and sent! And the days are going by so quickly. And the end of the Alumni Fund soon is here (May 1). So, it is time to share all the great news with you about what’s happening!

Students and staff have breezed through January Term. Gusties were again very busy taking advantage of J-Term opportunities with 127 students participating in internships, 308 on study abroad programs, and 86 students visiting other academic institutions. Progress has been made all winter long on the new Campus Center that will open in the fall of 1999. The Gustavus Choir had a fabulous tour in South Africa. Dennis Johnson, Vice President for College Relations, wrote a great piece in the Quarterly that also appeared in the Metro Lutheran (Twin Cities). For many on the trip, it was described as a "life-changing" experience! The Gustavus Band did a Midwest tour this year. Athletic teams have been busy all winter. At this writing, the Gusties are involved in post-season men’s basketball play. They beat Augsburg in the MIAC tournament and are off to NCAA tournament play.

Gustavus is once again in the news, making some national rankings. Gustavus ranked 12th among the top 22 leading small colleges in the nation providing Peace Corps volunteers. Gustavus is ranked 15th in the listing of top 20 bachelor’s degree institutions that sent the most students overseas for international study during the 1996-97 academic year. Gustavus is ranked 18th of national liberal arts colleges in the number of National Merit students with 17. Mark Anderson ’66, Dean of Admissions, reports that applications for admission for the fall of 1999 are running 20 percent ahead of last year. The Admissions Office instituted several new campus visit days in the summer and fall to account for the fact that few students could visit last spring. Alumni are reminded of the Alumni Scholarship Program ($10,000 over four years for children and grandchildren of alumni) available to qualified applications. Call the Office of Admission at 1-800-Gustavu(s) for applications.


JEANNE BRUNSKILL JOHNSON has announced to the world the birth of a granddaughter. JOHN MONSON has opted for a partial retirement from the teaching profession, but is the full-time superintendent of the golf course in Long Prairie. MARY LOU HAWKINSON FREEMAN continues her reign in the state senate of Iowa. She ran again last November (unopposed) and was re-elected. Mary Lou has six grandchildren. NANCY BECK STROM works with the Wescott and Farmington Library. Daughter, Tanya, is teaching in Japan this year having moved from South Korea where she taught last year. JAYNICE HAFDAHL TODAK continues to teach in Anaheim. Her daughter, Janae, will be married this coming June. Isn’t it amazing how lives were changed when California recruiters came to Minnesota in 1963 and lured away so many of our classmates. . .who still live in California!

KAREN PERSON TOMMERAASEN continues to work for the University of Minnesota Extension Service in the Slayton area. KAREN KATZ MCCARVILLE is a self-employed piano teacher and lives in Lindstrom. JOHN TAMMI and Marilynn (Lawson ’64) Tammi are enjoying a sabbatical leave in England where Marilynn is a Fulbright exchange teacher in East Sussex, England. Marilynn has been there all year and John joined her in December. DOUGLAS MILLER works for Northwest Electronic Technologies and lives in Plymouth. ALICEJEAN LEIGH DODSON lives in Springfield, VA and works with the Marine New Parents Support Program.

RANDY CROOKS has taken his stock options from the Andersen Corporation and has retired in the Deerwood area. SANDRA BEEHRLE AHLSTROM has retired. Sandy does some volunteer work with the Hennepin County Parks, does some substitute teaching, and also works at Otten Nursery! DON WICKLUND and Jacquelyn have both retired from teaching. BILL SELOVER has retired from his work at the Regional Treatment Center in St. Peter after 33 years of state service. He has three grandchildren. JEAN PAQUETTE SCOTT lives in Bloomington and works at the Hillcrest Childcare Center.

NORMA SAARI JOHNSON retired from teaching (I think) and now is enjoying some farming in the Waconia area. They have two children. DAVID CARLSTROM continues to live in California where he is employed by Computer Network Innovations. DIANE HAMMARGREN ANDERSON is adjusting to living in the banana belt of Minnesota after 20 years in California. Since we had such a "wimpy winter" she wonders why they haven’t moved back sooner! Jim ’60 is enjoying his duties as a pastor at Mt. Olivet. GARY ANDERSON continues a dynamic ministry at Incarnation Lutheran Church in Shoreview, one of the fastest growing congregations in the ELCA. MARYANN CARLSON ANDERSON continues her work in preschool education.

DICK STRAND continues his work as an orthopedic surgeon, is on the board of directors at Northland College in Wisconsin, and enjoys breaks from work at a summer home on Madeline Island. MARY CARLSTROM STRAND continues her work in an elementary school in Bloomington.

Well, that’s the news for now. I need more cards and letters. Please always write a newsnote on your gift envelope. Lacking news, I may have to start making up things about you, and you really don’t want my imagination to run wild!! A reminder again that the Gustavus Fund closes on May 1. We are doing very well this year, helped out by a substantial gift from one of our classmates (I can’t identify her because I didn’t ask if I could) to a life-income gift. Remember that appreciated stock makes a very easy way to make a gift. With the DOW pushing 10,000, I know that some of you have some appreciated stock. Give away some of the appreciation, pay no capital gains tax, pay no commissions, and receive a charitable deduction! It’s a winner. Just call 1-800-726-6192 and a development staff member will show you how to do it!!! Also, you can make your gift via credit card…and get those NWA Worldperks points!!! Oh, it’s so easy to do!

Thanks, good friends! Take care of yourselves!

Paul Tillquist

1963 Class Agent