Class of '63
October 1999

Volume 38, No. 1

Dear 63’ers:

Another year of letter writing to dear classmates. Our lives continue to march on! But, as a friend of mine says: "Never older! Only better!" I choose to believe that. But, enough of chit chat. Let’s get on with some of the Gustavus news!

Campus News:

The 1999-2000 academic year opened with a record enrollment of 2,492 full-time students (compared with the previous record of 2,474 set last year), including 660 first-year students. Students returned to the new Campus Center housing the Evelyn Young Dining Room, the new BookMark, post office, health service, and printing service. Renovation of the old dining service building will continue with expected completion in February. The renovation project will provide office space for student organizations, Office of Admission, specialty dining areas, Dean of Students office, and a faculty and staff center. Summer construction also included the landscaping of parking lots on the north end of campus. The landscaping provides a welcoming appearance to the College and helps breakup the "frozen tundra" between Norelius Hall and the Campus Center.

Gustavus Adolphus College Ranked among the Best Liberal Arts Colleges

Gustavus Adolphus College is once again ranked among the best of all national liberal arts colleges in U.S. News and World Report's 13th annual "America's Best Colleges" rankings. Gustavus is again in the top 80 of the overall quality listings for national liberal arts colleges. Ranked again in the second tier in the national liberal arts college category, Gustavus is one of only two Minnesota colleges included in the 38-college tier two listing and one of four Minnesota colleges ranked in the top 80. Gustavus is also included in the Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine list of "100 great values" among the nation's 1,600 private schools. The "Private Colleges Worth the Price" article appears in the September 1999 magazine. Gustavus is one of only four Minnesota colleges named a Top 100 Value in Private Colleges. The list is based on academic and financial measures.

Some exciting changes are in store for class reunions. Starting next year, all class reunions, except for the 50-Year Club and the 50th Anniversary Class will be held in the fall at Homecoming, scheduled for Friday and Saturday, September 29 & 30, 2000. Classes celebrating reunions at Homecoming will include ’55, ’60, ’65, ’70, ’75, ’80, ’85, ’90 & ’95. Reunion dates for the 50-Year Club and the Class of 1950 are May 26 & 27, 2000, Commencement Weekend.

Christmas in Christ Chapel, Even so, come, Lord Jesus, is December 3-5. Tickets only available for Sunday evening performance. Contact Office of Public Affairs, 507-933-7520.

Alumni Chapters events scheduled this year include: Washington, DC, November 5; Boston, November 6; Chicago, December 11; Atlanta, January 31; Marco Island, February 5; Tucson, February 7; Phoenix, February 8; Sun City, February 9; Seattle, March 2 or 3; Bay Area, March 4; Los Angeles, March 5; San Diego, March 6; Denver, March 7.

ALUMNILLENNIUM 2000 - The Gustavus Artist Series -- For 30 years, the Artist Series has brought world-class artists to campus for performances, exhibitions and residencies. This year the tables turn as the Series features and celebrates the accomplishments of our alumni artists as they enter the new millennium, ALUMNILLENNIUM 2000. The Fall Series opened September 18 with the jazz trio October, featuring Andrew Benson ’95, Brian Rowe ’95 and Nik Lindell ’95; followed by the music of Steve Heitzeg ’82, on September 25. David Esbjornson ’75 directed a one-woman Virginia Woolf play on October 8; organist Timothy Strand ’82 presented a recital on November 14; and tenor Mark Thomsen ’78 will present a vocal recital on November 21. Spring semester events include an alumni art exhibition in February; a concert by Neal Hagberg ’81 and Leandra Peak ’83 on February 19; pianist Stephen Carlson ’92 on March 4; and Peter Krause ’87, better known as Casey McCall on ABC's SPORTS NIGHT, will be in residency in April. Other events may be scheduled through the fall of 2000 as well. Ticket information and complete schedule will be posted to the Fine Arts Calendar on the Gustavus website.

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STEVE MUCH continues his work with Lockheed Martin as a software engineer. He lives in Savage. MARY KAY BRADFORD IVEY continues her globe-trotting work. She and Allen spent time in Australia where they were teaching counseling psychology at Flinders University at Adelaide. Highlights of their adventure included trips to Sydney, Perth, Darwin and the Aboriginal Islands. She arrived back in time to be present at the birth of her first grandchild born to daughter, Elizabeth, in St. Louis, MO. DAVID ARLANDER, after spending 36 years in ninth grade, has finally graduated, and retired from teaching. Dave and BARB (LINDBERG) are into new adventures, especially that of wintering in the South Pacific with son, Scott. PATRICIA JOHNSON SALOMONE and Paul are enjoying their first grandchild. Paul retired and they have now embarked on travel adventures. JUDY MAGNUSON PETERSON and Owen live in Menominee, MI, and are also enjoying a new grandchild. NANCY JOHNSON KNOELL retired at the end of the last school year after 33 years of teaching kindergarten full-time. Husband, Larry, continues at Varitronics. SUSAN MOEN PERRY is still an editor at Orbis Books in Maryknoll, NY. All three children have graduated from college. What a triumph! Now, where are you spending all of the leftover money??? DUANE LINDEEN has retired after 30 years of flying with Northwest Airlines. He plans to work on improving his golf game and with Diane will spend more time motoring in their RV! KAY JOHNSON and Paul are living in Slovakia where they are working with the Division for Global Mission of the ELCA. Paul is pastor of an international English language congregation, and teaches religion at a Lutheran High School that has been around since 1607. Kay is working on health care issues with the Harvard Institute for International Development. They went to Egypt last April for a pastor’s conference. They came back to the US for a Global Mission Event in July in Lincoln, NE. (You can reach them at CHARLENE LUNDAHL NORRIS and Lyle continue to live in Fairmont. They now have three grandchildren. EUNICE HOLM FULTZ and Don are living in Forest Lake. They are also celebrating a first grandchild. Their lives will change radically as Don has accepted a call with the ELCA and they will be moving to Tanzania. Their church in Forest Lake has been active in helping students at Tumaini University in Aringa, Tanzania. MARCIA ANDERSON is dean of students and assistant professor of Old Testament and Hebrew at the Asian Seminary of Christian Ministries. This is a seminary for Southeast Asia, but they also have students from the Ukraine and Central America. They have 170 students on campus with 100 more in centers on the outskirts of Manila, Philippines. Oldest son, Matthew, is with Campus Crusade for Christ in Orlando, FL. Marguet is an engineer with Texas Instruments in Nice, France. Now, this is truly an international family! Oh, I must not forget. Marcia is also a new grandmother. NANCY BECK STROM is also celebrating grandmotherhood. Rich and Nancy traveled in Japan in 1998 visiting their Gustie daughter. They also went to Okinawa to see son and new daughter-in-law. CHAR LUECKE ENGSTROM and John continue to live in Seattle on their boat-home. They motored with the boat to Alaska this last summer. DEAN MCBRIDE and Mickey (Montague ’62) have both retired and continue to live in Fargo. PATRICIA FINDLEY CASTO is enjoying non-working fulltime and is really loving grandchildren, but she is still finding it difficult adjusting to the empty nest. DOROTHY JACOBSON DELEGARD continues her work with Hennepin County. She enjoyed a trip last spring visiting her daughter in North Carolina and Washington, DC, and all the sights. She claims to have seen a woman leaving via the back door of the White House one night. It was too dark for a positive identification!? KEN FROST lives in Excelsior and is the coordinator for Skyway Publications.

So, that is the news for now. Certainly, you have observed common themes. Grandchildren, retirement, travel! We are on the cusp of so many new adventures. We have all been so generously blessed. It is great to hear from you.

Soon, we reach the end of another calendar, and depending on how you view it, the end of a millennium. As we move into year-end tax planning, I know that you will be besieged by many organizations asking for your contributions. It is important to choose wisely in what you support. I hope that you will consider Gustavus as a worthy recipient. We all have a great heritage we enjoy together. I hope you will celebrate this shared experience with a generous gift to Gustavus this year. I invite you to join me as we help a new generation, a new millennium of students to enjoy the great experiences and benefits of a Gustavus education. Send your check today!

So, good friends. Thanks for great memories.

Paul F. Tillquist

1963 Class Agent

P.S. I would love to have a guest writer do a page or two for the January class letter. Any volunteers? You can let me know at I look forward to hearing from you. Happy Holidays!