Class of '63
February 2001

Dear Friends:

Time rolls on and another class letter is required!  Lee Miller started his Christmas letter with this sentence:  "We seem to start all our Christmas letters with the weather.  Last year it was hurricane, the year before snow.  This year we haven't had one day of frost, yet, and all's green with algae.  We harvested the last tomatoes from the greenhouse on December 8, and we still have lettuce.  "Well, we Minnesotans also spend a lot of time discussing weather.  Our winter has been a hard one, but at least we are in the time of year when we add minutes of light each day.  Last week it was 12 inches of snow and 400 below wind chill! Enough already!


The Gustavus campus is now into spring semester after enjoying another busy and exciting January Term with 2300‑plus students enrolled for credit!  They were offered over 100 January Term courses, including 16 travel courses (plus 36 international courses through the UMAIE consortium).  There were also 15 courses on the special Environmental Studies theme for J-Term 2001.  Some of these courses included, Chemistry in the Environment, The Literature of Winter, Geographical Issues in the Third World, Global Environmental Change, Amazonia:  An Eco-Historical Perspective, GIS in Environmental Analysis, The Changing Face of Agriculture, and Environmental Journalism.  Next year (2002) the January Term theme will be "Global Village"and will feature both international and domestic diversity focused courses.  After that J-Term themes are planned for "Service-Learning" (2003) and "Undergraduate Research" (2004).

You are invited and encouraged to attend these upcoming national chapter alumni events.  Invitations were sent to alumni living in these areas.  For more information, please call the Alumni Office at 800-487-8437 or look on the web at  Marco Island gathering February 24, Vero Beach gathering February 25.

Reunions 2001 50th  Anniversary Class and 50-Year Club reunions will take place on campus, May 25-26 for the Class of 1951 and the 50-Year Club.  Registration material will be mailed in April.

A reminder that all other reunion classes (1956, 1961, 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991 and 1996) will have their reunions at Homecoming on September 21-22.  Class gatherings will take place in the Twin Cities at the DoubleTree Hotel, Minneapolis Airport at the Mall, on Friday, September 21.  Homecoming activities will take place on campus on Saturday, September 22.

Will you help Gustavus remain strongly church related?  Encourage your ELCA congregation to join the Gustavus Adolphus College Association of Congregations.  There is no cost.  For more information, call the Office of Church Relations at 800-726-6194 or email Craig Johnson at


It was great to hear from LEE MILLER who lives in Denmark.  Son, Martin, is a student at the University of Copenhagen and spent much of last summer as a member of a professional dance group.  Daughter, Gitte, is a student at Odense University.  Povl is an organist and music director at a church in Otterup.  Spouse, Mette, was appointed member of the Danish Natural Sciences Research Council.  Lee is still building up the whale research facility in Kerteminde.  It is always great to get Lee's annual Christmas epistle!

STEVE LARSON lives in Austin, TX and has new grandbabies that arrived in the last 14 months.  Good work, Steve!

CLAUDIA HAYDEN SCHROEDER is still teaching, but toying with the idea of retirement.  While living in California, they also have a home in Flagstaff.  She has four grandchildren.

KONNIE RICKERT BRUNBERG lives in White Bear Lake and is enjoying retirement.

BO COTE writes:  "In an effort to secure my position as the only member of the class of 1963 with NO grandchildren and as the 1963 graduate with the most teenagers in the house, I am proud to announce that I am adopting my two fine stepsons, the result being a united active family of kids who are still only 11, 12, 14, and 16 years old.  But, they are growing older with the rest of us, every day.  Praise the Lord!"  Bo lives in Snowmass, CO.

KAREN NIELSEN NAU is retiring from full-time teaching in June and will spend time in Atlanta with family and in Australia with family.  She has built a house ("granny flat") in Australia and is excited to spend time there.  She will also maintain her Prior Lake home.

ROGER JOSEPHSON is teaching social studies in Detroit Lakes.  His wife, Sharon, is on the staff of Congressman Collin Peterson.

DUANE LINDEEN has retired from flying with Northwest Airlines and is enjoying RV'ing with a 5th wheel trailer and preparing his golf game for the senior circuit!

DEANNA DIRKS BOE has moved back to her hometown of Akron, IA after marrying her high school sweetheart.  She spent much of her career teaching in the department of defense (DOD) schools around the world...Korea, Japan, and Germany.  She raised her four daughters in seven different foreign countries (and retired in Akron, IA!!).  She highly recommends teaching for the DOD.

STEVE MUCH is also practicing his golf game and planning another "hole in one" in 2012.  He had one in 1980, one in 1996 and has concluded he is on a 16-year plan!  Steve works for Aerotek and lives in Savage.

TIM and SUE (WIDSTROM '65) GAMELIN live in Marietta, GA.  Tim is a pastor at the Lutheran Church of the Incarnation and Sue is serving the SE Synod of the ELCA in the Bishop's office and was on a sabbatical leave until January 2001.

SANDY BEEHRLE AHLSTROM retired from the Hopkins schools.  She earned a certificate from the University of Minnesota for being a Master Gardener in Hennepin County.  She is involved in community gardens, especially with children.

ROGER SCHMIEG has retired, lives in Shakopee, and is the treasurer of his church.

CAROL PETERSON HUSTUFT will retire in May from her position as a library/media specialist at Concordia College in Moorhead.  She has three grandchildren in Illinois.

DON WICKLUND has also retired from teaching and is living in Prior Lake.

KEN ABRAM has retired and lives in Noblesville, IN.

JOHN TAMMI teaches at Hope College in Holland, MI and is directing in the theatre.

GREG ARMSTRONG has retired from 3M and is working on a start-up company.

BOB HOLM manages Holm Brothers of Willmar and lives in Spicer.

DEAN JORGENSEN has retired from teaching in Marshall, MN.

LONNIE GLAESER HANSON is self-employed as a neuromuscular therapist and lives in Afton, MN.

NEIL PIERCE has retired after a successful teaching and coaching career in Alden, MN.

SUSAN MOEN PERRY is an editor of books on theology and religion and travels around the country with her work.  She is very active in church, bell choir, and still plays her flute in Mt. Kisco, NY.

RANDY NELSON is a professor at Luther Seminary, plays in two softball leagues in the summer, and is enjoying anew grandchild.

ADELINE BLOTTER ROADFELDT has retired (almost) from nursing, but still finds time to work at immunization clinics.  She and Bill live in Findlay, OH.

LORNA JOHNSON BREITER has retired and lives in White Bear Lake.

DAVID LINDEMANN has retired from the collection business, but continues to live in New Ulm, MN.

GARY and MARY ANN (CARLSON) ANDERSON are enjoying a six-week sabbatical leave after 37 years in active ministry.  Mary Ann has retired from teaching; Gary is the senior pastor at Incarnation Lutheran Church in Shoreview, MN.  Ruth and I are both happy that he is our pastor!

I have sad news to report that NANCY GUSTAFSON PETERSON died on February 2 in Long Prairie, MN.  She awakened at 4 a.m. with a severe headache, which turned out to be a brain aneurysm.  Although rushed to a St. Cloud hospital, she died at about 4:00 in the afternoon.  She is survived by husband CLAY PETERSON and their three children:  Karna, Amy, and Joel.  Gusties who attended her funeral included:  Brian and Jan (Hultberg) Johnson, John Lipke, John and Helen (Johnson) Monson, Bob ’62 and Karen Swanson Kreiser, Diane Peterson Nelson, and Ruth and I.  The church was packed.  Nancy was still active in teaching; so many of her teaching colleagues came to the funeral.  May Nancy's memory be blessed among all of those who knew and loved her!

That's all the news for now, folks.  Special thanks to Sandy Beehrle AhIstrom and Shelly Dahlen Reed with whom many of you spoke during Phonorama and the source of most of the news.  Retirement and grandchildren seem to be the word for the day.  Because of Bo Cote, however, I am guaranteed fresh news of arrivals and employment for at least another decade or so until he gets his tribe through school!!

Thanks for your continued support.  Remember to keep those cards, letters, and gifts coming to dear old Gustavus.  The Gustavus Fund closes on May 31!

Paul F. Tillquist

1963 Class Agent