Class of '63
April 2001

Volume 37, No. 3

April 2001

Dear Classmates!

It’s mid-April in Minnesota.  Still clouds. Still wet and cold!  Last weekend the weather forecast described wind chill and snow showers.  It’s April in Minnesota!!  Snow is found in shaded areas.  Leaves remain on oak trees.  No daffodils in bloom except at the Como Park Observatory.  It’s April in Minnesota!!  Flooding threatens St. Peter and much of the Minnesota River Valley.  The first tornadoes are forecast for the area.  It’s April in Minnesota.  I have to stop whining and feeling sorry for myself.  It’s April in Minnesota. . .and time for another class letter!


Gustavus was included in a March 30 Wall Street Journal feature on “College Admissions:  The New Safety Schools.”  The front-page article listed 50 colleges and universities that top students are scrambling to get into as backups to Ivy League and other super-selective institutions.  As competition for places in the classes of the most prestigious institutions has increased, some quality colleges and universities traditionally considered as “safety-net” schools have become just as hard to get into.  The guidance counselors and college experts assembled by the Journal identified a new group of safety-net schools that are growing in reputation but may not yet be widely known.  Their list is arranged in four categories, ranging from the “New Ivies” to the safest fallbacks.  Only a few Midwestern schools, and only one other in Minnesota, were included on the list. (St. Olaf joins Gustavus in the “safest” category.)

Gustavus had been cited in the Top Ten in International Study Ranking.  The college ranks seventh in the nation among baccalaureate institutions for the number of students sent overseas.  For the year 1998-99 statistics, 408 Gustavus students studied abroad, and 43 percent of the graduating class of 2000 had an international educational experience.

This past winter the TV game show “Jeopardy” had this question, “It follows the name Gustavus in the name of a St. Peter, Minnesota college.”  The guess was "Augustus."  No one got it right.  Let’s all work on getting the word out!

Reunion Weekend for the 50 Year Club and Class of 1951 is May 25 & 26.  A schedule of events and registration material was sent in early April.  Homecoming 2001, September 21 & 22, will feature gatherings for anniversary classes of 1956, 1961, 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996 and 2001.  Class reunions will be held in the Twin Cities Friday evening, and events will return to campus for activities Saturday.  A schedule of events and registration material will be mailed in August.  Complete schedules will also appear in the Spring and Summer issues of the Quarterly.

MAYDAY! Peace Conference, "Revisiting the Treaty of Traverse des Sioux after 150 Years,” will be held on campus May 2, 2001.  Speaker is Winona LaDuke, an Anishinabe from the Makwa Dodaem (Bear Clan) of the Mississippi Band of the White Earth reservation in northern Minnesota.  She has become known as a voice for American Indian economic and environmental concerns throughout the United States and internationally.  She was the recipient of the 1989 International Reebok Human Rights Award and in 1995 was named as one of "50 leaders for the future" by Time Magazine.  She has published numerous books and articles, testified at government hearings and was Ralph Nader's vice presidential running mate for the Green Party in both the 1996 and 2000 presidential elections.  For more information on the MAYDAY! Conference and reservations call the Office of Public Affairs (507/933-7520).

NOBEL CONFERENCE® XXXVII, "The Second Nobel Century: What Is Still to Be Discovered?" will be held on campus October 2 & 3.  What is next? What is still to be discovered?  As the world embarks on the 21st century, these questions rise to the surface of popular speculation.  Scientific frontiers of the mind and body, space, energy, and materials have expanded immensely during the past 100 years. Great thought and writing, the laudable pursuit of peace, and the ability to observe and participate in a global economic system have been stretched, challenged, and embraced.  As we stand at a pivotal point between centuries, we can only imagine what greatness lies ahead, what contributions will be made for the well being of all peoples on Earth.  As we commemorate the first Nobel Prizes, given in 1901, Nobel Conference® XXXVII brings together five Nobel laureates, two respected science writers, and the secretary general of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences—the organization charged with selection of Nobel Prize-winners in physics, chemistry, and economics—to give us a foretaste of what the next big discoveries might be, as we look toward "The Second Nobel Century."

On Saturday, November 17, 2001, the Gustavus Library Associates will sponsor Delight in the Season ¾ A Royal Affair, at the Radisson Hotel South in Bloomington, MN.  The realized proceeds from this biennial event are designated for the library endowment.  This will be the 13th Royal Affair and each event is unique in itself.  The hallmark of our party is the expansive silent and live auction.  We encourage you to participate by donating an item to the auction, volunteering in the preparation for the party, and/or attending the event.  Invite your friends, fill a table and welcome the holiday season together.  For more information, contact one of the co-chairs:  Lois Allen 952-888-2735; Susan Wilcox 952-944-5972; Fran Engelsma 952-929-0671.  You may also contact Dean Wahlund, Executive Director, Gustavus Library Associates at 1-800-726-6198.


Eden Hutabarat is still enjoying fun in the sun in Sun City, AZ.  Lynn Johnson Rinks is selling her home in El Cajon, CA, and plans on spending three or four months each year in San Marcos, CA, and seven or eight months at her lake home in northern Minnesota.  Which months in each place, Lynn????  John and Marilynn (Lawson ’64) Tammi announced the marriage of both their daughters (one month apart).  Marilynn has retired from teaching and is now volunteering for her old school and teaching English as a second language for Holland Community Education.  John continues to teach and direct Hope College Theatre and takes students to Ireland each spring.  Karen Hallberg Green lives in Chisago City and is still working and patiently waiting for grandchildren!!  Karen Nielsen Nau lives in Prior Lake.  She retired last June and is now teaching part-time in the gifted and talented program at the middle school level.  She also teaches a master’s level class in education for Saint Mary’s University.  Pete ’62 and Judy Anderson Lindell both retired this last summer.  Judy retired as assistant director of the Child Development and Learning Center in Burnsville.  Pete retired after 32 years of flying as a corporate pilot with Honeywell.  They bought a townhouse and do a lot of traveling punctuated by visits with grandchildren.  Both agree, “Retirement is a good thing.”  Ralph “Pudge” Johnson retired after 32 years at Unisys.  He was thrilled with the arrival of a new grandson.  Pudge has moved to St. Petersburg for the winters and will live at his cabin in Aitkin in the summer.

Darlene Youngquist Kress announced the arrival of a grandson.  First boy in the family for a while!  Karen Katz McCarville is self-employed and lives in Lindstrom.  She directs a barbershop chorus for the “Sweet Adelines.”  She and Jim have four children…Erin is finishing a residency in medicine; Shannon is a student at Antioch College in Ohio; Megan lives at home and loves riding her horse; and Kevin works for Intel in Austin, TX.  Judy Schlottman Kettner and Arlyn ’61 live in Fort Collins, CO.  Judy is in sales publishing.  Arlan works for Ultimate Support Systems, Inc. as a consultant.  Janet Ryan Tidemann is a pastor at Our Saviour’s, where Janet has been for 11 years.  The church finally found a home again on the site of the old church that burned just before Christmas in 1995.  The church houses the English Learning Center program with 200 persons gathering almost every day, coming from 40 different language origins to learn English.  The church also has a very extensive program for homeless people with facilities for both crisis situations and longer-term housing located on the same block as the church.  Judy Magnuson Peterson lives in Menominee, MI, and works at Michigan Interfaith Housing Corporation.  She and Oke celebrated the arrival of a new grandson in January. 

Barbara Berry Leonard is still working as a professor of nursing at the University of Minnesota.  Betty Ehrich Lappe  lives in Whittemore, IA, has retired, but still gives private piano and organ lessons. She and Robert enjoy four grandchildren.  Harvey Suhr is self-employed and lives in Ivanhoe, MN.  Robert Holm has sold his business and lives in Green Lake at Spicer during summer months and in Arizona during the winter.  Cedric Prange is self-employed as a consultant with Cedric Prange Associates and lives in Elkhorn, NE.  He and Sandra have two grandchildren.

Mary Kay Bradford Ivey and Allen are building a new home in Sarasota, FL.  Susan Curnow Breedlove lives in Minneapolis and is a professor at Hamline University.  Heather Harshberger Fluck is celebrating 15 years as a district representative with Aid Association for Lutherans and lives in Hector.  Daughter, Karen, is in South Korea with the U.S. Army.  Daughter, Linda, is in graduate school pursuing a career in voice and opera.  Ruth Anderson Tillquist continues her teaching career at Bel Air Elementary in New Brighton.  No retirement in sight!  Paul Tillquist (humble class agent) continues fundraising and interpreting mission for Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota.  (Did you know that Eric Norelius, founder of Gustavus, is also considered the founder of Lutheran Social Service?  ‘Tis true…in 1865 in Vasa, MN (the home of Ruth Sammelson Rothchild who is still teaching in Atlanta, GA!)

That’s all the news for now.  Much of the news came from the Phonorama calls.  Thanks to all of you who made pledges.  Please be alerted that the 2001 Gustavus Fund closes on May 31!!  We also seek to have everyone participate…every gift is important.  If you want to warm the cockles of the heart of your humble class agent, please send something!  Participation is important.  The College cites the percentage of participation of alumni providing support to the College as part of every application for foundation support.  YOUR GIFT IS IMPORTANT!  (And, yes, you can use your Worldperks Visa Card to get credit for miles!!!

Thanks for your continued support!  Thanks for sending news!!!  See you next fall with another class letter!!!!

Paul F. Tillquist

1963 Class Agent

79 Pleasant Lake Road East

St. Paul, MN  55127