Class of '63
November 2001

Volume 39, No. 1

Dear Classmates,

The season has arrived again.  What season? You ask???  Well, for a Gustie, it is the time of the Nobel Conference and the GLA Royal Affair and Thanksgiving and Christmas in Christ Chapel…and, the list is endless!  But, for your old class agent, it is the time of a class letter and phonorama.  After a brief hiatus, the telephone campaign is back in full swing.   A couple of meetings of class agents of our era prompted the alumni office to go back to this time-honored, and most successful way to communicate with classmates.  I could only call on one evening, but did have a chance to connect with a dozen or so of our classmates.  It was fun.  Thanks to all of you who made other calls…and a special thanks to Abby Arthur Johnson who volunteered to make some calls from her home in Maryland.  I appreciate all the help I can get!


The Alumni Office is sending this class letter via U.S. Postal Service Mail and also e-mail to those alumni for whom we have an e-mail address.  Eventually class letters will be sent via e-mail only, when an address is available, unless you notify the Alumni Office that you prefer to continue to receive your letters via U.S. Postal Service.  Contact the Alumni Office at

As Gustavus enters its 140th academic year, the 2001-2002 year opened with an enrollment of 2,540 full-time students including 670 first-year students.  The Class of 2005, selected from a record number of applications (2,163), includes 18 National Merit Scholars and 18 international students, doubling last year’s number of nine international students.

Last year Gustavus athletic teams finished 18th out of 395 competing in the NCAA Division III national Sears Directors Cup Standings.  Standings are based on national tournament finishes.  The Gustie women athletes won the MIAC All-Sports title for the first time in its 18-year history.

Gustavus ranked among top colleges – Gustavus is ranked in the second tier and one of the top 114 best national liberal arts colleges by U.S. News & World Report magazine.  Gustavus ranked in the first tier in two categories, retention and graduation rates.  Gustavus’ first-year to sophomore retention rate of 92 percent ranks in the top 15 percent of all national liberal arts colleges and graduation rate of 76 percent ranks in the top 20 percent of all national liberal arts colleges.  Alumni giving ranks in the top 25 percent, down from the top five percent and a tier one ranking five years ago.  Raising the percentage of participation of alumni giving is of highest priority for the college and the offices of Alumni Relations and Gustavus Alumni Fund.

Gustavus named Best Buy... Gustavus has been named one of the best colleges in America and a Best Buy by The Fiske Guide to Colleges.  In the 2002 guidebook, the College is one of 300 best American colleges and one of 43 Best Buys nationwide.  Within Minnesota, Gustavus is among seven best colleges and is one of two private college Best Buys.  To determine which colleges make the annual Best Buy list, Fiske researchers combine cost data with academic and lifestyle information about each college and university.  Those institutions named to the Best Buy colleges list are said to offer “remarkable educational opportunities at a relatively modest cost.”  Gustavus is also included in The Princeton Review’s 2001 edition of The Best 331 Colleges.

Nobel Conference XXXVII, What is Still to be Discovered?, was October 2 & 3.  This year’s conference included five Nobel laureates and three other experts who gave participants a foretaste of what the next big discoveries might be as we look toward the second Nobel century.  This year celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Nobel prizes and the conference included the premier of Steve Heitzeg’s ’82 The Nobel Symphony, two art exhibitions in the Hillstrom Museum, and an exclusive banquet with a menu recreation of the Nobel dinner 100 years ago.

Comprehensive alumni directory – In partnership with Publishing Concepts, the Gustavus Alumni Association is publishing its fourth comprehensive alumni directory.  Surveys were sent to all alumni in August and information will be used only for publication of the directory and updating database information in the Alumni Office.  The book is available for purchase only by former students of Gustavus.  Please correct or update any information and return to Publishing Concepts in the enclosed envelope provided with the survey.

New chaplain announced - The Rev. Rachel Larson has joined Rev. Brian Johnson ’80 in the Office of the Chaplain.  Larson will work in partnership with Chaplain Johnson and the other members of the Office of the Chaplain to provide spiritual guidance, worship, leadership, counseling, teaching, and other pastoral services to Gustavus students, staff, and their families.  Larson is a graduate of Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD, and of what is now Luther Seminary in St. Paul.

Christmas in Christ Chapel, A Celtic Pilgrimage, is November 30 & December 1-2.  A ticket order form was inserted in the Fall Quarterly.  Contact Office of Public Affairs at 507-933-7520.



JUDY OLTMAN CLARK writes to indicate that after 38 years of teaching about everything in the world, she is retiring.  Her teaching career included four years in Haiti and one in Russia.  She is now concentrating on her granddaughters.  PAT FINDLEY CASTO has two grandchildren with whom she enjoys sharing life’s new discoveries.  GARY F. ANDERSON, senior pastor at Incarnation Lutheran Church in Shoreview, was elected to the Board of Trustees of Gustavus.  SHAR STENBORG FISCHER is also enjoying retirement and a new granddaughter.  JANET BRAMSEN GERECKE enjoys:  five grandchildren, working at the same place for the past 22 years, having her 86 year old mother living with her for the last seven years, bridge games with friends Jeannine Brunskill Johnson, Mim Stohl Larson, and Dorothy Jacobson Delegard.  To round out her enjoyments, she loves traveling!  JANET HEABERLIN has also retired and also (guess what?) has a new grandchild.  DARLENE YOUNGQUIST KRESS lives in Joliet, IL and is also a new grandparent.  You may want to check out the web site of classmate JERRY RAEDEKE.  Yes, he is still painting and is doing shows around the country.  He is a life sponsor of Ducks Unlimited and has donated 63,000 prints and 131 original paintings, which have generated about $5 million for wetland restoration projects.  Jerry has also has been a generous contributor of paintings to the GLA Royal Affairs which has brought thousands of dollars to the library endowment at Gustavus!  Thanks, Jerry!!  Lake Minnewaska near Glenwood has yet to recover from an invasion of  eleven members of the Class of 1963 for a reunion of 60 year olds!  RUTH SAMMELSON ROTHCHILD, ABBY ARTHUR JOHNSON, MIRIAM LARSON STOHL, DOROTHY JACOBSON DELEGARD, MARY ANN CARLSON ANDERSON, BARB LINDBERG ARLANDER,  MARY KAY BRADFORD IVEY, JUDY ANDERSON LINDELL, JAN HULTBERG JOHNSON, and RUTH ANDERSON TILLQUIST all gathered at the lake home of DIANE HAMMERGREN ANDERSON for 48 hours of fun, singing old sorority songs and hymns, and telling stories about the great years of 1959-1963!  It was so much fun that plans are already underway to celebrate again next summer!

The years are creeping up on us.  So many retirements…or re-firements!  We have been blessed with many good memories and friendships.  I am grateful to all of you for so many years of friendship which all started so many years back.  Soon we celebrate our 40th anniversary of graduation!

Thanks for your continued support.  Please keep those cards and letters coming with news notes, and gifts to the annual fund.  Remember to include Gustavus Adolphus College in your Will…10 percent has a nice ring to it…or include Gustavus to receive the balance of your estate as a residual beneficiary after you have made your specific bequests.  If you need further information, call Sara Titus in the Gustavus Development Office at 1-800-726-6192 or e-mail her at  She is a specialist in planned giving and can give you all the information you need for including Gustavus in your Will!

Paul F. Tillquist

1963 Class Agent

79 Pleasant Lake Road East

St. Paul, MN  55127