Class of '63
March 2002

Volume 38, Number 2

Dear ’63ers!

Basketball tournament time is here.  The Twin Cities just had 12 inches of snow followed by temps in the 40s.  Spring must soon be here.  Motored around a portion of the state last week.  Stopped in a few communities where our classmates are located…too many retired and in Florida for the winter!  Winter sports are over!  Musical groups have completed their tours and are preparing for spring concerts.  Graduation is not far behind!

The biggest campus news is the resignation of President Axel Steuer.  Having completed almost 11 years of service, Axel is going to seek the life of an academic.  He will be best known for having taken the College through a miraculous recovery following the disastrous tornado of 1998.  Just three weeks after this storm, classes resumed.  Now almost four years later, the campus is better than ever, albeit minus a few trees…2000 to be exact, but new plantings are taking form and, who knows, by the time we celebrate our 100th anniversary since graduation the campus will look the same as before the storm!!!!


LEE MILLER sent Christmas greetings to the class from Denmark.  They are celebrating three grandchildren.   NED and SUSAN PETERSON LARSON are enjoying living in Scottsdale.  Their daughter, Dawn, died in December, 2000.  Their other two children are both living in Denver.  Ned and Sue celebrate 40 years of marriage this year.  RALPH “PUDGE” JOHNSON is enjoying Florida in the winter and Aitkin in the summer.  Grandson, Alex, already has three Gustie outfits!  RON JOHNSON is living in Fremont, CA and is a physicist with the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center.  He is engaged to be married to Tatiana Katunova who is from Odessa, Russia!  ROGER JOSEPHSON has retired from teaching in Detroit Lakes, MN and is subbing.  His son graduated from Gustavus and daughter graduated from Georgetown University Law School.

JEANNINE BRUNSKILL JOHNSON lives in Minneapolis and works for the City of Bloomington.  SHERRY ERKKILA HAUCK has retired from teaching in Madison, MN.  RUTH SAMMELSON ROTHCHILD has not retired from teaching and is waiting for grandchildren to start arriving!!!!  SANDRA HARLAN TANDLER is working hard and enjoying life.  Both of their children have graduated from college…University of Arizona and Chico State and now work in the San Francisco Bay area.  BARB LINDBERG ARLANDER has joined the ranks of the retired and is enjoying traveling to see their grandchildren.  DAVID has is traveling to see the same grandchildren!!

KAREN LINDBORG JONAITIS is living in Tucson where she volunteers at the Desert Park.  She has become interested in her Swedish roots and has found family dating all the way back to 1500!  CEDRIC PRANGE lives in Elkhorn, NE and has two fabulous grandchildren of whom he is shamelessly proud!  STEVE BENSON is the director of the ElderLearning Institute at the University of Minnesota.  For those of you in the Twin Cities area who are retired, please check out the Institute.  They have some great classes.  A friend of mine just came back from a trip to Cuba with the Institute!  JERRY and BECKY ANDERSON LINDBLAD are living in Coto de Caza, CA.  Son, Marc, is married.  They have one grand dog, but no grandchildren.  Becky teaches kindergarten and Jerry is still fitting the Hollywood stars and L.A. athletes with knee braces.  DEAN and CAROL PETERSON HUSTUFT are living in Moorhead.  They spent some time last fall in Illinois on a sabbatical.  They have three grandchildren all of whom live in Illinois.  Carol retired last May after 17 years at Concordia College in Moorhead.

We were saddened to hear of the death of LOIS HENDRICKSON ESCHERICH on May 5, 2001.  She had been employed as nurse at the St. Peter Regional Treatment Center.  EDEN HUTABARAT lives in Sun City, AZ and has recently traveled to China.  He claims to be getting wiser, albeit a little older and forgetful.  BO COTE continues to live in Snowmass, CO and raising his young family.  LARRY OLSON has retired after 31 years of service at Arkansas State University teaching zoology, entomology, general biology and advising pre-med students.  During this time, Larry taught a total of 13,354 students and advised over 2,500 pre-meds.  DICK and KATHY WALDEN DALTON live in Cannon Falls.  Dick owns the Cannon Falls Beacon, which celebrated 125 years as a newspaper.

MARHA EBERT BROUILLET lives in Minneapolis and does research interviews for the epidemiology department of the University of Minnesota.  JIM CALL lives in Elkhorn, NE, but has a home on Serpent Lake near Deerwood, MN where he spends most of the summer.  He does a lot of volunteer work on governing boards in Nebraska.  Hunting, fishing, and traveling occupy the rest of his time.  DAVID CARLSTROM lives in Saugus, CA, but returns on occasion to visit his mother in St. Paul.  AL ECKLOFF lives in Burnsville, works for 3M and gets together with some of his Reds buddies occasionally (John Kerry, Kent Krez, Rick Joseph, Hap Levander, and Dean Anderson (Hap and Dean are honorary Reds!).  TOM ANDERSON is enjoying living 15 minutes from the Plaza in Santa Fe, NM.  He is waiting for an interim call as a pastor. 

BRUCE BENSON lives in Pequot Lakes and retired from teaching three years ago.  ARNOLD BLOOMQUIST lives in Crystal Lake, IL and is transitioning to a new position.  TOM BOHN is a Dean at Ithaca College and spends much of his time raising money for the College.  WINSTON BULLEMER has retired and has two sons, one in Minneapolis and one in Whitefish, MT.  Your humble classmate, PAUL TILLQUIST continues his work as vice president for development at Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota.  In addition, he is president of the Board of Directors of the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis and on the board of Holden Village in Chelan, WA, a national Lutheran retreat center.  Monday evenings he is found rehearsing with the National Lutheran Choir, an a capella singing group based in Minneapolis.  RUTH ANDERSON TILLQUIST continues teaching in the Moundsview School District and seeks every excuse possible to escape to Louisville, KY to visit grandson, Abraham!!

DON WICKLUND has retired and is enjoying a new home in Prior Lake.  SHELLIE DAHLEN REED is enjoying life by attending some of the courses at the Elder Learning Institute at the University of Minnesota.  She highly recommends the program, which, as you read earlier, is directed by Steve Benson.  ALEETA MONACHESI JONES  is enjoying grandchildren at life in Minden, Nevada.

That’s all the news for now.  Retirement, travel and grandchildren seem to be the dominant themes in so many lives of our classmates.

Upcoming events include Gusties in Volunteer Endeavors (G.I.V.E.) an annual day of community service where Gustavus alumni, friends, parents around the country work to better their communities.  There will be a G.I.V.E. day in the Twin Cities on Saturday, April 27, 2002.  Contact the Alumni Office for more information.  In addition, Gustavus Phonorama will held April 22-25.  Be prepared…you may receive a call!

Meanwhile, please be reminded that the Alumni Fund closes on May 31.  My perennial plea/request is that you make a gift to the Alumni Fund again this year.  We have slipped a bit in our percentage of participation.  As I say each year, the size of the gift is not important…but we do hope to have a high percentage of participation.

Thanks for all of your kind notes and news.  It makes writing the letter so much easier.  My very best wishes to all of you.

Paul F. Tillquist

1963 Class Agent

79 Pleasant Lake Road East

St. Paul, MN  55127


P. S.  Now for some campus news written by a current Gustavus student:

Campus News:

Hi!  This is Tracey Hanson again writing from the Alumni Office.  For those of you who haven’t previously heard from me, I am a senior double majoring in Communication Studies and Business Management.  I am a seasoned Alumni Office veteran, as this is my fourth (and final) year here.  After not having taken a J-Term class, spring semester and the homework it entails has been hitting me hard.  Contrary to popular belief, the “senior slacker” final semester has been just the opposite for me.  My time at Gustavus has flown by, especially this final year.  The fact that it is March and I am still without a job is beginning to be a constant thought in the back of my mind.  It also seems to be a constant thought in the minds of my parents, although it seems closer to the front of theirs!  Spring semester has also been the final opportunity to be all together with classmates, so much time has been spent socially with roommates and friends.

As I will be graduating in June, this will be the final time you receive updates from me.  I now will also move into the alum category and step into the real world.  I’m not sure I’m completely ready for the change, but I’m darn sure that I better get ready because it’ll be here before I know it!  Here is some news from Gustavus. has been launched and Gusties of all ages are invited to join this meeting place for anything from small talk to debate to caring conversations.  Hello Walk at Gustavus is the sidewalk running from Uhler Hall on the north side of campus past the front of Old Main to Pittman Hall on the south side, which, for decades, was the main “artery” and gathering point on campus.  Even though the campus landscape has changed, the spirit of Hello Walk continues with you joining the conversation on the virtual Hello Walk.  Associate professor of political science Chris Gilbert will guest host a discussion on politics for the months of May and June.

Reunion Weekend for the 50 Year Club and Class of 1952 is May 31 & June 1.  A schedule of events and registration material will be sent in April.

Homecoming 2002 & All Sports Reunion Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Intercollegiate Athletics is September 21.  Homecoming Weekend will include reunion gatherings for classes of 1957, 1962, 1967, 1972, 1977, 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997 and 2002.  Class reunions will be held in Bloomington at the Radisson South Hotel Friday evening, and Homecoming events including class and all-sports reunion events will return to campus for activities Saturday.  A schedule of events and registration material will be mailed in August.  A schedule will be published in the summer and fall issues of the Quarterly.

The Alumni Association is on the road this spring connecting alumni to each other and the College.  Complete information is listed on our web site under events.  If you need more information, give us a call at 800-487-8437.

  • April 5             Bay Area Chapter event, Beauséjour French Restaurant, Los Altos, 6:30 p.m.
  • April 6             Seattle Chapter event, Luncheon at Buca di Beppo Restaurant, 12:00 noon
  • April 7             Denver Chapter event, hours d’oeuvre reception, Karen Noren Talle ’62 residence, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
  • April 11           Brainerd Lakes Area event, First Lutheran Church, 7:00 p.m.

It has been an extremely successful winter sports season at Gustavus.  Women’s hockey won the MIAC regular season championship with an undefeated record and advanced to the Frozen Four National Tournament, finishing third in the nation. The men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams both won MIAC titles, the first time in Gustavus history.  The women’s Nordic ski team won its first MIAC championship.  Men’s basketball placed second in the MIAC during the regular season and MIAC playoffs, and advanced to the Sweet Sixteen before losing to number one ranked Carthage College.  Men’s hockey finished second in the MIAC regular season and playoffs.  Women’s basketball finished fourth in the MIAC and advanced to the conference playoff for the first time ever. The women’s indoor track team finished second and both the men’s Nordic ski team and men’s indoor track teams placed fourth in MIAC action.  The women’s gymnastics team advanced to the NCGA National Championships.  Five Gustavus coaches were named Coach of the Year in their respective sports – Jon Carlson (women’s swimming & diving), Mike Carroll (women’s hockey), Mickey Haller (women’s basketball), Scott Jerome (women’s Nordic skiing), and Brett Petersen (men’s hockey).

The 22nd MAYDAY! Peace Conference, May 1 will address the topic "Sanctions and Beyond:  What is the Human Price?"  For conference information and reservations, call the Office of Public Affairs (507/933-7520).

Evelyn Sponberg Young’s 90th birthday celebration

The Twin Cities Chapter of the Alumni Association invites all Gusties and friends of former Gustavus food service director and 2002 Alumni Fund Chair Evelyn Sponberg Young ’33 to her 90th birthday celebration on July 25, 2002 at Mt. Olivet Lutheran Church, 5025 Knox Avenue South, Minneapolis, at 6:30 p.m. with a 7:30 p.m. program.

Evelyn will be serving her famous Red Velvet Cake and all guests will receive a loaf of her famous Swedish rye bread. A book of remembrance will be compiled as a gift for Evelyn.  Please send remembrances and stories of Evelyn to Alumni Office, Gustavus Adolphus College, 800 West College Avenue, St. Peter, MN 56082.  Reservations should be made with the Alumni Office at 800-487-8437, e-mail at or visit our web site at <>, alumni, events.

NOBEL CONFERENCE® XXXVIII, The Nature of Nurture – The Early Years, will be held on campus October 1 & 2.  The conference will explore the forces that are most important in shaping a child’s personality, gender identity, and language acquisition and learning ability.  History, discoveries, research, and clinical studies will all be surveyed to draw a better understanding of biological forces and environmental influences on brain development.

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