Class of '63
October 2002

Volume 40, No. 1

Dear ’63ers,

Somebody out there is really getting old!!!  By my count you will soon be celebrating 40 years since graduation.  Now, if my math works right, when the Class of 1963 graduated, it was the Class of 1923 that was celebrating 40 years since graduating.  Do you remember what those folks looked like?  But then, of course, y’all have been taking much better care of yourselves!  Right!!!

Well, enough of that personal charade!  I am ready to join the group of 60 plus and celebrate those 40 years we have had.  Certainly, some ups and downs, but we have made it this far.  We are planning our grand celebration for September 26 and 27, 2003 that is during the Gustavus Homecoming.  Reunion time has changed since the advent of the big classes with reunions for those celebrating 50 years or more occurring at Commencement time and the rest at Homecoming.  I will be gathering together a group of classmates to help plan a gala time.  Put the dates on your schedule now!!!

As part of the 40th Anniversary celebration, there will be a special opportunity for reflection on all that we have been, shared and have been given.  You should have received a special letter from Abby Arthur Johnson regarding a Class of 1963 Scholarship Fund that we would like to develop in honor of our anniversary.  To begin the effort, a leadership committee (under Abby’s direction) was formed.  Within the next couple of months, you will be hearing from a classmate asking you to consider making a special contribution to the Class of ’63 Scholarship Fund.  Ruth and I have already included Gustavus in our estate plan for a percentage of our estate.  We are so happy to include Gustavus for all that it has meant to both of us. You will hear more about this special opportunity in a future class letter as well as from a classmate.  Think about it!!


The Board of Trustees named Dennis Johnson ’60 as the Interim President.  Denny comes to Gustavus with a host of good will from staff and alumni alike.  He will do a superb job in not only maintaining the College for the year or so it takes to identify a new president, but will move the College forward.  I have utmost confidence in his abilities.  I hope that many of you will have a chance to greet him at alumni gatherings around the country.

Hello Walk On-Line Alumni Community (hellowalk.gustavus edu) has been launched and Gusties of all ages are invited to join this meeting place for anything from small talk to debate to carrying on conversations.  Hello walk, as we know, for decades was the “main artery” and gathering point on campus.  Even though the camps landscape has changed, the spirit of Hello Walk continues by your joining the conversation on the virtual Hello Walk.

Evelyn Young Birthday Party was celebrated in July at Mount Olivet Lutheran Church when over 500 people gathered in her honor.  It was a great event.  Your favorite class agent (Tilly) was a co-master of ceremonies along with Dean Wahlund ’72.  We used a cooking show theme to tie the event together.  We had fun!!

Refer A Gustie

Are there outstanding high school students in your community?  Please send their names to the Admission Office at Gustavus to help recruit the next generations of Gusties.


The men's golf team won the MIAC title this fall and the women's cross country team and the men's soccer team are both ranked in the top 25 in the NCAA III.  Wide receiver, Ryan Hoag ’03, is making headlines as he is being followed by the NFL scouts.  For more information go to

Gustavus Heritage Partnership

In September Gustavus honored members of the Gustavus Heritage Partnership at an annual luncheon.  GHP acknowledges those who have included Gustavus as a beneficiary in a will, trust, insurance policy, or annuity or established a designated endowment fund.  I am hoping that many of our classmates will qualify for GHP at the conclusion of our Anniversary Year campaign.  For more information about joining GHP click on

Upcoming Events

Here are some dates you may wish to keep in mind:

  • Boston Chapter                      November 1
  • Los Angeles Chapter             November 16 (with Gustavus Football Game vs. Azusa Pacific)
  • Christmas in Christ Chapel   December 6, 7, 8
  • St. Lucia Festival                   December 12

For more information go to the Gustavus Calendar at:


Paul and Ruth (Anderson) Tillquist are so happy about the arrival of a granddaughter, Magdalene Ruth!!!  David and Barbara (Lindberg) Arlander report retirement, good health, three wonderful grandsons and much travel.  The travel includes a yearly trip to the Cook Islands in the South Pacific to visit their son and his family.  Elaine Axdahl Meyer is enjoying a second year of retirement.  She spent six months last winter in North Carolina and will spend six weeks in Florida this winter.  She taught on and off at a private business college in Fargo and also enjoys belonging to “Toastmasters.”  Lyle ’62 and Charlene Lundahl Norris are starting to think about retirement.  They have eight grandchildren.  Sandra Brown Johnston has also retired and moved to Hawaii after 23 years with the public television in Washington, DC.  Jim also retired as a pilot with Continental Airlines.  They still keep a condo in Washington, DC.  When are you accepting reservations for winter holidays in Hawaii???  Jerry Raedeke has opened an art gallery on the main street of Nisswa, MN.  He was featured at the nation’s largest wildlife art exposition in Charleston, SC.  Gary F. Anderson, in addition to leading a large suburban church in Shoreview, is chairing the search committee for a new Gustavus president.  Karen Peterson Zilliox and her husband are in the process of building a new home on a 150-acre farm.  The house is large that it is being designed as a bed and breakfast.  She invites all Gusties to come and visit “Country Gardens on Lake Mina” when people are in the Alexandria area.  (I think Ruth and I should come and check it out and maybe we could put it on our recommended five star list!!!)  Nancy Beck Strom and her husband, Richard, were guests at Holden Village last summer during the week that Ruth and I were there.  It was fun to see Nancy again.  They visited their son and family in Okinawa last November.  Tom and Diane Anderson have moved to the Santa Fe area where they have built a retirement home and invite all ’63ers to come and spend Christmas with them!!  Steven Larson is in part-time private practice as a therapist and also does some clinical research and therapy in the Texas State Jail System.  Clay Peterson has sold his home in Long Prairie and accepted a new position with the University of Minnesota Medical School running a continuing education program out of the Moose Lake Hospital.  He will keep his permanent home on Little Land Lake near Park Rapids.  Ralph “Pudge” Johnson is enjoying retirement life in St. Petersburg in the winter and in Aitkin in the summer.  Tennis and golf fill in the blank spots!!  Patricia Findley Casto failed her “retirement class”―she is now back to work for the International Diabetes Center.  The Clinic does research, publishing, lots of training for professionals throughout the country and abroad, and focuses on providing educational programs for people recently diagnosed with diabetes...both children and adults!  Mark Gilderhus is thriving in Texas.  Children are grown and gone.  He misses George not being there as governor!  Sherry Erkkila Hauck and Dick escaped from Madison, MN last winter and enjoyed a visit with Kent Nakamaru in Kona, Hawaii!  Dale Carlson is enjoying retirement in St. Cloud.  John Lipke is now drawing social security and driving school bus.  He also does consulting for area businesses in tax and finance.  He also does some income tax preparation and monthly accounting.  John bemoans a large house to take care of (especially with a family cat that likes to take over), but children like to come to the family farm!!  Abby Arthur Johnson is a senior writer, editor, and also a lecturer in the liberal studies program at Georgetown University.  Karen Hallberg Green grieves the loss of her husband, Michael, who died last February.  Karen continues to work with the Chicago Lakes school district.  Jim Stephan is self-employed as an organization development consultant.  Jim and Martha have 10 grandchildren!!


So ends the first class letter of the year.  Thanks for all of the notes that came towards the close of the annual fund year last May.  This is a big year for us.  My hope, as is the case for each anniversary year, is that we can set as a goal 100% participation in the Annual Fund.  Remember, it is not the amount as much as it is participation.  You have blessed the College for years with your gifts so I am hoping that this year will not be any different.

And, keep in mind a plan to include Gustavus in your financial planning.  A bequest, planned gift with appreciated assets, cash:  all can be included in the special 40th Anniversary Class Gift for the Class of ’63 Scholarship Fund.

Thanks for your continued friendship and support.  Please keep those cards and letters coming.  It makes the class letter so much more interesting.

Paul F. Tillquist

1963 Co-class Agent

79 Pleasant Lake Road East

St. Paul, MN  55127