Class of '63
Volume 41, No. 2
Time marches on! We are already in the season of Lent! The Twins are in spring training. We have one more month to go of winter weather. Students at Gustavus are into the second semester. Home concerts are finished. The Gustie athletic teams are in conference championship play! It is a time for a class letter. We are blessed with some thoughts from Tom Anderson who is our guest writer for this letter. Thanks, Tom, for your willingness to share some thoughts.
A Second Joy
Gustavus and the Land of Ten Thousand Lakes are far beyond my gaze. That's because these days I live in the high desert. In a place of Western movie lore and railroad fame—Santa Fe, New Mexico. I dwell here with Diane, my Valparaiso grad wife. Our days are spent in an adobe abode beneath the Sangre de Cristo (Blood of Christ) mountains with a view of Albuquerque environs some 60 miles away. At night, under crystal clear skies, we see stars both fixed and shooting.
I greet you, dear classmates. It was wonderful to see so many of our 1963 clan gathered this past fall for our reunion. My brother, Jim '60 and his Diane (Hammargren) and my Diane and I were surely the last party to leave that night. I wanted to "do the room" and catch everyone I could. My loss if I missed reminiscing with you.
To catch you up on the intervening years, my winding road to the desert is briefly noted: Four years of seminary in Rock Island, Illinois and pastoral calls in New York City, Brooklyn, San Francisco and San Jose and now doing interim stints out of Santa Fe. More brief notes: three children, two of whom are married and, joy upon joy, we have two grandsons. Brevity is difficult when describing deep love for family and gratitude for those to whom I ministered and from whom I received ministry.
I pause here to reminisce about Gustavus, but also about pre-Gustavus. I was raised in St. Peter so attending GAC was walkable, although, my '46 Chevy did just fine for a few years. I remember as if yesterday seeing your sprightly 18 year-old faces for the first time. Seeing you in class, at the library or in the canteen. Watching you perform on the fields or in choir or in a play. Walking with you in cap and gown across that stage on our graduation day.
I treasure all those memories. I offer thanks for you, as you were then as well as news of you today. I look forward to each Quarterly and class letter, which comes our way. Paul Tillquist has so admirably kept us up-to-date about one another through the years. We meant it at the reunion dinner in September when we rose as one to thank him.
Not every memory is of joy, of course. January 2004 is the ten-year anniversary of the deaths of my parents, Ren '34 and Sylvia (Benzon '36) Anderson, just two weeks apart. C.S. Lewis said that when we lose someone we love, we would grieve not only at the initial loss but there would be a "Second Grief," brought on by an anniversary, a birthday, or a reunion. We realize we'd forgotten our loss for a bit. The Second Grief startles us. Perhaps, we've all known such a Second Grief on our journeys. So, it has been for me and, I am sure brother Jim, as we remember mom and dad again in the hearts of our friends and family.
My mention of my parents is to recall that whether or not you knew them then—trust me—they knew you. Part of their job was to track alumni. It went beyond their job, though. It was their passion to keep alive that college experience in the memories of Gustie grads. They loved the place from the hills and valleys surrounding it, to the buildings that housed us or the activities that enriched us. They loved the traditions of Gustavus. But most of all they loved the alumni and students. I am grateful that they passed on that love to me and so many others.
When I flew home from the reunion this fall, I must confess that I had a sense of a "Second Joy." It was a joy of recollection; of pride at knowing you and a sense that I was very fortunate to have been at Gustavus from 1959-1963. When Paul asked me to write this, I decided that this is what I most wanted to say—that coming back is to acquaint oneself with a Second Joy. I hope it is that way for you, also. I hope it is a sublime joy, which provokes a gladsome heart. I hope that for us all.
I send my greetings to you. Amazing to me, is that I can be sitting here one thousand or more miles away from the college. Sitting here with mountains and plains between many of us and the Hill. Yet, because of the Gustavus experience with you—your lively spirits forging such great and joyful memories—I can see you in the mind's eye. I can see you like it was yesterday. I like that.
Tom Anderson, '63
Barb (Lindberg) and Dave Arlander continue to enjoy their retired lives in Rochester. Randy Nelson is in his 29th year on the faculty of Luther Seminary as the director of Contextual Education. This year he is taking the lead in merging the work of contextual education for the Western Mission Cluster, which consists of Luther Seminary and Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, CA. Gordon (from Storden) Thompson has retired after 40 years of teaching. Mary Ann Carlson Anderson has finally helped Gary F. Anderson to understand how wonderful it is to retire. Gary will retire from active congregational ministry at Incarnation Lutheran Church in Shoreview, MN on June 30. He has developed a wonderful congregation of almost 4,000 members with a staff of 15. He will be missed! Patricia Johnson Salomone has retired and is enjoying doing some traveling and spoiling her four grandchildren. Bob Franseen has changed careers and is now selling real estate in Crosslake, MN. Daniel Malloy is living in Cedar Rapids, IA and has taken to perfecting his golf game every chance he gets. Larry and Vicki (Krenik '64) Hedlin were disappointed to miss the reunion. They are retired and recently returned from a trip to China. We were sad to hear that Connie Ponsor Fisk's husband, Wilbur, died recently. Our sympathy to Connie and her family. Darwin Seim, our emissary to Alaska, is working as a general contractor and building homes in Fairbanks. He and Katherine have four grandchildren!
That's about it for the news! Keep those cards and letters coming. Don't forget that the Gustavus Fund deadline for a gift is May 31! We have had an excellent response this year. Thanks for your continued loyal support.
Paul F. Tillquist
79 Pleasant Lake Road East
St. Paul, MN 55127
Building a Greater Gustavus Reaches Target
Gustavus celebrates reaching the $100 million target for the Building a Greater Gustavus capital campaign. The campaign includes reconstruction projects following the 1998 tornados, the creation of the Center for Vocational Reflection, growth of the Christ Chapel Endowment, the C. Charles Jackson Campus Center, the Curtis and Arleen Carlson International Center, the Barbro Osher Svenska Huset (Swedish House), the new soccer and track complex, and more than 100 new scholarships. Efforts continue to raise funds for campaign projects, such as Old Main renovation, Gustavus Alumni Fund, and further endowment growth. Special thanks! goes to the volunteers and donors who contributed their resources to assist current and future Gusties.
New Gustavus Video
Have you been to campus lately? Can you remember your first time seeing Gustavus? The Admission Office has created a new video/DVD for prospective students to take a look at the College. Take a look online if you wish at <http://gustavus.edu/admission/tour/video/>.
The Gustavus Symphonic Orchestra took a 16-day concert tour to China performing in such places as Beijing, the Great Wall, and Tianjin. The Gustavus Choir took a 10-day concert tour to selected cities in North Dakota, Colorado, Nebraska, and Minnesota and the Gustavus Wind Orchestra, formerly the Gustavus Band, also toured during Spring Break.
Gustavus is among leaders in Academic All-Americans. The College Sports Information Directors of America have recently released a list of institutions with the highest number of Academic All-Americans over the past three years. Gustavus ranks 14th out of all programs competing at the NCAA Divisions I, II, and III, and NAIA levels.
Peter Krause '87 returned to Gustavus in November to meet and conduct workshops with students. Krause has been nominated for Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild and Emmy awards for his role as Nate Fisher in the critically and commercially acclaimed HBO drama, "Six Feet Under." With the hope that the day would focus more on the students than on his newfound fame, Krause spent the afternoon doing acting work with classes and theatre and dance majors.
In case you missed the note in the Fall 2003 issue of the Gustavus Quarterly, we are asking alumni to send in short reminiscences, tributes, and anecdotes about professors who made a difference in their education - "the teachers and mentors who have made a lasting impression, who have imparted life lessons, whom you remember for their wit, or their mastery, or their encouragement, or their exacting standards . . . or their idiosyncrasies." We are planning to focus an upcoming issue of the Quarterly on "great teaching" and would like to hear from those who experienced the classes of those great professors. Send your paragraphs and stories to either Randall Stuckey '83, director of alumni relations (email@example.com), or Steve Waldhauser '70 (firstname.lastname@example.org), managing editor of the Quarterly, or in the mail to the College.
Upcoming Chapter Events
- Sun City, Arizona, Gustavus gathering - March 19
- Phoenix, Arizona, Gustavus gathering - March 20
- Tucson, Arizona, Gustavus gathering - March 21