Class of ’63
February 2010

Dear ’63ers,

Valentine’s Day has come and gone.  The January Term at Gustavus is a memory and we are already into the third week of the new semester.  Probably the biggest event to report is the 30 inches of snow which covers the campus and the accompanying piles of snow at the edges of parking lots.  As Minnesota residents can attest, it has been a brutal winter.


Campus Construction Plans

The Board of Trustees met two weeks ago and provided direction for President Ohle to proceed with the building of a new academic building, remodel Anderson Hall (the old Folke Bernadotte Library building which has housed the social science departments), and construct a mall going from the chapel to the West.  The new building will house the largest departments on campus (economics and management, psychology, and communications).  It will be a 125,000sf building with a large 3-story atrium at the center providing natural light to many of the spaces.  It will qualify for a “gold LED” qualification as a green building.  Fundraising will commence immediately, but, the president announced that the board of trustees will guarantee the funds needed for construction.

Admission News

Applications for next year are ahead of where they were last year at this time which makes Mark Anderson ’66, the director of admission, very happy.  We graduated two very large classes in the last two years so we need to have somewhat larger classes in order to maintain our enrollment at about 2,500.  Mark Anderson will retire at the end of the academic year so a search is going on to replace him.  Gustavus has had only three directors of admission since 1950 (Howard Holcomb ’49, Owen Sammelson ’58, and Mark Anderson ’66) which is quite an amazing track record.

Gustavus Wind Orchestra and Choir of Christ Chapel

The Gustavus Wind Orchestra, under the direction of Conductor Douglas Nimmo, has returned from a 15-day concert tour through Germany, Poland, the Czech and Slovak Republics, Hungary and Austria.  The Choir of Christ Chapel will be traveling to the Phoenix/Tucson area during spring break.  On April 25 they will be at Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Sun City West, April 16 at All Saints Lutheran Church (LCMS) in Phoenix, and on April 17 at Lord of Grace Lutheran Church in Tucson.  For other campus news please check the website at

Attend a Gustie Gathering Near You!

There will Gustavus alumni chapter events in the following cities:  Tucson, February 19; Phoenix, February 20; Naples, March 14; Seattle, March 19; San Francisco, March 20; Los Angeles, March 21.  Other events in Boston, New York, Chicago, and Denver are still in the planning stages.  President Ohle will be attending all of those events so I hope that you will make an attempt to attend and hear what he has to say.  He is providing outstanding leadership!!!!!!

Alumnus, Kurt Elling ’89, Wins Grammy Award

Kurt Elling, a 1989 graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College, took home his first Grammy Award Sunday, Jan. 31 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif.  Elling won the “Best Jazz Vocal Album” category for his album Dedicated to You: Kurt Elling Sings the Music of Coltrane and Hartman. This year marked the ninth time Elling was nominated for a Grammy.

Elling typically performs annually at Gustavus and did so most recently on Oct. 10, 2009 in Jussi Björling Recital Hall.  He has also had the distinct honor to perform in front of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama and their 350 guests at the White House State Dinner on Nov. 24, 2009.

Winter Sports Update

Winter sports are well under way!  Men’s hockey is currently #1 in the MIAC and women’s hockey is #3 with 7 straight wins.  Women’s basketball is #1 and men’s basketball is #2.  Visit the Athletics website at for more news and information.

“Come on You Gusties” Breakfast

Once a month, Gusties gather for coffee, breakfast, and great conversation along with a campus speaker.  All Gusties are welcomed and invited to the breakfast, third Wednesday of the month, 8-9:30 a.m. at the Doubletree Hotel, Minneapolis-Park Place, 1500 Park Place Boulevard.  Cost is $10 at the door.  Upcoming speaker:  Amanda Nienow, assistant professor of chemistry will speak of her January term class “Chemistry & Crime:  Examination of CSI-type TV Shows & Real Life Forensic Science.”

Upcoming Events

  • Feb. 19 – Tucson Chapter Event – Warren and Donna (Gabbert) Beck ’67 ’66 residence
  • Feb. 20 – Phoenix Chapter Event – Larry and Deone (Nordquist) Cartford ’59 ’59 home
  • Feb. 27 – Reunion Committee Winter Retreat
  • Mar. 6 – Breakfast with the Easter Bunny
  • Mar. 14 – Naples Chapter Event – Naples Grande Beach Resort
  • Mar. 17 – Gustie Breakfast – Amanda Nienow, assistant professor of chemistry

MARY CARLSTROM STRAND writes as another one who has “flunked retirement.”  She accepted a part time (2-days a week) after school job teaching 6th grade reading to kids who are failing, or shall we say “floundering”...  It sounds like a pretty tough group of kids, but will give it the “old Gustavus college try!”

Last month, I had an opportunity to stop by and see HOWARD “HOWIE” LEE and his wife, Mary, in Camarillo, CA.  Howie stayed with our class through the end of our sophomore year and then he transferred to the University of Minnesota to finish.  He spent some time in the military, sold securities in California, and then went back to school to get his teaching degree.  He taught mathematics in California for years before retiring.  He is very busy in retirement playing the piano and singing at a variety of places.  They live in a beautiful, semi-rural area where they have avocado and fruit trees on their property.  It was quite stunning.  During our visit, he told about adopting a Korean child.  I was captivated by the story and asked him if he would write it for our class letter.  Here is Kim’s story:

I guess it probably all started with our Bible study trip to a restaurant (night club) called the Greek Village on Hollywood Boulevard.  I chose a table right next to the stage and then the belly dancers came on!  One hopped on my table and seemed to be dancing just for me, or so I thought.  Nine months later our son David was born.  On the day Mary was to check out of the hospital she complained of severe pain in her left leg.  It turned out she had a blood clot the length of her leg which was life threatening.  She was shipped off to Cedars Sinai Hospital in L.A. for two weeks.

The doctor strongly advised us against any more pregnancies.  As promised he called with an adoption possibility.  Thus son, Michael, was born and joined our family 8 1/2 months after David.  That’s another story.

Mary wanted a daughter so we worked with Holt Adoption Agency.  Four years later they called to tell us that Kim was on the way.  Kim arrived via a big stork (Korean Airlines 474).  Her escort just handed her over to me and she stared up at me with her big brown eyes:  completely accepting of her fate.

Kim became an accomplished gymnast (level 9), then a record setting diver at her high school, and head cheerleader at both her high school and college.  She became a beautiful lady with a great personality and sense of humor.  For instance, as a science project she wanted to test one of her gymnastics friends on the beam.  Then she wanted to give her about three cocktails and see how she did on the beam.  We had to settle for drunken mice in a maze.

Our adopted son, Michael, had met his birth mom and dad, and had a great relationship with them.  Kim never thought that she would have this chance as her records showed she was abandoned on the steps of a Korean orphanage.  As luck would have it, my wife, Mary, and Kim took advantage of a Holt Korean tour offer.  They took a side trip to the orphanage and their computer showed that she was delivered by a mother with an intact family.  There was a husband, four daughters and a son.

The condensed version:  The police made a call to the home but the dad denied the possibility of a fifth daughter (Kim).  After a short while, the mother called the police station and admitted that Kim indeed was her daughter.  She stated that Kim had a twin brother whom she apparently proudly presented to the father after dropping Kim off at the orphanage.  Kim and Mary met with the mother, but she refused to introduce Kim to the family.  So the father, the four sisters and her twin brother do not know of Kim’s existence.  Only the maternal grandmother knew the situation, but she has since died.

CAROL WEBSTER has retired from teaching in La Mirada, CA.  PAUL D. ANDERSON works for the department of veteran’s affairs and lives in Northfield.  KAREN HEGLAND HAGEN has retired from working for General Mills and lives in Minnetonka.  MARK GILDERHUS belatedly announces a 2-year old grandson who is living in Fort Collins.  Mark continues as the holder of the Lyndon Baines Johnson chair in history at Texas Christian University.  ALICEJEAN LEIGH DODSON works as an historic interpreter for the Mt. Vernon Historic Gardens and lives in Springfield, VA.

STEVE LARSON writes:  I have used my philosophy major from Gustavus all of my life.  I am a marriage and family therapist and a Lutheran clergy (inactive).  The logic courses I took from Dr. Jovan Brkic.  I have used the background as part of virtually everything I have accomplished.  I have worked in prisons and with addicts and their families and following their logic patterns is of utmost importance.  I do self-relations therapy which mixes logic with hypnosis and family systems theory.  Currently I have just finished a design for a workshop entitled THE HEART OF FORGIVENESS, using the Lord’s Prayer as a daily life experience.  Two other therapists and I will be sharing it with churches and various therapy groups.  I am interested in relating philosophy to real life issues such as mental health, politics, and religion.

MARY KAY BRADFORD IVEY and Allen continue an active life with time spent with children and grandchildren in both Florida and New Hampshire.  They combine business with pleasure.  Allen’s latest “thing” is neuroscience and on a trip to Japan lectured to over 1000 clinical psychologists.  Both Mary Kay and Allen try to keep their brains alive with various exercises plus meditation, eating well, sleeping, and maintaining solid social relationships.  Mary Kay and Allen conducted workshops for the Japanese Microcounseling Association.  They also spent time traveling in China . . . Beijing, Guilin, and Shanghai.  They are active in their church (St. Boniface) in Sarasota.  In January they presented and discussed the relationship of neuroscience to religion and spirituality.  Tilly suggests that Mary Kay, Steve Larson, and Tom Lindell should start communicating with each other to discover common touch stones with their current thinking on spirituality.

JOHN LIPKE writes with much news.  He is recovering from a 2008 heart attack and progressing well.  Travel plays a big role in his life.  His daughter, Kari ’98, is a student at the Harvard Divinity School which gives him an excuse to travel to Boston.  He also is a devoted fan of the Minnesota Gopher women’s basketball team.  An annual family fishing trip takes him to the Lake of the Woods.  With the merger of two schools, John found himself out of a job as a school bus driver.  He still remains involved with clients doing tax returns and doing some consulting for local businesses in finance, tax, and insurance issues.  LEE MILLER, our correspondent from Denmark, always sends a Christmas letter . . . although a bit late this year.  Lee remarked that “you would think that a person who is 86% pensioner should have time to get a Christmas letter out in time.  Our Christmas letter gets a bit like the traditional TV New Year’s Party:  ‘Same procedure as last year, Miss Sophie?’ because so much was the same this year as last year.”  Skiing in Norway, Biology Olympics in Japan.  Lee spent a month in Japan attending a meeting in Kyoto and collaborating with Japanese colleagues.  Lee also spent some time on the Mediterranean in Malaga with grandson’s Kantori choir.  Lee and Mette wish all ’63ers a happy new year!!

Travel has also played a role in the life of PAUL and RUTH (ANDERSON) TILLQUIST.  In September/October, Paul and Ruth along with GARY and MARY ANN (CARLSON) ANDERSON spent 17 days in France with time divided between Paris and the Dordogne region.  Tilly and Ruth also just back from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico where they spent two weeks escaping the Minnesota cold.  Gary and Mary Ann flew in one day before Ruth and Tilly left so they did have a chance to have dinner one evening.  It is rumored that DIANE HAMMARGREN ANDERSON and Jim ’60 are cavorting around California for a few weeks this winter.  MIRIAM LARSON STOHL is wintering in Florida.  You may find GINNY LARSON JONES on a river boat cruise sometime in a few months.  Do any of the rest of you have any other travel adventures to report?

That’s all the news that I have.  As usual, I ask that you send me news or write something for inclusion in the class letter and send it by e-mail.  It is always fun to hear what people are doing and what they are thinking.  Many thanks to those of you who have made their gift already to the Gustavus Annual Fund.  Remember that you can make a gift on line.  Just go to and you will find the link.

Blessings to you all and many thanks for your continued friendship and support.


Paul Tillquist

1963 Class Agent