Class of '63
April 2010

Dear Classmates,

“Spring has sprung, the grass has ris, I wonder where the flowers is!  “BURMA SHAVE circa 1950.  For those of you away from Minnesota, we had a wonderful March.  For the first time in recorded weather records, we had no snow!!!  Not even during basketball tournaments did we have snow!!  We loved it!

The Board of Directors of the Alumni Association has announced 2010 award recipients:  Greater Gustavus Award to Mark Anderson ’66, vice president and dean of admission; Distinguished Alumni Citations to Carolyn Kruger ’64, Purcellville, VA, maternal and child health specialist, World Vision, in the field of social work, and Patricia Walker ’77, Afton, MN, medical director, Center for International Health & International Travel Clinic, Region’s Hospital/Health Partners, St. Paul, in the field of medicine; and First Decade Awards to Christine Torborg ’00, Bethesda, MA, senior research fellow, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and Brian Smith ’00, Oxford, England, tenure-track faculty position, visiting scientist, Clarendon Laboratory, experimental quantum optics and quantum applications, University of Oxford.

Here are some events for y’all to consider attending:

•50th Anniversary of Nursing Reunion - June 4-6

Corporate Coffees have begun on a trial basis at targeted Gustavus alumni places of employment.  Gustie employees are invited to a morning coffee break to connect with each other, receive an update about the College, and a gift of a Gustavus mug.  Be alert to announcements about a Gustie coffee at your place of work.

•Up-coming Twin Cities Breakfasts continue on the third Wednesday of each month at the Doubletree Hotel-Park Place from 8-9:30 a.m.  Cost is $10 at the door.  Scheduled speakers include:

April 21– Virgil Jones, director of diversity development and multicultural programs

May 19 – Al Molde ’66, director of athletics; Tim Kennedy ’82, sports information director

June 16 – Bob Neuman ’80, associate director of admission

July 21 – summer programs staff

August 18 – Peter Haugen, head football coach

September 15 – Jack R. Ohle, president

October 20 – Lisa Heldke ’82, Nobel Conference 2010, Making Food Good


I am so grateful for those of you who have sent some e-mail news.  It makes these letters so much more interesting.  Keep the notes coming.  SUSAN CURNOW BREEDLOVE writes:  “In May of 2009, I was honored to be ‘installed’ into the Patrick Henry High School Hall of Fame by Gustie Don ‘Swannie’ Swanson ’55 in recognition to my service to that school.  Little did we know that this stalwart of the Northside community, Minneapolis athletics, and Gustavus' Alumni Association, and more, would soon be faced with cancer and pass on September 15th.  I invite classmates to visit the website of Henry High by Googling "Henry High Today" for more about Swannie.  I send you greetings in this, the throe of winters, where the hawk continues on the tundra and we anticipate another onslaught of snow, with shovel in hand, snow blowers at garage doors, and skiis in cars.”

ARLIS HUSFELDT ANDERSON sent a nice note:  Your class letter is always informative about the lives of fellow Gusties, so I decided to add some news.  In late May 2009, Henning ’64 and I, along with 45 family and friends, attended the wedding of our daughter, Hallie, to Patrick Dillon in Markaryd, Sweden.  They married in the church where her grandfather, Henning J. Anderson, attended as a small boy.  Later in life, he went back and donated the stain glass windows in the church.  Hallie’s grandparents are buried in the churchyard cemetery, along with many other relatives.  We all stayed about an hour from Markaryd in Helsingborg, Sweden, which is situated at the east side of the Oresund on Sweden’s southwest coast.  You can look across the Oresund and see Denmark and we experienced going through the tunnel and bridge connecting the two countries.  It was truly a beautiful way to celebrate a wedding.  Everyone added extra days tour in Sweden plus visit other countries.

Everything else is going well for us living on Lake Lanier northeast of Atlanta, Georgia.  We are still in the annuity brokerage business which Henning started about 20 years ago.  We do a fair amount of traveling and went on the Danube Holiday Cruise the day after Thanksgiving.  It was the first week of the Christmas markets at every city we stopped so that was a lot of fun.  Ouch, two trips to Europe in one year with a terrible exchange rate.  We do make some trips back to Minnesota to see my mom who is in Hutchinson, MN, at an assisted living facility.  Of course, there was the big Stewart High 50th class reunion which we attended last summer.”

TOM BOHN wrote from New York:  “Like other classmates, I, too, have “flunked” retirement.  I am teaching two courses this spring─History of Sports Journalism with our son, Pat, and Mass Media to 108 freshmen─try keeping 100+ 18 year-olds engaged and entertained for 75 minutes twice a week.  Teaching today is a different world than when I began 43 years ago─especially in a field as fluid and dynamic as mass communication.  But, still having fun and it keeps me young!  Wish I could say the same thing about my golf game.  Donna and I traveled to Italy last fall for three weeks and ate and toured our way through Rome, Tuscany and Venice.  Wonderful people, food, history and scenery.  Our brood of grandsons keeps growing as Kathryn and Tom presented us with our 6th ─ Teagan, in October.  Son, Mike, and his wife, Katie, are expecting a baby in late April and─yep, another boy.  Seven grandsons sure make birthdays and Christmas easy as we are able to create and maintain our gender focused shopping.”

RICHARD and MARY CARLSTROM STRAND took time out for a greeting from Florida: “The only news from us is that we’ve been wearing ski gloves and fleece on the cool and windy beach of Palm Island.  I did make a dive into the ocean with shoes and socks on to retrieve a junonia shell which is a highly prized shell in this area of Florida….the first I’ve ever found.  We are looking forward to a visit from Jim and Claudia (Hayden) Schroeder (from Flagstaff) the second week in March.  Hopefully the weather will be warmer by then.  Dick is looking forward to playing tennis with Jim.”

DON GRANBERG wrote from Utah:  “I was hospitalized for eight days in April of 2009, at the University of Utah Hospital.  As luck would have it, one of the nurses who gave me such fine care was Jennifer, daughter of Tom and Sandy Beehrle Ahlstrom.  I retired from the University of Missouri in 2003, but I still try to stay active, albeit at a somewhat more leisurely pace.  I published a book review in Science in October, 2009, and I co-authored a book that is scheduled for publication by Lexington in April of 2010 with the title, A Most Human Enterprise: Controversies in the Social Sciences.  I also am a volunteer tutor two days a week at the neighborhood middle school with students in English as a second language.  I really get a kick out of that!”

Only in the 21st Century can I also include an e-mail note from MARCIA DAY ANDERSON who serves as a missionary in Africa.  She sent a long e-mail which I have edited to include some fascinating information from her:  “What did we do before computers?  Or digital cameras?  Now, when they fail, we feel helpless!  When my hard drive crashed, I thought, “No, problem!  It’s under warranty!”  Well, it hasn’t been exactly “no problem.”  Yes, Dell would transfer the warranty to Africa.  But would Dell Africa honor it?  There was no outward “no,” just bouncing back and forth of emails until I got the picture that they were not going to do anything until the warranty expired or I got tired!  I got tired.  I got a new hard drive end of this month.  All this is to say that I’ve felt a bit handicapped in communicating!

Other exciting news include:  a computer school─so that our fine computer lab can help make us more self-supporting and a potato farm─for the same reason─on the land originally bought for the school.  Both of these are aimed at helping us move toward non-dependence on western funds.  We’ll launch a new Early Childhood Development Education course in April.  Our first try turned into a Care-Givers course only, but that was a great blessing to many and we are not sorry at all about our first year’s try.  This term has been fun for several reasons.  Speaking of fun, teaching Isaiah to 13 eager students this term has been better than eating candy!  A student today commented that he was glad the missionaries taught only the New Testament at first.  “Otherwise,” he said, “we would have thought that we needed to continue to follow all the laws about offerings and sacrifices and clean and unclean!”

Thanks, Marcia, for your very newsy e-mails.

I am very sad to report that Ned Larson ’61, husband of classmate, SUSAN PETERSON LARSON, died on April 2, 1010 in Scottsdale, AZ.  Our sympathy and love to Susan and her family.

That’s all the news that I have for now.  Thank you again to those who took time to send a newsletter via e-mail to be shared with classmates.  It truly makes my job easier.

Many of you have faithfully sent your contribution to the Gustavus Annual Fund.  I am encouraging those of you who have not yet sent your contribution to do so ASAP.  You can go to a secure on-line address at  The Gustavus Annual Fund closes this year on May 31.

Thanks again for your continued friendship and support.

Paul F. Tillquist

1963 Class Agent

Campus News

Groundbreaking for New Academic Building

Gustavus will hold a ceremonial groundbreaking at the future site of a new 125,000 square foot academic building just west of Christ Chapel at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, April 16.  The new academic building is part of a $44 million commitment made by the College’s Board of Trustees in January to move forward with three major building projects.  Also included in the plan is the development of a west mall extending from Christ Chapel and a major renovation of the Anderson Social Science Building.  The academic departments that will be housed in the new academic building include communication studies, history, psychology, economics and management, and sociology and anthropology.

Gustavus Forensics Wins Nationals

The Gustavus Adolphus College forensics team took first place in the individual events portion of the Pi Kappa Delta National Comprehensive Tournament March 19-21 in Minneapolis.  Gustavus amassed 306 points to narrowly defeat Ohio University, which scored 305 points.  A total of 57 colleges and universities participated in the tournament.  Gustavus sophomore Chloe Radcliffe won the Pentathlon competition, which recognizes the top 10 students who compete in at least five events.  First-year student Kate Bissen took first place in Informative Speaking and senior C.J. Hunt also took home a first-place trophy in the Program Oral Interpretation event.

Fantastic Winter for Gustie Athletics

The Gustavus winter athletic teams had great success including MIAC championships in men’s and women’s hockey, women’s basketball, and women’s swimming.  The Gusties finished second in men’s basketball, men’s swimming and diving, and women’s indoor track and field.  Gustavus also played in and hosted the NCAA Div. III Women’s Frozen Four National Hockey tournament in March.

Upcoming Events

  • Apr. 10 – Gustavus Jazz Lab Band Home Concert
  • Apr. 11 – Gustavus Symphony Orchestra Home Concert
  • Apr. 22 – New York Chapter Event – The Core Club
  • Apr. 23 – Choir of Christ Chapel Home Concert
  • Apr. 25 – Boston Chapter Event - Bay Back Hotel
  • Apr. 28 – May Day! Peace Conference
  • May 1 – Gustavus Choir Home Concert
  • May 3 – Chicago Chapter Event – The Chicago Club
  • May 4 – Denver Chapter Event