Class of ’63
October 2010

Volume 48, No. 1

Dear Classmates,

I must confess that the wonderful weather we have been enjoying in Minnesota during the fall has kept my focus on other things.  But, life at the College has started with the usual fall, frenetic pace.  Gustavus started the fall semester with full enrollment including 640 new students.  The budget forecast was for 620 new students so it was a splendid surprise to have more students.  The ACT composite average was a 27 with 56 percent females and 44 percent males making up the first year class.  The plan for the admission office is to exert more effort in recruiting students from out of state.  By the way, just a reminder that your grandchildren, should they enroll at Gustavus, are eligible for a $2,500 Legacy Scholarship as the grandchild of a Gustie.  This scholarship is renewable for all four years so the total impact would be $10,000.  This could be a nice gift to present to a grandchild who is planning to go to college.

The Nobel Conference was a success.  The weather was absolutely stellar with temps in the 70s.  Over 1,500 high school students attended the conference this year with total attendance of over 5,000 for the two days.  Upcoming dates you may want to keep in mind include: 

  • Twin Cities Breakfast (Jeff Stocco, dean of students) - November 17
  • Christmas in Christ Chapel - December 3, 4 and 5
  • Twin Cities Breakfast (Neal Hagberg ’81 and Leandra Peak ’83) - December 15

The breakfasts are held at the Doubletree Hotel in Golden Valley from 8-9:30 a.m.  It is a fun way to keep up on Gustavus happenings.  I highly recommend the December 15 breakfast with Neal and Leandra, two of our fabulous performers who have presented annual concerts at the Guthrie Theatre and Harriet Island Band shell.  They are fantastic!!!

The Class of 1963 received a very nice note from senior student, Nicole Meyer who is majoring in communication studies.  She did two internships last year:  Two Fish Studios in Mankato and one in the Diversity Center at Gustavus.  Says Nicole, “My ultimate goal in life is to make a positive impact in the world in some way or another.”  She played on the rugby team last year for the first time and loved it.  Last April she traveled with the team to Florida for a national tournament.  Just to round out an active schedule, she also was involved with the Big Partner/Little Partner program and also worked with Campus Safety.  “I absolutely love Gustavus and all of the experiences I’ve had here so far.  I want to thank you for helping to make it possible for me to even be here in the first place.”

For your information, the Class of 1963 Scholarship Endowment Fund had a market value of $44,742 on May 31, 2010.  Thank you to all who have made contributions to the Fund.

“If lawyers are disbarred and clergymen defrocked, doesn’t it follow that electricians can be delighted, musicians denoted, cowboys deranged, models deposed, tree surgeons debarked and dry cleaners depressed.”  (Unknown)

I encourage all of you who ever participated in any Gustavus music organization to join The Gustavus Friends of Music.  This is a network of alumni, parents, and friends who seek to make a difference in the lives of student-musicians at Gustavus, to create opportunities, to open new doors.  Google Gustavus Friends of Music and you will find more information about how you can support the vision of creating opportunities to inspire musicians at Gustavus to seek their potential and explore their dreams.  And perhaps, to dream new dreams!!!

Other Campus News

150th Anniversary Commemorative Alumni Directory

The Gustavus Alumni Association is bringing together about 25,000 Gusties to celebrate the College’s 150th anniversary.  In partnership with Publishing Concepts, Inc. (PCI), Gustavus will produce the 150th Anniversary Commemorative Alumni Directory.  Over the next couple of months, PCI will be contacting Gustavus alumni via phone, mail, and e-mail to request that you update your information.  We know you don’t want to provide your information to just anyone, so we want you to be aware of this project and encourage your participation.  For more information, call the Office of Alumni Relations at 800-487-8437.

Athletics Hall of Fame

Gustavus inducted new members into its Athletics Hall of Fame at a banquet on Saturday, October 9.  Inductees for 2010 are:  Evie Cieslar Erdman ’73, benefactor; Duke Paluch ’84, tennis; Erik Allen ’92, basketball; Peter Anderson ’92, golf; Leigh Stocker Berger ’92, volleyball; Angela White Vick ’92, track and field; Heidi Rostberg Carlson ’93, tennis; Erik Hendrikson ’94, hockey, football; Paige Tierney Sullivan ’95, soccer; and the Hall of Fame Moment−1990 Women’s Tennis National Championship.

Alumni Art Show

Over 60 alumni will participate in an Alumni Art Show in the Hillstrom Museum, November 22 through the end of the semester.  A reception will take place on Monday, November 22, 7 p.m.  This will be the first alumni art showing in the Hillstrom Museum.

Arboretum Fall Warmer

The arboretum is hosting a lunch/speaker event at its Fall Warmer on Sunday, November 7, 2010.  The speaker, Mr. Christian Gilbert ʼ98, is an 8th grade geography educator as well as being an avid mountain climber.  He is co-founder of “Go4theSummit”an online learning environment geared to serve learners of all ages in order to provide a deeper understanding of world places and culture.  Mr. Gilbert has climbed Mt. Aconcagua (South America, 2008), Mt. Kilimanjaro ((Africa, 2009) and Mt. Elbrus (Russia, 2010).  His next destination is Mt. Kosciuszko in Australia.  Tickets are $10 members and $12 non-members.  Register by November 2 at or call 507/933-6181.


ROBERT N. “BUD” EKSTRUM, Minnetonka, died on July 7, 2010.  Bud worked as vice president of technology and development for CMS Direct until 2002, after that he did some consulting work.  He is survived by his wife, Sheilah, two sons and a daughter.

TED ALMQUIST died on April 27, 2010 culminating a two-year battle with colon cancer.  Ted came to Gustavus from Iowa and married his wife, Jolayne (Swenson ʼ64) in 1962.  He completed dental school at the University of Iowa and his M.S. from the University of Texas Dental School (Houston) before beginning a 32-year career with the United States Air Force.  After his retirement in 1998 he worked in his spare time with his friends at Lone Star Coins in San Antonio.  His career took him to a variety of assignments around the world, and more importantly introduced him to a multitude of wonderful lifelong friends.  One of Ted’s favorite sayings was, "It's a great life if you don't weaken" - and he did live a great life.  He was an avid fisherman and outdoorsman and spent some of his best times - with some of his best friends – “out fishing.”  He was also an active member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Bulverde, TX where he taught bible studies and sang in the choir.  As a leader in the Air Force, he stressed that people’s priorities should be their faith, their family, and their jobs−in that order.  He lived this ideal in his own life, and was a strong man of faith as well as a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and friend.

MARY VON BARGEN FREDERICK reports news of SIX grandkids!  “As one of my friends said, that’s pretty good return from two kids!  They all live in St. Paul.  At this point three are hockey players, but we can already see that the two of the littlest ones are already pretty good with the hockey stick and tennis ball.  We bought a condo in downtown St. Paul two years ago on the banks of the Mississippi River just down from the Science Center, and we love living in the city.  We walk to the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra concerts held in the Ordway Center, and we also walk to church as well as to the Wild games, not to mention wonderful restaurants.  We consider our home in Welch on the Cannon River (can't see it but it's right there!) to be our down south cabin.I continue to be a volunteer for the SPCO.  Our business with our son Mike, Frederick Sales and Engineering, has added a new line of business which is involved in the oil and gas well drilling business, so Oklahoma City has become a city we spend a little time in.  We both continue to try to keep in shape with walking and exercise, but it’s definitely getting harder and harder to be svelte, not that that was ever the case!”

Don ʼ61 and EUNICE HOLM FULTZ  continue to spend several months in Iringa, Tanzania, coordinating the partnerships between the Saint Paul Area ELCA Synod and Iringa Diocese.  KAREN LINDBORG JONAITIS reported a 1963 Theta mini-reunion with BONNIE LEWS MCCLEES and KAREN PIERSON TOMMERAASEN last March in Oro Valley, AZ.  Karen also has been involved in fundraising for a family Mission Project (Lutheran Aid to Medicine in Bangladesh) which Karen visited two years ago with her two sisters.  Scholarship funds are raised for elementary students who are then able to attend the Christian LAMB school and learn English.  NANCY BECK STROM and Richard are enjoying retirement and many visits to Omaha to see son, Mike and family.  A nephew and niece are recent graduates of Gustavus so Nancy and Richard have had a chance to be on campus for graduations.  This past March, Rudy Gulstrand ʼ61 and JOHN KARL VILHO TAMMI participated in the Rajalta Rajalle Hihto, a border-to-border cross-country ski trek across Finland starting at the Russian border and ending seven days later at the Swedish border.  The trek crossed the varied terrain of Lapland and included skiers from several countries.  This was the latest in a series of international ski tours and mountain climbing events for Rudy.  For John, it was a commemoration of his family’s emigration from Finland 60 years ago.

A special reception was held at Gustavus on September 20 to “celebrate the richness of agriculture and rural life with artist” JERRY RAEDEKE.  Cenex Harvest States Cooperative collected some of Jerry’s water colors and has given them to Gustavus.  Jerry has been recognized as Artist Of The Year by the National Wildlife Art Show in Kansas City and by the Wildlife Heritage Show in Minneapolis.  The Easton Waterfowl Festival gave him a two-year exhibition medallion.  You can find Jerry at home in his gallery in Nisswa, MN.

“Life is short.  Hold hands, not grudges.  Max out your passport.  Grow older without growing up.  Do something that scares you.  Get your hands dirty.  Adopt an animal.  Shave your head, at least once.  Make time for silly.  Savor every sip.  Walk, don’t drive.  Skip, don’t walk.  Do it for love, not profit.  Be the first to apologize.  Plug the meter for someone else.  Plant lots of trees.  Learn to dance a jig.  Listen first, talk second.  Build communities, not empires.  Thank a teacher.  STAY AWAKE FOR IT.”  (Caribou Coffee)

GARY and MARY ANN (CARLSON) ANDERSON just returned from almost two months in Romania where Gary served an American church in Sibiu, Romania.  They had a fantastic time, met new friends, and thoroughly enjoyed Romania.

That’s all the news for now.  And now, I have a heartfelt request for all of you.  Please send me news!!!  You can do it so easily with an e-mail to me.  As you have heard me say so many times over the years, if I don’t get news clips from you I will have to make up something about you….and, I have an active imagination!!!!

Meanwhile, thank you to all who have made a contribution already to the Gustavus Annual Fund for 2011.  Many of you have also talked with a student on Gus-Link and have made a pledge.  Thank you so much for your continued friendship and support.



Paul F. Tillquist

1963 Class Agent