Class of ’63

November 2012

50-Year Reunion ― May 31 – June 1, 2013

Reunion Plans Spell Fun

Fifteen of our classmates met on Thursday, November 8 to work through plans for our reunion.  Here are their smiling faces after a morning of planning.


The dates for the reunion are Friday, May 31 and Saturday, June 1.  Commencement is on Sunday and we are invited to stay for that as well.

Friday begins with registration starting at 1:00 p.m.  There will be time to visit the Bookmark, be amazed at the changes in the campus, drink coffee and hang out with one another.  Then at 4:00 we will gather in beautiful Christ Chapel for a memorial service which will be followed by a class photo.  Then the fun begins with a “Pizza Villa Party” in Alumni Hall.  There will be entertainment and lots of time to connect with our past memories of candles in Chianti bottles and music from the late ʼ50s and early ʼ60s.  Pizza and pasta of course!

Saturday morning includes some interesting seminar opportunities or a chance to roam the campus to see what’s new.  At noon on Saturday we have a luncheon with a fun visitation by notables from the past dressed in the fashions of the day.  Who knows who might show up!

In the evening we gather with other classes for a big Alumni Banquet with special recognition going to those us who are the golden anniversary class.  After the banquet, we are invited to the home of classmate, Janet Gardner Anthony, for an “after glow.”  There is also a Gustavus Symphony concert in the chapel.

It is shaping up to be a weekend that not only is filled with many opportunities to reconnect and reminisce, but also to have much fun.  We are hoping to have a big attendance which means be sure to mark your calendars.  Registration information will be sent to each of us in April.  Free dorm housing will be available.

A new, easy link to access our class webpage at Gustavus has been set up.  Simply go to:  Each of us is also invited and encouraged to send in a picture for the memory book.  Information on that is available on the web page.


Gary Anderson

1963 Communications Chair

Campus News

Hall of Fame

On September 29, the Gustavus Athletics Department inducted nine new individuals into its Athletics Hall of Fame.  The 2012 class of inductees included:  Rhonda Gorseth Alberts ’93 (Gymnastics), Brian Brekke ’95 (Football), Kara Bloomquist Drekonja ’96 (Cross Country), Brett Gross ’96 (Track & Field), Brock Guettler ’92 (Basketball), Mark Kruger ’86 (Tennis), Jason Lesteberg ’96 (Hockey), Scott Stoneking ’96 (Soccer), and Donald Swanson ’55 (Benefactor).

Alumni Travel Opportunities

2013 Friends of Music Salzburg choral Tour

Gustavus Friends of Music has arranged for a Gustavus Alumni choir tour to Munich, Salzburg, Vienna and Prague June 23 - July 5, 2013.  Singers and non-singers alike are welcome.  Once in Salzburg, the singers will join the Mozart International Choral Festival and perform Mozart’s Coronation Mass in the Salzburg Cathedral on June 29.  Not a singer?  There is space available for non-performers as well.  For more information contact Jackie Neeck Peterson ’77 at or 800-726-6192.

2013 Pearls of Central Europe

Experience Central Europe with Gustavus professor emeritus of history Dr. Tom Emmert from September 10-21, 2013.  This 12-day Gustavus study tour combines learning, exploring, leisure, lecture, food, and arts with special touches, all led by a faculty expert.  The journey is focused around three showpiece cities of Central Europe:  Prague, Vienna, and Budapest.  For more information, contact Tom Emmert at

Gustie Breakfasts - Twin Cities – New time and place

Engage with other alumni and learn something new about your alma mater at the monthly Twin Cities Gustavus alumni breakfast.  Please join us at the American Swedish Institute (2600 Park Ave, Minneapolis), on the third Wednesday of each month at 7:30 a.m.  Cost is $10.  Gustie breakfasts are also being held on campus the second Wednesday of each month.

November 21 – Donald Ostrom – November elections

December 19 – Terry Morrow – Minnesota Vikings stadium

January 16 – Kathy Lund Dean – Distinguished chair of Leadership and Ethics

February 20 – Philip Brunelle – Artistic Director, VocalEssence

Upcoming Chapter Gatherings

National Chapter events for alumni, parents and friends are scheduled for the 2012-13 academic year and will focus on the College’s pillar of “Teaching and Learning.”  Please save the date for the event in your area.  Time and location details will be forthcoming.

Jan. 29 – Phoenix

Jan. 31 – Tucson

Feb. 3 – Los Angeles

Feb. 4 - Palm Springs

Feb 13 – Tampa

Feb. 15 – Naples

Feb. 28 – Seattle

Mar. 2 – San Francisco

Mar. 9 – Madison

Mar. 12 – Denver

Mar. 14 – Chicago

Apr.   4 – Atlanta