Class of '64
October 1999

Dear Classmates of 1964,

I bring greetings from the Gustavus campus. I was on campus last week for the 35th Nobel Conference. The topic was genetics in the new millennium. During a break between sessions, coffee and cider were served on the Eckman mall just in front of the student union. It was a warm and breezy fall day. The new trees were wearing their lovely fall oranges, yellows and reds. Returning to Gustavus always feels like I am home. While enjoying my cup of coffee I was pleasantly surprised to see Ina Street Sickles and also Gary Kenning.

The campus looks so good! The old "Caf" space was just gutted and the new Evelyn Young Dining Room was looking sparkling and new. The new post office is now just below the new dining room. Students now each get their own P.O. boxes instead of sharing. Lund Center has a drive-up, turn around behind the former Caf. The bookstore also has moved into its new space. The plans, if I remember correctly, are to have admissions in the old cafeteria space. I walked into the chapel and saw the new pews that were replaced after the tornado. All in all the campus really looks fine.

Here is some other Campus News:

The 1999-2000 academic year opened with a record enrollment of 2,492 full-time students (compared with the previous record of 2,474 set last year), including 660 first-year students. Students returned to the new Campus Center housing the Evelyn Young Dining Room, the new Book Mark, post office, health service, and printing service. Renovation of the old dining service building will continue with expected completion in February. The renovation project will provide office space for student organizations, Office of Admission, specialty dining areas, Dean of Students office, and a faculty and staff center. Summer construction also included the landscaping of parking lots on the north end of campus. The landscaping provides a welcoming appearance to the College and helps breakup the "frozen tundra" between Norelius Hall and the Campus Center.

Gustavus Adolphus College Ranked Among the Best Liberal Arts Colleges

Gustavus Adolphus College is once again ranked among the best of all national liberal arts colleges in U.S. News and World Report's 13th annual "America's Best Colleges" rankings. Gustavus is again in the top 80 of the overall quality listings for national liberal arts colleges. Ranked again in the second tier in the national liberal arts college category, Gustavus is one of only two Minnesota colleges included in the 38-college tier two listing and one of four Minnesota colleges ranked in the top 80. Gustavus is also included in the Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine list of "100 great values" among the nation's 1,600 private schools. The "Private Colleges Worth the Price" article appears in the September 1999 magazine. Gustavus is one of only four Minnesota colleges named a Top 100 Value in Private Colleges. The list is based on academic and financial measures.

Some exciting changes are in store for class reunions. Starting next year, all class reunions, except for the 50-Year Club and the 50th Anniversary Class will be held in the fall at Homecoming, scheduled for Friday and Saturday, September 29 & 30, 2000. Classes celebrating reunions at Homecoming will include ’55, ’60, ’65, ’70, ’75, ’80, ’85, ’90 & ’95. Reunion dates for the 50-Year Club and the Class of 1950 are May 26 & 27, 2000, Commencement Weekend.

The Gustavus Library Associates Once upon a holiday … A Royal Affair, is Saturday, November 13 at the Radisson South Hotel, Bloomington. Information and registration material was inserted in the Summer Quarterly.

Christmas in Christ Chapel, Even so, come, Lord Jesus, is December 3-5. A ticket order form was inserted in the Summer Quarterly.

Alumni Chapters will be meeting again this year so mark your calendars today: Washington, DC, November 5; Boston, November 6; Chicago, December 11; Atlanta, January 31; Marco Island, February 5; Tucson, February 7; Phoenix, February 8; Sun City, February 9; Seattle, March 3; Bay Area, March 4; Los Angeles, March 5; San Diego, March 6; Denver, March 7.

ALUMNILLENNIUM 2000 - The Gustavus Artist Series -- For 30 years, the Artist Series has brought world-class artists to campus for performances, exhibitions and residencies. This year the tables turn as the Series features and celebrates the accomplishments of our alumni artists as they enter the new millennium, ALUMNILLENNIUM 2000. The Fall Series opens September 18 with the jazz trio October, featuring Andrew Benson ’95, Brian Rowe ’95 and Nik Lindell ’95; followed by the music of Steve Heitzeg ’82, September 25. David Esbjornson ’75 directs a one-woman Virginia Woolf play on October 8; organist Timothy Strand ’82 presents his recital on November 14; and tenor Mark Thomsen ’78 will present a vocal recital on November 21. Spring semester events include an alumni art exhibiton in February; a concert by Neal Hagberg ’81 and Leandra Peak ’83 on February 19; pianist Stephen Carlson ’92 on March 4; and Peter Krause ’87, better known as Casey McCall on ABC's SPORTS NIGHT, will be in residency in April. Other events may be scheduled through the fall of 2000 as well. Ticket information and complete schedule will be posted to the Fine Arts Calendar on the Gustavus website.

Following extensive work to Christ Chapel's magnificent pipe organ this summer, a three-concert series of organ recitals has been planned for the fall. Christ Chapel Organist, Dr. David Fienen opens the series with Organ Works by Charles-Marie Widor on October 10 at 7:30 p.m. Volodymyr Koshuba, Organist of the Kiev Concert Hall of Organ and Chamber Music and the

Ukraine's "Honored Artist" for 1998, will present a recital on November 4 at 7:30 p.m. The final recital, mentioned in the ALUMNILLENNIUM 2000, is a recital by Timothy Strand ’82, Organist and Music Director for St. Luke's Episcopal in Minneapolis, on November 14, beginning at 3:30 p.m. The Fienen and Strand recitals are free of charge. The Koshuba recital, sponsored by the American Guild of Organists, will have tickets available at that door.

Gustavus will be represented at several Lutheran College Fairs and Festivals around the country this year. Gustavus alumni, parents and friends are encouraged to assist with these events by staffing the Gustavus table to share your experiences with prospective students and their parents. You can also help by bringing students of high potential to the events or encouraging their attendance. Please call the Gustavus Admission Office to volunteer at 800-GUSTAVU(S). Events scheduled include: Denver, October 10; Phoenix, October 11; Santa Ana, October 12; Seattle, October 17; Portland, October 17; Appleton, October 31; Milwaukee, November 2; Madison, November 3; Chicago, November 7; Grand Rapids (MI), November 8; Detroit, November 14; Cleveland, November 15; Columbus, November 16; Pittsburgh, November 17; Saddlebrook (NJ), November 21; Philadelphia, November 21; Baltimore, November 22; and Washington, DC, November 23.

SMARTERsource is a new Web-based resume service exclusively for the students and alumni of Minnesota Private Colleges. The site is a job-searching tool for current students seeking internships or part-time employment, new or recent graduates launching a career, or alumni seeking new positions or career changes. The service lists resumes in more than a dozen categories. Check out this site at

As of June 1, 2000, the Career Center will destroy all credential files created on or before June 1, 1974. Credential files include letters of recommendation and/or student teacher evaluations. If you do not wish your file to be destroyed, please contact the Career Center by May 1, 2000, at 507-933-7586; fax 507-933-6277, or e-mail

I hope all of you who came to the reunion enjoyed talking to everyone as I did. It was fun to catch up on the lives of good friends. Today, on my way home from school I was thinking about the next reunion. First, it will probably be during homecoming and second we will all be about 62 years old. Wow…that is something to ponder!

Saturday of the Memorial Day weekend reunion, many gathered outside the Gustavus Arboretum for a picnic lunch and more conversation. Some of us stayed for the Alumni Banquet in the caf. Most of us sat near each other and enjoyed each other’s company. The Kurt Elling (Gustie grad of ’89 and nationally acclaimed jazz singer) concert was wonderful.

Ken Slinde had an article to share with us all at the Friday night reunion; I have enclosed it with this letter. Also enclosed you will find a letter from our classmate Inger Berner who lives in Sweden. She could not come to the reunion, but sent her greeting letter.

Now for the Class News:

Jane Chelgren McFadden continues as a church musician, composer, and music teacher. She won a national hand bell original composition contest in May ’98. Jane’s husband, John, is retired. Their son, John, is a lieutenant in the Navy and son, Kevin, is a junior at Kenyon College. Jane and John live in Groveport, OH.

Noel Ostrom Whited writes that her cousin in Sweden has done a lot of genealogy research. On her father’s side of the family they discovered an ancestor who served as a tutor for young Gustavus Adolphus and also was instrumental in saving his life from assassins plotting to take the young prince’s life. She will continue to send us updates as she finds out more. Noel resides in Lake Mary, FL.

David Garms retired from the Foreign Service in January 1997. He’s been consulting since his retirement. David resides in Fairfax, VA. He is now working for Keys and Assoc. Inc. They specialize in developing humanitarian relief and development aid projects in the Balkan and Caucasus regions…(remembering Dr. Reusch) By the way how is the book coming, Dan Johnson?

Marcia and Marvin Johnson Lindseth are both retired from teaching and live in Prescott, WI. Marcia retired in June after 27 years in public education, the last 16 as elementary principal and Marv in January after 34 years working for 3M as an engineer. Their children: Erik, an attorney in the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office. Son, Matt, is working on a graduate degree in special education and Anna is a junior at California Lutheran University. Marcia and Marvin have plans to travel to New York, Texas, Montana, California and Ireland during their first year of retirement. They sent a note saying they had fun at our reunion in May.

Camille Jansen Bunch is also retired although still living in Torrance, CA. She is tutoring part-time and taking cooking classes along with Greek dancing and line dancing lessons. It was nice to see Cammy at the reunion.

Deanna J. Nelson and husband, Don, have a new home in Cary, NC. Deanna is working for Megellan Laboratories?new job, new home.

Bruce Fahlberg and Judy (Norman ’65) would like to say hi to everyone. Bruce is working in sales for South African Pulp and Paper Industry while Judy is an elementary teacher.

Diane (Hoppe) and Jon Almgren are in Broomfield, CO. Jon is with United Church of Broomfield and Diane is an elementary teacher with Adams 12 Five Star Schools. Their daughter, Kristy, is married to Jason Teti. Their baby’s name is Ashleigh.

Marj (Johnson) Putnam is on medical leave from teaching kindergarten in a suburb of the Twin Cities, Mounds View. Marj and her daughter are going to visit another daughter who is teaching English in South Korea. She still has two sons in high school.

Kathryn (Letson) Decker, a retired nurse, lost her husband, Roger, in a car accident on June 7, 1997. Kathryn lives in South Saint Paul, MN. Our sympathies to you, Kathryn.

Mim (Borg) Teeter living in Palo Alto, CA, and still teaching fourth grade in Redwood City School District. Her husband, Don, owns and runs Ladera Hardware Store in Portola Valley, CA. Their son, Ben, just graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in June. He spent his senior year in Rome, Italy. Their other son, Ryan, is in junior college.

Jean (Kersten) and Denny Youngerberg are living in Springfield, MN. Both are employed in the school. Denny is a coach.

Kirsten (Levander) Dawson retired in June after 35 years at Mounds View High School. Kirsten spent those years as an English teacher and chemical education counselor. She started and maintained the longest running (23 years) support group for parents. The article in the St. Paul Pioneer Press says "Experts call her a model in the field of chemical education. They say she is one of the first, if not the first, in a Minnesota high school to offer a range of services for high school students using alcohol and other drugs. Those services include intervention, treatment referral, and after care in the form of student and parent support groups."

Gary and Linda (Engstrom ’65) Dahlgren live in Golden Valley, MN. Gary is a consultant with the Talus Group, Inc. in St. Louis Park. Linda is a homemaker, volunteer and daycare provider. They have two married sons, a married daughter and three granddaughters ages five, three, and seven months.

I stopped in a coffee shop one morning this summer and was pleasantly surprised to find Linda (Hammerberg) Willette reading a book and drinking coffee. Linda had graduated from the seminary and is awaiting a "call" to a congregation. Linda and Brian Willette have two children John, born in 1977 and Renee, born in 1980.

Stan and Sy (Sylvia Wilson) Kittelson were at the reunion in May. Stan is still flying airplanes (America Trans Air) and Sy has a first grade teaching job in Litchfield, MN. Send Stan a message at

David and Gloria (Johnson ‘65) Spong are back in the Twin Cities. David is pastor of Christ Lutheran Church in Blaine. They live in Coon Rapids, MN. They have three daughters, Tina, Alisa, and Stephanie. Great to see you at the reunion.

Ken and Audrey (Engstrom ’66) Johnson reside in Plymouth, MN. Ken works for Cargill in information services. Audrey teaches elementary school in Hopkins. I sat by Audrey in a book making class that I took at Hamline this past summer. We had a few laughs as I brought out the old picture directory from our college days.

Denny and Lucy Jacobson live in Glencoe, MN. Denny is a doctor working out of the Glencoe Medical Clinic. Their children are listed as: Jody, Betsy, Kris, Angelenea, Christena, Gerald, and Mallory.

Beatty (Fritz) Graves and husband, Roger, are in Anchorage, AK. Beatty is employed at Hope Lutheran Preschool as the director. Their kids are listed as: Cheryl, Erik, Kjersti, Mark, and Deborah.

Lynn (Ostebo) Peterson and husband, Norm, reside in Colorado Springs, CO. Lynn is the Board of Education Designee for Student Hearings for the Colorado Springs Public Schools, as well as working for Lutheran Family Services of Southern Colorado in the capacity of Church relations and Special Events Planner.

Here ends the news ... please send in some "new" news when you send in your gift. We encourage you to give to the Gustavus Fund with unrestricted dollars. The college can then use the dollars where they are most needed. You will notice that the name of the "fund" is no longer "The Alumni Fund." The funds from alumni, parents and friends have been lumped together and now has the name The Gustavus Fund. A big "ThankYou" to all you gave to the college last year!

I will try to call some of you during Phonorama on October 18, 19, 21, 25, 26, and 28. Since all of our lives are so busy the college is using lots of student phone callers. Reunion classes will get to phone during Phonorama, but some of us still like to call one another.


Linda (Leonardson) Hallman

1964 Co-Class Agent