Class of '64
May 2000

Dear Classmates...

Spring has come early to Minnesota. The trees are just leafing out, the elms are sending tiny helicopters spinning to the ground. The green of the trees is an ever-so-light yellow green... still lacy, not yet heavy.

Remember back to the wonderful springs "on the hill." The Minnesota River Valley that we saw out our dorm windows was such a welcome sight all dressed in spring green....especially after battling the snow and cold on top of the windiest place on earth. Trips to the rooftop of the new dorms for a suntan (using lots of tinfoil), reading in Swede park or outside under a tree were all part of that spring season.

I went back to Gustavus for my son Gus’ Senior Art Show in late April. All the thoughts of being at Gustavus as a student come rushing back. I don’t know that he appreciated the "when I was here, we did this..." The new Student Center (food service) looks so nice. The lower level has the post office and a mailbox for each student. They were still working on a "canteen" type of space near the post office. The old "Caf" has been transformed to offices and meeting rooms. Admissions has moved near the entrance to the "Evelyn Young Dining Hall." Johnson Hall has been removed and the left hand drive from the entrance sign goes by Rundstrom and then Wahlstrom and the "new dorms" that are now older.

Since the tornado two years ago, one can see Gustavus from any part of town. The dorm which was North Hall and Sorenson is connected by another dorm called "the Link." The view from the town makes that whole complex look so huge. More construction is underway. You’ll hear more about that later in this letter.

The reunion survey that we sent out last spring was very interesting. Most people said they wished that they had studied more. Of course, my son was really interested in that one which caused him to work twice as hard....NOT. I noticed the golf clubs were missing after he breezed in one day to collect some cooler clothes... He also left a box of fishing lures on the kitchen table..... hmmmm. His note said "We came. We took stuff. We are now gone." At least there were no run-on sentences.

I could really use some advice from those of you who have had college graduates move home for "awhile" or "to save money." Before he unloads his stuff...Any advice on ground rules? If you have been here and done this would you be willing to impart some hindsight knowledge? I could sure use some suggestions.

I want to thank all of you who have sent in gifts to the Gustavus Fund. Your college continues to be a reflection of those who have gone before. The unrestricted gifts enable the college to use money where it is most needed at the time. However, if you have a special niche that you want to remember, you can designate to that also. The Gustavus Fund closes May 31. We invite you to participate if you have not yet done so. Also send in some news for these letters or make something up about your friends so we will sound really interesting...

I’d like to invite you to keep the relationships alive by phoning for Phonorama in the fall or spring in Minneapolis. Our class had about 3 or 4 callers and lots of calls to make, and it’d be fun to have more, just to keep in touch. Let the Alumni Office know if you are interested in phoning others in our class.

Also if you would like to write a guest spot in our class letters, Joanna and I would certainly enjoy the "breath of fresh news and ideas." Just letting us know what you’re doing and how life is for you..... Are we reaching the age where we can ponder life and give our opinions about how others should live theirs. Here’s your chance, your soapbox.

So as graduation approaches, I am remembering what those four short years were like at Gustavus. I remember the wonderful friends and the simple and funny times that we had. I remember long discussions about life and the world... "freshman required chapel"...birds....birds in chapel...real VW beetles on the steps of Old Main ... the dedication of the Nobel Hall of Science....all the Nobel Prize winners there on campus with us....the building of Christ Chapel. Chaplain Elvee and his eloquent words and the sound of his voice echoing in that modern center of campus.


Lynne Palm (McKenzie) writes, "I continue to enjoy working as a property/casualty Insurance Agent in Grove City. My son, David, has just transferred to Mankato. I have enjoyed visiting there and remembering the old "college years." (I recall that she married Bruce Palm who is now deceased. So McKenzie is her birth name - as we say in church circles.)

Merry Jones Luhmen of Edina, MN. "Both of my children are Gustavus grads. Son, Scott ’86, is a pediatric orthopedic surgeon in St. Louis, MO. Daughter, Jennifer ’95, works as a project coordinator for a design company in Minneapolis."


International House Being Built - Ground was broken during the first week in March for the new international house. The residence hall will house Crossroads, the Swedish House, and the Office of International Education. This new facility will support the mission of bringing an international perspective to the curriculum and preparing students to communicate and compete in the new millennium. The 80-bed, 30,000 square-foot facility is scheduled to open in the fall of 2000. The $5.4 million building is going up west of Olin Hall.

Eckhoff Memorial Sculpture – ORBISC, a Granlund sculpture in memory of Emeritus Vice President for Alumni Affairs Cecil F. Eckhoff ’56, will be dedicated on campus, Saturday, May 27, 3:30 p.m. near Hello Walk.

Forensics Team Earns International Awards ― The College speech and debate team captured two championships and six other awards at the recent International Forensics Association tournament in Paris, France. Both Gustavus debate teams compiled a 3-1win-loss record. The team's strong overall performance earned Gustavus a fourth-place Sweepstakes Award. Gustavus attends international forensic competitions every other year.

Men’s swimming and diving team completed its most successful season in Gustavus history finishing undefeated in both non-conference meets, with a record of 7-0, and conference meets, at 6-0. At the MIAC Championships, Gustavus placed first for the first time since 1960. They beat conference power St. Olaf, who had won 20 consecutive MIAC titles before this year. Earlier in the year, the Gusties also handed the Oles their first conference dual meet loss since 1981, breaking an Ole streak of 96 straight wins. Please read the Spring Quarterly for complete winter sports recaps or visit the athletics site at

Upcoming campus and Alumni Association events:

  • ORBISC dedication, a Granlund sculpture in memory of Cecil Eckhoff, May 27, 3:30 p.m., Campus
  • Reunion Weekend for 50-Year Club, Class of 1950, War Years, V-12/5, May 26 & 27, all events held on campus
  • Homecoming/Reunion Weekend for Anniversary Class 1955-2000, September 29 & 30, Friday night events at the Hotel Sofitel, Bloomington, Saturday events on campus
  • Gusties in Volunteer Endeavors, October 7, Twin Cities and national chapter locations

For more information contact the Alumni Office at 800-487-8437, e-mail at, or

Members of the New Millenium: Knowing that we are in a technological age, we want to encourage all alumni to get involved and get online. If you have access to a computer and the Internet, we hope you will check out the Gustavus Alumni Association homepage regularly. We publish information about upcoming events, post class letters, provide information about the Alumni Office, list e-mail addresses of alumni and more. Check us out under the alumni section at

We are planning on corresponding on a regular basis with all alumni who have e-mail addresses. Please send a message to so we can get you on the list. (Also, be sure to keep us posted on any e-mail address changes.)

Thanks again to all you wonderful classmates for giving so generously to the Gustavus Fund.


Linda (Leonardson) Hallman ’64

Co-Class Agent