Class of '64
April 2008

Dear Classmates,

Here is another duel class letter.  It’s Linda’s turn to start off.  (Note she isn’t starting with CLASS NEWS! but monkey business:  a lecture she attended about the Great Apes; note apes― not alums)!  I think she was impressed!  Read on.

Sitting at the Minnesota Zoo IMAX Theater on Monday April 7, 2008, I was amazed at the gathering crowd to hear Hans de Waal, primate specialist speaking on “Your Inner Ape.”  Slides of various Bonobos and Chimps and their interactions (short film clips) were most interesting.  Frans de Waal had earlier been speaking at Gustavus as part of a residency through the Rydell Professorship at Gustavus Adolphus College funded by Drs. Robert E. and Susan T. Rydell.  DeWaal’s research centers on primate social behavior, including conflict resolution, cooperation, inequity aversion, and food-sharing.

After chimps fight they often extend their hands in friendship.  Bonobos usually finds a reason to have sex after most anything they do.  I especially enjoyed hearing about how power is garnered by pairing of males with each other.  A young Chimp will pair for power of the group by choosing another who has been in power, thus leaving the most powerful out.  There were innuendos of how we do the same…  The most powerful men or nations do not join together for the most power but two sort of powerful groups will join to become all-powerful…letting the most powerful fall by the wayside.  If you are interested in more, Frans de Waal has written books on the subject.

This is from:

“Two elephants walk together at night.  (No, this isn’t a joke—it’s a scene from a wildlife reserve in Thailand.)  There is heavy rain and the older elephant slips and falls in the mud.  She’s unable to get up.  The younger elephant, unrelated to her companion, stays with her for most of the night.  The next day a group of mahouts, elephant caretakers from the wildlife reserve, try to hoist the elephant up to her feet with braces and ropes.  In all the commotion—a crowd has gathered to watch the rescue—the younger elephant remains by the side of her fallen friend.  The mahouts and the crowd shout for her to move out of the way, so they can get better leverage.  But she won’t budge.  Instead, she burrows her head under the body of the other elephant and tries to lift her up.  She does this several times, risking injury in the attempts.  Incredibly, the elephant appears to recognize that the mahouts want to help rather than hurt her friend.  She times her pushes, or so it seemed to me, with the hoisting of the mahouts.

            Until recently, biologists thought such complex behavior—behavior with an undeniable moral dimension—was exclusive to human beings.  As much as anyone in the world, the primatologist Frans de Waal is responsible for changing this perception.  Starting with Chimpanzee Politics[1]—de Waal’s fascinating account of the intrigues and machinations of a chimpanzee troupe in the Arnhem Zoo—and continuing through recent books like Good Natured and Our Inner Ape, de Waal has illustrated the uncanny similarities between human beings and our primate relatives.  De Waal has not restricted himself to descriptions of behavior, however.  He is famous for his willingness to enter into the largely taboo world of animal emotions, where research is routinely dismissed as “anthropomorphizing.”  The result is an impressive array of evidence suggesting that we are not the only species to have moral feeling.”

Anyway, that is enough of the apes for now.  (Moving from the apes to our class reunion isn’t as disconnected as it may seem.  After all, we all care about fellow Gusties!  jcs)

Joanna and I have the jobs of getting our class reunion committees off the ground.  If you would like to take part in gathering news from your classmate friends, like to plan events (a Great Gustie Gathering) or are intrigued by encouraging gifts to the 1964 Scholarship, there is still time to volunteer.  What can be more fun than having a great excuse to reconnect with friends from our college years?  We’ve been very pleased by your response so far, but there is still room for you!  You can contact us at and/or

Our reunion takes place on May 29 and 30, 2009, coinciding with Commencement.  First, put it on your calendar and second, plan to help out.  We plan on having lots more news about you, what you’ve done, or are doing now.

More than three class letters between now and then…  Write, call and send news about yourself or that friend you have not seen or spoken to in a long time.  If you need help in finding someone in our class contact Joanna Carlson Swanson or me OR the Gustavus Alumni Office.  They have many phone numbers and even some e-mail addresses.  (IF YOU SELL YOUR HOUSE AND MOVE…REMEMBER TO LET US KNOW SO WE CAN FIND YOU!)

I have some news, which was sent by the college.  Some of it comes from student callers and some from news articles in newspapers.  Some of the news is old but still interesting.

JACK JUNGAS and BECKY (LIDFORS ’66) were Grand Marshals in the Mountain Lake, Minnesota POW WOW Grand Parade, June 18, 2007.  Jack and Becky moved to Mountain Lake 42 years ago to take over the Jungas Hardware business, which Jack’s grandfather, John M Jungas started in 1897.  In honor of that longevity in contributing to Mountain Lake’s business district, the two were selected by the Mt. Lake Chamber of Commerce to serve as the grand marshals.  The article in the newspaper tells about their marriage in 1966.  They moved to Mt. Lake in August of 1966 when Jack was managing the hardware store and Becky was a stay-at-home mom.  They have two daughters Kristin born in 1968 and Karna born in 1971 and Gustie grads of ’91 and ’93 respectively.  Becky also taught piano lessons and played the organ for services at First Presbyterian Church and later at Bethel Mennonite Church.  Jack and Becky retired in 2002 from the business.

LYNNE MCKENZIE PALM was married to Ardell Thompson November 5, 2005.  They live in Grove City, Minnesota.

RAY LARSON and KATHRYN (NICKELSON ’65) live in Brush, Colorado.  She is a nursing instructor at Morgan Community College.  He is a chaplain in Hospice/Palliative Care.

There was another newspaper article―this one from Monticello Times about DENNY LUNDQUIST.  For 34 years he has served the people of Monticello as a physical therapist.  He was the first to bring physical therapy to Monticello.  He retired as of September 28, 2007.

Text Box:  classmatesDenny became interested in physical therapy through a television show.  He met Doug Westrem while working at North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale.  Westrem became his mentor and sent him to Monticello Big Lake Hospital to provide physical therapy in the evenings.  He was so busy that Denny and his wife, Kathy, decided to move to Monticello the following year.  Denny sold his physical therapy business to Nova Care in 1998 and became their clinic manager.  Denny loved working with people…he especially had a passion for Sports Medicine.  He worked with the Monticello hockey team.  He coached youth hockey, has been a member of the Monticello Rotary since 1983 and has been active in various church organizations.  Denny and his wife have four children and three grandchildren, ride horses, canoe in the Boundary Waters and travel.

MARGY FORSMAN NELSON and her husband, Les Nelson, (pictured right) reigned as the 2007 King and Queen of Nordicfest, an annual Scandinavian festival celebrated in Libby, Montana.  They will crown their successors for 2008 in early April.

I spoke to CHARLOTTE OLSON JERNEY.  Charlotte is on a four-month assignment in Clarksville, Tennessee…about 45 miles north of Nashville, TN.  She is working with a not yet opened hospital, planning the operating rooms.  They are scheduled to open in early June.  Charlotte has been in Clarksville since April 7.  (The director resigned.)  She and friends had a great trip to Tuscany in the winter as well as spending Christmas in Germany.  Char also visited Budapest on the same trip.  Charlotte’s dog, Riley, is also with her in Clarksville.  Last year, Char moved her real home base to Madison, Wisconsin.

KAREN LARVICK has been retired from the University and now has a studio in town to teach kids (K-12) piano.  She’s had some adults as students but finds they don’t “stick with it” for years as kids do.  Karen and her husband, Russ, have an R.V. and take weekend trips in the area.  She keeps in contact with Cammy Janzen Bunch in Torrance, California.  Karen said she would help with the reunion by connecting with old friends and sharing their stories and plans on being at the reunion.

SUE BOLMGREN ANDERSON sent in this paragraph to add to this class letter.  “It was so nice to open my email today with a letter from GAC announcing the name of our new president.  Jim “Pete” assured us at a Gustie reunion last January that the transition will be smooth between the out going and the incoming president.  My life has been filled with fun tripping off to Mexico again last February with Leonard, going to plays and parties with her and then driving up the North Shore visiting Lutsen, Grand Marais and Cathedral of the Pines Camp last summer.  My grandchildren are going to go to COP camp this summer.  Oh how time flies by.  I continue to keep busy with my solo travel, as I have just returned from Arizona visiting my daughter.  While there I attended a FreeLife convention learning what is new in the GoChi juice that makes it so nutritious (in need of better health and energy?  Just call me:  507-474-1451) and a side trip to Mexico for dental work.  Now that was an experience, but well worth it as it turned out.  Please call me if you need a recommendation for a dentist/root canal specialist that is good and extremely reasonable.  So now I am waiting the golf season, distributing GoChi juice, substitute teaching some, and looking forward to volunteering at the ladies U.S. Open in June.  If you are near Winona, Minnesota, please give me a call.  ‘Susie B’”

NANCY JOHNSEN MARTIN has been “bobbing in the Atlantic.”  Nancy was with her cousin Betty on a small boat cruise.  There were 25-30 passengers, not 3000 like some cruise ships.  They started in the Canary Islands, went to Gibraltar, Morocco, Cadiz near Seville in Spain as well as Granada and the Balearic Islands.  They were underway every night and in port in the daytime.  Other islands that they visited were Sicily and Sardinia...  Be sure to ask Nancy about her trip at the reunion.  Upon her return, she stayed in New York for a few days to visit her son Eric Martin ’91.  He is a photographer in New York City and lives in the Williamsburg area of Queens.  His works appear on the cover and in “Metro Pop” magazine plus others.  Nancy was explaining the technique he used to make this month’s cover.  Nancy’s daughter is expecting her third child in July.  She is working and also enjoying photography.  Nancy taught this fall for Osher Life Long Learning through continuing education at the University of Minnesota.  She organized a “SIG” combining photography and writing of family stories.  She’s planning a trip this summer to her cabin in Maine, near Sebago.  Nancy lives in a lovely townhouse in Blaine on the Tournament Players Golf Course.

As for me, (LINDA LEONARDSON HALLMAN) I have been traveling some this winter.  I was lucky to have two long ski trips to Colorado.  I was in Winter Park, Colorado for a week and after Easter took a road trip with two friends and my son, “Gus” Hallman ’00 to Crested Butte, Colorado, and then drove to Aspen for a week.  Lots of snow and good skiing!   In June, I am visiting a friend who lives in Santa Fe.  We are going to opening night at the Santa Fe Opera.  Oh it will be fun.  I have never been to Santa Fe before…I understand it is quite an artsy place!

I have heard rumbling that DAN JOHNSON’S book about Dr. Richard Reusch is finished and being printed.  You will hear more about the book in coming letters.  At this printing the book is about a week away from distribution.  You can secure a copy by contacting the Gustavus Book Mark at:

Now…each of you write an article about YOURSELF or about someone else from our class that you know.  WE NEED NEWS!!!!

Gustavus hired Kathy Erlandsen to help with all Gustavus reunions.  She is waiting to see what we want to do at our reunion.  It is OUR reunion, so we can plan what we want.  If you have access to the Internet, go to: and look for Alumni.  On the alumni page is the class of 1963.  Their reunion is at the end of this May.  See if we want to do something like they are doing.  What do you think?

Help to plan our reunion or just send info on yourself.  Now, at this time in our lives, we have time to read about each other and reconnect!

Bye for now,

Linda Leonardson Hallman

1964 Co-class Agent

And now to Joanna Carlson Swanson….  The other half of the dance team…ta..da…

My winter travels are less extensive than Linda’s.  We spent two weeks in Florida, soaking up the sun and enjoying the beach at Sanibel.  Much of the time was spent with family and our pictures show granddaughters, sand sculpture, and beach scenes.  Sandals, sand and sun screen provided a perfect break from our long Minnesota winter.

Classmate and Gustavus president, JIM PETERSON, will be retiring this summer.  Very few classes can claim a prez from one of their own.  Who would have thought when Jim was elected Frosh King in 1960, that it was just the beginning of such a distinguished relationship with Gustavus!  We’re very proud of Jim and pleased at the leadership he has given.  You may want to send him your own good wishes.  More accolades will be coming this spring and in the Quarterly.


Some of the news I’ve gleaned from reunion calling:

Karyl Krantz Blair and Barbara Nelson Kroll passed on news of classmate CAROLYN KRUGER.  “Our ’64 nursing class, nominated her for the first annual Nursing Alumni Award because of her unique career in international nursing.  She travels to Africa as routinely as some of us commute to Minneapolis.  While most people are retiring, Carolyn took on a new job with World Vision as a Maternal and Child Health Specialist.  In the past Carolyn received a Ph.D., worked for Project Hope, and also for another aid organization.  Gustavus Director of Nursing, Paula Swiggum, accompanied students to Africa and showcased Carolyn’s work.”

HELEN BOSTROM IHRIG enjoyed her winter break in Destin, Florida.  She loves the activities, people she meets, and the mild but not hot climate.  She will help with the reunion– particularly with calling.

JERRY NELSON spends the winters in Bonita Springs, Florida.  We look forward to Jerry’s help in phoning classmates.

KARYL KRANTZ BLAIR keeps well connected with her nursing classmates and other Gustie friends.  Karyl lives in Payson, Arizona.  You may hear from her too as we gear up for 2009.

ELIZABETH PROESCHEL WOLD just retired this month.  She and Pete ’62 are celebrating by going to Sweden, visiting Pete’s brother, Dave ’60, and taking in a little of Norway.  Liz will also be helping with the reunion.

ELIZABETH WOLD JOHNSON EKHOLM, (my college roommate, Biz) retired last year from her work at Lynblomsten.  She stepped right in to volunteer work, heading up Gloria Dei Lutheran’s 100th Anniversary committee.  I’ll get to see her more frequently now as she, too, is helping with the reunion.

EARL and CAROL ( MOLINE ‘65) RODINE leave for a three week tour of Russia in late May.  I know this because Earl is also on board for helping plan the reunion.

CEC ERICKSON loves retirement.  In her words, “if you can’t be happy retired, you can’t be happy.”

SHARON HANSEN JOHNSON loved our last reunion and will also help with this one.

I’ve also spoken with BARBARA KOEHN BAUMANN, CAROLYN JOHNSON HOLJE, and JOANNA LUNDGREN KUEHN.  Linda’s reunion list is longer, she just didn’t tell you.  All of which proves the point that reunions are great excuses for reconnecting.  There is still room for you!  We can find something for you that is just right.

You know that no class letter is complete unless it at least drops a hint about giving to Gustavus.  So here is this letter’s hint.

Five reasons why I give to Gustavus:

#5)  The absolute ingenuity of the Advancement Office (and the entire Gustavus community) in finding ways to entice my giving amazes me.

#4)  I’d rather give to Gustavus than the taxman.

#3)  My impression of current and recent students and the influence Gustavus has had on them continues to be positive.

#2)  A little corner of my heart remains there.  As the old nostalgic song stated, “You belong to GA College, and Gustavus belongs to you.”

#1)  I like what I hear, read and observe about the place and the people.

If you have given to Gustavus sometime in the past 11 months, THANK YOU!  And if you were thinking about it but hadn’t yet, this is the time.  The fiscal year ends on May 31.  You may give to the Gustavus Annual Fund or The Class of 1964 Scholarship Fund.  Thanks for your gift.

Campus News

Gustavus has a new College President!  As you have previously heard, President Peterson is resigning this summer and the process to find someone to replace him has been underway since last fall.  On April 25 the Board of Trustees met and announced our new College President, Jack Ohle.  Jack is currently the president of Wartburg College since 2003.  He will take office here on July 1, 2008.  I’m sure we’ll be hearing more about this exciting development.

MAYDAY! Conference Focuses on Water

“Troubled Water” was the topic of Gustavus Adolphus College’s 28th annual MAYDAY!  Peace Conference held Wednesday, April 30 on campus.  Dr. Aaron Wolf, department of geosciences at Oregon State University and a leading expert on international water politics, opened the daylong conference and the afternoon keynote speaker was Wenonah Hauteur, executive director of Food and Water Watch, a consumer advocacy organization in Washington, D.C.  The conference, an annual event designed to educate the campus community and beyond about issues related to peace, human rights, and social justice.

Gustier Breakfasts

Join other Minneapolis/St. Paul area Gustiest for a once-a-month morning cup of coffee and breakfast while getting an update on Gustavus.  The group meets the third Wednesday of each month 8-9:30 a.m. at the Doubletree Hotel, Minneapolis-Park Place, 1500 Park Place Boulevard (Hwy. 394 & Hwy. 100) $10 per person.  Reserve a spot by calling Don Swanson ’55 at 763-533-9083.  Next date:  May 21 - featuring Sports Information Director, Tim Kennedy ’82

Alumni Awards Announced

The Alumni Association announces the following 2008 awards selected by the Alumni Board of Directors.

Greater Gustavus Award - Given to those who by deed, have notably advanced and aided Gustavus Adolphus College:

Jim and Susan (Pepin) Peterson ’64 ’65

Distinguished Alumni Citations - Recognizing outstanding and exceptional professional achievement:

Craig Johnson ’69, bishop, Minneapolis Area Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Talmadge King ’70, chair, Department of Medicine, University of California San Francisco School of Medicine.

Barbara Berry Leonard ’63, nursing professor, University of Minnesota.

First Decade Awards - Recognizing early professional achievement:

Miho Ihara, senior consultant, CPCS Transcom Limited.

Jason Smerdon, Barnard Environmental Science/Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Environmental Science, Barnard College.

The Greater Gustavus Award and Distinguished Alumni Citations will be presented at the Alumni Banquet on Saturday, May 31 and the First Decade Awards will be presented during Homecoming Weekend, Oct. 4.

Upcoming Alumni Events

  • Author Day with Arvonne Fraser - May 14
  • Gustie Breakfast - May 21, featuring Sports Information Director, Tim Kennedy
  • Class Reunions - for 50-Year Club, 1958, and 1963 - May 30 and 31

Have a great summer!

Joanna Carlson Swanson

1964 Co-class Agent