Class of '64
January 2009

45-Year Reunion ― May 29-30, 2009

Hi all you wonderful classmates of the Gustavus Class of 1964!

For those of you who have moved out of Minnesota, you can gloat today, because with the wind chill factored in, it is –27 below zero.  Well, at least the sun is out and we had a light dusting of snow overnight.  A “snow emergency” has been declared so all vehicles must be off the street until the plow has gone by…

Speaking of cold and winter, some from our class went to see “The Ice Fishing Play” by Kevin Kling ’79 (Gustie and playwright) at the Theater in the Round in Minneapolis, near the University of Minnesota.  I thought it was quite clever…I especially loved the part when the radio in the ice fishing shack was turned to the  weather and it was a constant list alphabetically of towns whose public and parochial schools were closing for the upcoming “storm of the century.”  How I remember waiting through the list, hoping St. Louis Park would be closed…but because we were in the city, it was seldom closed…but we still listened anxiously.

Remember our reunion is coming up on May 29th and 30th.  Some of us have been meeting to plan a great reunion.  Others are calling or will call classmates to get news and reconnect.  Biz Wold (Johnson) Ekholm has been wonderful at getting us on track for the campus event.  She sent a paragraph about the reunion.

The Buzz From Biz

Working on our 45th class reunion with several classmates is a great adventure.  The theme for our reunion, held May 29 & 30, 2009 is to RECONNECT IN A FUN-FILLED MEMORABLE WEEKEND.

We are planning several events that will give us opportunities to reconnect, have fun, learn about Gustavus today, explore the “new” campus, and feel proud that you are a part of the great class of 1964.

Keep watching for class news letters and all of the Gustie mail that will be coming your way over the next few months.  AND, mark Gustavus class reunion, May 29 & 30, 2009 on your calendar!  You don’t want to miss the best event of 2009!!

Elizabeth "Biz" Ekholm

1964 Reunion Events Chairman

When the committee met on campus last fall, we wanted lots of contact with you.  Many volunteered to call classmates to catch up.  If you would also like to do that please call me at:  952-922-4604 (my number is under Milt Hallman in the phone directory) and we will get the info on how to call others.  The purpose is to reconnect.  We can start now because it is only four months until our 45th reunion.  Let’s reconnect now while we are alive and enjoy each others company.  (How is that for direct and to the point!)

I have a little info from “Gus-Link” callers, but the best info comes from you….

Larry Churchill had Churchill Tire, Inc. in Faribault, MN but it looks as if he has retired.  He sold his business after 44 years.

Joanie Poquette, still in Santa Rosa, California, is admissions and records technician at Santa Rosa Junior College.

On a sad note, Cecelia Erickson of Eden Prairie died.  She was a long time employee of Honeywell and Control Data.  She was preceded in death by her father and brother, Rolf.  Her mother, Doris Erickson survives her.  Some of us were there at her memorial service.  We remember her wonderful laugh and her definite opinions!

She and others from our class will be remembered at a memorial service just for 1964 classmates on Friday of the reunion.

One of the notes taken by a “Gus Link” caller says that Mark Eckman (Duluth, MN) is involved in the board of directors for the Spring Point Project.  It involves shipping disease free pigs to service donors to replace eyelet cells for humans with diabetes.  This is one of the research projects aimed at improving health for people with diabetes.  I think they recently received considerable coverage as recipients of a large grant.

Donna Sederburg Ogle and husband, Arthur Ogle reside in Chicago, Illinois.  She published another college textbook in language arts this past year.

Mo Ally and wife, Deborah Ally, are in Country Club of Miami, Florida.  He publishes the American Cricketer, the only Cricket magazine in the U.S.A.

Mim Borg Teeter and husband, Don Teeter, are in Palo Alto, California.  She just retired after teaching for 35 years.

Dan Johnson’s book about Dr. Richard Reusch is Loyalty:  A biography of Richard Gustavovich Reusch.  It can be ordered at the Gustavus BookMark or online at Gamma Solutions, LLC, 12621 Wells Avenue, Stewart, MN 55385.  Email: • 320–587–7225.

Nancy Johnsen Martin is working on a special book of family history and photos.  When she finishes, she has agreed to help with photos from our time at Gustavus to be shown at the reunion.  WE ALSO NEED PHOTOS, so if you have any old Gustavus Weeklys or snapshots that you can share with us let us know…

I know you all have had an interesting life so far, Joanna and I would love it if some of you could write a paragraph or more to share with classmates in our class letters.  The college will send out as many as we can get to them so send us something to include.  Our classmate callers will also find something to share in the letters.  You can send info to Gustavus Alumni Office or e mail it ( to them and they will forward the info to us.  Please help us out and make the class letters full and interesting!

Enjoy the winter and reconnect with old friends.


Linda “Leonard” Leonardson  Hallman

1964 Co-class Agent

And now a little more news from Joanna Carlson Swanson.  I’ve begun collecting news from our callers.  Here is the first installment.

Dave ’63 and Barb (Koehn) Bauman, New Hope, MN have been retired from education for several years.  “We enjoy summers at the lake in Wisconsin.  We are not enjoying Minnesota winters as much as we used to and so we try to go south for about six weeks.  Most of all we love being so close to our 2 children and 4 grandchildren.  We are again enjoying recitals, basketball, baseball, soccer games and much to David’s delight, swim meets.

Mary Fahden McIlrath writes:  “I’ve been retired for six years and love it.”  We live in Prior Lake, MN, from May to October, and Savannah Lakes Village in McCormick, SC, from October to May.  We spend January and February in Progreso, Yucatan Mexico.  When it gets too cold in one place, we just head further south!  We travel frequently ―this year it was the Greek Islands, Dominican Republic, eastern Canada, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.  Next year some of my Gustavus classmates will be visiting me in Mexico.  I volunteer for several humane societies, sing in choir and the McCormick Community chorus, play golf, read and boat.  I live with my forever true love, Tom, and our two cats, Abby and Monroe.  Life is good!”

Sharon Hansen Johnson writes:  “Bill ’65 and I have been married forty four years.  That would be my biggest accomplishment.  We have three children and six grandchildren, all healthy and so far, happy.  Our oldest child, Jennifer, lives with her attorney husband and girls in Charleston, SC.  Jenni graduated with an MBA from Vanderbilt and works with an independent company recovering money for large firms that have been over-billed.  Our first son, Eric, graduated from the University of Georgia and lives in Santa Monica, CA with his two children.  He is with Morgan Stanley working with high-wealth clients.  Our second son, Christopher, graduated from the University of North Florida and lives with his wife, a former teacher, and two children in Jacksonville, FL.  He is with Merrill Lynch working with his father as a financial adviser.  After teaching elementary school for thirty years, I retired-loved the job, love retirement.

This spring break the Gustavus girls’ and guys’ golf teams will be with us once again.  It will be the fifth year that we’ve enjoyed entertaining them.  They are the greatest young people with a tremendous coach, Scott Moe.  The idea of coming to Florida instead of a little cooler North Carolina for their Spring Break practice was hatched at Jim Pete’s on-campus house the weekend of our 40th Gustavus reunion.  Looking forward to contacting old friends and to our 45th class reunion!”

I (Joanna) attended Christmas in Christ Chapel.  The chapel sparkled with lights and the music was wonderful.  This year I invited our son, the Gustie grandson, and his girl friend to go with me.  They were good sports, but enjoyed being taken out to dinner at Whiskey River more.  Oh well, I tried.  Our grandson lives off campus with a group of guys, actually across the street from my parental home on 4th and College.  While many aspects of college are much different now than the early ’60s, off campus housing stays the same.  With a party the night before, you couldn’t expect it to be neat and clean!  As Craig ’09 showed us around, I just smiled and thought, ‘some things never change.’

I’ll second what Linda said on reunion planning.  You should have gotten a reunion survey that needs to be updated and returned.  We hope you have pictures tucked away that could be scanned for a show at the reunion, some of you have agreed to be callers―although there can never be too many callers if you’d like to and have procrastinated.  Linda gave you an open invitation to write about yourself and send it to one of us.  Biz will provide more reunion details for our next letter.  You’ll like what she is doing.  Mark your calendars and start your planning!

The one piece omitted from the letter thus far is giving and class gifts.  We thank everyone who has given thus far.  Judging from other anniversary classes, you will want to observe a reunion year with a gift to the class scholarship or some other area that reflects your interest and ties.  Pledges can be given so that gifts can be spread over three years.  You’ll receive more information about that as spring unfolds.  (And the economy brightens?)  The Gustavus website invites and encourages giving any time.  Participation is key for our reunion year!  Please use the enclosed anniversary giving card to make your gift or pledge today.

That’s all for now.  I hope winter is kind and gentle wherever you live and that you’re enjoying the warmth of friends, family, and the activities you like best.

Joanna Carlson Swanson

1964 Co-class Agent

Campus News

Haugen Named Head Football Coach

Peter Haugen was named the new head football coach in mid-December.  Haugen posted an 111-44 record in 15 years at Washburn High School.  He is the 17th head coach in the 93-year history of Gustavus football.  Haugen started the second week of January.

President Ohle is on the road!

Please join President Ohle, his wife Kris, and other Gustavus staff at a chapter dessert reception near you.  President Ohle will be visiting 11 cities around the country in the coming months and all alumni, parents, and friends of the College are invited to attend a reception.  Dates are listed below or check out the Alumni website at:

Mustaphi Named Michelle Obama’s Deputy Press Secretary

Semonti Mustaphi ’03 was recently named Deputy Press Secretary for First Lady Michelle Obama.  Mustaphi worked on the Obama campaign, and has also held communications positions for three senators.  Mustaphi graduated with a political science and communication studies double major, danced in the Gustavus Dance Company, and was an Anderson Scholar.

Gustie Breakfasts

Join us for the “Come on You Gustie” Breakfasts.  The breakfasts are held the third Wednesday of each month at the Doubletree Hotel, Minneapolis-Park Place, 1500 Park Place Boulevard (Hwy 394 and Hwy 100).  The breakfast runs from 8-9:30 and is $10 per person.  Reserve a spot by calling Don Swanson ’55 at (763) 533-9083.  February’s speaker will be Kris Kracht, communications; forensics head coach.

Gustie Pages

Want to support Gustie professionals?  In need of a doctor, pastor, or financial adviser?  Look in the Gustie Pages, an online database of Gusties who have submitted information about their profession.  Use the Gustavus network to meet your needs, or submit your professional information if you would like other Gusties to become your customers.  Go to the Gustie Pages at the alumni website,


Mark your calendars now for Homecoming 2009!  The Gustavus football team will face off against Pacific Lutheran University on Saturday, Oct. 10.  Watch for more information about tons of fun events the weekend of Oct. 9 and 10.

Music Ensemble Tours

Both the Gustavus Wind Orchestra and the Gustavus String Orchestra will be touring at the end of January and beginning of February.  The Wind Orchestra will tour mainly in the Denver area, but will also make two appearances in South Dakota.  The String Orchestra will travel from Stillwater through Iowa, Missouri, Tennessee, Ohio, Illinois, and Wisconsin.

Upcoming Alumni Events

  • Chicago Alumni Gathering - Jan. 29, Hyatt Regency O'Hare, 7 p.m.
  • 100th Anniversary of Gustavus Men's Basketball - Feb. 7
  • Twin Cities Gustie Breakfast, Kris Kracht, communications; forensics head coach - Feb. 18
  • Tucson Chapter Gathering - Feb. 19, Westward Look Resort
  • Phoenix Chapter Gathering - Feb. 20, Millennium Resort, Scottsdale
  • Los Angeles Chapter Gathering - Feb. 28, Art Director's Guild, Studio City
  • Boston Chapter Gathering - Mar. 14, Hyatt Regency Cambridge
  • New York Chapter Gathering - Mar. 16, New York Marriott East Side
  • Twin Cities Gustie Breakfast, Ken Westphal, vice president for finance - Mar. 18
  • Seattle Chapter Gathering - Mar. 21, Trinity Lutheran Church, Freeland, WA
  • San Francisco Chapter Gathering - Mar. 23, Hotel Vitale
  • Twin Cities Gustie Breakfast, Steve Wilkinson, retiring men's tennis coach - Apr. 15