Class of '64
December 2010

Hi, Class of 1964!

One sure sign of the changing seasons is the arrival of still another class letter!  It becomes a way of thanking you for your gifts, sharing news about classmates, and giving you updates about Gustavus.

This time we began in the fall and finished it just in time for you to receive it before Christmas.  Don’t sling it with all that Christmas mail clutter!  You will want to keep track of your classmates and learn a little more about Gustavus.

First, the “thank you.”  Once again, you’ve contributed and Gustavus thrives.  Thanks for what you’ve given.  Ninety seven classmates gave $26,877.  Thank you for continuing to support Gustavus.

Class news is difficult to pass along this time, but needs to be shared.  Since our last letter, three of our classmates have died and we extend sympathy to their spouses – also classmates.

Jon Almgren died in July of this year.  He was a United Church of Christ pastor and served churches most recently in Broomfield, Colorado.  Our sympathy extends to his wife (and our classmate), Diane Hoppe Almgren and their familyThe Gustavus website ( includes a picture of Jon leading worship.

Paul Iverson died on September 9th in Spicer, MN.  He was an orthopedic surgeon and had practiced in Spicer until his retirement in 2007.

We lost Ed Lamp in October.  Ed was a retired teacher, having taught at Terra Community College, University of Toledo, and Bowling Green State College.  He traveled extensively and had broad interests.  Sympathy to his wife and our classmate, Neta Frykman Lamp.

Other class news handles the gamut of experiences:  Sue Hansen Rohloff and husband, Dick ’65 are enjoying retirement on the lake in northern Minnesota and wintering in McAllen, Texas.  They enjoy cruising, golfing, Canadian fishing trips (both Sue and Dick?) and especially eight grandchildren.

Marcia Johnson Lindseth continues to enjoy a retired life style spending time with husband, Marv, their 2 grandchildren ages 6 and 4, and traveling as time permits.  On a trip to Arizona, she visited Karyl Krantz Blair and her husband, Ed.  Marcia keeps very busy with church work at a local and synod level.

Jim Peterson garnered another award.  This time it is from Sweden.  He received the Royal Order of the Polar Star last April “in appreciation and recognition of his service to Gustavus and his continued work to foster relationships with individuals and organizations to strengthen ties with Sweden.”  You can see the entire article on the Gustavus website:  Plus a picture of Jim with his new medal.  Were you also given a royal title?

The fall Quarterly ran a feature on classmate, Carolyn Kruger, who received the Distinguished Alumni Award for her outstanding contributions in the field of nursing.  Congratulations to Carolyn.  Diane Kvols Schweizer wrote the citation that is reprinted there.

Thanks to Nancy Johnsen Martin who contributed these items:

High School reunions have again provided chances to reunite Gustie friends as well.  At my Tyler High School reunion, I had lots of time to visit with Cleyo Keller Mathews and Betty Hansen Baxter.  Betty recently retired from work in the insurance industry−holding a variety of underwriting and managing positions over the years.  She and husband, Bill, live in Phoenix, AZ and were looking forward to September in Denmark.  Cleyo lives in Albertville, Montana−just west of Missoula.  Her husband, Bill, died January 2010 after a long battle with mesothelioma.

After our reunion, I (Nancy) began my annual drive to the northeast where I spend time at my Maine cabin, visiting with family and friends.  Cleyo rode with me as far as Chicago where her daughter Carrie lives.  This gave us lots of time to reminisce and catch up.

In September, Camile Janzen Bunch traveled from California to attend her high school class reunion.  Marlys Sanders Siverson and husband, Jerry, hosted a Gustie get-together while Camile was in town. Most of those in attendance shared the same section at Wahlstrom their freshman year.  Sonja Madsen Kung came from Steven’s Point, WI.  Lots of catching up on children, grandchildren, and new ventures during retirement.

Shirley Smith Franklin and husband, Gummadi Franklin, are spending 5-6 months in Guntur, India.  While visiting Franklin’s family, they again work with the PUSHPA Project, initiated by Shirley and Franklin.  PUSHPA focuses on the socioeconomic development of tribal colonies in several villages northwest of Guntur.  Check it out www.PushpaProject.Org. for more details.

Some more news via Linda Leonardson Hallman…

Char Olson Jerney is working in Tucson, Arizona probably until spring. She is making certain that the operating room there is running efficiently!

Karna Peterson is in Backus, MN… she’s been chopping wood for the winter to heat her wonderful lake home.  Karna occasionally comes to the Twin Cities to get a “cultural fix.”  This year weather cancelled her driving trip across North Dakota to Bozeman, Montana to visit her son and daughter for Thanksgiving….

Judy Kaeding Larsen is getting this "retirement thing" down.  She’s been traveling and serving on boards plus still taking a class at Stanford and enjoying opera.

Anyone who was on the Bernadotte Study Tour 1963 might start to see if you still have some travel notes, memorabilia and pictures (probably slides).  We (Jackie Falk Anderson and Linda) are planning a reunion.  This also goes to anyone in our class or near it who went to Europe for that 1963 summer.  We went for the entire summer.  I think there also was a “SPAN” group.   If you want to be part of the planning contact Linda Leonardson Hallman or Jackie Falk Anderson before 2013.  Should the reunion be in Europe…???

The Nobel Conference was interesting this year.  The title of the conference was “Making Food Good.”  I ran into Pete Walman and his wife, Diane, at the conference as well as others in our class.  Helen Brostrom Ihrig had come from Naperville, Illinois.

I joined the Gustavus Library Associates this fall.  Carolyn Klimmek Nafstad (Mankato) and I met in St. Peter to hear the author of The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet.  Jamie Ford was so “wowed” by the turnout in Alumni Hall at Gustavus that he took our picture.  This book was also a “St. Peter Reads” choice as well as one the Gustie freshman had to read.

Sue Bolmgren Anderson, Gary Kenning, Rick Hokanson ʼ65, Linda Kenning Olson ʼ67, Char Olson Jerney, Al Henderson and a few others went whitewater rafting in Desolation Canyon last Utah.  In the recent Gustavus Quarterly you can find their picture with the Gustavus flag.

Another place that I saw a lot of Gusties was at the Augustana Heritage Society’s service held at Normandale Lutheran church in Edina, Minnesota.  It was the “old liturgy” (Holy, holy, holy).  Joanna Carlson Swanson’s husband, John, played the organ for the service and hymn sing.  David Spong did part of the liturgy.  Marcia Berg Conrad’s father, Pastor William (Bill) Berg, at 100 years old gave the sermon.  We got to see Paul and Marcia’s children too.  We miss her!

I also saw Nicky Kerpen Bredeson, Mary Lou Zimmerman Magnuson, Donna Olsenius Hammer, Kirsten LeVander Dawson, Bruce and Norma (Schneider ʼ65) Miller, Shirley Smith Franklin and her husband, Marcia Johnson Lindseth as well as Rick Hokanson ʼ65 and Al Henderson ʼ62.  In 2012 the Augustana Heritage Society will have its bi-annual meeting at Gustavus.  Garrison Kellior will be there too.  They promote the heritage of the “Augustana Lutheran Synod.”

This past spring Nancy Johnsen Martin and I (Linda) spent a week in New York City… kind of poking around.  We did have a very nice day and visited Kathy Felsted Matson in Brooklyn.  She gave a wonderful tour of her apartment, Brooklyn Botanical Garden, and we saw the Brooklyn Museum…and had a nice lunch there.  We also had a chance to see the Highline Park in Chelsea, Snug Harbor on Staten Island as well as the Chinese Scholars Garden.  We went into the New York Library and actually looked around, and then we discovered a wonderful park behind the public library (Bryant Park).

We had a “girls’ weekend” with Sharon Peterson Robinson, Char Olson Jerney, Marcia Weyrauch Sympson, and me.  We drove to Char’s place in Verona (Madison, Wisconsin) and went to the outdoor theater, American Players Theater Company.  Wonderful as usual but cold enough for jacket, hat, gloves in September…

Gustavus has been hosting alumni breakfasts in the Twin Cities area once a month.  They have been very interesting!  Come and join us at the DoubleTree Hotel in St. Louis Park the third Wednesday of each month.

Well it’s time to get this letter finished and out…  Procrastination is my middle name.  Please send in some news so there is more to write about.  Thanks!

It is almost the end of the year.  Wasn’t it just summer?  If you haven’t given to the Annual Fund in 2010, they will still take your money!!!  I wish for all of you a blessed Christmas and a wonderful New Year.

Linda “Leonard” Leonardson Hallman

1964 Co-class Agent

Joanna’s turn…again:

We ventured to Norway last June with our church choir.  (You may have seen a photo of the others in our group taken in Stockholm in the Quarterly.  We joined the group late.)  I have now seen the fjords, mountains, stave churches, and interesting Norwegian sights.  Unlike most tourists, however; I hobbled around Norway on crutches.  While it is one way to get extra help from the airlines, it is definitely the hard way to travel.  I wouldn’t recommend it!

The St. Peter Class of 1960 also gathered for their 50th high school reunion in July.  Earl Rodine, Carol Gilbertson Lind, Art Cavara, and I attended grade school, high school, and college together.  Did you attend your high school reunion?

As you noticed in the last Quarterly, a new classroom building is taking shape on campus.  When Linda and I were there in October for Nobel, it was still open and its size was difficult to gage.  Last weekend, while there for Christmas in Christ Chapel, I saw that the building is now enclosed.  It is large, striking, and impressive.   It stands on the site of the old football stadium.

Christmas in Christ Chapel had a Renaissance theme this year.  Italian frescos had been reproduced on fabric, backlit, and hung around the interior of the chapel.  The artwork was stunning.  I spoke with Tom and Sonja (Alvheim ʼ60) Hirsch, Marv and Joanell Sletta Dyrstad, Terry and Joan Carlstrom Morehouse, and Jim and Sandra “Sooty” (Spaulding ʼ65) Welte.  Choirs filled the front of the chapel and it must be thrilling to be a participant.

In addition to monetary support, there are other ways to remember Gustavus.  Recommending outstanding high school students as prospective students rates a high priority.  If through church or community or family, you know of someone who feels like they’d be a Gustie, the Admissions Office would love to hear from you.  Some alums call prospective and incoming students, encouraging them to go to Gustavus.  It has proved to be an excellent way to encourage students.  If you’d like to know more about that, contact Erin at  Attending athletic events, concerts, special events like Nobel or area-wide reunions also keep Gusties connected.

Linda and I began this letter in the fall, now we are racing to finish it before Christmas cards overwhelm your mail.  I hope the year has been filled with good times and good memories.  Ties begun in college still remain.  And should your year have been marked with difficulties, remember your friends care.

As the year closes, remember Gustavus; the times you had, the friends you made, the way you were prepared for the years to come, that good chapter in our lives.

Joanna Carlson Swanson

1964 Co-class Agent

Campus News

150th Anniversary Commemorative Alumni Directory

The Gustavus Alumni Association is bringing together about 25,000 Gusties to celebrate the College’s 150th anniversary.  In partnership with Publishing Concepts, Inc. (PCI), Gustavus will produce the 150th Anniversary Commemorative Alumni Directory.  Over the next couple of months, PCI will be contacting Gustavus alumni via phone, mail, and e-mail to request that you update your information.  We know you don’t want to provide your information to just anyone, so we want you to be aware of this project and encourage your participation.  For more information, call the Office of Alumni Relations at 800-487-8437.

Athletics Hall of Fame

Gustavus inducted new members into its Athletics Hall of Fame at a banquet on Saturday, October 9.  Inductees for 2010 are:  Evie Cieslar Erdman ’73, benefactor; Duke Paluch ’84, tennis; Erik Allen ’92, basketball; Peter Anderson ’92, golf; Leigh Stocker Berger ’92, volleyball; Angela White Vick ’92, track and field; Heidi Rostberg Carlson ’93, tennis; Erik Hendrikson ’94, hockey, football; Paige Tierney Sullivan ’95, soccer; and the Hall of Fame Moment−1990 Women’s Tennis National Championship.

“Come on You Gusties” Breakfast

Once a month, Gusties gather for coffee, breakfast, and great conversation along with a campus speaker.  All Gusties are welcomed and invited to the breakfast, third Wednesday of the month, 8-9:30 a.m. at the Doubletree Hotel, Minneapolis-Park Place, 1500 Park Place Boulevard.  Cost is $10 at the door.  Upcoming breakfasts include:  Neal Hagberg ’81 and Leandra Peak ’83, musicians, on Dec. 15; and the winter sports coaches on Jan. 19.

Chapter Gatherings

This year and next, President and Kris Ohle have many travel dates planned in order to reach out to all of our alumni and bring them an update from the College.  Please mark your calendar if you live in or near one of these locations:

  • Palm Springs – January 7
  • Los Angeles – January 8
  • San Francisco – January 9
  • Seattle – January 27
  • Tucson – February 8
  • Phoenix – February 10
  • Denver – February 11
  • Boston – March 2
  • New York – March 4
  • Washington, DC – March 5
  • Jacksonville, FL – March 26
  • Orlando – March 28
  • Tampa – March 29
  • Naples – March 30
  • Chicago – April 29