Class of ’64

April 2013

To all my Gustie classmates, a warm Gustie greeting!

In spite of this year’s extended Minnesota winter, Gustavus thoughts turn to spring:  end of the year special events, graduations, and reunions.  One year from now we will be on the home stretch of planning:  with your reservations made, contacts established with friends from our youth, enthusiasm building, and planning in order.

Our theme will be “Celebrating 50 Years of Friendship!”  We want to celebrate friendship with classmates as well as the rich ways life has unfolded for us.  Gustavus shaped us and then sent us on our way, as they continue to do with their students.  I hope your memory bank includes a host of good memories and good experiences that have a Gustavus connection.  Then we can draw on them to send us back to St. Peter.

Here is Joanna’s short to-do list:

  1. Place the reunion dates, MAY 30 and 31, 2014 on your 2014 calendar, phone or electronic devise.  Start dropping hints to family and friends that those days you are not available because YOU will be at your college reunion.
  1. The interesting trip you want to take, the plans to visit family next year, the unusual experience that comes your way; all of that is wonderful.  Just don’t plan it over the reunion weekend!
  1. While dorm housing has no charge, there are certain drawbacks.  If you are sure that nothing will ever motivate you to sleep in student housing, again, consider making motel reservations in St. Peter for the reunion sooner rather than later.  With graduation following on Sunday, the area motels fill quickly.  A list of lodging options is available at:
  1. Great reunions happen because a good number of people give their time and effort and have a great deal of fun in the process.  Your class officers and reunion planners know we will benefit from lots of enthusiasm and participation.  To be more accurate, we depend on your energy, interest, organizational skills, and experience.  We encourage you to consider helping:  connecting with classmates via phone calls, writing, and other aspects of communicating.  If you love to plan events and have that wonderful combination of creativity, passion, and organization; then our event team would love to hear from you.  With cell phones, email, and internet; the options for involvement multiply.  If you are interested, send a message to
  1. Since I have turned another milestone birthday, I find my ‘saved stuff’ looks much more disposable.  And, I think, long term value of college scrapbook contents has decreased tremendously.  Do as you wish with your college stuff, but I will wait until after the reunion to throw, just in case I want one last dose of nostalgia.

  1. Start considering how to show appreciation for what the Gustavus connection meant to us and how as individuals and as a class, we can invest in her future.  Everyone’s situation is unique; every gift that reflects planning and good will is important.
  1. Invitations to the 50th Class Reunion will be mailed to everyone who attended college with us.  It is not limited to those who graduated together.  Mailings and invitations will go out to a broader group – those who at some point were with us as students.
  1. A few of our classmates are no longer on the Gustavus radar.  If you know anything about those listed below, send the information to  Perhaps some of them are in your address books or contact lists.  If Gustavus receives an address, they can be easily included in the reunion mailings.  Here is the Alumni Office’s list of “Lost Gusties from 1964”:

Josephine Rydell Bridge

Carol Johnson Campbell

Marcia Wolter Cauffman

Paul Chermak

Peter Eklund

Mary Ims Hamre

David Heagy

Bertha Macha Kiwamba

Sheila Dahlin Larson

Leon Lentz

Joy Persinger Lester

Paul Lundstrom

Felix Meta

Michael Nord

Fran Novak

John O’Gorden

Robert Peterson

Gregg Wahlstrom

To our many classmates who have given in the past fiscal year, many thanks for remembering Gustavus.  The financial year ends on May 31st, so if you had planned to give, but had not yet done so–time is flying and you will want to do so.  It is easy to give on-line ( as well as through traditional methods.  Your gifts tie our past to others’ future in a real and positive way.

The Gustavus website gives on-going updates about Gustavus events and news.  It is fun to check it out periodically at  We even have our own webpage – – start posting some news of your own to share!  Once in a while, Gustavus makes the newspapers covering a wide range of topics, usually positive.  This winter, I have read some of my dad’s papers and letters and came across letters written by him in two different decades (the eighties and the nineties) referring to tension on campus.  Some friction must be endemic in college landscapes or territory, triggering new creative approaches to challenges.

Thanks also to our other class officers:  Sharon Peterson Robinson and Linda Leonardson Hallman for gathering news to share with you in the Gustavus Quarterly, to Jim Peterson and Tom Hirsch who are encouraging that very important financial support, Helen Brostrom Ihrig for promoting ways classmates can help students, and to Dave Spong and Elizabeth Johnson Ekholm for spearheading reunion planning.

Wishing you the best from the frozen north.

Joanna Carlson Swanson

1964 Class Officer

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Campus News

Upcoming Chapter Gatherings

National Chapter events for alumni, parents and friends have been taking place throughout the 2012-13 academic year and have focused on the College’s pillar of “Teaching and Learning.”  Please save the date for the event in your area.

June 5 – St. Cloud – 6:00 p.m. - Le St. Germain Suite Hotel

June 6 – Willmar – 6:00 p.m. – The Oaks at Eagle Creek

July 9 – Duluth – 6:00 p.m. – Northland Country Club

July 10 – Grand Rapids – 6:00 p.m. – Sugar Lake Lodge

July 18 – Sioux Falls – 6:00 p.m. – Callaway’s

Aug. 19 – Rochester – 6:00 p.m. – Rochester Golf and Country Club

On His Watch:  John S. Kendall at Gustavus

Dr. John Kendall ’49 served Gustavus as a faculty member for 23 years and as president for 10 years.  Rev. Dennis Johnson ’60, also a former president of Gustavus, wrote a book about the record of John Kendall as a professor and as a president.  As such, it is a study in leadership.   It is about a man who came up through the academic ranks to lead one of America’s best colleges.  It is about his preparation for that office and his hopes once he occupied it.  It is about passion, purpose, leadership and heart.  It is also about issues still at the core of higher education today.  Books are available at the Gustavus BookMark.

Christ Chapel Cited as One of the Most Beautiful

Here is a link that includes the Gustavus Chapel as one of the thirty most beautiful college chapels in a survey of schools across the country.  Take a look at some of these beautiful chapels including our own Christ Chapel by going to

Alumni Travel Opportunities

2013 Pearls of Central Europe

Experience Central Europe with Gustavus professor emeritus of history Dr. Tom Emmert from September 10-21, 2013.  This 12-day Gustavus study tour combines learning, exploring, leisure, lecture, food, and arts with special touches, all led by a faculty expert.  The journey is focused around three showpiece cities of Central Europe:  Prague, Vienna, and Budapest.  For more information, contact Tom Emmert at:

U.S. Civil War Study Tour

Experience Antietam, Gettysburg and Washington D.C. with Gustavus Alumnus and Pulitzer Prize-winning Civil War Historian Dr. James McPherson ’58 from October 20 to 26, 2013. Dr. McPherson’s vast and insightful knowledge will bring to life all the drama of events at Antietam and Gettysburg.  With unquestionable authority and skillful narrative, he will explain the momentous issues of the time and why the Civil War still resonates today as a “second American Revolution.  For more information, visit Study Tours.

Twin Cities Gustie Breakfasts

Engage with other alumni and learn something new about your alma mater at the monthly Twin Cities Gustavus alumni breakfast.  Please join us at the American Swedish Institute (2600 Park Ave, Minneapolis), on the third Wednesday of each month at 7:30 a.m.  Cost is $10.  Upcoming breakfasts include:

March 20 – Scott Bur, associate professor of chemistry

April 17 – Scott Moe ʼ95, head men’s and women’s golf coach

May 15 – Tim Kennedy ʼ82, vice president for marketing and communication 

Books in Bloom

Books in Bloom is an initiative of the Gustavus Library Associates (GLA) that pairs books and other library materials with floral arrangements, by sponsoring several of the blooms! 

Each sponsorship directly supports the Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library's (Library) acquisitions.  What an investment in resources for current and future students and faculty!

Last year’s Books in Bloom highlighted 30 different books/media and attracted over 500 people, some coming to campus for the very first time!  In 2013, Books in Bloom will be held May 3-5.  To see a visual presentation of Books in Bloom, go to and type Gustavus Library Associates in the search box.  It will lead you to a gorgeous slide show of blooms and books.  Then contact Gustavus Marketing/Communications Office at 507/933-7550 with your commitment to sponsor, or partially sponsor, a bloom for 2013.  All designers and sponsors are invited to an opening reception from 5:30-7:30 on May 3.  Great wine and snacks!  Good company, too.