Class of '65
November 1999

Dear Classmates,

It's time to get this class letter out so that I can cross one more thing off my "to do" list. How many of you need a list? It does feel so good to get a lot of lines crossed off, and make some forward progress. We had a great summer with lots of traveling, shows, classes, and family events. We happened to meet Paul Hammer and his wife, Carolyn, up at Ely in July, and had a great Italian supper at a small Eli restaurant. Paul enjoys being senior pastor at Geneva Lutheran Church, Geneva, IL and gets back to Eli for some canoeing trips. Carolyn is the manager of the Maternal Child Health Program for Kane County. They both look wonderful. Their son is beginning pastoral duties and their daughter is in graduate school. Information from Gustavus included the following:

Please remember I get this from Gustavus. It is the news you send to Gustavus, or notes made during Phonorama and I report it as received. If you’d like to send news directly to me, you can at: Elaine Stenman, 8300 245th Street, St. Cloud, MN 56301 or via E-mail at

James Uecker, Plymouth, MN, has completed a term as chairman of the Real Property Law Section at the Minnesota State Bar Association…Linda Engstrom Dahlgren, Golden Valley, MN, is a homemaker, volunteer and daycare provider, while husband, Gary, is a consultant with the Talus Group Inc. They have two married sons, a married daughter and three young granddaughters. Grandchildren are really the best gift our children give us…Bob Wallace and his wife, Glenda (Cartford ’66), are in South Casco, ME, where Bob works at NDPS Inc….Kathy Collins Jaguar, Glendale, AZ, works for Alpha Omega Home Health and her husband is an environmental consultant for the State of Arizona. Kathy does 10 events in track and field and has a national record in her age group for the 100-meter dash and is looking toward the world record. No couch potato here.

Barbara Hayden Fogel, Broomfield, CO, works at Horizon Organic Dairy…Gary Bangstad, Stevens Point, WI, directs a semi-professional choir, The Monteverdi Master Chorale, which traveled to Vienna last November. He also directs a church choir there…Kathryn Felt Roux, Metaine, LA, reported that a daughter was married in August…Judy Norman Fahlberg and husband, Bruce, live in Loveland, OH, where she teaches at Milford Elementary School and Bruce works with the South African Pulp and Paper Industry. I hope I got this right. Sometimes it is hard to decipher the quickly hand written notes I get from Gustavus. Judy did add a note to say "Hi" to everyone…Lana Osland Donald and her husband, James, live in Coon Rapids, MN, where she works with Healthspan Home Care and Hospice. James is pastor at Faith Lutheran Church. A son graduated from Gustavus in 1990 and a daughter is at St. Olaf.

Neala Johnson Shager and Dick Shager live in Stillwater. Neala teaches at ISD #622 and Dick works with Mass Mutual Insurance. Their son was married in June. These two don't slow down either. We hear occasional news of their life from Jack and (Judith ’69) Johnson, who also live outside of Stillwater. Jack continues his work at the University of Minnesota. Judith received her Ph.D. in graphic design this spring from the University of Minnesota. She enjoys teaching there…Irene Pierson Suddard and husband, Alan, live in St. Paul, MN, where she is the executive director of Young Audiences of Minnesota and he is a physician…Carol Runksmeier Keil and husband Bruce live in Lakeville, MN, where she teaches at ISD #194 and he works at Augsburg Fortress Publishing…David Lester, Verndale, MN, manages the Coast to Coast Hardware…Gayl Gayman Pearson and husband, Mike, live in New Orleans, LA. Gayl is a tour guide and homemaker while Mike is a professor at Loyola University.

Doreen Prentice Beacham, Palm Desert, CA has retired from the California Department of Corrections while husband, Donald, is an attorney…Linn Ostberg still finds being a school social worker in the Minneapolis Public Schools challenging and rewarding. She also reported no grandchildren yet…Milo Larson, Canby, MN, reports he is only a year from retirement and that he and Judy (Boline ’66) are first time grandparents last February…Janell Larson Peterson, Pewaukee, WI, moved to a new home on Pewaukee Lake and loves it. Janelle is retiring from working at an engineering firm to golf, enjoy the lake, sing in Symphony Chorus and travel.

Delight Licklider Wreed, Mankato, MN, continues as program supervisor at Immanual-St. Joseph's Mayo Health System and is a graduate student in the gerontology program at Minnesota State University, Mankato. A daughter was married last June…Thomas Beckman has been appointed the interim director of pediatric dentistry at the University of Minnesota…Howard and Judith Hultgren Gilbert, Zimmerman, MN, have moved into a new home they built themselves on a lake with lots of trees.

There were three separate newspaper stories on Bill Holm included with the news from Gustavus. I hope we can look forward to having Bill share some of the stories he is becoming quite well known for at the reunion next fall. We should make a note to have a piano available also as he is still playing ragtime. It would be good to have some lively music and Bill's humor. He has been regaling audiences with his stories, poetry and forwarding his view that his life is quite acceptable without computers or television in his home. Bill is well known for his world travels, teaching creative writing at Southwest State University and for authoring six books (two of poetry and four in prose).

Can you really believe that we graduated from Gustavus almost 35 years ago. It seems that life in general and time is moving faster than ever. So make sure you are enjoying each day, season and year. We hope to see a lot of you this fall at the reunion. If you have any contact with Bev Nordskog Hedeen, make sure you thank her for all the years she has been class our agent―she's always done a good job.

Elaine Buck Stenman

1965 Co-class Agent


Thanks Elaine, for sharing and writing up all of our news! It is fun to read about our classmates. Thank you to those who sent news to Gustavus so we can keep in contact in that way. Please, keep sending it and maybe by next reunion time we can have at least 100 of our names and places. Okay? And, I have a few things to add myself…

This is an exciting time for so many reasons. We’ve heard plenty about the millennium, many of us are "thinking" retirement and some of us have already arrived. Our winter promises to be shorter than usual as it is almost mid-November and we’re still warm. We are approaching our 35th anniversary of graduation from Gustavus, and we have so many opportunities, holidays, and celebrations before us!

Reunions 2000

The class of 1965 will celebrate our 35th anniversary on September 29 and 30, 2000. Friday evening, September 29th, will be held at Hotel Sofitel in Bloomington. The reunion classes from 1955 to 1990 will be gathered at this lovely hotel. We will have our own space, but still be able to visit with Gusties from other classes as we choose. Saturday, September 30th will be held on the Gustavus campus and includes seminars, Chapel service, and luncheons for reunion classes, Homecoming football game, and 5th Quarter post game party. All of these activities promise to be very fun and enjoyable. May I suggest that when you receive all those Year 2000 calendars in the mail, you reserve these dates for this special occasion? Also, make a phone call to another Gustie from the class of 1965 and tell them you would like to meet them at this event. It will be a great time to pause for a weekend with friends from our past as well as make new acquaintances. It will be a time for remembering and a time to come together to share the Gustie spirit.

The Gustavus Fund

As your class agent, I challenge each member of the class of ’65 to make a significant gift to the Gustavus Fund in celebration and recognition of Gustavus’ contributions to you and your family. Gustavus relies on alumni and friends to give of their time, talents and treasures to maintain and enhance its tradition of excellence. I personally hope that the students today can receive the fine education and opportunities that I did when I was a student in the early 60’s, as well as my sons, Jason ’91 and Brian ’95 when they were students at Gustavus. Please consider what your financial gift to the college will be. I have been on campus many, many times in the past 10 years and your financial gifts have far reaching effects. I am personally impressed by all that I come in contact with when I am on campus; the staff and the students are truly fabulous and the traditions are worth preserving!

Winter/Spring Party in Plymouth, MN

I have contemplated this many other years, and this time I am going to make this happen. I will be hosting a gathering of ’65 Gusties at my house for fun and food in January or February. If you live in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, you are invited and will receive all of the details in the mail. If you live far away and want to fly in for this occasion, let me know when and we’ll try to plan the party around your schedule! If you have ideas for our 35th reunion this would be a great time to share your thoughts.

Campus News:

The 1999-2000 academic year opened with a record enrollment of 2,492 full-time students (compared with the previous record of 2,474 set last year), including 660 first-year students. Students returned to the new Campus Center housing the Evelyn Young Dining Room, the new Book Mark, post office, health service, and printing service. Renovation of the old dining service building will continue with expected completion in February. The renovation project will provide office space for student organizations, Office of Admission, specialty dining areas, Dean of Students office, and a faculty and staff center. Summer construction also included the landscaping of parking lots on the north end of campus. The landscaping provides a welcoming appearance to the College and helps breakup the "frozen tundra" between Norelius Hall and the Campus Center.

Gustavus Adolphus College Ranked Among the Best Liberal Arts Colleges

Gustavus Adolphus College is once again ranked among the best of all national liberal arts colleges in U.S. News and World Report's 13th annual "America's Best Colleges" rankings. Gustavus is again in the top 80 of the overall quality listings for national liberal arts colleges. Ranked again in the second tier in the national liberal arts college category, Gustavus is one of only two Minnesota colleges included in the 38-college tier two listing and one of four Minnesota colleges ranked in the top 80. Gustavus is also included in the Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine list of "100 great values" among the nation's 1,600 private schools. The "Private Colleges Worth the Price" article appears in the September 1999 magazine. Gustavus is one of only four Minnesota colleges named a Top 100 Value in Private Colleges. The list is based on academic and financial measures.

Christmas in Christ Chapel

Even so, come, Lord Jesus, is December 3-5. Tickets only available for Sunday evening. Contact Office of Public Affairs, 507-933-7520.

Alumni Chapters

Meeting again this year so mark your calendars today: Washington, DC, November 5; Boston, November 6; Chicago, December 11; Atlanta, January 31; Marco Island, February 5; Tucson, February 7; Phoenix, February 8; Sun City, February 9; Seattle, March 3; Bay Area, March 4; Los Angeles, March 5; San Diego, March 6; Denver, March 7.

ALUMNILLENNIUM 2000 - The Gustavus Artist Series --

For 30 years, the Artist Series has brought world-class artists to campus for performances, exhibitions and residencies. This year the tables turn as the Series features and celebrates the accomplishments of our alumni artists as they enter the new millennium, ALUMNILLENNIUM 2000. The Fall Series opened September 18 with the jazz trio October, featuring Andrew Benson ’95, Brian Rowe ’95 and Nik Lindell ’95; followed by the music of Steve Heitzeg ’82, on September 25. David Esbjornson ’75 directed a one-woman Virginia Woolf play on October 8; organist Timothy Strand ’82 presents his recital on November 14; and tenor Mark Thomsen ’78 will present a vocal recital on November 21. Spring semester events include an alumni art exhibiton in February; a concert by Neal Hagberg ’81 and Leandra Peak ’83 on February 19; pianist Stephen Carlson ’92 on March 4; and Peter Krause ’87, better known as Casey McCall on ABC's SPORTS NIGHT, will be in residency in April. Other events may be scheduled through the fall of 2000 as well. Ticket information and complete schedule will be posted to the Fine Arts Calendar on the Gustavus website.


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As of June 1, 2000, the Career Center will destroy all credential files created on or before June 1, 1974. Credential files include letters of recommendation and/or student teacher evaluations. If you do not wish your file to be destroyed, please contact the Career Center by May 1, 2000, at 507-933-7586; fax 507-933-6277, or e-mail


I was on campus in October for an Alumni Board meeting and homecoming. The campus was beautiful as always. The new Campus Center will be awesome when completed and I enjoyed dinner in The Evelyn Young Dining Room. It is a great "restaurant!"

Fall Phonorama took place for reunion classes in October. I was there for several of the evenings. Guslink (Gustie student callers) will be helping me by calling alumni from our class throughout this year for news notes from you, to tell you what is happening on campus, and receive pledges for our financial gifts to the college.

The Gustavus Library Associates grand fundraiser: "Once upon a Holiday… A Royal Affair” will be past when you receive this letter, but right now I’m looking forward to it on November 13―it’s quite a gala! My first time to attend was two years ago.

Elaine Buck Stenman and I are looking for one of you to call and tell us that you would be our Guest Writer of the class letter which, if it’s timely, would be mailed in January! What an opportunity for one of you.

My personal news is our first grandchild, Olivia Paige Hedeen, was born this fall! Her Mom and Dad are Gusties and I’ve already been telling her how much fun she can have when she is a student at Gustavus!

Best wishes always,

Bev Nordskog Hedeen

1965 Co-class agent