Class of '65
February 2001

Dear Classmates,

Well, here it is the beginning of February and Fred and I are in Texas enjoying being "Winter Texans" for a total of six weeks. It's not as warm as usual, but it is still much nicer than the snow and cold up in Minnesota. Bev Nordskog Hedeen is over in Florida and we hope it's warm enough for golf, etc. I'm sure she is enjoying her first winter away from school.

The information I have from the Gustavus Phonorama included the following:

  • David T. Larson and his wife, Barbara, are in Santa Fe, New Mexico and are enjoying retirement with travel last year to Italy, China, & Tibet. Trips this year to Africa and Alaska are planned.
  • Michael Sponberg continues his interest in dove and deer hunting in Zapata County, TX. He serves as an officer at Faith Lutheran Church, where he teaches confirmation class. Michael teaches history and geography at Laredo Community College, and is a board member of Literacy Volunteers of America-Laredo Chapter.
  • Jack Johnson continues as an administrator at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, while his wife, Judy, teaches in the Design School, at the University of Minnesota, St Paul. Judy helped with Phonorama. Remember there is a lot of room for volunteers at Phonorama, and it's a great time, too!
  • Jim Uecker is an attorney at Old Republic National and lives in Plymouth. It was nice to see him at the reunion and he also helped at Phonorama.
  • Walter Swanson teaches in the Cheetowaga Central School while his wife, Carolyn, teaches in the Niagara Falls School District. They live in Tonawanda, NY.
  • Mary Nielsen Allan was awarded Teacher of the Year honors in Contra Costa County last September and went on to be named one of five in the state of California Teachers of the Year. Five out of 300,000 teachers makes this a big honor! Congratulations, Mary!
  • James Fox is the chairman of the department of geology and geological engineering at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, Rapid City, SD. His wife, Diana, is a real estate agent/appraiser/broker.
  • Janet From Hanson retired in June after 35 years of teaching in St. Louis Park. Her husband, James, also retired from teaching and they plan to travel, golf and enjoy their retirement.
  • Heather Boese Johnston is a real estate agent/appraiser/broker and lives in Maple Grove, MN.
  • Linda Larson Mc Nary teaches in the Design School, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, while husband, Don, is retired. He is always busy and never home.
  • Randy Beinhorn is a CPA and owns his own accounting firm, Beinhorn & Company, in Staples, MN.
  • Joan Bernard Kojis still enjoys teaching kindergarten in Los Angeles. She and husband, Ronald, live in Glendale CA.
  • Jean Brinkman Seppelt is substitute teaching K-8 and she sketches and does watercolor paintings, while husband, Dave, (retired) keeps busy hunting, fishing and building remote controlled planes.
  • Patricia Bonnet is teaching biology in a special education high school in Somerville, MA. Her daughter is teaching in the Bronx, NY.
  • Larry Carpenter impressed us all at the reunion with pictures of his trip (summer of 2000) from Bayfield, WI to Bergen, Norway on a 31-foot sailboat. This was a real adventure and some at the reunion were jealous.
  • Dick Shager works for Mass Mutual as a registered representative. Kay Johnson Shager teaches math at Macalester and Augsburg Colleges and mentors high school teachers all over the Twin Cities. They both sing in the choir at Trinity Lutheran Church, Stillwater. Lyric opera performances and other music programs are a big part of their life these days.
  • John Floreen and his wife, Susan, live in Denville, NJ where John is a professor at Rutgers University.
  • Allan and Rose Anne (Farmer) Hoekstra are in Naperville, IL, where Allan races sailboats at their lake place when not working. Rose Anne is teaching "gifted language arts," language arts and math.
  • John and Joanne Aamodt have retired and moved back to Laporte, MN.
  • Lee and Kitty Hagglund live in Spartenburg, SC where Lee is a professor at Wofford College. They recently became grandparents for the second time.
  • Eunice Madsen Carlson lives in Alexandria, MN, and made a note to encourage everyone to come to the Royal Affair for the library.
  • Michael and Patricia Fraysse are in Glen Spey, NY, where he has the Mike Fraysse Sports Resort. He had been cycling in Cuba and he runs Lance Armstrong's bike program.
  • La Donna Valen Bergeson and husband, Harland, live in Worthington, MN where she is a retired school nurse and he is a retired schoolteacher.
  • John Kulander is a retired insurance underwriter and lives in St. Ann, MO.
  • Diane Peterson Carlson and husband, Jerome, are both retired schoolteachers in Cambridge MN.
  • Bill and Sharon (Hansen ’64) Johnson live in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, where he is a stockbroker with Merrill Lynch & Co. Sharon has retired after 30 years of teaching and is taking care of grandbabies and learning to quilt.

Campus News

The Gustavus campus is now into spring semester after enjoying another busy and exciting January Term with 2300-plus students enrolled for credit! They were offered over 100 January Term courses, including 16 travel courses (plus 36 international courses through the UMAIE consortium). There were also 15 courses on the special Environmental Studies theme for J-Term 2001. Some of these courses included, Chemistry in the Environment, The Literature of Winter, Geographical Issues in the Third World, Global Environmental Change, Amazonia: An Eco-Historical Perspective, GIS in Environmental Analysis, The Changing Face of Agriculture, and Environmental Journalism. Next year (2002) the January Term theme will be "Global Village" and will feature both international and domestic diversity focused courses. After that J-Term themes are planned for "Service-Learning" (2003) and "Undergraduate Research" (2004).

You are invited and encouraged to attend these upcoming national chapter alumni events. Invitations were sent to alumni in living in these areas. For more information, please call the Alumni Office at 800-487-8437 or look on the web at

Marco Island gathering February 24

Vero Beach gathering February 25

Reunions 2001

50th Anniversary Class and 50-Year Club reunions will take place on campus, May 25-26 for the Class of 1951 and the 50-Year Club. Registration material will be mailed in April.

A reminder that all other reunion classes (1956, 1961, 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991 and 1996) will have their reunions at Homecoming on September 21-22. Class gatherings will take place in the Twin Cities at the DoubleTree Hotel, Minneapolis Airport at the Mall, on Friday, September 21. Homecoming activities will take place on campus on Saturday, September 22.

Will you help Gustavus remain strongly church related? Encourage your ELCA congregation to join the Gustavus Adolphus College Association of Congregations. There is no cost. For more information, call the Office of Church Relations at 800-726-6194 or e-mail Craig Johnson at

All for now,

Elaine Buck Stenman

1965 Co-Class Agent