Class of '65
October 2002

Greetings Classmates of ’65,

The annual fall Class Agent’s meeting was held on the Gustavus campus September 7 and I had the opportunity to attend. While there, class agents and guests were able to catch up on what’s new on campus and see the familiar sights and sounds. It was nice to have Linda Larson McNary there for a partner/class agent. Also at our table were class agents Joanna Carlson Swanson ’64, Linda Leonardson Hallman ’64, and Joyce Hendrickson Ramseth ’66.  Joanna and Linda (class of ’64) were honored as “Class Agents of the Year” for their successful work and excellent class participation.

This Class Agents’ Day is always spirit-filled and very upbeat. This year is the 125th anniversary of the Gustavus Band. Doug Nimmo, Director of the Gustavus Band, spoke about their trip to Eastern Europe and some of the band’s highlights. How many of us in the class of ’65 were a part of this organization?  I can think of many of you! In the spring of our freshman year we toured Minnesota and stayed with families from the area churches. I do wish that I could play the French horn like I did then!  Student musician and English major, Jenny Lingle ’03 shared some of her thoughts and experiences………This is also the 100th anniversary of Gustavus Athletics. We heard from Al Molde ’66, Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, and student athlete, Ryan Hoag ’03. Ryan is a football and track star who is majoring in Elementary Education. You may have heard of him.  Future kindergarteners are asking to be in his class, wherever he may be teaching, and the NFL pros are keeping their eye on him as well. I did see the first half of the football game and Ryan is fun to watch. As always, Gustavus students are very impressive………While on campus, I toured Old Main. It was a trip down memory lane while I recalled the hours that I sat in some of our classes………At the end of this Class Agent’s day, class agents were rewarded with a Gustavus umbrella, a Gustie tee shirt, and a loaf of Evelyn Young’s rye bread!

Our class participation in gifts given last year was 46.9%. It would be great if we could increase our participation this next year. If you gave a gift to the college last year, thank you…and keep up this good work. If you did not give a gift last year, you can help us to make a difference. Gifts given before May 31st of 2003 count in this year’s goal. As of the date of this writing we have 18 of us who have given so far to date. PLEASE remember Gustavus in your gift giving. Your gifts are needed, valued and appreciated.

Fall Phonorama dates are October 7 – 17th. We would love to have many of you Minnesotans join the Gustie team at either of these places or times:

October 7, 8, 9, 10  - Doubletree Hotel by the Airport

 October 14, 15, 16, 17  - US Foodservice in Eagan off Lone Oak Road

             6 pm to 9 pm calling………Social hour to follow 

Call 1-800-GUSTIES for more information. The class of 1965 needs you.

News about Us!

We received mail:

We heard from Dick Rohloff.  Dick writes that Sue (Hanson ’64) just retired as program director of the Practical Nursing Program at Itasca Community College in Grand Rapids. Dick is part-time retired from Lutheran Brotherhood (now Thrivent).  They hope to have more time for traveling in their 38’ motor home and for their 4 grandchildren!  They had their last family wedding this summer as Todd, “their baby,” was married.  He is still playing pro-hockey for the Washington Capitals.  Kurt, their oldest, is a pilot for American Airlines out of Chicago. Their son, Jon, just retired from 8 years of pro-hockey and is an investment broker for Dain-Rauscher in Duluth.

Ethel Lind Richards and her husband, David have retired in Austin, Texas.  She has volunteered to be an alumni representative for that area.

Notes from student callers – Gus Link:

Deanna Johnson has retired and enjoys winter skiing in Utah … Lana Oslund Donald’s son, Mark ’90 was ordained on May 18th and is presently serving the congregation of Bethlehem Lutheran in Fergus Falls … Marilyn Beck Brooks lives in Lynchburg, VA and operates Ivy Creek Farm Bed and Breakfast.

From the newspapers:

Bill Holm’s name appears in many news articles.  (May 28th, 2002 Mankato, MN) “Minnesota author Bill Holm, a celebrated poet and essayist, will deliver the Gustavus Adolphus college commencement address at 2 p.m. Sunday on Hollingsworth Field. A 1965 Gustavus graduate, Holm has won many awards for his writing and his works have been the subject of numerous periodical articles. During the exercises, honorary degrees will be given to Holm and Earl B. Olson.”

News by e-mail: (

Mary Nielsen Allen writes that in May she finished her year-around school year and was preparing for a trip to Japan for two weeks in July.  Five teachers and a representative from the California Department of Education were guests of the Japanese Travel Bureau.  They planned to visit the Ministry of Education, several schools, Hiroshima, Kyoto and would be having a stay with a Japanese family.  She was hoping to visit the campus this October to visit her niece who is a sophomore at Gustavus … Al Hoekstra writes that he is racing sailboats in Illinois at his cottage on Long Lake … John Olson sends news that he is still teaching chemistry at Augustana University College (formerly Camrose Lutheran College), in Camrose, Alberta.  He will be on sabbatical this year.  He is secretary of the faculty, and secretary of the organization, College Chemistry Canada.  At this time, he has no grandchildren on the horizon, and besides that, he is not ready anyway.  He and his wife, Treva, will be celebrating their 10th wedding anniversary this year.  He has two children and two stepchildren … Charles Rodning, surgeon and professor at the University of South Alabama Medical Center, was awarded the Howard L. Holley Award in recognition for his faithful and meritorious service to the profession of medicine … Brent Nelson checked in by e-mail also.  He has retired from the world of commercial real estate (managing, building, financing and selling) after 37 years in the twin cities.  In February he purchased a “Tires Plus” franchise in St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin.  It is only 8 miles from his summer home where he was going to retire in a few years.  He has now become very active in the community in Rotary, Chamber, etc.  He is having a great time doing something different! He has an excellent staff of mechanics and sales people and says that he is hardly needed.  This summer he was looking forward to playing some golf, seeing his grandchildren, and traveling this winter.  He says stop and say hello when in the St. Croix area, and Gusties get a 10% discount on tires! … Rev. Arlyn Tolzmann is chairman of the board of Family Tree, Inc, which serves the homeless, battered women, teens in crisis and teaches non-violence in the public schools.  He is also serving again as Colorado Senate Chaplain.  Jeanne Mingus Tolzmann ’67 is retiring as master teacher from the Child Development Center of Metro State College in Denver in spring of ’02 after seven years.  In June they were co-leaders of a trip to Turkey, Greece, and the Greek Isles.

Campus News

Welcome Class of 2006

Approximately 700 new students arrived on campus this fall keeping the total student enrollment just over 2500.  Almost 40% of the new class were in the top 10% of their high school class.  There are many interesting opportunities for first year students even before school starts with a community service immersion experience in Twin Cities, a cultural study in Paris and a wilderness experience in the Boundary Waters.

Gustavus named a “Best Buy”

The Fiske Guide has again named Gustavus one of forty-three “Best Buys” in the country.  This is based on an exceptional investment of tuition money for an exceptional education.

Hello Walk Online Community is featuring a discussion with Political Science Professor Don Ostrom discussing the upcoming elections.  Join the conversation by going to <>

Gustie students start new community service initiative called the AMIGOS program.  The 65 Spanish speaking volunteers serve the growing Chicano-Latino population in St. Peter by providing after-school tutoring, teaching ESL classes to adults and serve as big partners.  This program is in addition to the other on-going and one-time service opportunities that 75% of students participate in while at Gustavus.

Building a Great Gustavus Campaign was launched to the public on Saturday, September 7.  Since the tornadoes of 1998, the campaign has raised $77 million toward a $100 million goal.  The focus of the remainder of the campaign is on funding renovations in Old Main, growing endowment, and increasing gifts and participation in the Gustavus Alumni Fund.  Your personal financial support  and your leadership are needed and greatly appreciated.

Minnesota Legislature Cuts Financial Aid

Due to cuts with the Minnesota State Legislature, Gustavus lost $400,000 in money for student employment.  The college continues to work hard to meet financial needs of students since nearly 80% of Gustavus students receive financial assistance.  This includes $14 million from the colleges own budget.  Your support of the annual fund goes directly to help these students and is especially needed to help make up the financial gap for these current students.

Last winter Curt and I experienced our first full winter in Bonita Springs, Florida.  We enjoyed our condo and met many wonderful people who are now our friends!  We golfed a lot, took early morning walks, and had fun exploring and shopping for our new place.  And, as you know, there are Gusties everywhere.  We attended the Naples chapter event in February and became acquainted with Gusties from the area.  In the past, I had looked at the pictures of these events in the Quarterly and now, I’m attending them……….How fast the days turn into months, years and even decades.  I am practicing: “The time to have fun is now”, whenever now is!

I am hoping this letter finds you and yours safe, happy, and enjoying the precious present. 

Best Wishes Always,

Bev Nordskog Hedeen

Co-class agent