Class of '65
September 2005

Dear friends from the class of ’65,

As part of my fall “ritual,” I attended the Volunteer Leadership Day at Gustavus earlier this month.  The theme for the year is, “Engage Yourself…It’s what Gusties do!”  It was a day filled with lots of enthusiasm, planning, participation, good food, and friendship.  The Alumni Board took the leadership for this day.  I enjoyed sitting with several Gusties from the classes of ’64 and ’66.  We started the day with traditional Gustavus-made breakfast treats at 8:30 a.m. and ended the day at 3:30 with a reception at the home of President Peterson.

Thank you to all of you who participated in giving gifts to The Alumni Fund.  Our gifts, large or small, are always appreciated and needed.  Our class contributed a total of $27,695 from cheerful giving class members, or 46.8% of us!  I’ve said this before, but I’ll say it again, it would be fabulous if more of our class could (or would) participate.

By the way, isn’t the Gustavus Quarterly an impressive college magazine?  And this is what’s happening now at Gustavus:

You have received an invitation to many events on campus surrounding our 40th anniversary from graduation from Gustavus and the dinner on Friday evening at the Sheraton Hotel in Bloomington.  We are hoping that many of you will still sign up to join us!  It’s a great time to connect with people from our past...I, for one, am looking forward to it.

When it’s reunion time, it makes me mindful of the friends who are no longer with us. This is the list of deceased members that we have from the class of 1965:

    NAME                                          DATE

  1. Mark E. Ahlstrom                   09/04/1999
  2. Erik S. Anderson                    03/01/2005
  3. Mary Anderson                       12/17/2000
  4. Frieda E. Beier                       09/08/1970
  5. Ronald Bloomquist                  08/22/1985
  6. Diana Peterson Carlson           12/08/2004
  7. Pamela Erickson Conner         01/06/1998
  8. Douglas F. Dahlberg               12/03/1997
  9. Sharon Rupprecht De Gatica    09/29/1996
  10. Charles R. Digatono                Unknown
  11. Carl A. Edstrom                      09/20/2000
  12. Robert B. Hawkinson               Unknown
  13. Kathryn Kindstrom Kay            Unknown
  14. Steve R. Lundholm                   06/09/2003
  15. Owen O. Olson                        08/10/1998
  16. Ulla Akerlof Ostborg                 01/20/2003
  17. Allan J. Palmquist                    06/15/1989
  18. Daryl D. Schreiber                    03/22/1999
  19. Spencer Smith                         Unknown
  20. Mary Gans Stofft                      01/05/2001
  21. Gail Thornburg Storlie               12/15/1994
  22. Merrilee Stennes Vanek            08/10/1994
  23. Gary Walton                             08/06/1994
  24. Paul Woe                                 03/06/2005

That’s it from me, now we’ll hear from Elaine Buck Stenman who has written our class news and sends her own news, as well!  Then Alumni Office will add some campus news at the end of this letter.  Please remember to get your reservation in!  You can still reserve by going online or by sending in your form with a check.

Best wishes,

Beverly Nordskog Hedeen

1965 Co-class Agent


Greetings all,

Toby Johnson has moved from California to Newport, WA.

Iris Benson Smyth (Arlington, MA) is working part-time as a geriatric nurse practitioner with nursing home patients.  She also spends time in Pennsylvania with grandchildren and in Minnesota with other family.

Janell Larson Petersen lives on Pewaukee Lake in Wisconsin.  She also enjoys her grandchildren.  Although she is retired, she still does taxes for H&R Block, and teaches some piano students, when not traveling.

Judith Hultgren Gilbert has retired after 40 years of nursing and is enjoying their grandchildren and living on the lake in Zimmerman, MN.

Mary Lee Sellergren Killion is living in Red Oak, IA and enjoying six grandchildren.

Wayne Erickson is the general manager of the Reno Hilton KOA in Nevada.

I am hoping that a few more of you will make an effort to get to the reunion.  I looked through the whole list of our ’65 class and was saddened to see how many have died.  Like everything else, we can't always put off things like a class reunion―no one has a guarantee to be here for the next one in five years.  So if you can't come, can you take 10 minutes to send a quick note on what you are up to, and maybe a photo?  Also there are classmates listed as “lost-no address.”  Maybe you'll know some.  Send your information to the Alumni Office or to Bev at: or me Elaine Buck Stenman at: and we will get it to the dinner on Friday.

If anyone comes down to "The Valley" McAllen, Texas area this January or February, send us an e-mail.  We can go to South Padre Island for shrimp or something.


Elaine Buck Stenman

1965 Co-class Agent

Campus News:

A New Year Begins

The 144th academic year began September 7 with 2,600 students and approximately 710 new students, the largest enrollment and new class in college history.  Some changes in the general education curriculum will also be implemented this year, including a foreign language requirement for graduation.

Class Reunions/Homecoming

Class Reunions and Homecoming Weekend will be October 7-8.  This is reunion time for the classes of 1960, 1965, 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, and 2000, but all alumni are invited to attend the events, even if it is not a reunion year.  There is a full schedule this year with athletic events; seminars on aging, Living CSI, and the Linnaeus Arboretum; dedications and tours of Mattson Hall and renovated Old Main; as well as performances by comedian Scott Novotny ’75, many Gustavus musical ensembles and the Rockin’ Hollywoods.  The schedule is designed to provide activities for alumni and families.

Wind Orchestra Tour

Join Gustavus alumni and parents on a companion tour with the Gustavus Wind Orchestra to Eastern Europe January 17-27, 2006.  The trip includes visits to the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, and Austria and will be hosted by Tom Emmert, professor of history, and Jon and Anita (Thomsen) Young ’77 ’77.

Nurses Reunion

All Gustavus nurses are invited to the 45th anniversary of the nursing program at Gustavus on Saturday, October 8.  Events will include the dedication and tour of Mattson Hall, the facility that houses the nursing and education departments, a luncheon with keynote speaker Dr. Donald Swenson on “Celebrating Our Roots,” and a slide show presentation of the history of the college's nursing program.

Announcing the Gustavus 2006 Alumni Fund Campaign

“When you get your invitation in the mail or receive a call from a Gustie student or classmate, commit to making your gift to the Alumni Fund this year,” encourages Jan Michaletz ’74, alumni board member, class agent, and 2006 Alumni Fund Chair.  The Michaletz family―Russ ’74, Mara ’02, Annie ’05, and John ’08―have agreed to chair this year’s alumni fund drive.  The 2006 Alumni Fund goals are to achieve 9,000 donors and $1,185,000 dollars in alumni giving.  The 2006 fiscal year began June 1, 2005 and ends May 31, 2006.  Gifts to the Alumni Fund will immediately support current Gusties in the classroom, in labs, on the playing field, in the library, and more.  Tuition does not cover the real cost of educating students today, nor did it when you were a student at Gustavus.  Since its inception in 1954, the goal of the Alumni Fund has been to help keep the Gustavus educational experience accessible for current students.  Give the gift of Gustavus to a current Gustie by making your Alumni Fund gift this year.

The 2004-2005 Honor Roll of Donors is now available online at:  The Honor Roll of Donors recognizes those who have made gifts to Gustavus between June 1, 2004 and May 31, 2005.  To find your name or to check out your class results, point and click from your home or office computer.  To have your name included in the 2005-2006 Honor Roll of Donors, go to to make a gift online.

Nobel Conference

The College’s 41st Nobel Conference, The Legacy of Einstein, was held September 27-28.  The panel consisted of scientists in the areas of statistical physics, relativity, cosmology, and unified theories, who discussed current work in the areas of Einstein’s greatest contributions.  In addition, a historian of science explored the impact that Einstein’s discoveries and his social and political views have had on science and humanity.  Also, a play, Clockworks:  Einstein Time, was premiered, the Physics Force group performed, and a symphony orchestra concert celebrated Einstein through music.

Alumni Directory

In partnership with Publishing Concepts (PCI), a comprehensive alumni directory is being produced and will be released in 2006.  PCI will be contacting alumni to get current information.

First Frost * A Royal Affair

Since 1977 Gustavus Library Associates has helped raise funds for the endowment of Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library located at Gustavus.  Over 1,000 guests will attend First Frost * A Royal Affair, the biennial gala dinner/auction benefit at the Sheraton Hotel in Bloomington on Saturday, October 29.  This year Evelyn Young ’33, a long-time GLA supporter, is being honored.  The program will feature tenor Mark Thomsen ’78 and will be hosted by former Miss America Gretchen Carlson and physician and Gustavus parent John Najarian.  Contact the Office of Public Relations at 800/726-6198.

Athletics Hall of Fame

On Saturday, September 24, Gustavus inducted the following people into the Athletics Hall of Fame:  Holly Brodmarkle Cervin ’87, track and field; Marc Illies ’85, baseball and football; Marc Iverson ’89, football; Gretchen Koehler, coach; Rich Skanse ’84, tennis; Dick Walters ’75, hockey.  Mary Mansour ’85, softball, and Jay Rooker ’85, soccer, had also been selected but will be inducted Fall 2006.

Campus Progress

Whether it’s planning for brand new buildings or renovating old ones, the Gustavus campus is always changing.  A new web site has been designed to keep you updated on the changes taking place on campus.  Check it out at:

Upcoming Alumni Events

  • Washington, D.C., Gustavus gathering — October 7
  • Class reunions for 1960, 1965, 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000 — October 7-8
  • Nursing reunion — October 8
  • Homecoming — October 8
  • Family Weekend — October 7-8
  • Black Student Organization/Pan Afrikan Student Organization Reunion — October 14 – 15
  • Washington, D.C. Gustavus gathering — October 23
  • A Royal Affair * First Frost — October 29
  • Wind Orchestra Companion Tour to Eastern Europe — January 17-27