Class of '65
May 2006

Dear Gusties from the class of ’65,

It’s been six months since I last wrote…as one gets older, the time goes faster!

My husband and I have been in sunny southwest Florida for six months, but we still get home to Minnesota three or four times during our winter getaway.  I still call Minnesota home but do enjoy what Florida has to offer!  We are having a great time; living in a golf community, which has a likeness of summer camp!

In April we had Gustavus visitors…Jan (From) and Jim Hanson were visiting here in Florida and stayed with us for the weekend.  We went to Minnesota Day at the Fort Myers training camp for the Twins and tailgated with Gustie bridge group friends from the class of ’64.  Jan and Jim also visited and stayed with another classmate of ours, Linda (Iserman) and Ellis Schlossnagle. Linda and Ellis are now living in Fort Myers for the winter season.

Our reunion last fall was very nice…all that attended enjoyed themselves.  Here is the list of people who had reservations:

  • Gary P. Bangstad
  • Elinor Bangstad
  • Charles P. Berry
  • Jeanne Berry
  • Dan R. Dokken
  • Judy Hultgren Gilbert
  • Janet From Hanson
  • James Hanson
  • Bev Nordskog Hedeen
  • Curt Hedeen
  • Jack Johnson
  • Judith Jagusch Johnson ’69
  • Janet Hokanson Johnson
  • Bill L. Johnson
  • Sharon Hansen Johnson ’64
  • Colin B. Kivi
  • Bonnie Borchert Kuechenmeister
  • David T. Larson
  • Barbara Larson
  • Gladys Aagard Laughlin
  • Ruth Aagard Kinney
  • Stein Mydske
  • Tom J. O'Neill
  • Linn Ostberg
  • Thomas Carlson
  • Tim Robinson
  • Marilee Nyberg Schneider
  • Dick J. Shager
  • Kay Johnson Shager
  • Iris Benson Smyth
  • Elaine Buck Stenman
  • Fredrick Stenman ’66
  • Arlyn L. Tolzmann
  • Kristin Nelson Welbaum
  • Michael K. Welbaum

I am also including some notes and news from several classmates that were not able to attend.  These were e-mails that I received last fall…

Stein Mydske wrote…“I feel so sorry that I had to cancel my trip to the US this week because of illness.  My doctor advised me not to fly long distance until some tests have been checked.  Returning from Syria two weeks ago I had a temporary global amnesia (blackout) and was hospitalized for a brief period.  Now I am back working but they are still checking me out to find what caused the amnesia.  I feel good, but guess it is best to follow the doc’s advice.  I had ordered my tickets to join you for the Friday night dinner and Saturday at GAC.  I’ll miss you all and think back at all the good times we had way back when…I’m still working in Oslo at the Norwegian Bible Society, where I have been for the last 19 years serving in different departments.  Since February I’ve been the General Secretary and enjoy that very much.  Please look me up if/when you are in Oslo.  I live 90 kilometres southeast of Oslo in Fredrikstad, by the ocean.  This is a very popular summer resort area – great swimming and boating.  Just ask Dick Swenson ’64 who visited me last summer!  Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you plan to travel this way!  Have fun and enjoy yourselves – I’ll be there next time.  God willing!”

Mary Beth (Schwanke) Loosen wrote…“I certainly will be thinking of my college classmates this coming weekend as you gather for our reunion.  I retired from library work in our local school district several years ago, but I am still involved in schoolwork as a volunteer elementary school tutor.  My husband, Roger, and I are active volunteers with our county’s park district.  Currently I serve on our church’s council as minister of education and am acting Sunday school superintendent, as well!  Two of our three daughters are married, but we are still waiting for grandchildren – I confess I might turn the slightest tinge of green from envy when I read about all of you who enjoy your grandkids!  We just returned from a wonderful trip touring the national parks of southern Utah.  We very much enjoy our travelling experiences.  Unfortunately, my itinerary does not include a visit to Minnesota this week.  My best to everyone in the class of 1965—have a wonderful reunion.”

Barb Raitz-Gaugert wrote…“Regret that I will not be attending the reunion.  Please give my best regards to those attending.  I’m sure you will have a great time.  We are well.  The girls are all in college this year (New Hampshire, California, and Arizona), so we have gone from a full house to empty nest.  Roberta is at California Lutheran, so I will have the pleasure of min-reunions with Luther and Carol (Lindstrom ’67) Luedtke.”

Olene Hanson Bigelow wrote…“Forty years is a long time, and I’d love to be there with all of you, but I’d love even more to be on the beach in Waikiki, which is where hubby, Larry and I will be during the festivities.  Hope you all have a fabulous time, and give my regards to all.  I don’t know if anyone remembers the engagement ceremonies we had in the dorm, but I was the first, that fall of 1964, to show off a ring the first night back in September.  It was a whirlwind courtship – met in June, engaged in August, married the following summer.  Larry and I just celebrated our 40th anniversary in July, and neither of us can figure out where the time went, or where those two grownup daughters happened in from….”

Eunice Madsen Carlson wrote…“Our regrets and thank you for the invitation.  We will not leave East Tennessee until mid October when LaReau will help with the fall harvest in Northern Iowa.  We have moved into our new home here on Norris Lake and have been busy with volunteer work.  We’re members of St. John Lutheran in Knoxville’s inner city area.  The outreach program at our church is exceptional.  We are also actively recruiting for members to our (soon to be chartered) Campbell Country Lions Club.  I am scheduled to do vision screenings for the Vanderbilt University Eye Institute preschoolers next week.  We hope to see many of the ’65 classmates at the GLA Royal Affair on 10/29.”

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Please remember your gift to Gustavus.


The Alumni Board met on campus in February and made the final selection for the Alumni Awards:

Greater Gustavus Award:  Gustavus Library Associates, for providing financial resources for Folke Bernadotte Library, and engaging and introducing alumni and friends in the mission of the College.

Distinguished Alumni Citations:  Karen Bossart Rusthoven ’66, St. Paul, MN, founder and principal of Community of Peace Academy, St. Paul; Susan Semple-Rowland ’77, Gainesville, FL, professor of neuroscience, University of Florida and director, Neuroscience IDP Graduate Program; and Magnus Ranstorp ’85, St. Andrews, Scotland, chief scientist at the Centre for Asymmetric Threat Studies, Swedish National Defense College; and a Senior Honorary Research Associate and former Director of Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland.

First Decade Awards:  Rebecca Konrad ’96, Washington, DC, investment officer, global transaction team, The World Bank International Finance Corporation; and Milo Martin ’96, Philadelphia, PA, assistant professor, Department of Computer and Information Sciences, University of Pennsylvania. 

The awards will be presented on Commencement Weekend or Homecoming Weekend depending on the recipient’s schedule.

Gustavus Alumni Directory

The 2006 Gustavus Alumni Directory will be published soon and our goal is to represent your information as accurately as possible in the printed edition.  PCI:  the data company, is publishing our directory and a short phone call will update or verify your information.  Call toll free:  1-800-982-1589, Monday-Saturday, 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. CST, and Sunday, 11:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. CST.  International callers dial:  1-972-386-0100, Monday-Friday CST.

Gusties Gather!

Gusties around the world are called to gather on Sunday, August 6!  The Alumni Board is designating this day as a way for Gusties to stay connected with each other.  In research among alumni, we know that Gusties already stay in contact with many alumni, and we know that Gusties have a strong interest in staying connected with other Gusties and with the College.  Ever think you want to do more to be connected with Gustavus?  Now is your chance, signup to host a Gusties Gather! event.  Complete event checklist, host kit, and details will be provided.  Sign-up via e-mail at <> or call 800/487-8437.

Upcoming Alumni Events

  • Reunion for Class of 1956 and 50-Year Club – May 26-27
  • Commencement – May 28
  • Gusties Gather! – August 6
  • Reunions for the classes of 1961, 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001 – October 6-8
  • Homecoming/Family Weekend – October 7 & 8


Delight Licklider Byrd reports that she has 11 grandchildren!…Mary Wood Menz has moved from Miami to Jacksonville Florida and is with Hyatt Regency as director of human resources.  (Mary and I were section mates our freshman year…we plan to meet “somewhere” in Florida “one of these years”…Kathryn Nickelson Larson and husband, Ray ’64, are the proud grandparents of 4 grandchildren…Jim Luther was inducted into the Edina High School Athletic Hall of Fame and also to the State Baseball Coaches’ Hall of Fame last fall.  Jim received a very nice write up in the Sun newspaper.

Bill Holm’s new book Playing the Black Piano is on the shelves…Bill is doing a two-week class in Iceland…Jack Johnson retired from the University of Minnesota in December, after ten years of teaching…Sue (Hansen ’64) and Dick Rohloff write that retirement and grandkids are great.  They are living on a lake in northern Minnesota and wintering in McAllen, Texas.  They have had Gustie visitors and welcome them as they come through.  They celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary with a Caribbean cruise.  They still have one son playing professional hockey…son, Todd signed with Tampa Bay Lightning…Sharon (Hansen ’64) and Bill Johnson were honored and delighted to host the Men’s and Women’s golf team in March for five days…They stayed in their home and also in homes of their friends, and played four local courses.  It was a great experience and to see the wonderful quality of student athletes and coaches at Gustavus in this day and age.

I sincerely want to thank each of you who have remembered Gustavus with a gift to the Alumni Fund this year.  As of April 30, 2006, 100 of our class members have sent a monetary gift, which puts our class participation at 41 percent.  Our goal is for 136 of us to send a gift to Gustavus by the end of this month.  Please consider sending this gift, whatever the amount.  It is truly appreciated and easy to do.  Go on line to:

Remember:  The Alumni Fund closes on May 31.  Can I count on you?

Let us hear from you………you can call 1-800-Gusties, write a note in the envelope provided with this letter, or e-mail to  It’s always good to read your news - wherever you are and what you are doing.

Best Wishes,

Beverly Nordskog Hedeen

1965 Co-class Agent