Class of '65
November 2006

Greetings to the class of ’65,

I am writing this to you from Florida, but I will be in Minnesota by tomorrow noon where I will be until the end of December.  I think this is my 7th year of retirement, but the retired folks know that it can be a very busy and fun life!  Curt and I are in Florida about six months each year.  We still golf several times a week, we’re involved in some community activities, and I have become a duplicate bridge player but also enjoy social bridge!  We traveled to Jamaica in May for a wedding and our summer was filled with house improvements, redecorating projects, and being with our family.  We were on campus for the Nobel Conference, Medicine:  Prescription for Tomorrow...very fascinating.  I also attended the Volunteer Leadership meeting in September where class agents and other alumni gather to hear what’s happening on campus.

Thank you to all of you who helped our class reach 50% class participation.  You are appreciated and your gifts are greatly appreciated.  Please keep up this good work!

We heard from some of our classmates…

Dr. Luther Luedtke, the longest serving president of California Lutheran University, officially left the university at the end of March.  He accepted a position as president and chief executive officer of Education Development Center (EDC) of Newton, Massachusetts, last December.  His duties as leader of the nonprofit organization dedicated to improving education, health care and community development worldwide began April 1.

Iris Benson Smyth writes that she continues to work part-time for a group of internists in the nursing homes as a geriatric nurse practitioner.  She flies frequently to Minnesota to visit family and her now married daughter.  She also flies to Pennsylvania to see four grandchildren as often as possible.

James Uecker retired from Old Republic National Title Insurance Company as chief underwriting counsel in July of 2005.

Mary Wood Menz is director of human resources at Hyatt Regency Jacksonville.

Marion Southers retired nearly three years ago.  Currently he is working part-time.  He and his wife are serving the Lord in a children’s evangelism ministry, which is very challenging, yet satisfying.

Linn Ostberg has enjoyed some of the Quarterly issues, and was impressed with a “green” Gustavus and appreciated all of the energy saving ideas.  She also loved the summer reading book ideas and the topics that the issue covered.  She commented that she appreciates the efforts of the class agents, especially her former roomie, Bev Nordskog Hedeen.  (Thank you, Linn…smile face)

Tim ’63 and Sue (Widstrom) Gamelin love their work as co-pastors of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in High Point, NC.  Refreshed by 40 Days of Purpose Campaign (Purpose Driven Life) and are engaged in an exciting relationship with Sudanese immigrant Christians.

We have Campus News…..

Gustavus Designated an “All Steinway School”

Steinway and Sons, makers of what many would say are the best pianos, has added Gustavus to its “All Steinway Schools” list.  This is an exclusive list of just 66 colleges, universities, or conservatories in the world.  To be considered for the Steinway designation, a school must first have at least 90 percent of its performance, practice, and teaching pianos be Steinways.

Gustavus Excels in Fitness and Dining

Men’s Fitness magazine has named Gustavus as one of the top 10 colleges in America for fitness.  Among the things considered in the rankings were nutrition and dining choices, whether physical fitness is included in the curriculum, and availability of workout equipment.  They also examined individual student responses to questions on topics such as alcohol consumption, tobacco use, fast-food indulgence, and exercise habits.  On a related note, the Gustavus Dining Service was listed in the top 10 in a U.S. News and World Report survey on the best campus food in America.

Gustavus Alumni Professional Apparel

Check out the two new oxfords on sale online through the Gustavus Book Mark.  The Book Mark is offering a women’s and men’s long sleeve shirt in a variety of colors and sizes.  The shirt features an embroidered three crowns and Gustavus.  A great idea for holiday shopping for your favorite Gustie.  Check them out online only at

Athletic Hall of Fame Induction

On Saturday, September 30, Gustavus inducted the following people into the Athletic Hall of Fame:  Deborah Jungwirth Borman ’87 - Volleyball, Tina Pulido Draper ’87 - Gymnastics, John Huepenbecker ’80 - Football, John Jambeck ’62 - Swimming, Deanne Sand Johnson ’89 - Tennis, Dick Kumlin ’55 (posthumously) – Basketball, Dan Prochnow ’78 - Golf, Jerilyn Ree ’88 - Basketball, and Stacey Rodman ’89 - Swimming.

Honor Roll of Donors

If you haven’t had a chance to find yourself online, please go to to check out the 2005-2006 Honor Roll of Donors.  The Honor Roll of Donors recognizes those who made gifts to Gustavus between June 1, 2005, and May 31, 2006.  To find your name or check your class results, just point and click from your home or office computer.  For those who do not have access to a computer, you may call toll-free 866/487-3863 to receive a copy in the mail (supplies are limited).

Obtain Life Insurance at Group Rates

The Alumni Association sponsors a life insurance plan, Life for Life, with exceptional features and low initial rates.  Maximum coverage is $2 million and insurance can increase repeatedly even if your health fails and you become uninsurable.  Obtain information online with the Alumni Association partner, or call 800-635-7801 for more information about this and other sponsored insurance.

Gustavus Legacy Award for Gustavus Admission

Mark Anderson, Vice President of Admission and Student Financial Assistance, is pleased to announce the Gustavus Legacy Award for new students beginning with the incoming class of 2007.  Renewable awards of $2,500 per year are given to new students whose siblings are current Gustavus students or graduates or whose parents or grandparents are Gustavus alumni.  Scholarship recipients must have a high school grade point average of at least 3.5 or an ACT of 26 or an 1170 (Critical Reading + Math) on the SAT.  For more information contact the Admission Office at 800/GUSTAVU(S) or email <>.

Upcoming Gustavus Events

  • Washington DC Area Gustie Gathering – December 3 to watch the Vikings
  • Christmas in Christ Chapel “An American Odyssey” – December 1-3
  • Jacksonville Chapter Gathering – February 11
  • Orlando Chapter Gathering – February 13
  • Tampa Bay Chapter Gathering – February 15
  • Naples/Marco Island Chapter Gathering – February 17
  • Tucson Chapter Gathering – March 16
  • Phoenix Chapter Gathering – March 17
  • Sun City Chapter Gathering – March 18

Best wishes,

Beverly Nordskog Hedeen

1965 Co-class Agent