Class of '65
May 2008

Greetings to you, the class of 1965,

Yesterday I received our summer 2008 Gustavus Quarterly…President Jim Peterson ’64 wrote his final column of his presidency, “I Am Grateful”…what a beautiful message to all of us.  After having some free time to enjoy this and other articles and reading some familiar names under the beautiful photos of people related to the Gustavus family, I had this feeling gnawing at me…”Beverly, you haven’t (yet) written your class letter…are you going to get that done?”  Our lives are full of “I should”…and yes, I should get this class letter in the mail to Gustavus…And, it really doesn’t take that long…it just takes starting the letter…the rest is easy.

We’re home in Minnesota after wintering in Florida…we continue to keep our house, which I am attached to, so there is always work to be done for the first two or three weeks, and then we settle into a very nice routine of being with our children and grandchildren and reconnecting with our lifelong Minnesota friends, which include our growing up years, high school, former neighbors, co-workers, and of course, our friends from dear old GAC.

We have class news from this past year…I am including all that I have received…It may not be fresh, but it may still be news!

Judy Hultgren Gilbert writes from Zimmerman, MN….Grandma Judy is enjoying retirement, traveling, her six grandchildren, and is attempting to finish many projects and their home in the woods and on a lake…Julie Stensland Andrews, became director of communications for United Launch Alliance, in December of 2007.  ULA is a new joint venture of Boeing and Lockheed Martin, combining the rocket-launch businesses of the two companies.  Julie and her husband, Patrick, have moved to the Denver area.  Colin Kivi, Walker, MN has retired from the state of Minnesota Department of Corrections in June 2006.

Sue Widstrom Gamelin writes that she and husband, Tim ’63, have no desire to retire, as long as physical health and mental activity decline only slowly!  Emmanuel Lutheran Church in High Point, NC, where they are co-pastors, is engaged in dynamic ministry with and to Christian refugees from Sudan.  She writes that these people are incredible, faith-filled people who have been persecuted for their Christian faith, and the congregation has been inspired and privileged to be among them.

Mary Beth Schwanke Loosen and husband, Roger, have been thoroughly enjoying their status as first time grandparents!  They volunteer weekly for their county parks, and their travels have become more and more focused on visiting the national parks.  They were anticipating a return trip to the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia, looking forward to breathing that clean, fresh air!

Michael Fraysse and his wife, Patricia, of Glen Spey, NY own Mike Fraysse’s Sports Resort.  He reports that his cycling resort has been proven “haunted” by 14 professional ghost hunters...  Now he has people coming to stay to experience the possibility of an overnight with ghosts???….

Last spring, Dr. Charles B. Rodning, Professor, Department of Surgery, was selected by his peers and faculty at University of South Alabama College of Medicine for membership in the Gold Humanism Honor Society, recognizing his exemplary service to others, integrity, clinical excellence and compassionate and respectful relationships with patients, families and colleagues.

Iris Benson Smith, Arlington, MA works part time as a geriatric nurse practitioner, and enjoys her four grandchildren.  Iris’ elderly parents still live in their home in Minneapolis.  John and Carol (Brandland ’66) Harbo live in Baton Rouge, LA.  John, a research entomologist, operates Harbo Bee Company.  Bill Holm has had three books out this year, Cabins of Minnesota, Farming Words, and The Windows at Brimnes.  He spent last summer in Iceland, staring at the sea and eating fresh cod.  After 42 years of teaching he retired last December.

I sincerely want to thank each of you who have remembered Gustavus with a gift to the Alumni Fund this year.  Last year our class was at 47.2% participation.  Hopefully we can achieve 50% this fund year.  If you have not yet given, the Alumni Fund closes May 31, 2008.  Please consider sending this gift, whatever the amount.  It is truly appreciated.

Remember: The Alumni Fund closes on May 31st  

Campus News

New Gustavus President Announced

The Board of Trustees of Gustavus has elected Jack R. Ohle to be the College’s 15th president.  Ohle, currently the president of Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, will succeed Jim Peterson ’64, who is retiring after serving as president of the College since July 2003.  Ohle will take office July 1, 2008.

Alumni Awards Announced

The Alumni Association announces the following 2008 awards selected by the Alumni Board of Directors.

Greater Gustavus Award - Given to those who by deed, have notably advanced and aided Gustavus Adolphus College:

Jim and Susan (Pepin) Peterson ’64 ’65

Distinguished Alumni Citations - Recognizing outstanding and exceptional professional achievement:

Craig Johnson ’69, bishop, Minneapolis Area Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Talmadge King ’70, chair, Department of Medicine, University of California San Francisco School of Medicine.

Barbara Berry Leonard ’63, nursing professor, University of Minnesota.

First Decade Awards - Recognizing early professional achievement:

Miho Ihara, senior consultant, CPCS Transcom Limited.

Jason Smerdon, Barnard Environmental Science/Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Environmental Science, Barnard College.

The Greater Gustavus Award and Distinguished Alumni Citations will be presented at the Alumni Banquet on Saturday, May 31 and the First Decade Awards will be presented during Homecoming Weekend, Oct. 4.

Gusties Gather! Hosts Needed

Gusties around the world are called to gather on Sunday, September 28.  The Alumni Board is designating this day as a day to intentionally connect with other Gusties.  Want to do more to be connected with Gustavus?  Sign up to host a Gusties Gather! event for your neighborhood or with your friends.

Grant Received for Science Education

Gustavus has recently been awarded $1 million for science education over the next four years from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) in Chevy Chase, MD.  The award will support a variety of programs that seek to transform the first-year student experience in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) disciplines―particularly through collaboration between the departments of biology and chemistry.

Gustie Breakfasts

Join other Minneapolis/St. Paul area Gusties for a once-a-month morning cup of coffee and breakfast while getting an update on Gustavus.  The group meets the third Wednesday of each month 8-9:30 a.m. at the Doubletree Hotel, Minneapolis-Park Place, 1500 Park Place Boulevard (Hwy. 394 & Hwy. 100) $10 per person.  Reserve a spot by calling Don Swanson ’55 at 763-533-9083.  Next date:  June 18.


Softball clinched a spot in the MIAC playoffs and Julie Mahre became the Gustavus career hits leader with 207 hits.  The men's tennis team is the MIAC regular season and playoff champions and will be appearing in the NCAA tournament for the 15th consecutive year.  The women's tennis team won its 17th consecutive MIAC Title.  Junior Lisa Brown finished seventh in the javelin at the prestigious Drake Relays with a career best effort 156 feet, 5 inches; she was the only non-Division I competitor to finish in the top ten and broke her own school record by nearly two feet.  Brown's mark of 156-5 is the best mark in Division III so far this outdoor season.

Let us hear from you…you can call 1-800-Gusties, write a note in the gold envelope provided in the Quarterly, 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 Class Agent