Class of '65
May 2009

Dear Gustie Classmates,

Greetings from Plymouth, Minnesota…we are back here from our winter in Florida, and, as nice as Florida is, it’s great to be in Minnesota!  We fly back and forth for holidays but we travel via car on the way down and back.  It gives us a little time to anticipate the next chapter of our year.  I am reminded that I have just a short time to get a class letter to you before the Gustavus Annual Fund closes on May 31.  I encourage you to support our college in their mission.  To encourage your support during the month of May, a special challenge fund of $50,000 has been established to match new and second gifts to the Gustavus Annual Fund.  Your gift has the opportunity to be matched and will provide the opportunity for students to attend Gustavus.  Remember, May 31st is the last date that it will count.  Thank you for your continued support of our college. 

How about some news from our friends:

Class News

Marilyn Swenson Richter works for Roger Fazendin Realtors and has been selling real estate for 29 years…She has been voted Super Agent by Minneapolis St. Paul Monthly Magazine in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007.  Congratulations Marilyn!

Chuck Rodning is still teaching at the USA Medical School; respected surgeon, he is acting chair of the surgery department for the fourth time, preferring to teach medical students and residents and care for patients than take the position himself which has been offered to him many times.  His wife, Mary (Lipke ’67) sends us that news!

Judy Norman Fahlberg of Fairhope, AL is retired from SAPPI Fine Papers as national sales manager.

Anna Gaustad Motzko lives in Sun Lakes, AZ and retired in May of 2008 as French teacher at Gilbert High School.

Iris Benson Smyth wrote one year ago, and I am just now sharing her news…In September of 2007 her husband, Bill, had a stem cell transplant and recuperated at home to build a new immune system which would take one year.  Iris was his caregiver; therefore she was not employed as a nurse practitioner during that time.  Bill is doing very well!

Mary Lee Sellergren Killion wrote from Red Oak, IA…In April of last year Karen Callstrom Strusz and husband, Arnie, stopped in Red Oak for a surprise visit…Mary and Karen had not seen each other for 45 years!  Mary’s husband, Dennis, is semi-retired and they enjoy eight grandchildren…Mary, Karen and I knew each other from our freshman year.  Karen gets around as she and Arnie also visited Mary Wood Menz in Jacksonville, FL this April.

Wayne Erickson is retired and lives on Lake Carlos in Alexandria, MN.

Jim Fox, of Rapid City, SD is a retired professor of geology at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.

Kristin Nelson Welbaum writes that she has been involved with the Gustavus Library Associates board for the past several years so she is able to connect with some alumni that way. 

Sue Nordlund Morrison, her friend since Gustavus years, got her started with the Gustavus Library Associates activities.  They moved back to the Twin Cities about 11 years ago and live in Edina.  Since moving back to Minnesota from Kansas City they have been blessed with eight grandchildren and are enjoying that.

Dee Licklider Byrd writes to say that she enjoys hearing what our classmates are up to.  She continues to teach at Bellevue University, Bellevue, NE, which will be eight plus years.  Dee was recently promoted to associate professor and is the program director for the master’s in healthcare administration program.  This program is an accelerated, online, cohort format, and focuses on non-traditional adult learners.  Dee and her husband, Dale, continue to enjoy their eleven grandchildren, with the youngest going on four years old.  They continue to travel, and last May enjoyed a weeklong hiking vacation in one of the national parks of Utah.

And probably most of you have heard, some sad news to report…accomplished classmate, book writer, Bill Holm died on February 25, 2009.  The newspaper said:  “He was larger than life, a man of letters, a man of the prairie, a man of the world.  Poet and essayist Bill Holm collapsed after getting off a plane in Sioux Falls, S.D., and died Wednesday night of complications from pneumonia.  He was 65.  Six-and-a-half-feet tall and bearded, with a passion for justice, and a booming, generous personality, Holm was the author of Coming Home Crazy, Boxelder Bug Variations, and, perhaps his most beloved book, The Heart Can Be Filled Anywhere On Earth, his homage to his hometown of Minnesota, in western Minnesota near Marshall.”  Bill was a semi-retired English professor from Southwest Minnesota State University.  He is survived by his wife, Marcy Brekken.  Our sympathy to his family.


Commission Gustavus 150

In April, the eight Commission Gustavus 150 Task Forces finished meeting and completed recommendation drafting as part of the strategic planning process.  Starting next week, all recommendations will be posted on a secured website for employees, students, and alumni to provide input regarding the level of importance for each recommendation.  This information will be shared with the Board of Trustees for their August meeting to set priorities for action and funding.

Congratulations to the Gustavus Adolphus College Forensics Team, which won its second straight Minnesota Collegiate Forensics Association State Championship on Sunday, Feb. 22.  Gustavus finished with 446 points to beat out Minnesota State University, Mankato (408 points) and Concordia College, Moorhead (213 points).  Gustavus placed first in 6 of 13 events and placed four individuals in the top seven of the individual sweepstakes standings.  First-year student, Chloe Radcliffe, placed first in the individual sweepstakes and senior, Tasha Carlson, will represent Minnesota at the 2009 Interstate Oratorical Association National Contest―the oldest speaking competition in the country―on April 25 in Oxford, Mississippi.

“Come on you Gusties” Breakfast

Join us for a cup of coffee, breakfast, and great conversation.  All Gusties are welcome and invited to the breakfasts which are held the third Wednesday of each month.  This month our featured presenter is Katherine Tunheim, professor of economics and management.  Tunheim will bring news about the department and speak about business ethics and how it is incorporated in the department today.  The date will be Wednesday, May 20, 8-9:30 a.m. at the Doubletree Hotel Minneapolis-Park Place, 1500 Park Place Blvd.  Cost is $10 at the door.  Reserve your spot by calling Don Swanson ‘55 at 763-533-9083.  Upcoming summer breakfasts include Tom Emmert, professor of history, on June 17; Byron Nordstrom, retiring professor of history and Scandinavian Studies, on July 15; and Megan Ruble, director of student activities, and Mim Kagol, Gustavus Library Associates, on the Reading In Common program, on August 19.

Faculty/Administrator Service Dinner

Gustavus will honor John Bungum, professor of economics and management; Dennis Henry, professor of physics; Steve Hogberg, gift planner; Byron Nordstrom, professor of history and Scandinavian studies; Tom Thorkelson; men’s and women’s track coach, strength coach, and Lund Center special events coordinator, Edi Thorstensson; visiting instructor and academic librarian, and Steve Wilkinson; men’s tennis coach, upon their retirement and other faculty and administrators for their years of service at a May 21 banquet on campus.

Tribute to Bill Holm

Friends of acclaimed writer Bill Holm ’65, who died unexpectedly in February, gathered for a tribute on Thursday, May 7.  John Rezmerski (English, emeritus) emceed and presenters included Phil Bryant (English), Joyce Sutphen (English), Doug Huff (philosophy), Larry Owen (English, emeritus), and Athena Owen Kildegaard ’82, gave brief tributes or readings.  Music was provided by Paul and Helen Baumgartner (music, emeriti).

Best wishes for a beautiful summer,

Beverly Nordskog Hedeen

1965 Co-class Agent

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