Class of ’65
October 2010

Dear Gusties from the Class of 1965,

September 11, 2010 brought me back to Gustavus for the annual Volunteer Leadership meeting.  As per usual, the day was glorious with the sun shining, flowers still smiling, and a gorgeous campus filled with younger than us Gusties dressed in a lot of black and gold. Because it was the anniversary of 9/11, visitors, students, alumni, and anyone who arrived on campus were greeted with hundreds of small American flags laid out on the grassy area by the student union in the shape of the Twin Towers and the Pentagon. It was an impressive display done by the College Republicans.

After some Swedish coffee, breads, the college’s famous caramel rolls, and some mingling with other Gustie alumni, the meeting portion of the morning began.  I must tell you, I was treated to a wonderful surprise.  Randall Stuckey ’83, Director of Alumni Relations, was in front of the group and this is how he began:

“Our first Class of the Year is the Class of 1965.”  Eleven classmates served on their virtual reunion committee−all their work was done electronically on the Gustavus web site and six conference calls.  Their work generated six class letters, 24 percent of the class attended their reunion, close to 50 percent of the class gave gifts, and during a reunion activity they started their class scholarship fund.”

Classmates, I was very proud to be called up to the front for recognition of our class, some handshaking, and a picture with the President of the College, Jack Ohle, and President of the Alumni Board, Ron White ’75.  Many thanks goes to the reunion committee, callers, classmates who shared news, reunion attendees, and the almost 50% who contributed to the Gustavus Annual Fund.  Your class agents, Elaine Buck Stenman, Arlyn Tolzmann, and I are looking forward to continuing the successes that our 45th reunion brought about… renewing friendships, remembering our youth, being on the grounds of a wonderful campus, praying in the Gustavus chapel and experiencing the beauty of the stained glass windows once more, gift giving to our alma mater, and the beginning of a class scholarship, which is a gift that will outlast all of us.

You might recall from our last newsletter, we agreed at the 45th class reunion to endow a scholarship in the name of “The Class of 1965.”  We need a minimum of $25,000 and this goal is certainly within reach for us.  Consider making a Christmas gift to this fund this year.  Remember, this is a fund in addition to our usual Annual Fund support.  When you send a check make sure it is noted, “The Class of 1965 Endowed Scholarship Fund.”  Elaine Buck Stenman sends the message to classmates that she and Fred are sending in their pledge to the scholarship fund.  We will keep you posted on our scholarship fund…we will be able to see it grow as we write each class letter.  At the time of this letter, the amount contributed to the Class of 1965 Endowed Scholarship is at $950.


We have news from our classmates…(and by the way, let’s continue the trend of sharing)

Irene Pierson Suddard, Bev Bellig Ryan, and Carol Buse Bossman, part of our matriculation group in the fall of 1961 gathered for lunch at Crave’s Restaurant in St. Louis Park on Monday, May 10th.  They looked in detail at recent Class of ’65 Newsletters that Irene brought along and reminisced about their two years at Gustavus.  They shared many fond memories!

Bev Bellig married Dan Ryan in 1965.  They have two daughters, Shannon and Courtney, plus two granddaughters.  Bev lived in Atlanta for ten years before returning to the Midwest as a postal carrier.  Bev insists she is young enough to still be working!  Through the years Bev has been involved in service trips to disaster areas.  For example, work in New Orleans following Katrina, work in Cedar Rapids following the flood, and building houses in the West Indies.  So rewarding have these service projects been, that Bev encourages classmates to become similarly involved!

Jim Fredrickson left the Hill for a stint in the U.S. Navy.  He was sworn in on October 3, 1963 and finished his training specialty, electronics, in May 1965.  He did a one-year duty tour in the Panama Canal Zone followed by a year of Viet Nam duty.  In August 1967 Jim was released from active duty.  After receiving a degree in business Jim joined St. Paul Companies (now Travelers) as an underwriter.  He was sent to Boston and then Nashville.  Jim’s pastor there introduced him to his bride-to-be in April 1973.  They were married the following September.  A son, Jon, was born in 1975, a son, Charlie, followed in 1977, and a daughter, Kathryn Marie, joined them in 1978.  Jim is retired but his wife, Karen, is a reference librarian at the public library in Bellwood, IL.  Jim received half a dozen Iris bulbs from his mother some years ago.  Now, judging from Jim’s email message, Bellwood is adorned with hundreds and hundreds of re-plantings from those original six!!  Jim also specializes in raspberry growing, which leads to fresh homemade pie and freezer jam, both of which he’s quite proud of.

Terry Keating was graduated by Gustavus in December 1965.  In May 1966 he entered the U.S. Navy’s O.C.S. program.  He received his Commission in August and received his naval aviator Wings on October 27, 1967.  An important milestone between those two events was his marriage to Erleen in December 1966.  Shortly after receiving his Wings, Terry served two, nine-month tours on an aircraft carrier off Viet Nam.  Terry was later discharged, but retained reserve status for eleven years.  Then Terry started a tire and auto service business in Fort Collins with a navy officer friend.  That business prospered from 1976 to 1993.  Terry retired in January 1994.  Erleen and Terry adopted two children through Lutheran Social Service; a son born in June 1980 and a daughter born in February 1986.  They have no grandchildren though their son is married.  Erleen served as a teacher for twenty-nine years in a total of seven states.  Terry and Erleen spend time each summer in a time-share near Alexandria, MN.

Mart Lind taught science at the youth correctional facility in Red Wing, MN for 30 + years.  He retired in 1998.  There was a special focus on developing positive group interaction in Mart’s classes; the purpose being to reintegrate inmates to society.  For many years Mart was a bow and arrow big game hunter.  He harvested deer, elk, caribou, and bear through the years.  Five years ago Mart left his hunting pursuits and focused 100 % of his free time on his woodcarving hobby.  He creates historical faces, busts, and miniature items.  Mart emphasizes realistic portrayal of historical figures.  Mart enters wood carving competitions and judges shows.  Mart’s wife is Marsha and he has two stepchildren.  They’re married and Mart has one step-grandchild.

Karen Nilsson Nelson attended the 50th Anniversary of Gustavus' nursing program founding in early June 2010.  Thus she missed our 45th graduation anniversary gathering.  She hopes to attend our 50th reunion.  Karen continues serving as director of the Public Health Department in Wadena County, MN.  Karen notes that she’s served in public health for 45 years, thirteen years in Dakota County and the remainder in Wadena County.  She plans to retire in 2011, as soon as her younger daughter graduates from medical school.  We were saddened to learn that Karen’s husband, Lawrence (Lars), died six years ago while vacationing in Montana.  Lars was a fitness enthusiast and appeared to be in fine health.  Karen’s older daughter is a psychologist, married, and lives in California.  During her public health career Karen received two state of Minnesota awards; one for leadership in public health and one for leadership in public health nursing.

Kathleen Johnson Solberg did not attend our reunion because she was in Paris with her husband and daughter.

Irene Pierson Suddard missed our 45th reunion because her Goddaughter was married that weekend.  Irene had a dual career, in medical service and in the arts.  She served as medical director for the state of Minnesota Social Security disability program.  Then she became executive director of Young Audiences of Minnesota., which focuses on bringing arts education into schools.  Irene is now retired.  She is married to Alan Suddard, a physician. They have one daughter.  In addition, Irene has six step-daughters, twenty-three step-grandchildren, and ten step-great grandchildren!  She said it takes a huge wall calendar to keep birthdays in proper order.

Mark Kuechenmeister writes…after graduating from Gustavus he completed his M.D. at the University of Minnesota and then ophthalmology training at the University of Washington in Seattle.  From 1975 to 2005 he practiced ophthalmology in Walla Walla, Washington.  He and his wife, Anne, live half time in Walla Walla and half time on the big island of Hawaii.  Collectively they have four children and three grandchildren.  Their son, Kevin, graduated from Gustavus in 1999 and lives in Savage MN.

Dick and Sue (Hansen) Rohloff are enjoying retirement on the lake in northern Minnesota and wintering in McAllen, TX.  They enjoy cruising, golfing, Canadian fun trips, and especially eight grandchildren.  He was not able to attend the reunion as he was scheduled to have his other knee replaced.

Iris Benson Smyth is moving back to her childhood home in southwest Minneapolis by the end of 2010.

Harvy Bartlett is pastor of Brownington Village Congregational Church and Irasburg United Church in Browning, VT and Irasburg, VT.

Elaine Buck Stenman and her husband, Fred ’66, have 4 children and 9 grandchildren ages 2 to 19.  She was a chemist for Toni Company 40 years ago, but on moving to St. Cloud she was the manager of the Arts Co-op in St. Cloud for 15 years.  She and Fred have a business of teaching wood carving classes and selling carvings they make at Juried Shows.  They winter in Mission, Texas next to McAllen and are in St. Cloud when not teaching somewhere across the country.  They also grow raspberries and she wonders if classmate Jim Fredrickson knows about golden raspberries that are super sweet?  Elaine sends the message to classmates that she and Fred are sending in their pledge to the scholarship fund and she hopes that many of you will consider this as well.

Delight Licklider Byrd continues as full time faculty at Bellevue University.  Her husband, Dale, retired a year ago.  They travel when possible and just recently vacationed in Taos and Santa Fe, NM.  Dee also visits daughter, Katie Wreed Bell, ’97 and family in Atlanta.

Arlyn Tolzmann and Jeanne (Mingus ’67) are leading a tour to Portugal and Spain in November.  Their son, who speaks Spanish fluently, will be with them on the tour.  Arlyn is looking forward to his role as a class agent for our class.

Campus News

150th Anniversary Commemorative Alumni Directory

The Gustavus Alumni Association is bringing together about 25,000 Gusties to celebrate the College’s 150th anniversary.  In partnership with Publishing Concepts, Inc. (PCI), Gustavus will produce the 150th Anniversary Commemorative Alumni Directory.  Over the next couple of months, PCI will be contacting Gustavus alumni via phone, mail, and e-mail to request that you update your information.  We know you don’t want to provide your information to just anyone, so we want you to be aware of this project and encourage your participation.  For more information, call the Office of Alumni Relations at 800-487-8437.

Nobel Conference

What is Good Food?  The Nobel Conference® 46, Making Food Good, was held Oct. 5-6.  It explored the many levels of this question from our seven distinguished panelists.  We considered varied and various conceptions of goodness and the challenges involved with the way they intersect with each other.  Contemporary food issues like community food security; the local foods movement; food crops as fuel crops; school lunches; genetic modification of food plants and animals; molecular gastronomy; and protecting genetic diversity of plants and animals were considered.  You can view the talks at:

Athletics Hall of Fame

Gustavus inducted new members into its Athletics Hall of Fame at a banquet on Saturday, Oct. 9.  Inductees for 2010 are:  Evie Cieslar Erdman ’73, benefactor; Duke Paluch ’84, tennis; Erik Allen ’92, basketball; Peter Anderson ’92, golf; Leigh Stocker Berger ’92, volleyball; Angela White Vick ’92, track and field; Heidi Rostberg Carlson ’93, tennis; Erik Hendrikson ’94, hockey, football; Paige Tierney Sullivan ’95, soccer; 1990 Women’s Tennis National Championship―Hall of Fame Moment.

“Come on You Gusties” Breakfast

Once a month, Gusties gather for coffee, breakfast, and great conversation along with a campus speaker.  All Gusties are welcomed and invited to the breakfast, third Wednesday of the month, 8-9:30 a.m. at the Doubletree Hotel, Minneapolis-Park Place, 1500 Park Place Boulevard.  Cost is $10 at the door.  Upcoming breakfasts include Jim Dontje, Oct. 20, on the topic of Nobel; Jeff Stocco, dean of students, on Nov. 17; Neal Hagberg ’81 and Leandra Peak ’83, musicians, on Dec. 15; and the winter sports coaches on Jan. 19.

Christmas in Christ Chapel Tickets

Tickets for Christmas in Christ Chapel 2010 will be available on Monday, Oct. 18 at noon.  Service dates are Friday, Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 4 at 3:30 p.m. and 7: 30 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 4 at 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.  Tickets are $17.50 each and available online via credit card at:  If you do not have access to the Internet, tickets are available by calling the Office of Marketing and Communication at 507-933-7520.

Best wishes,

Beverly Nordskog Hedeen

1965 Co-class Agent