Class of 1965

April 2011

Dear Classmates,

“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.”

One more time!  Our 45-year reunion was great!  We don’t look or act that old.  It must have been a great year.

Some of us have already pledged and paid into the Class of 1965 Scholarship Fund.  Paul Hammer is doing a good job with this, so keep him busy and take some time to donate and help build up this class legacy.

The news from our classmates begins here (some are very brief):

If any of you were on campus in late November or December, Linda Larson McNary had a multi-media piece in the Alumni Invitational Art Exhibition.  Her piece was titled:  Ars Longa, Academia Brevis at the Hillstrom Museum.  Now, I remember living there, but I need Linda to explain her art work.

Kathy Collins Jager (Glendale, AZ) traveled to Uganda, Africa for two months as a health nurse missionary and had an amazing experience.  It looks like she also works as a home care nurse.

Diane Yost Graham (Fridley, MN) is retired from being a school nurse in Brooklyn Center.

Jim Fredrickson (La Grange, IL) is retired.

John Kulander (St. Ann, MO) is retired.  “We spend some time in the St. Louis area each November for a woodcarving show.”

David Lester (Staples, MN) can be found at the Staples Ace Hardware store.

David and Susan (England ʼ66) Hendrickson (Cottage Grove, MN) enjoyed a reunion with seven classmates at Tanque Verde Ranch, AZ in October.  David is a semi-retired ophthalmologist and works three days a week.  Susan is a church and hospital volunteer.  They have children and grandchildren in Tennessee and Minneapolis.

Charles Rodning is serving as a professor in the Department of Surgery at the College of Medicine and Medical Center at the University of Alabama, Mobile.  He is president of the Alabama chapter of the College of Surgeons and president of the Medical Society County of Mobile.  He also is a recent recipient of The Distinguished Service award from the Alumni Association, College of Medicine at The University of South Alabama for his three decades of mentorship and scholarship.

As for Elaine Buck Stenman...Fred and I are enjoying spending the winter in our south Texas winter home in Mission, Texas.  Mart Lind (Red Wing, MN) and his wife, Marsha, are here also and live just down the street from us.  Mart keeps busy with woodcarving and pool.

That’s all the news that I received this time.  SEND MORE!

In closing I am now joining a group that I had not expected to join at this time.  I am now a breast cancer survivor, embarking on the rest of my life.  My yearly mammogram discovered a small but aggressive tumor which was successfully removed just before Christmas.  I am all healed up and will begin the next step soon.  I just want to remind all of you to be vigilant.  Take the time to check things out.  Even men should be aware that it occasionally can happen to them, as a male friend recently discovered.

Let us hear from YOU ALL soon.  The more of you that let us know what you are doing the better.  Maybe our next Class Letter can be longer.

Elaine Buck Stenman

1965 Class Agent


Campus News

Alumni Association Awards Announced

The Greater Gustavus Award is the highest award given to those, who by deed, have notably advanced and aided Gustavus Adolphus College.  Walter Youngquist ’42, Eugene, OR, chair emeritus, Department of Geology, University of Oregon, and consulting geologist, was selected as the 2011 recipient of the Greater Gustavus Award.  Youngquist has established five different endowed funds at the College and is the recipient of a Gustavus Distinguished Alumni Citation in the field of geology in 2002.  Walter’s father, Walter Youngquist ’16, received the Greater Gustavus Award in 1953.

Distinguished Alumni Citations recognize outstanding and exceptional professional achievement, such as unusual honor accorded to the individual in his or her field of endeavor.  Named as 2011 recipients are John “Jack” Bergman ’69, St. Francisville, LA, lieutenant general, retired, United States Marine Corp., in the field of military service; Robert Brown ’83, Rochester, MN, John T. and Lillian Matthews Professor of Neuroscience, Chair of Department of Neurology, Mayo Clinic, in the field of medicine; and Mark Thomsen ’78, Henderson, NV, professional operatic tenor, in the field of music.

The First Decade Award recognizes early professional achievement to one female and one male in the 10th Anniversary Class.  Selected were Kirsten Cullen Sharma ’01, New York, NY, clinical assistant professor, New York University Child Study Center, New York University Langone Medical Center, and Jonathan Poole ’01, Washington, DC, special agent, violent crime branch, Diplomatic Security Service, U.S. Department of State.  The Awards will be presented at the Alumni Banquet on Saturday, May 28.

Sesquicentennial Award

In 2011–2012, Gustavus will celebrate its 150th academic year.  The Board of Trustees has established an award in honor of this Sesquicentennial anniversary to recognize individuals who have made a significant difference in the life of the College.  The award, called “The Sesquicentennial Award,” will acknowledge and pay tribute to living alumni, parents, friends, and retired faculty and staff who:

  • Through actions in their personal or professional lives, have advanced the status of Gustavus as a premier liberal arts college;
  • Have set a new precedent in the ways they supported and advanced the mission of the College as an institution dedicated to preparing students “for fulfilling lives of leadership and service in society”; and/or
  • Have brought particular dignity or honor to the College.

Please submit nominations online at .  For more information about the Sesquicentennial Awards, visit .

“Come on You Gusties” Breakfasts

Engage with other alumni and learn something new about your alma mater at the monthly Gustie breakfasts.  The speaker for May the speaker will be Carolyn O’Grady, international education and for June it is Grady St. Dennis, director of church relations.  The Minneapolis breakfast is Wednesday, May 18, 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 e-mailing the Office of Alumni Relations at or by calling 800-487-8437.

The St. Peter breakfast will be Wednesday, May 11, 7:30–9 a.m. in a campus banquet room in the C. Charles Jackson Campus Center.  Cost is $8 per person, or $15 for two, payable at the door.  Reserve your spot by e-mailing or by calling 507-933-7512.

Chapter Gatherings

This year President and Kris Ohle have traveled to many parts of the country and made 15 stops in various cities, in order to reach out to all of our alumni and bring them an update from the College.  There is still one more on the calendar, so if you live in the Chicago area, please mark your calendar for – Friday, April 29.

Summer will bring another round of picnic gatherings – so please mark your calendar if you live near one of these locations:

Mankato, MN – May 31

Rochester, MN – June 1

Sioux Falls, SD – June 6

Fargo, ND/Moorhead, MN – June 7

St. Cloud, MN – June 8

Apple Valley, MN – July 12

Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN – July 13

Long Lake, MN – July 14

Duluth, MN – July 26

Grand Rapids, MN – July 27

Brainerd, MN - July 28


Books in Bloom

“Books in Bloom,” a new initiative hosted by GLA to benefit and celebrate Folke Bernadotte Library, will be held on Honors Weekend, May 6-8, 2011.  Based on the Minneapolis Institute of Art’s “Art in Bloom,” floral arrangements depicting more than 20 different books, films, and periodicals will be placed throughout the library.  Each arrangement is sponsored by a $500 donation with all proceeds going to fund new acquisitions for the library.  Professional floral designers as well as those who simply love plants and flowers will create the arrangements.  The exhibit is free and open to the public.  Hours are Friday 3-7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. - 6p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.  A brochure with a brief description of the materials and a map for self-guided tours will be available.  Also, student led tours are scheduled throughout the weekend.