Class of ’65

October 2013

Dear fellow ʼ65 classmates,

I went to Norway this summer with my sisters on a St. Olaf Choir groupie tour.  I realized that I was missing something not being connected to my college.  I have now looked at some of the Gustie trips that are offered.  Seeing the fun the Ole’s had, I wanted to connect again with my old Gustie friends.

Others of you are also traveling.  Dave Larson and Jody are going to Washington, DC with the Gustie Civil War Tour led by the preeminent civil war historian, James McPherson ʼ58.  Jim also grew up in St. Peter and his dad was Dave’s 11th grade math teacher.  David’s mom, Ruth (class of ʼ33) still lives in St. Peter and celebrated her 100th birthday in March.  Congratulations.  Dave and wife Jody spent their adult married lives in Santa Fe, NM.  They are avid hikers, especially in the mountains and canyons of the southwest.  Being retired, they have traveled all over the world to every continent.  Dave reports he still enjoys pizza and a cold beer.  If you have read McPherson’s book, Let Freedom Ring, you have my admiration.  It is impressive.

Pat Bonnet reports a common theme, retired but still busy.  She tutors part-time at a nearby high school.  She also visits her daughter and family in France as often as she can (about 4x/year.)  Otherwise they are taking in a lot of the richness (arts, geography, history, sports) of Boston.

Mary Tordsen Kitundu is “sort of retired.”  She defines this as building a 500 bed hospital with Denny Lofstrom ʼ51 and his wife, her brother-in-law and hundreds of volunteers.  It is in Zinga, about 16 kilometers from Bagamoyo in Tanzania.  They need help (come and volunteer), people to tell the story, and donate money, but it is a great project and keeps her very busy.  She also continues to paint thanks to the art courses at Gustavus.  She enclosed a picture of the first course of cement blocks in a 10-room outpatient department.  The master plan calls for 26 buildings.  Go to: for more information on how to stay young!  All I can say is WOW and I am interested.

Paul Nelson acknowledges that he hasn't been a great sharer of news, but not because he doesn't think about Gustavus and Gusties.  He is retired from Augsburg Fortress Publishers.  He and Sharon live in Bradenton, FL, but also travel to California, home to two children and seven grandchildren.  He and Sharon enjoy playing cards and community theater productions.  He kept a diary in college.  The weekend of October 17-20, 1963, was Homecoming Weekend, and we were fortunate to have the New Christy Minstrels visit Gustavus for a Sunday evening concert.  During his working years he had the good fortune to run across Arlyn Tolzmann, Keith Hammer ʼ67, and others.  He keeps in contact with good friend and roommate, Milo Larson, as they still go to their high school reunions in South Dakota.  He hopes he will be able to put in an appearance at our 50th class reunion in 2015 and I hope so too.

Dee Licklider Byrd and husband also like pizza, wine and a movie at home on Friday night.  Dee is recently retired from teaching at Bellevue University but keeps busy with Board duties.  One is the Immanuel Communities in Omaha.  The other is a community based non-profit, Partnerships in Aging, of the Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging.  She and husband, Dale, also travel, especially road trips in the USA (New Mexico, Illinois, Amana Colonies, Colorado and Lake Okoboji, to name a few this year).  Dee states a common theme of being 70, the enjoyment of visiting with adult children and grandchildren (12).

Dave Jordahl says that pizza and beer are still staples of his week, but his big news is an upcoming trip to Uganda.  His daughter-in-law, son, daughter and son-in-law bought him a ticket.  They will all be spending six weeks there for his 70th birthday.  His daughter-in-law is the executive director of, based in Uganda and Boulder, CO.  He has a hobby making wooden things (toys, boxes, cutting boards, etc.) and selling them on

Arlyn Tolzmann is appreciating the end of the work week again, as he is a full time interim pastor.  When not working, he and Jeanne (Mingus ʼ67) like to go to a Friday afternoon movie and then out to eat.  Pizza and beer are more of a Saturday night event.

Jack and Judith (Jagusch ʼ69) Johnson reflected that it is hard to believe that our 50th reunion is within sight.  Jack remembers how really old the 50th reunion alums looked back when we were undergrads.  He then said “Hmmm…”

I say ditto to that thought.

Mary Kohlmeyer Tauer appreciated my note to her.  She is in New Mexico.

Thank you classmates for sharing some of what it is like to be 70 in your world.  College days are long past, but my memories have never gone completely away.  And we did share the early ʼ60s, a tumultuous time in the world, in the safety of our small college on the hill.

My husband, Tom Carlson, and I are hoping to go to the 50th reunion.  I went to my high school 50th and fell in love all over again with high school and the late ʼ50s.

With best wishes that this finds you well,

Linn Ostberg

1965 Communications Chair

Campus News

President Ohle Announces Retirement

Jack R. Ohle, the 16th President of Gustavus Adolphus College, has announced his retirement effective at the end of the 2013-14 academic year when he will complete his sixth year as president of the College.  He began his service to Gustavus on July 1, 2008, and will officially retire on June 30, 2014.  Ohle submitted, and the Board accepted, a letter announcing his retirement to the Board of Trustees at its June.  The Board of Trustees has initiated a search to find President Ohle’s successor who will begin serving the College in the summer of 2014.

Gustavus Library Associates - A Royal Affair

On Saturday, November 16, Gustavus Library Associates (GLA) will host its 18th biennial benefit...A Royal Affair.  More than 500 guests are expected to attend this gala dinner/auction benefit at the Radisson Blu Mall of America, Bloomington, Minnesota.  Realized proceeds are designated for the GLA endowment of the Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library.

Nobel Conference XLIX

What is the universe made of?  Where did it come from?  Where is it going?  These questions were explored at Nobel Conference 49, “The Universe at Its Limits,” held October 1 and 2.  Eight invited speakers and about 5,000 guests explored these questions in the light of recent discoveries and spent time contemplating both their scientific and philosophical implications.

Upcoming Events

Athletics Hall of Fame Banquet – November 2

Gustavus Library Associates – A Royal Affair – Radisson Blu, Bloomington – Nov. 16

Lifelong Learning Event – JFK Assassination by David Jones ʼ83 – Nov. 19

Christmas in Christ Chapel – Dec. 6, 7 and 8.