Class of '66
October 2004

Dear Class of ’66,

As usual, I feel like an Egyptian mummy…pressed for time.  I heard that quip at the Nobel Conference on “The Science of Aging” and thought it described many of us “retired” folks.  Retired sometimes translates into ‘tired’ because we are so busy enjoying all life has to offer.  To those of you who are still working, retirement is something worth getting excited about.

Greetings to all of you from Crosslake, MN.  We have had a busy summer opening up our home to many young people and groups.  We are blessed to be on a lake and enjoy sharing it with others.

The 40th Nobel Conference was excellent.  Aging takes on a new meaning at our age, so Hans and I eagerly joined the 6,000 others at the conference to be challenged, enlightened and encouraged.  We were not disappointed.  Researchers are still asking and trying to answer questions about how and why we age.  But what if you could take a pill that slows or stops aging.  When would you take that pill?  I love the retirement years.  Maybe this would be a good time for that pill!

We’ve enjoyed a colorful fall and revisiting Gustavus with all its splendor and beauty reminded me of the artistic nature of our Creator.

I saw a number of our classmates at the conference.  We fondly reminisced about the Gustavus we remembered and felt fortunate to still have the opportunity to return and learn.

Hopefully you will find your way back to Gustavus and the wonderful memories of “Hello Walk.”  Gustavus has helped shape us.  Our thankfulness may be expressed in many ways.  Let’s all consider giving to the Alumni Fund.

Friendships formed at Gustavus can be lifelong.  Our three children attended and graduated from Gustavus and all continue to stay connected with Gusties.  Our oldest son and his wife had their yearly, weekend gathering with Gustavus friends at our lake place.  The numbers this year totaled 34.  Nineteen of them were children under the age of 10!  There could be a few Gusties in the future.

Keeping connected with our Gustavus friends is important.  Thanks so much to all of you who send information that we can include in this letter.  To the rest of you, take a few minutes to give us an update.  We love hearing from you.

Here’s some class news: 

Gerald Boler was featured in a Fairmont Sentinel newspaper article entitled, “Hope to learn, accomplish more.”  He is running for a second term on the Martin County Commission.  As a former farmer, his agricultural experience was an asset during his first term and he hopes to put it to work again.  He received a business degree from Gustavus.

Stephen Otto is employed by the Appleton Public Schools.  This is his 37th year in education and he will be retiring after this school year.  Enjoy retirement when it happens!

Cheryl Downey was interviewed by the Free Press of Mankato this summer.  In the article entitled “Down with Hollywood,” she was asked why she chose Gustavus.  Her reply was a quote from her high school drama teacher.  “Lots of schools have good theater departments, but only Gustavus has Mrs. A!”  Those of you who had Mrs. A can appreciate that quote.

Phil Rogosheske supervises student teachers for St. Cloud State University.  He put on the Clearwater Travel Plaza Trail Run and the Grayston Trail Run.  He is the grooming coordinator for the city of St. Cloud and is responsible for grooming conditions on the Nordic ski trails around St. Cloud.  At our age not many of us have the enthusiasm for snow that you do Phil!

Caroline Sandin Basley recently retired from teaching elementary and middle school art. 

The retired group is getting bigger.  Enjoy your new life!

Nancy Nordlund Hansen lives in Evans, Colorado and is a retired booking technician.  She has two children, one daughter-in-law, one soon to be son-in-law and two adorable grandchildren.  Isn’t grandparenting great?

Vicki Brown Johnson lives in Maple Grove, MN and enjoys retirement by keeping busy with grandchildren, travel, golf, gardening and volunteering.  Retirement does not mean slowing down!

Betsy Tripp Schroeder lives in Aspen, CO, but spends her summers on the Whitefish Chain near Crosslake, MN.  She retired from teaching in 2002 after teaching 36 years in the Aspen School District.  Betsy and I enjoy our Gustavus friendship all summer long.

Richard ’64 and Joan (Benson) Dornfeld are both enjoying retirement from teaching.  Dick hasn’t left the teaching environment entirely because he does some substituting.  Joan occasionally works at the Dodge Nature Center in West St. Paul as a naturalist instructor.  They travel to Billings, MT as often as they can to visit their two grandchildren, daughter and son-in-law.  Their son, Jay, is following Dad and becoming a physics teacher.  Following in dad’s footsteps is a dream for many.

Sandra Gunderson Goff from Great Falls, Montana made a trip to Israel following a year of studying Hebrew roots.  She says it’s wonderful to have the Jewish perspective on our faith from Messianic Jews.  Hans and I visited Israel and found it life-changing.

Trudy Enlund-Johnson lives in Shoreview.  Enjoying retirement means quilting, teaching quilting classes and traveling.  I’m sure many of us enjoy quilting like you do.

Anthony Soo is the Principal of Marlborough College in British Columbia, Canada. 

There are still a few classmates working!

Carl Sjoding is an M.D. at the Duluth Clinic West.  He says he’s still “practicing” medicine, hoping someday he’ll get it right!  He loves curling all winter and golfing all summer wondering if there is anything else!  Oh, yes, UMD Bulldog Hockey!

Nancy Emerson Newson and her husband, Dave, continue to enjoy retirement from teaching.  As we all know when we retire there is no such thing as retirement!  Nancy is busy as a full-time granny-nanny for her youngest granddaughter, Cate.  She still manages to run everyday and keeps up with her tennis game.  There’s no sittin’ in the rocking chair for you, Nancy!

Kitty Carlson Lovitt is retired as a nurse practitioner from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in 2000.  She and her husband live in Mesa, AZ and Richardson, TX.  Kitty plays golf, tennis, hikes, bikes, reads and enjoys 10 grandchildren.  She says, “Life is good.”  I believe it!  She hopes her husband, Bob, will retire soon.

Hopefully you’ve enjoyed reading about some of your classmates.  We want to hear from more of you for our next letter in 2005.  Have a nice fall and holiday season.

Sharon Anderson Engman

Campus News:

143rd Academic Year Begins

Classes began Sept. 8 with 657 first-year Gustavus students and 2,500 in all.  Long-standing orientation traditions such as the Square Dance and President’s Banquet have been joined by newer traditions like Gustie Greeter Orientation Groups and the Reading in Common program.  These newer programs were created to provide a more meaningful transition and to encourage students to meet others outside their residence hall.

Nobel Conference, The Science of Aging

The 40th Anniversary of the Nobel Conference was on the Science of Aging.  The campus hosted over 6,000 guests October 5-6 to learn about the research molecular biologist are conducting on longevity, Alzheimer’s, and delaying debilitating disease and how this impacts life expectancy, the economy, and the health-care system.

New Residence Hall

Work crews have been busy this summer and fall constructing a new residence hall on campus.  The goal is to have the building enclosed before winter.  The building, located southwest of the football field, will house 200 students in suites and apartments and is scheduled to open for fall 2005.

Gustie Pages

Looking for a dentist, doctor, lawyer, pastor, realtor, and much more?  Make it a Gustie!  The Gustie Pages is an online database of Gusties who have submitted information about their profession.  Use the Gustavus network to meet your needs or submit your professional information if you would like other Gusties to be your customers.

Athletics Hall of Fame

The Gustavus Adolphus College Athletics Department has chosen eight individuals for induction into its Athletics Hall of Fame.  The 2004 inductees include Lori Allen ’88 (golf), Jim Chalin ’76 (basketball), Bruce Edwards ’77 (ice hockey), Barb Jaeger ’88 (soccer), Dean Kraus ’89 (football), Pachi Lopez ’71 (soccer), Greg Peterson ’88 (golf), and Gary Reinholtz (long-time athletic trainer, benefactor).  This group was honored at the Athletics Hall of Fame Banquet, which was Saturday, October 16.

Extraordinary Place

Gustavus is once again ranked among the top 100 liberal arts colleges in the nation in U.S. News and World Report's annual college rankings.  Gustavus is one of five Minnesota colleges in the top 100 national liberal arts colleges for overall quality (Carleton, Macalester, St. Olaf, Gustavus, St. John’s).  The ranking groups schools into categories based on a national educational classification that includes national liberal arts colleges, national doctoral universities (University of Minnesota, St. Thomas), regional master's degree-granting universities (Hamline, St. Catherine’s, Bethel, Augsburg), and comprehensive regional colleges (Concordia-St Paul).

Upcoming Events

  • Christmas in Christ Chapel: “Seasons of Promise” – December 3-5
  • St. Lucia Festival – December 9
  • Class of 1954 and 50 Year Club Reunion – May 27-28
  • Class Reunions for 1960, 1965, 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000 – October 7-9, 2005