Class of '66
July 2006


Reunion dates ― October 6 & 7, 2006

Dear 40th Reunion Classmates,

My first class letter in forty years

Doesn’t that just bring you to tears?

I wanted to get your attention

So you will not be in abstention.

We need to see your smiley face

So our reunion can take place.

Lots of memories to recall

Please come and share with us all.

So many are retired

We, who work, may just get fired.

A varied lot we are

And have maybe changed the world

But, let’s talk and compare notes

To see if our efforts have not been remote.

Our college continues to need our support

So please consider a gift of any sort.

If you can bump it up a tad

It will make an impression that’s not too bad.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my fractured poem

Maybe it will induce you to come home.

Class News

So many are retired and/or have grandchildren I’m going to just provide a list.  We can all get the details and look at the photos at the event!

Granny Nanny Emerson Newson is expecting her fourth grandchild this summer.

Vicki Brown Johnson is retired, travels, gardens and sees grandchildren.

Julia Hagen Accola is retired.

Stephen A Otto is retired.

Bill Laumann is retired (since ’99) and works for Blue Earth County Library.  He and Robin have three grandchildren.

Daryl and Carla (Anderson ’67) Batalden have four children and two grandchildren.  He works in a 10-person surgery group.

Ron and Esther (Peterson) Martens.  Ron is owner/president of ABM Equipment and Supply and Esther is retired.

Caroline Sandin Basley is retired with three grandchildren.

Ardis Nelson Archer retired and busy with grandchildren.

Bob and Sue Panzer are both retired and have a fourth grandchild on the way.

David and Joyce Rogosheske are retired.

Jo (Henke) and Denny Henriksen are retired teachers with five grandchildren.

Richard ’64 and Joan (Benson) Dornfeld are retired except for Joan working at the Dodge Nature Center in the spring and fall.  They have two grandchildren.

Rear Admiral James S Allan has retired from the U.S. Department of the Navy after 38 years of active duty.  He leaves with multiple awards and honors.  Not the least of which are the Defense Superior Service Medal (with oakleaf cluster), Legion of Merit (with two stars), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, and the Navy Achievement Medal.  WOW!  Congratulations!

Other news items include:

Cheryl Downey is executive director of the Costume Designers Guild.  Her son, Christopher, completed frosh year at Gustavus and her flamenco dancing daughter is in high school.

Dave and Jean (Sieveke ’69) Dovenberg are looking towards retirement in several more years.  Jean is a full-time doting grandmother.

J. Paul Carlson is in his 30th year of hematology/oncology at Park Nicollet Clinic.  He and Anne (Berg ’68) have two grandchildren.

Sympathy is extended to Ruth Moody Tsu on the death of her husband in October of 2004.  She is a part-time education consultant in Hodd River, Oregon.  She has two grandchildren.

For me, I am still working and there are no grandchildren in the near future.  After a year of working in clinical pharmaceutical research at Prism in St. Paul, I missed being a nurse and am now the evening supervisor at Cerenity Care Center of White Bear Lake.  After almost 17 years in LTC, I can’t stay away from those wonderful residents!  See you in October!

Catherine Anderson Schoonover

1966 Reunion Committee Member

The Reunion Details and a note from Eric Gustavson:

Reunion Theme:  Get your Kicks on Route 66

Saturday, October 7th [11:00 am – 1:00 pm]  Social Time in the Faculty Lounge.  Some may wish to attend the football game that afternoon.  No Cost for this event.

Saturday, October 7th [4:00pm]  Social Hour/Dinner/Light Program at the Shoreland Golf Course.  Cost:  $20.00 per person.  We will give you a choice of entrees at a later date.

Class Gift

There are several opportunities for us to show our appreciation for all that Gustavus has meant to us.  For example, Deidra and I have chosen to include Gustavus in our estate planning with a fairly sizeable gift.  Such a gift is included in the reunion gift totals for our class.  That may be one way you decide to participate.  A full list of options for your giving can be found at:  Please consider a gift in any amount to be added to our class total as a way to say “Thank you” to the school that impacted our lives in so many positive ways.

Please join us for our big day in October.  It will be so good to see all of you back on campus looking better than ever!

Eric Gustavson

1966 Reunion Committee Member

Campus News

The Value of a Lutheran College Education

In 1998 and in 2004, 39 Lutheran colleges sponsored a major, nationwide research project to access the educational effectiveness of Lutheran colleges in comparison to other sectors of higher education.  The studies show the numerous strengths of Lutheran colleges, including four-year graduation rate (at Gustavus the rate is 80%), small class sizes, having a sense of community, and integrating values and ethics into classroom discussions.

Cover Mississippi Blanket Drive

When two Gustavus seniors returned from doing hurricane relief work in Mississippi in January, they knew they had to do more. So they organized a collection effort for blankets and quilts to aid people in southern Mississippi.  The project collected an estimated 70,000 square feet of blankets and towels exceeding their goal of 48,000 square feet (Mississippi is approximately 48,000 square miles) to “Cover Mississippi.”  When the students told their story at the College’s annual meeting of the Association of Congregations and explained that the original transportation for the blankets fell through, Bob and Anne (Peterson ‘62) Sorensen volunteered to rent a truck and make the delivery to Ocean Springs, MS.

Summer Reading

Each summer incoming Gustavus students are asked to complete a “Reading in Common” that will be discussed during New Student Orientation and, for some students, during their First Term Seminar course.  The Reading in Common selection for 2006-07 is Honky by Dalton Conley.  This intensely personal and engaging memoir is the coming-of-age story of a white boy growing up in a neighborhood of predominantly African American and Latino housing projects on New York’s Lower East Side.  Dalton Conley will give a campus lecture on Wednesday, Sept. 20, in Christ Chapel. Feel free to join us in this common Gustavus experience.

Gustavus Library Associates Minnesota Centennial Showboat Event

Join Gustavus Library Associates for an evening of dinner and theatre on Aug. 1 aboard the Minnesota Centennial Showboat in St. Paul. Social hour begins at 6 p.m. with dinner following at 6:30 p.m.  The curtain rises for Forty-Five Minutes from Broadway at 8 p.m. Tickets are $52 per person, and reservations may be made by calling the Office of College Relations at 507/933-7520.

Extraordinary Athletics

The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and the United States Sports Academy have announced the final totals for the 2005-06 Directors’ Cup and Gustavus finished 10th out of 435 competing NCAA Division III institutions.  The Directors’ Cup, which is the only all-sports competition in intercollegiate athletics, is awarded to four-year institutions in the NCAA and NAIA with the best overall athletic programs.  In Division III, standings are based on national tournament finishes in 25 sports with points awarded based on the number of teams participating in each specific national championship.  Gustavus is one of only seven institutions in Division III to have posted top 10 finishes in four of the past five years and is the only school from the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference to place in the top 20 this year.

Upcoming Alumni Events

  • Gustavus Library Associates dinner and theatre event August 1
  • Football Golf Tournament, Shoreland Country Club August 4
  • Gusties Gather! August 6
  • Nobel Conference:  “Medicine: Prescription for Tomorrow” October 3 – 4
  • Reunions for the classes of:  1961, 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001 October 6-8
  • Homecoming/Family Weekend October 7 - 8