Class of '66
April 2008

Dear ’66 Gusties,

Recently, after reading Emeroy Johnson’s A Church Is Planted, I learned of Gustavus’ humble beginnings in l862 and of the core values of religion and education that inspired the establishment and growth of the college.

Red Wing became the college’s birthplace in a one-room church under the resourceful leadership of Rev. Eric Norelius.  One year later it was moved to Carver County (southwest of Hennepin County) and named St. Ansgar’s Academy after St. Ansgar, the first missionary to Sweden.  The school was dedicated to preparing future teachers and seminarians.

Money was scarce during this period of history.  The country was in the midst of the Civil War, the Sioux Indian Uprising of l862, a banking industry crisis, and a five-year grasshopper scourge.  Despite tremendous hardship, these early Swedish pioneers sacrificed what little they had to support the church and education, the sources of hope for a better life in America.

After many attempts, Norelius finally secured land and funding for the school’s permanent location, 13 miles away at St. Peter atop a sandy, barren hill.  Old Main was built from 250 cords of local Kasota stone.  The school, which housed both the students and the professors with their families, became Gustavus Adolphus College, and the building was dedicated in the fall of l876.  Many believed that Old Main would provide sufficient space for all time.

Financial support throughout the 146-year history of Gustavus has paved the progress of the college.  Please continue this tradition of generosity with your current Alumni Fund gift.  Our class has shown remarkable involvement in the past with increased participation each year.  If you have not already done so, please make your gift before May 31.  You can mail your contribution to Gustavus Adolphus College, 800 West College Avenue, St. Peter, MN  56082, or you can get more information at:  Thank you so much.  Together we can help the Alumni Fund meet its goals and the College meet its mission.

Class News

We have a bit of class news and then, however belated, we have a number of pictures from our 2006 reunion that we wanted to share.  We’ve reprinted some here, but go online to: and follow the Alumni link to the Class of 1966 web page and you can see them all and in color!

Gustavus has received news that Jack ’64 and Becky (Lidfors) Jungas were chosen as Grand Marshals of the Mountain Lake Pow Wow Parade.  Becky and Jack owned and operated Jungas Hardware until their retirement in 2002.  Congratulations Jack and Becky!

Kent Rosenblum went to Alameda, CA, as a veterinarian and later began a new career as a winemaker extraordinaire!  The former Gustie has built quite the empire encompassing 80+ vineyards from Mendocino to Santa Barbara, a 5, 000-member wine club and two large tasting rooms in Alameda and Healdsburg, CA..  Kent’s wines are available at:

Campus News

MAYDAY! Conference Focuses on Water

“Troubled Water” is the topic of Gustavus Adolphus College’s 28th annual MAYDAY!  Peace Conference to be held Wednesday, April 30 on campus.  Dr. Aaron Wolf, department of geosciences at Oregon State University and a leading expert on international water politics, opens the daylong conference and the afternoon keynote speaker is Wenonah Hauter, executive director of Food and Water Watch, a consumer advocacy organization in Washington, D.C.  The conference, an annual event designed to educate the campus community and beyond about issues related to peace, human rights, and social justice, is open to the public at no charge.

Gustie Breakfasts

Join other Minneapolis/St. Paul area Gusties for a once-a-month morning cup of coffee and breakfast while getting an update on Gustavus.  The group meets the third Wednesday of each month 8-9:30 a.m. at the Doubletree Hotel, Minneapolis-Park Place, 1500 Park Place Boulevard (Hwy. 394 & Hwy. 100) $10 per person.  Reserve a spot by calling Don Swanson ’55 at 763-533-9083.  Next date:  May 21 - featuring Sports Information Director, Tim Kennedy ’82

Alumni Awards Announced

The Alumni Association announces the following 2008 awards selected by the Alumni Board of Directors.

Greater Gustavus Award - Given to those who by deed, have notably advanced and aided Gustavus Adolphus College:

Jim and Susan (Pepin) Peterson ’64 ’65

Distinguished Alumni Citations - Recognizing outstanding and exceptional professional achievement:

Craig Johnson ’69, bishop, Minneapolis Area Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Talmadge King ’70, chair, Department of Medicine, University of California San Francisco School of Medicine.

Barbara Berry Leonard ’63, nursing professor, University of Minnesota.

First Decade Awards - Recognizing early professional achievement:

Miho Ihara, senior consultant, CPCS Transcom Limited.

Jason Smerdon, Barnard Environmental Science/Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Environmental Science, Barnard College.

The Greater Gustavus Award and Distinguished Alumni Citations will be presented at the Alumni Banquet on Saturday, May 31 and the First Decade Awards will be presented during Homecoming Weekend, Oct. 4.

Upcoming Alumni Events

  • MAYDAY! Peace Conference focused on water - April 30
  • Author Day with Arvonne Fraser - May 14
  • Gustie Breakfast - May 21, featuring Sports Information Director, Tim Kennedy
  • Class Reunions - for 50-Year Club, 1958, and 1963 - May 30 and 31


Joyce Henrikson Ramseth

1966 Co-class agent

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