Class of 1966
45-Year Reunion

April 2011

Reunion Dates- May 27-28, 2011

Hello Classmates,

Thinking about our 45th class reunion this May can’t help but bring back some wonderful memories for all of us as well as thoughts about the changes on campus since we left in 1966.  Here are some of mine:

  • Asking for skim milk after I realized that it came directly out of the cooler and was cold vs. the regular milk that sat on the counter waiting for us and had been cold at one time (weird, I know).
  • Carrying some pretty interesting specimen jars from Dr. Glass’s zoo lab to the newly completed Nobel Hall through the steam tunnels.
  • Do the students today still have a lutefisk dinner one Sunday before Christmas?
  • Sitting in an 8 a.m. lecture in Annex 1 or 2 with my coat on and barely being able to take notes because it was so cold.
  • The campus had coed dorms not long after we left…we had early hours and members of the opposite sex were only allowed in our rooms Sundays during Homecoming and Parent’s Weekend…and then, please keep the door open!
  • We used to be able to drive up to almost every building on campus and now I may need a map to find my way to the reunion site in May.

Several things, however, have not changed.   My heart still swells with emotion and pride at being a Gustavus alum as I drive up “the hill” to campus or listen to the magnificent pipe organ in Christ Chapel.  The opportunity to receive a true liberal arts education and make life-long friends means much to me.

So….”Come on you Gusties”….fire up for the 45th anniversary of our graduation.  Hope to see you May 27th.

Seecy Sandin Basley

1966 Guest Letter Writer


Reunion Registrations should have reached you by now, it’s time to register!  You can also register online at:

Come enjoy the weekend together – May 27-28th!  All of our class specific activities will be held on Friday, May 27 – allowing you to take the rest of the weekend for yourselves if you so choose.  There are other great activities to take part in on Saturday, May 28 as well.  Here’s a quick glance at Friday:

Friday, May 27

1:00 p.m.         Registration opens

1:30 p.m.         Take a campus tour or a Granlund Sculpture Tour

2:30 p.m.         Come hear what classmate Richard Leider has been writing about in his seminar called “The Power of Purpose.”

4:00 p.m.         Social Hour for our class at the Arboretum (Interpretive Center).

5:00 p.m.         Class Photo

5:30 p.m.         Dinner and Gathering of our class

The list of those “planning to attend” is growing!  Check it out at and as you register, your name will also appear!  It’s going to be a great day to get together – so call up your Gustie friends and register today for a fun-filled weekend!

DID YOU KNOW that the class of 1966 has a facebook page?  If you are a facebook member, search “Gustavus Adolphus College – Class of 1966” on facebook and “Like” this page.  Not only will you be able to find other classmates out there to catch up with, but you will be able to get information about the reunion!

A note from Al Molde:

Believe it or not, forty-five years have passed since we graduated!  Our class has the distinction of entering Gustavus at the beginning of its second century of existence in the fall of 1962.  We graduated in 1966 as the largest class in the then 104 year history of the college, with 254 graduates.

Here are some interesting facts that I dug up...some very notable events took place during our years at Gustavus including the opening and dedication of Nobel Hall of Science (May 1963) and the beginning of the Nobel Conference series in the winter of 1965.  Several nationally prominent singing groups performed on campus during our college years.  I remember Peter, Paul, and Mary, The Mitchell Trio, Josh White, The Cellar Dwellars, The Christy Minstrels, and the Back Porch Majority.  Coach Don Robert’s ʼ56 hockey team won the first ever MIAC championship in the 46 year history of the sport, with the able assistance of Chuck Linnerooth, player-coach.  Wrestling dominated the MIAC under the able leadership and excellent coaching of Ade Sponberg ʼ58 winning their second straight MIAC championship.  The Reds won the IM championship.  Diane Hayenga was elected Homecoming Queen, Karen Gruber was Frost Queen, and Kathy Peterson ʼ68, St. Lucia Queen.  We had lots of queens back then!  The theatre department presented “She Stoops to Conquer,” “Hamlet,” and “Hansel and Gretel.”  At our Senior Day in May, Bob Bennett, class vice president, delivered the sermon and Les Kroeger, senior class president, presided over the liturgy.  It was great!  Graduation day was warm and sunny!

Finally, if you need a reason to attend our 45th class reunion at Gustavus on May 27 and 28, here are ten!  Take your pick!  See you in May!

Top Ten Reasons to Attend our 45th Class Reunion

1.  Because you can!

2.  Because you miss your classmates!

3.  Because you haven’t been back in 45 years!

4.  Because you’d like to see your old girlfriend/boyfriend now!

5.  Because you need an excuse to get back in shape!

6.  Because you are in shape and you’d like to be seen!

7.  Because you are a social person and love good company!

8.  Because you still have a book checked out from the library!

9.  Because you’re hoping there might be a kegger somewhere!

10. Because you don’t want to miss all the fun!

Al Molde

1966 Guest Letter Writer


The following classmates are now retired:  Jim Heckenlaible, Jim Nolen, Kathy Otto Reed, and Sally VanSickle Yaeger.  Congratulations!

Julia Hagen Accola, Rochester, MN shares, “I’ve been retired from IBM for nearly 10 years− and not missing it a bit.  I’ve had no problem keeping busy with family, quilting, going to the Y, and other stuff.  I served several years on the ELCA Church in Society program committee and am now the representative of the committee on the task force preparing the social statement on genetics that will be voted on at the 2011 church-wide assembly.  That has been very interesting work.  We have five grandchildren, all living in the Twin Cities area, so get to see them quite often.”

Alexis Peterson Christensen is now a physician’s assistant for Urgent Care in Pennsylvania.

Jerry and Susan (Schoening) Gustafson (Tucson, AZ) are both retired.  Susan retired from the Robbinsdale School District as an elementary teacher.  She now volunteers for Kids Closet thru SaddleBrooke Community Outreach.  Jerry retired from the Lakeland Dialysis, Park Nicollet Clinic & Regional Kidney Disease Program as an administrator.  Their son, Paul ʼ92, is general manager at Tanque Verde Ranch in Tuscon, AZ and their daughter, Gayle, is a special projects manager at GNResound in Bloomington, MN.

Susan England Hendrickson had a great reunion with seven other Gustie classmates in October at Tanque Verde Ranch in Arizona.  She volunteers at the church and hospital.  Husband, David, is semi-retired working three days a week at Allina in Hastings as an ophthalmologist.  Son, Matt with wife, Elizabeth, and two children Alex (5) and Simone (10 months), live in Tennessee.  Matt is a freelance writer; Elizabeth teaches journalism at the University of Tennessee.  Daughter, Erika, and husband, Steve, with Maxwell (newborn!!!) live in Minneapolis, and work at Wells Fargo and TCF respectively.

Judy Boline Larson loves retirement.  Enjoys five grandkids, golf, fishing, and living one month in Nevada/Arizona.  She volunteers at church with office work, Meals On Wheels delivery and funeral serving help.

Nancy Lorraine Newson says, “Hi!  Since retiring from teaching German and social studies, I have been the granny nanny of the family.  Dave and I have three great children and four fantastic grandchildren.  David is retired from teaching, also.  We are celebrating 44 years together.  We both work out every day and I still play tennis.  Our favorite hangout place is “Ojo Caliente” New Mexico.  This hot springs is great to the body and soul.”


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 at both the St. Peter and Minneapolis breakfasts for April will be Warren Wunderlich, director of the physical plant.  The Minneapolis breakfast is Wednesday, April 20, 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, April 13, 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 - 28

GLA Author Day – April 5

Gustavus Library Associates offer a double delight with the celebrated Erdrich sisters at the Spring Author Day brunch on Tuesday, April 5, 9:30 a.m. at the Edina Country Club.  The engaging sisters will share the podium to talk about books, writing, storytelling, and art.  The cost is $25 and you can make reservations online at or call the Office of Marketing and Communication at 507-933-7550.  RSVP by Wednesday, March 30, and invite a friend or two for a delightful Author Day morning event.

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.

Women’s Hockey

The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference women’s hockey coaches recently released its 2010-11 Post-Season Awards and Gustie players Kirstin Peterson, Lindsey Hjelm, and Amanda Cartony were named to the All-Conference Team, while Mike Carroll was named Coach of the Year.  Women’s Hockey finished their season in fourth place at the NCAA championship playoffs in Rochester, New York.