Class of '67
January 2001

Dear Classmates,

Greetings from (sunny, but not so warm) Florida! Just about the time Dawn Ekstrom Michael, my co-class agent, and I might have connected in this state, she and Ted moved from Naples to Vero Beach since they were being there most of the time.

Jack and I are trying our first full winter here on Sanibel Island, having completed our elegibility as hockey parents. The toughest part will be missing our granddaughter and our dog, Gus, (who is being spoiled by "Aunt Sandy").

Our empty nest didn't last too long, as my mother will be with us. My dad, who would be celebrating his 85th birthday today, died suddenly on October 28 at their cabin. I now understand the pain of losing a parent, like so many of you have. Dad was a Gustie and took great pride in promoting his Alma Mater.

Enough about meĀ¾ I will now share the news sent along from the Alumni Office. Thank you for sharing your dollars with GustavusĀ¾ it's so important.

Class News

Carol Skold Uecker and her husband, Tom ’68, live in Blue Earth, where Carol teaches elementary art and Tom teaches high school special education. Carol has her Master's of education from the College of St. Scholastica. Tom is on a teacher exchange to Denmark.

Sara Jacobson Hensley lives in Ventura, CA, and works at Mervyn's of California.

Dwight "Dewey" Roach is a school psychologist in one of eight elementary schools in the Creighton Elementary School District in Phoenix. His nephew, Mark Bjelland, is a geography professor at Gustavus.

Lennart Johnson retired in August of 2000. He and Molly live in Turtle Lake, WI.

Karen Ronning Loftus is a business teacher in Rochester schools. Her husband, John, is now retired.

Bill Salinger and his wife, Cathy, live in New Hope. Bill has retired from teaching English.

Craig ’66 and Dianne Friday Peterson live in Waseca, where Craig is a dentist. They are enjoying a new grandson, Miles.

Brad Swanson lives in St. Paul with his wife, Ann. Brad has his own firm, Swanson & Associates, specializing in mental health (psychology/psychiatry)

Kay Hendrickson Dubbelde is a physical education, health education teacher in Pipestone. She and husband, John, are also proud grandparents of Lucas James.

Sue Gilderhus Zakeer lives in Blaine and teaches preschool. Her husband, Donald, is retired.

Campus News

The Gustavus campus is enjoying another busy and exciting January Term with 2300-plus students enrolled for credit! We are offering over 100 January Term courses, including 16 travel courses (plus 36 international courses through our UMAIE consortium). There are also 15 courses on the special Environmental Studies theme for J-Term 2001. Some of these courses include, Chemistry in the Environment, The Literature of Winter, Geographical Issues in the Third World, Global Environmental Change, Amazonia: An Eco-Historical Perspective, GIS in Environmental Analysis, The Changing Face of Agriculture, and Environmental Journalism. Next year (2002) the January Term theme will be "Global Village" and will feature both international and domestic diversity focused courses. After that J-Term themes are planned for "Service-Learning" (2003) and "Undergraduate Research" (2004).

You are invited and encouraged to attend these upcoming national chapter alumni events. Invitations are sent to alumni in chapters. For more information, please call the Alumni Office at 800-487-8437 or look on the web at

  • Seattle Chapter, Gustavus Choir Concert, January 13
  • Portland Chapter, Gustavus Choir Concert, January 15
  • Bay Area Chapter, Gustavus Choir Concerts, January 17-19
  • San Diego Chapter, pre-concert dinner and Gustavus Choir Concert, January 21
  • Los Angeles Chapter, Gustavus Choir Concerts, January 22 & 24
  • Sun City Chapter, pre-concert dinner and Gustavus Choir Concert, January 25
  • Phoenix Chapter, pre-concert dinner and Gustavus Choir Concert, January 26
  • Tucson Chapter gathering on January 27
  • Albuquerque Chapter, Gustavus Choir Concert, January 28
  • Santa Fe Chapter, Gustavus Choir Concert, January 29
  • Denver Chapter, Gustavus Choir Concerts, January 30 & 31
  • Rapid City Chapter, Gustavus Choir Concert, February 1
  • Sioux Falls Chapter, Gustavus Choir Concert, February 2
  • Twin Cities Chapter, Gustavus Choir Concert, February 4, Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, 12650 Johnny Cake Road, Apple Valley, 3:30 p.m.
  • Gustavus Band Home Concert, February 4, Christ Chapel, 7:30 p.m.
  • Gustavus Choir Home Concert, February 10, Christ Chapel, 7:30 p.m.
  • Marco Island gathering February 24
  • Vero Beach gathering February 25

Reunions 2001

50th Anniversary Class and 50-Year Club reunions will take place on campus, May 25-26 for the Class of 1951 and the 50-Year Club. Registration material will be mailed in April.

A reminder that all other reunion classes (1956, 1961, 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991 and 1996) will have their reunions at Homecoming on September 21-22. Class gatherings will take place in the Twin Cities at the DoubleTree Hotel, Minneapolis Airport at the Mall, on Friday, September 21. Homecoming activities will take place on campus on Saturday, September 22.

Will you help Gustavus remain strongly church related? Encourage your ELCA congregation to join the Gustavus Adolphus College Association of Congregations. There is no cost. For more information, call the Office of Church Relations at 800-726-6194 or e-mail Craig Johnson at

I wish you all well in 2001! The years certainly seem to fly by as we get older, don't they? We're in a great phase of our lives with the joys of grandparenting, our children starting careers and marriages and retirement and leisure time for us. I, for one, feel very blessed.

Keep in mind we have a reunion not too far off. It would be great to have a super turnout.

Happy New Year!

Karen Gruber Pagel

1967 Co-Class Agent