Class of '67
October 2001

Dear Class of 1967,

I hope that you and your family and friends are safe after the September 11 terrorist attack.  One Gustavus student was to start an internship in the towers later that week.  Luckily, the student was not in the building at the time.

Karen and I attended the class agent meeting in September.  It is always exciting to hear about the recognition the school and its students continue to receive for academics and service to the community.  Gustavus has been awarded eight Governor’s Awards for “Excellence in Community Service.”  No other college or university has been awarded more than two.  Gustavus science students continue to receive awards in science.  Only Carlton students consistently win more science awards than Gustavus.  (Occasionally, the University aces out Gustavus, but they are a tad bit bigger than Gustavus.)

Ma Young spoke at the meeting.  As usual, she was full of life.  She reminded us that Gustavus accepted its first student (yes, there was only one) in 1862 to its Red Wing campus.  The church contributed $20 to ‘endow’ the first year.  Monthly rent was $1.  Food amounted to $.75 per week.  Tuition was FREE.  Athletic activities consisted of cutting wood.

Things have changed in more ways than one at Gustavus.  However, Gustavus was a good deal in 1862.  According to such publications as the Fiske Guide to America’s Best Colleges, the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek and others, Gustavus continues to be a ‘Good Buy,’ ‘Exceptional Value’, ‘Ivy League Back Up,’ etc.

For those of you who might want to attend, there will be a 90th birthday party in Evelyn "Ma" Young’s honor on July 25, 2002.

The Nobel Conference was held October 2-3 in Lund Arena at Gustavus.  There were over 6000 people attending the conference plus many high school students viewing thru the Internet and other technology.  It was far different from the conference we all attended in 1965 when the conference originated.  Five Nobel laureates spoke, the Nobel Symphony was played for the first time, and there was a special 100-year celebration dinner honoring the 100-year anniversary of the first awarding of the Nobel Prizes.

If you ever have an opportunity to attend one of these conferences, do so.  It is quite remarkable.

Next year the conference will be on the early development of a person’s brain.  The conference will be Oct 1-2.


Next fall the class of ’67 will hold its 35-year class reunion!  Reunions have changed in the last few years at Gustavus.  Now our event will be in the fall instead of during graduation weekend in May.  It will be September 20 and 21, 2002.  There will be a party at a Twin Cities location on Friday evening with events at Gustavus on Saturday.  Plan to attend the entire weekend.  It will be fun to renew old friendships so talk to your Gustavus ’67 friends and encourage them attend.

Additionally, since it is a reunion year, I hope all of you will consider making a special Alumni Fund donation as a tribute to the special friends we made and time we all spent at Gustavus.

Class News:

Patricia Snuggerud Dewees lives in Ormond Beach, FL.  She is a licensed marriage and family therapist, presently working with Halifax Medical Center in Daytona Beach.  She works in the Halifax Behavioral Services’ Intensive Crisis Counseling Program as a program therapist.  Families are referred to the program when their children are at risk of alternative placement.  Pat and her peers attempt to preserve the family unit.

Doug Swenson lives in Forest Lake, MN.  He is the newly elected district court judge in Minnesota’s 10th Judicial District.  His term is for six years.  His chambers are in Pine City.  He has been serving as a judge since January, 1998.

Drs. Joel and Donna (Davies) Bexell are grandparents to Madison Joelle Sweeney who was born 4/4/00.  Their daughter, Wendy, is a first grade teacher in Waconia.  Her husband, Shannon, is a city administrator in Long Lake.  After helping St. Peter and Gustavus recover from the tornado in 1998, Shannon has served as Peterville economic developer.

June (Hagglund) Weind continues to teach junior/senior kindergarten in Toronto.  Her husband, David, works for Westaim Corp. in Ft. Saskatchewan, Alberta.  Her daughter, Kirsten, just received her Ph.D. in medical biophysics.  Her thesis was on the oxygenation of heart valves.  She will be attending medical school in Australia at the University of Melbourne.  June’s daughter, Sarah, graduated from Laurier University and works downtown Toronto for Dundee Securities.  Mark is continuing his education at George Brown College in Toronto in the hospitality industry.

June has a new granddaughter, Catlin Marie, the fifth grandchild in the family.

Susan (Erickson) Dobbelstein has returned to Minnesota to work for North Country  Health Services as the director of homecare hospice.  She says ‘It is good to be back in Minnesota!’

Dan Seaberg lives in Roseville, MN.  As of January 2001, Dan has been vice president of the Auto Finance Group at Wells Fargo Bank N.A.  He hosted the 30th annual AKY – Gustavus fishing weekend at his cabin in northern Minnesota.  Hope everyone caught their limit and had a great time together.

Rev. Arlyn ’65 and Jeanne (Mingus) Tolzmann live in Westminster, CO.  Arlyn just compled his third book, Grandma’s Cookies.  Nathan ’92 is illustrating the book for his dad.

Jeanne is master teacher at Metropolitan State College in the Early Childhood Development Center.

Thanks for all the news.  Please continue to let us know what you and your families are doing.  E-mail me if you prefer at


Dawn Ekstrom Michael

1967 Co-class Agent

Fall 2001 Classletters

Campus News:

The Alumni Office is sending this class letter via U.S. Postal Service Mail and also e-mail to those alumni for whom we have an e-mail address.  Eventually class letters will be sent via e-mail only, when an address is available, unless you notify the Alumni Office that you prefer to continue to receive your letters via U.S. Postal Service.  Contact the Alumni Office at

As Gustavus enters its 140th academic year, the 2001-2002 year opened with an enrollment of 2,540 full-time students including 670 first-year students.  The Class of 2005, selected from a record number of applications (2,163), includes 18 National Merit Scholars and 18 international students, doubling last year’s number of nine international students.

Last year Gustavus athletic teams finished 18th out of 395 competing in the NCAA Division III national Sears Directors Cup Standings.  Standings are based on national tournament finishes.  The Gustie women athletes won the MIAC All-Sports title for the first time in its 18-year history.

Gustavus ranked among top colleges – Gustavus is ranked in the second tier and one of the top 114 best national liberal arts colleges by U.S. News & World Report magazine.  Gustavus ranked in the first tier in two categories, retention and graduation rates.  Gustavus’ first-year to sophomore retention rate of 92 percent ranks in the top 15 percent of all national liberal arts colleges and graduation rate of 76 percent ranks in the top 20 percent of all national liberal arts colleges.  Alumni giving ranks in the top 25 percent, down from the top five percent and a tier one ranking five years ago.  Raising the percentage of participation of alumni giving is of highest priority for the college and the offices of Alumni Relations and Gustavus Alumni Fund.

Comprehensive alumni directory – In partnership with Publishing Concepts, the Gustavus Alumni Association is publishing its fourth comprehensive alumni directory.  Surveys were sent to all alumni in August and information will be used only for publication of the directory and updating database information in the Alumni Office.  The book is available for purchase only by former students of Gustavus.  Please correct or update any information and return to Publishing Concepts in the enclosed envelope provided with the survey.

New chaplain announced - The Rev. Rachel Larson has joined Rev. Brian Johnson ’80 in the Office of the Chaplain.  Larson will work in partnership with Chaplain Johnson and the other members of the Office of the Chaplain to provide spiritual guidance, worship, leadership, counseling, teaching, and other pastoral services to Gustavus students, staff, and their families.  Larson is a graduate of Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD, and of what is now Luther Seminary in St. Paul.

Christmas in Christ Chapel, A Celtic Pilgrimage, is November 30 & December 1-2.  A ticket order form was inserted in the Fall Quarterly.  Contact Office of Public Affairs at 507-933-7520.