Class of '67
November 2007

40-Year Reunion Highlights

Class of 1967

November 2007

1967 - 2007

        old hollingsworth field             new hollingsworth field

               Old Hollingsworth Stadium                   2007 Hollingsworth Stadium 

Some things never stay the same – but the class of 1967 will always be the unique, character-filled class that it has always been.  Changes happen.  Without them we would never be who we are. 

From stories of chickens running around in the library to lifting a garbage can up on top of the flag pole – the Class of 1967 is now to me a creative class that will go down in the Gustie chronicles as legendary!  Thank you for the chance to listen and observe the wonderful memories of your class.

-your Gustavus staff writer, Kathy Erlandsen


It was great to see the following 1967 classmates at the reunion: 

Frani Peterson Anderson                   Carla Anderson Batalden                  Warren Beck

Marcia Sylte Belisle                          Debra Dalton Bowers                        Cheryl Klemenhagen Collins

Jim Davis                                           Karen Swenson Dittler                      Harry Cline Dittler

Lana Landin Engbloom                      Penny Kuehn Fannemel                     Bob Haddorff

Ginger Froyen Haddorff                    Margo Helgerson                              Steve Hokanson                    

Jim Holm                                            Benay Borene Jaeger                        Linda Johnson           

Doug Jones                                        Miriam Sponberg Kagol                    Pam Kouba Kausel               

Eileen Emch Kivi                               Gary Larson                                       Barb Nelson Larson             

Dianne Larson Leider                       Julie Holm Manning                          Linda Kenning Olson

Nancy Engen Rowley                        Dan Seaberg                                      Dave Spilseth                        

Mary Lynn Nelson Steele                 Patty Roscoe Swanson                      Doug Swenson                       

Kay Hollingsworth Walsh                 Sandy Chandler Williamson  Gary Wollschlager                

Paula Delay Zakariasen 

40 Year Reunion

Some reviews of the weekend from your classmates:

“What a fine reunion.  Ginger [Froyen Haddorff] and I really enjoyed seeing classmates we had not seen for a long time.  Our two boys, Ryan and Ben, graduated from Gustavus in 1995 and 1998 respectively.  In fact, Ben was on the spring tennis trip when the tornado hit the campus that year.  There have been many changes, including the beautiful new football stadium, but much of the campus is still there to bring back fond memories of our time together from 1963-1967.  Our next planned reunion is the spring of 2012.  I hope we will see even more classmates then.”  ~Bob Haddorff

“The 40th reunion of the Class of 1967 was a great deal of fun.  The weather was amazing and the campus looked just beautiful.  We were pleased with the turnout, but also missed many of our classmates and friends.  We enjoyed our lunch in The Dive (the old swimming pool) and having an opportunity to hear from President Jim Peterson ’64 and his wife, Susan (Pepin ’65) Peterson.  We regret that Jim will be retiring next June, but his friendliness and leadership inspired us.  It was fun to hear stories about chickens in the library and I am sorry I wasn’t able to witness that myself.  Other highlights of the day were walking around campus reminiscing about the sixties and watching a football game at the new Hollingsworth Field, which is truly a remarkable facility.  The reunion committee hopes that we will use this last event to draw the class closer together.  Please think of GUSTAVUS as a destination in the future.  I’m sure you would enjoy seeing how well your college is doing.”  ~Frani Peterson Anderson

“I enjoyed sharing some of my memories of the unusual things that happened when we were there, like the night when some guys released some chickens from the balcony of the library or the blizzard of 1965, followed by the spring floods and the rivers that flowed down through St. Peter.”  ~Anonymous from survey

A message from Bill Murphy (Dallas, TX) dated October 5, 2007 – “Dear fellow classmates, I will truly miss seeing those of you that can make the reunion, and sharing our experiences.  I will be in Costa Rica, as part of a medical mission trip (and a side trip to go fishing!).  Please call me if you get to Texas, at:  214-673-7404.  Best Wishes, Bill”


107 Donors = 47.8% Giving

                                                 $129,722.11      gifts

                                                 $  17,201.95      pledges     

                                                $146,924.06       Total 40 Year Reunion Giving

Thank you and congratulations on a great giving year―the students truly appreciate your willingness to make their education a possibility and a reality.  The 1967 Class Endowed Scholarship currently has $6,400 in it.  It would be wonderful to fully endow the scholarship by your 45th reunion in 2012 (or sooner!), which means raising another $18,600 to reach the $25,000 minimum.  Once it has reached this minimum, 4% of its earnings each year will be granted to a student who has financial need and the scholarship will continue to provide this year after year!  What a legacy you’re creating!  Thank you!

As a Gustavus staff member, my job requires me to work with current reunion years, and however much fun it has been to coordinate letters for your class―I must leave this duty for someone in your class.  My hope is that you will come forward to write a class letter in the future.  I also hope there might be a few of you that would be willing to serve together in order to reunite your class even more.  If you are interested, please give me or the Alumni Office a call to see what you might be able to help with for your class.  I look forward to working with many more of you at the next reunion, your 45th in 2012!

~Kathy Erlandsen, Associate Director of Reunion Giving

Class News

In May, Waddell & Reed Financial Services Company honored Bob Haddorff for being only the second senior account executive in the 70-year history of the company whose clients have invested more than $150 million in mutual funds!

Lois Fitzenberger Birch has retired from her social work position at Greenway Manor Nursing Home.

Here’s what’s happening on campus:

Campus News

President Peterson Announces Retirement

President Jim Peterson ’64 announced in August that he plans to retire at the conclusion of the current academic year, capping a five-year term.  His early announcement will provide the Board of Trustees enough time to undertake a thorough search process and assist in a smooth transition to new leadership.  Peterson will serve through June 2008 and has offered to assist in an orderly transition beyond that date if needed.

Moes provide gift for Kendall Center

Gustavus parents Robert and Karin Moe have made a $1 million commitment to the John S. Kendall Center for Engaged Learning. This leadership gift brings the College closer to its goal of fully endowing the center, which is dedicated to advancing active and interdisciplinary learning across the campus. When fully funded, the endowment will generate funds to support two main areas: faculty development and student-faculty research.

New football stadium opened

On September 8, the football team played its inaugural game at the College’s new football stadium.  The synthetic-surfaced field is recessed below ground level and features an earthen berm surrounding the entire field.  The field will continue to be named Hollingsworth Field after the late Lloyd Hollingsworth, who served as the College’s football coach from 1942-1960 and athletic director from 1961-1978.

Athletics Hall of Fame Induction

On Saturday, November 3, Gustavus inducted the following people into the Athletic Hall of Fame:  Tim DeJarlais ’91 (golf), John Erickson ’81 (hockey), Dave Hultgren ’92 (baseball), Craig Miller ’91 (cross country), Mindy Mayerchak Oosten ’88 (softball & soccer), Mike Schumacher ’91 (football), Ann Sommerness Simms ’92 (swimming), and Ryan Skanse ’92 (tennis).

Twin Cities 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 at the Doubletree Hotel, Minneapolis-Park Place, 1500 Park Place Boulevard (Hwy. 394 & Hwy. 100), 8:00-9:30 a.m., $10 per person.  Reserve by calling Don Swanson ’55 at 763/533-9083

Wednesday, December  19

Margaret Kelliher ’90, speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives

Alumni Fund

The 2008 Alumni Fund has a goal of $1.95 million from 8,000 donors.  Continue a Gustie tradition ― join other alumni to reach the goal with your participation in the 2008 Alumni Fund.

Refer a Gustie

As the school year starts, many high school seniors are getting serious about their college selection. If you know of high school seniors or juniors who may be a good fit at Gustavus, please send their names to the Office of Admission at Gustavus to help recruit the next generation of Gusties.  Contact the Admission Office at 800/GUSTAVU(S).

Calendar of events:

  • Nov. 30, Dec. 1-2        Christmas in Christ Chapel
  • December 6                 St. Lucia Day celebration on campus