Class of ’70

October 2012

Greetings Gusties!

Linda has encouraged me to write about my Dad’s passing on June 1.  For those of you who knew him, you know how much he enjoyed our classmates, fraternity brothers, sorority sisters, and all of Gustavus Adolphus College.  I think one of my folks most cherished times was being invited to the Senior Beer Bust and feeling a part of that celebration.  Thanks to all who made them feel so welcomed.  For those of you who did not know my dad, he was a man of deep faith and the inspiration of mine.  I was blessed to have been able to be with mom and dad over the last few months before his passing.  It was an opportunity that not many have.  I am most grateful to my family, friends, and business associates who made that possible.

What a beautiful day it is and what a string of them we have had.  I seem to have a greater appreciation of what is surrounding us each and every day.  I wonder if that is something that comes with this process of adding days to our experience.  It is my hope for all of you who see this rambling that you too can find a time each and every day to be able to soak up some of the splendor that is there every day for each and all of us.

I am excited to let you all know that we are the Fifth Decade (1970 – 1979) winners of the Cec Eckhoff Award recognizing classes with the highest participation rate through May 31, 2012 for the Annual Fund drive.  We as a class had a total participation of 40%!  Congratulations to the class of 1970!  The overall winner was the class of 1962 with a 71% participation rate.  The bar is high, but we can work toward it I am sure.  Please consider being a part of this endeavor and if already participating, growing that most important gift.

I will again encourage you to send “news notes” to us via email or through the Gustavus web site so that we can keep in touch with each other and hear from people we may not have seen or heard from in years.  Seeing information about classmates is something to look forward to in the Quarterly and we can only get it from you or your designated communications people.  That said we still are looking for some folks who would be willing and able to join the class team and specifically a Communications Chair.  Please consider reconnecting with the class through this opportunity and let us know of your willingness.

Exciting things are happening at our Alma Mater and I would encourage all of you to stay tuned via the internet.  If you are not connected, perhaps some of your kids, grandkids, and soon great grandkids could keep you up to speed.  Though we were not able to attend all of the Nobel Conference, what we did have opportunity to attend was wonderful!  We bumped into Paul Thompson, Craig Nelson, and Sue Jones Turgeon there as well.  I highly recommend you giving the conference a try if you haven’t taken the opportunity.

Homecoming is another date that should be on your calendars as we can start looking forward to not only our anniversary years but the ones in between too.  Though I hesitate to get us too deep in to the season, think about Christmas in Christ Chapel as a wonderful way to usher in that time of year.  Enough said about that for now.  Suffice it to say there is always something happening on campus and elsewhere.  Please become involved.

I will close with the same paragraph I used last spring encouraging you all to help with recommendations for potential students, invite you to join the Gustavus Recruitment Network, consider options for off-year class get-together options, help with creation of a class web page or Facebook site, or help in any way you feel comfortable and/or moved.

We would love to hear from each and every one of you!


Scott and Linda (Gilkey) Lichty

1970 Class President and Annual Fund Chair

Campus News

The Royal Visit

On Friday, October 5, their Majesties King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden visited Gustavus in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the founding of the College by Swedish immigrants in 1862.  Look for photos in the next issue of the Quarterly.

Hall of Fame

On September 29, the Gustavus Athletics Department inducted nine new individuals into its Athletics Hall of Fame.  The 2012 class of inductees included:  Rhonda Gorseth Alberts ’93 (Gymnastics), Brian Brekke ’95 (Football), Kara Bloomquist Drekonja ’96 (Cross Country), Brett Gross ’96 (Track & Field), Brock Guettler ’92 (Basketball), Mark Kruger ’86 (Tennis), Jason Lesteberg ’96 (Hockey), Scott Stoneking ’96 (Soccer), and Donald Swanson ’55 (Benefactor).

Alumni Travel Opportunities

2013 Friends of Music Salzburg choral Tour

Gustavus Friends of Music has arranged for a Gustavus Alumni choir tour to Munich, Salzburg, Vienna and Prague June 23 – July 5, 2013.  Singers and non-singers alike are welcome.  Once in Salzburg, the singers will join the Mozart International Choral Festival and perform Mozart’s Coronation Mass in the Salzburg Cathedral on June 29.  Not a singer?  There is space available for non-performers as well.  For more information contact Jackie Neeck Peterson ’77 at or 800-726-6192.

2013 Pearls of Central Europe

Experience Central Europe with Gustavus professor emeritus of history Dr. Tom Emmert from September 10—21, 2013.  This 12-day Gustavus study tour combines learning, exploring, leisure, lecture, food, and arts with special touches, all led by a faculty expert.  The journey is focused around three showpiece cities of Central Europe:  Prague, Vienna, and Budapest.  For more information, contact Tom Emmert at

Gustie Breakfasts - Twin Cities – New time and place

Engage with other alumni and learn something new about your alma mater at the monthly Twin Cities Gustavus alumni breakfast.  Please join us at the American Swedish Institute (2600 Park Ave, Minneapolis), on the third Wednesday of each month at 7:30 a.m.  Cost is $10.  Gustie breakfasts are also being held on campus the second Wednesday of each month.

November 21 – Donald Ostrom – November elections

December 19 – Terry Morrow – Minnesota Vikings stadium

January 16 – Kathy Lund Dean – Distinguished Endowed Chair in Leadership and Ethics

February 20 – Phillip Brunelle – Artistic Director, VocalEssence

Upcoming Chapter Gatherings

National Chapter events for alumni, parents and friends are scheduled for the 2012-13 academic year and will focus on the College’s pillar of “Teaching and Learning.”  Please save the date for the event in your area.  Time and location details will be forthcoming. –

Nov. 8 - New York City

Nov. 10 – Boston

Nov. 10 – Dallas

Nov. 11 – Houston

Nov. 13 – Washington, DC

Jan. 29 – Phoenix

Jan. 31 – Tucson

Feb. 3 – Los Angeles

Feb. 4 - Palm Springs

Feb 13 – Tampa

Feb. 15 – Naples

Feb. 28 – Seattle

Mar. 2 – San Francisco

Mar. 9 – Madison

Mar. 12 – Denver

Mar. 14 – Chicago

Apr. 11 – Atlanta