Class of '75
35-Year Reunion ― September 25, 2010
When I think about what Gustavus means to me, the first thing that comes to mind is the lifelong friendships I made there. Yes, I received an excellent education (math and Russian majors with a secondary education minor), had a wonderful experience participating in concert band and going on fun band trips after every J-term, and got to know some wonderful professors, the most memorable being Professor Kaukis, better known as Mama K. Where else could you find a professor that would invite her students to her home for authentic Russian food accompanied by vodka toasts? Or one so dedicated that she continued to hold class in her hospital room while she was receiving cancer treatments? Gustavus is truly a special place academically. It’s also a wonderful place to develop friendships.
I have been blessed with a group of friends that met at Gustavus almost forty years ago and have continued to grow closer as the years go by. The group includes Deb Tearse Duea, Diane Johnson, Gretchen Meader Nelson, Pat Trebil Williams, Deb Wilmot, and me from the Class of ’75, and Sandy Wessman ’74, and Donna Bergum Miller ’76. Although we have all chosen different paths in life─some married, some single, some with children, some without, some professionals, one homemaker─none of that matters. For years we have set aside a long weekend in April to get together and recall past adventures, share each others joys and cares, and make many new memories. This past April we enjoyed Deb Wilmot’s timeshare in Key West and had a fantastic time, but no stories can be shared. I have been told that what happens in Key West, stays in Key West. Sorry, Juan.
I also have the good fortune of seeing two friends and classmates every week. When my youngest son started preschool I decided to take up tennis. Lucky for me, Tim and Jan (Windland) Butorac own a tennis club in Rochester. Even luckier for me, Tim is the most patient and encouraging tennis instructor you could ask for. After doing the best he could with my game, he proceeded to teach my sons the game.
As many of you have discovered, there seems to be a Gustavus gene that gets passed on. Two of my four sons chose Gustavus (Tony ’01 and Matt ’03). They also formed friendships there that appear destined to last forever. At Tony’s wedding last August, between his friends and my friends there were 25 Gusties helping him celebrate. Matt also has a group of close friends, many of them from the tennis team. Matt had the good fortune of developing a close relationship with Coach Steve Wilkinson, an amazing mentor. I’m also happy to report that my sons are gainfully employed. Be patient, those of you with kids still at home or in college.
While making a few calls to invite classmates to the Gustavus reunion, I was amazed at how pleased they were to hear from an old classmate. Many of them gave me lists of names of other friends they would like to see again and wanted me to call. I don’t have time to call you all, so please consider yourself personally invited to the September 25th 35-year class reunion. It will be a casual day of food, friends, and football. I hope to see you there!
Terry Tesarek Narr
Reunion Committee Member - Guest Letter Writer
Updates on Classmates
Tim and Jan Butorac are continuing to run their six indoor, 15 outdoor court tennis facility in Rochester, MN. Tim continues to compete locally and nationally in age group (of course!) tournaments. Though time for nursing is limited, Jan still keeps her fingers in the nursing pie through volunteer hospice work in the community and church. Their favorite Gustavus memory? Well, they met there...what’s better than that...on the second day of freshmen year...thank you Karl Blomquist and Dave Meese! For those avid tennis fans, their son, Eric ’03 competes professionally in Wimbledon, etc. and last year hosted the Minnesota Tennis Challenge, a fundraiser for three Minnesota charities helping underprivileged children. Eric invited tennis professionals from the circuit around the world that came and played a team tennis format and WOWED the 500 people that attended. This year’s event will be (tentatively) December 4th. Web link for this year will be updated shortly! www.ebmntc.com Tim is hoping to see his old tennis and dorm buddies at the reunion, and Jan is looking forward to seeing the nurses!
Sue Busch Leaf writes that we were off a few years on her and Tom’s news. They now have three Gustie grads and a fourth who is a sophomore, studying in Barcelona this semester. Sue’s second book, “The Bullhead Queen,” is up for a Minnesota Book Award and her third is under contract with the University of Minnesota Press. In fact, she gave a reading at Gustavus on April 15, and spoke to the Gustavus Library Associates brunch on April 21.
Mary Ann Hurst is retired from the Army Reserves and is pursuing her love of jazz singing. She has several CDs available on CDBaby.com.
Julie Jacobson Anderson works in the Minneapolis Public Schools in school readiness. Her husband, Erling ’73, continues to run marathons and triathlons. Her daughter, Laurel, is getting her MBA in NY and daughter, Briana, is in Washington, D.C. in grad school for international relations after completing two years in the Peace Corp in Africa.
Visit David Radtke's website at davidradtkedesign.com to see what he’s up to.
Gail Anderson Roberts will come to the reunion if Lynn Pinske comes!
Lynn Pinske is retired from her job at St. Louis County Social Services. She is divorced and lives in Duluth. Lynn tells me Gail Anderson Roberts is married to George Roberts ’72, has two daughters, and lives in Mesa, AZ. Lynn will be at the reunion and gave me a whole list of people she would like to see again. You know who you are─give it your best shot!
Colleen Arras Michaelson is a social worker for St. Louis County. She lives outside Duluth with her husband, Dale, and son, Adam.
Matthew Puffer is in family practice at Mayo Clinic. Four sons─oldest two in medical school (Kansas City and Mayo Medical School), a high school junior and an eighth grader.
Joy Nelson Lundeen has a general practice in Wyoming but specializes in behavioral medicine including biofeedback working with patients with anxiety, depression, elevated BP, OCD and pain of various types. A bunch of that can be conglomerated into mental health issues.
Rebecca Bean Behrend is a faculty member in the psychology department at Capella University in Minneapolis. She has a psychology office in Wisconsin Rapids.
James Ruter is now working at Mystic Lake Casino.
Ron Rude is the author of a new book Abel Emerging: A Reconsideration of the Christian Story for a Sustainable World (Beaver’s Pond Press, 2010). It explores the relationship between the Christian message and sustainable, creation-care living. Info at: www.abel-emerging.com. Ron serves as Lutheran campus pastor at the University of Arizona in Tucson. He is married to Nancy Prescott Rude, who works for Habitat for Humanity. They have two daughters, Angela Camara and Rev. Jen Rude.
We missed some news back in 2007. Rich Aulie, a 20-year head coach at Crosby-Ironton, was inducted into the Minnesota Golf Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Aulie was inducted at the Class 1A golf banquet at Grand Casino Mille Lacs on June 5, 2007. Aulie has been president and vice president of the Golf Coaches Association. (Brainerd Dispatch, May 8, 2007)
Pictured in the photo are Sandy Wessman, Deb Wilmot, Terry Tesarek Narr, Deb Tearse Duea, Gretchen Meader Nelson, Diane Johnson, and Pat Trebil Williams who gathered together at Sloppy Joes.
If you are interested in sharing your news or in being a guest letter writer for a future class letter, please email email@example.com.
Saturday, September 25, 2010
11a.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Class Social – Hospitality Tent by the football field
1:30 p.m. – Gustie Football vs. St. Olaf
5:00 p.m. – 1975 Class Photo, Old Main front steps
5:30 p.m. – 1975 Class BBQ in the Dive on campus (cash bar with beer and wine)
7:00 p.m. – Comedian Scott Novotny ’75
8:00 p.m. - ??? We have reserved a meeting room at the Country Inn & Suites by Carlson in Mankato to hang out into the wee hours of the night. A block of rooms has been reserved for us to stay the night, so if you are interested, go to http://www.countryinns.com/gustavusalumni or call 507-388-8555 to make your reservation.
Yes! One of our very own classmates will be back to entertain us! Scott Novotny will be performing Saturday evening on campus. We did a little digging and found the following on his website, www.scottnovotny.com.
“Scott double-majored in Theatre/Speech and English at Gustavus. He taught Junior High English and was Theatre Director at Dassel-Cokato High School for two years, and has been performing stand-up comedy for 25 years.
Scott has written for: Dudley Rigg’s Brave New Workshop, TV Commercials, two children’s plays, “Strange Brew” daily comic strip, and “Saturday Nite Live.” His comedy CD “Monu-Mental” was released in 2005. He is married, has two children, and currently resides in New Richmond, WI. He teaches classes in stand-up comedy and improvisation and is currently working on a motivational speech as well as working on teaching a class in Comedy Therapy.”
As we mentioned in our last class letters, we established the “1975 Class Endowed Scholarship”. We’re excited to say that the scholarship is off to a good start reaching almost $1,000. We know times may be tough─but won’t you consider $35 on behalf of our 35 Year Reunion? Or $75 on behalf of our class? All of us together will make this happen!
Currently we are at 32% participation by our class with giving a gift to Gustavus. We would love to reach 50% by the time of our reunion─so consider giving something in honor of our reunion year. www.gustavus.edu/give
Reunion registration information will be mailed in August and on-line registration will also be available then too. You can find it at gustavus.edu/homecoming. Right now you can go to that site and check the schedule. We hope you will all be able to make it!