Class of '85
February 2005

Dear Fellow Gusties:

Matt Rand here.  It’s guest letter writing time.  Which basically means I was caught off guard when picking up the phone.  Before I could come up with a lame excuse for not doing this I had been talked into it.  As luck would have it the Class News is particularly short this time around so I’ve been asked to add a few comments and dig up some news on a few classmates.

Of course this year marks the big 2-0 for the class of ’85.  How is it possible that it has been 20 years since I took one last look around the dump that was 1118 Washington, loaded most of my worldly possessions into a 1975 Pontiac Grand Prix and drove back to my parent’s home in the Twin Cities wondering why in the heck I graduated in four years?  For some reason that drive home has stuck in my mind for all of these years.  I spent the entire time thinking of the four years I had spent at Gustavus and realized how lucky I was to have attended this great institution and met so many wonderful people.  Most (but not all) of those memories are still with me today.  The memories tend to be about Butch’s (only a college student could appreciate Butch’s), the Nic, the Flame, Case Day, Keg Wars, and of course the Barn.  Not to mention Broadway, Walnut, Pine, Red Door, Myrtle Beach, Our House and Truck, 1002, and of course 1118.  Not as many memories of Stats, B. Law, Econ 101, Calc, study lounges, and the library.

My wife, Sarah, and I live in South Minneapolis.  We have two boys, Jake (5) and Ethan (3).  I’ve been with Wells Fargo for 17 years in the bond trading area.  One of the advantages of residing in the Twin Cities (besides the weather of course) is the large Gustie community that is located here.  A couple of years ago Kristi Youngdahl ’86 had a party that was about as close to an off-campus college party as I have seen.  More Gusties there than you could count, most from ’85, ’86, and ’87.  It was an absolute blast catching up with so many old friends.

Lately I seem to be running into Gusties everywhere.  Tom Johnson recently organized a holiday gathering at Ikes in downtown Minneapolis.  There were at least 20 Gusties in attendance, many from the class of ’85.  Recently ran into Mark Altman ’82 and husband of Charlene Ecklund Altman, at Hyland Hills where we both had kids learning to ski.  This week it’s lunch with people from the class of ’86 who also work downtown (Jan Jetland Murphy, Scott Fransen, Steve Warner, and Michele Vossen Martin).  And this weekend it’s dinner with six other couples, five of them have Gustavus ties.  Makes you realize what a special community is Gustavus.

Our reunion will be October 7, 8, and 9.  I urge you to attend if you can.  This past fall I spent a day golfing with a bunch of the ’84 grads in town for reunion weekend (Greg Mazanec, Jeff Sheppard, Todd Gillingham, Rob Gamm, Dave Torgerson, Steve Mohn, Clark Vollan, along with a few grads from ’86 and ’87) and they all had a great time at their 20th reunion.  More information on the reunion will be coming to you as the year progresses.

Class News:

  • Rob Bowell (Las Vegas, NV) came out of retirement recently to open Bleu Gourmet, a high-end deli and wine store.  Rob and his wife, Kaitie, have two boys.
  • Dave Steiner (Elk River, MN) works for Marshall Field’s.  Dave and his wife, Lynn, have two boys.  Summer weekends are spent on Lake Roosevelt in Outing, MN.  Small world as we also have a place on the same lake so the Rands and the Steiners see each other quite a bit each summer.
  • Dave Soltau (Minneapolis, MN) works for Merrill Lynch as a senior trader.  Dave and his wife, Pamela (Petersen ’92) have a son, Alex.  Dave reminded me Gustavus officially knows him as class of ’84 because he finished early (and then really enjoyed his senior year), but I think we all know him as one of us.
  • Janie Rademacher Warner (Chanhassen, MN) works part-time with ADHD kids at Clear Springs Elementary in the Minnetonka School District.  Janie and Steve ’86 have a son and a daughter.
  • Jim Hicks (Hopkins, MN) works for Cargill.  Jim and his wife, Peg, have a new son.
  • Tom Johnson (Edina, MN) works for Callaway Golf.  Tom and Leslie (Nelson ’86) have two children.  Tom can help you straighten out your swing at one of the many clinics Callaway puts on around the Twin Cities every summer.
  • Barry Melquist (Plymouth, MN) works for Hennepin County.  Barry and Julene (Rocheleau ’87) have three boys who should really enjoy their new cabin in Cross Lake.
  • Beth Haen Orlowsky (Minnetonka, MN) teaches French in the Bloomington school district.  Beth and her husband, Dave, have three children.
  • Doug Carlson (Eden Prairie, MN) is a regional sales manager for Newark Inone, a distributor of electronic components.  Doug and his wife, Jennifer, have two children.
  • Tim Wilson (Oceanside, CA) is an account supervisor for The Lambesis Agency.  Tim and his wife, Dawn, have a daughter with baby #2 on the way.  Tim wanted everyone to know his dog, Petey, has finally gone to doggie heaven after 19 years.
  • Dave Lindberg (Orono, MN) is co-owner (with his better half) of Woodland Homes in Wyoming, MN.  Dave and his wife, Paula, have one son.  When out on Lake Minnetonka look for a big old Chris-Craft by the name of “Sweet Martha.”
  • Tim Peterson (Lakeville, MN) and his wife, Roz (Johnson ’87), own three drug stores in Lakeville, Northfield, and Cannon Falls.
  • Don Coe (Marine on St. Croix, MN) is a science teacher in the Minneapolis school system.  He recently finished his master’s at St. Mary’s University.
  • Julie Hauer (Minneapolis, MN) is the associate head for education and pediatric residency program director at the University of Minnesota.
  • Beth Ewald Dammann (Hutchinson, MN) is an occupational health nurse for 3M.
  • Laurie Lindemeier Rickard (Dallas, TX) recently appeared in Carmen at the Dallas Opera.
  • Jeffrey Krakower (River Edge, NJ) and his wife, Cecile, are happy to announce the birth of Noah Vinh Krakower on July 30, 2004.

That’s it for now.  Hope all is well with you and your family.  I’ve agreed to do this on a regular basis so you will probably hear from me again in early 2025, our 40th reunion year!


Matt Rand

1985 Guest Letter Writer 

Campus News:

Old Main has served the Gustavus campus since 1876 when it housed the entire campus.  To keep Old Main a functional part of campus, a complete renovation of the building will begin in February.  Classrooms and offices will be reconfigured and updated to accommodate current teaching technology.  Central climate control and an elevator will also be added.  Mattson Hall has been built west of Schaefer Fine Arts to house faculty and staff during the renovation.  The new residence hall being built southwest of the football field is progressing and will be ready for fall semester

Did you know that the college has gone wireless?  Wireless computing, that is?  Many buildings support wireless connectivity and outdoor connectivity is being broadcast from several roofs.  Gustavus continues to increase the number of wireless locations on campus every month.

Gustavus music ensembles will tour soon.  The Gustavus Choir is on a 17-day East Coast tour (January 20-February 5), the Wind Orchestra (formerly the Gustavus Band) is touring for nine days (January 28-February 5) in Minnesota, North Dakota and Montana, and the String Orchestra is touring for nine days (January 29-February 6) in Iowa, Nebraska, and Colorado.  The Gustavus Choir, Wind Orchestra, and Symphony Orchestra will perform at the Gustavus Music Showcase, St. Andrew Lutheran Church, Eden Prairie, on March 20.

The Gustavus athletics website received the Pride of CASE V Gold Award at the District V Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Annual Conference in December.  The district includes educational institutions from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

Announcing a new tool for all Alumni:  The Gustavus Gift Planning website is a resource for alums of all ages to learn more about planning for their financial future.  The site explores some basics like the need for a will and health care proxy.  It also provides information about planning for the transfer of assets to benefit you and your family, a gift calculator to see how to make a gift that pays you and also provides tax benefits, e-brochures for more information, and how to have a meaningful impact on a non-profit organization important to you.  Check it out today at

The 2003-2004 Honor Roll of Donors is now available under the Gustavus Fund at  The Honor Roll of Donors recognizes those who made gifts to Gustavus between June 1, 2003 and May 31, 2004.  To find your name or check out your class results, just point and click from your home or office computer.  For those who do not have access to a computer, you may call toll-free 866-487-3863 to receive a copy in the mail (supplies are limited).

Upcoming Alumni Events

  • Diversity Center Reunion/Building Bridges Conference – March 12
  • Tucson Chapter with Professor Dick Martin – March 18
  • Phoenix Chapter with Professor Dick Martin – March 19
  • Sun City Chapter with Professor Dick Martin – March 20
  • Twin Cities Gustavus Music Showcase – March 20
  • Seattle Chapter with President Jim Peterson ’64 – April 1
  • Bay Area Chapter with President Jim Peterson ’64 – April 2
  • Gusties In Volunteer Endeavors (G.I.V.E.) day of community service – April 30