Class of '87
August 2007

Dear Class of ’87:

One of my best friends who also happens to be my brother-in-law (class of ’89) recently attended a leadership conference at Harvard Business School.  The keynote speaker was a top professor at the school and at the beginning of his address he said that someone posed a very interesting question at lunch.  “If you were a high school senior and could go to college anywhere you wanted, what advice would you give?”  The speaker responded “Contrary to what many might think, I would tell them to go to a liberal arts college and get your undergraduate degree at a smaller school where you can get a lot of attention from your professors, be involved in campus activities and get a real well-rounded experience…then pursue your graduate studies at Harvard or a large university.”

Surely, he was speaking of an undergraduate degree from Gustavus Adolphus College.  It has served so many of us well and gave us a solid foundation not just for learning, but for preparing for life.

How many of us feel the same way?  When we went on to pursue advanced degrees in teaching, medicine, law, business, music, science, arts, social ministries, etc., our building blocks came from Gustavus.  It prepared us in so many different ways and gave us lifelong friends, our spouses, amazing professors, memories of Myrum Memorial Field House and the new Lund Center, athletics, fraternal organizations.  I could go on and on.  Twenty years is a long time, but when we go back to our college on the hill, it doesn’t feel that way for many of us.

My hope is that each of you will make the trip back to reconnect and see friends and old faces.  Share stories and laughter.  Be with people that matter to you.  Gustavus is significant to each of us in some way.  Let’s take time to remember and make a contribution, whether with your presence or even more importantly, monetarily, to a place that has helped shape us during one of the most influential periods of our lives.  With our contributions, we have an opportunity to impact the lives of people we may never meet, through scholarships to students in need.  Gustavus depends on our gifts to support academic, athletic and extracurricular programs that are expected from a Gustavus education.

Whether you are part of the President’s Leadership Circle, Ren Anderson or Cec Eckhoff Society, or you give any type of annual gift, it matters.  You matter.  You can and do make a difference.

I look forward to seeing you in St. Peter on October 12-13!

All the best to you,

Lee Fahrenz ’87

1987 Co-class Agent


Class Notes

Vicki Spitzack Anderson, New Prague, MN is a registered nurse at Queen of Peace Hospital in New Prague.  She also ran the Boston Marathon in 2007!

Steve Beckendorf, Ventura, CA is a claims specialist for Liberty Mutual Insurance.

Paul Beuning, Brooten, MN is a teacher in the Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa School District, teaching physical education and health, elementary physical education and weight training.

Mary Leonard Bigaouette, Belle Plaine, MN works as a loan processor at the State Bank of Belle Plaine.  She and her husband, John, have two boys ages 7 and 8.

Elizabeth Beach Bryant, St. Louis Park, MN is a family law attorney at Clugg, Linder & Dittberner, Ltd. in Edina.  She has been named one of “Minnesota’s Top 40 Family Law Super Lawyers” each year since 2001.  Congratulations, Beth!  She and her husband, Mike ’86, have two boys ages 6 and 5.

Dan Buchanan, Oronoco, MN is a technical laboratory specialist II, toxicology at the Mayo Medical Center.  Dan is married (Tammy) and they have a son (Zach).

Lee and Becky (Anderson) Fahrenz, Aurora, IL.  Lee and Becky ran the Chicago Marathon in 2006.  It was Becky’s first marathon and Lee’s second.  Lee is currently training to run the Chicago Marathon again in 2007 and Becky will run the half marathon.

Christine Gustafson Fattore, Gaithersburg, MD is the director of research pharmacy services at MedImmune, Inc.  Her husband, Kent, is a Major in the U.S. Air Force Reserve.

David Flaten, Ithaca, NY is a tenured professor teaching history at Tompkins Cortland Community College.

Mary Frey, Wilmington, CA is the manager of new product logistics for Human Touch (a company that makes robotic massage chairs).

Linda Ieleja Gertsman, Winnetka, IL is a branch chief for the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission.  She and her husband, Gary, have a 4-year-old daughter and a 15-month-old son.

Kristin Molen Harbin, Maitland, FL is a full-time mom/wife.  She and her husband, Grant, have three children (son – 11, twin girls – 7).

Kristin Hoffman, St. Paul, MN is a Spanish teacher for Bloomington-Kennedy School District.

Janet Bahls Johnson, Lakeville, MN is a kindergarten aid at Cherry View Elementary in Lakeville.  She and her husband, Stuart, have three kids ages 15, 12 and 7.

Peter Krause was the cover story in the May 2007 issue of Buzz Magazine.

Kathy Klemp Koch, Duluth, MN and her husband, Ed, have a 9-year-old daughter.

Paula Glynn Lammers, Apple Valley, MN released a jazz CD “A Blanket of Blue” in 2005 and is active as a performer in the Twin Cities.  She fronts a nine piece band, sings with the River City Jazz Orchestra, and is the girl half of the singing duo “Girl ’n Boy Singer.” 

Mary Neal Larcom, St. Cloud, MN is married to Mark Larcom and is employed at St. Cloud Orthopedics as an occupational therapist.

Shelly Johnson Larkin, Andover, MN is a senior project manager with Qwest Communications.

Mary Jo Laue Ploumen, Shakopee, MN is a teacher in the Shakopee school district.

Patti Boyce Leaf, Maple Grove, MN is an independent representative for Silpada Design.  She and her husband, Kristofer, have three kids ages 10, 8 and 6.

Dr. Butch Leyda, Hudson, WI lives with his wife, Jody (Johnson ’86), and has been playing guitar and singing in the Hudson area, with his partner, Todd Eide, under the name “Dr. Heckyl & Mr. Eide.”

Kristin Shover Lokkesmoe, Altoona, WI is a full-time mom/wife.  She and her husband, Darren, have four kids (2 girls, aged:  3 months and 9 years; and 2 boys, aged: 11 and 13).

Scott and Ann (Jaeger) Malm, St. Paul, MN.  Scott works as managing director of Baring Point and Ann is a physical therapist at United Hospital in St. Paul.

Anne McComb, St. Paul, MN is an information technology project manager for Medtronic.

Kristi Multhaup, Davidson, NC is an associate professor of psychology at Davidson College and recently won the college’s “2007 Hunter-Hamilton Love of Teaching Award.”  Congratulations!

Jennifer Reed, Simsbury, CT is a teacher at King Phillip Middle School.

Marni Myles-Vollan, Willmar, MN and her husband, Clark ’84, have three girls ages 14, 12, and 9.  Marni is a biology teacher at the Willmar Area Learning Center, and area manager for Arbonne International.

Kelly Grapentin Nelson, Andover, MN and her husband, Steve, adopted Katelyn “Katie” Jean Nelson (born on 5/16/02) on June 20, 2005.  Congratulations!

Nancy Johnson O’Rourke, Feltwell, Norfolk, England is teaching second grade at Feltwell Elementary School for the Department of Defense Education Activity.

Diane “Roz” Johnson Peterson, Lakeville, MN and her husband, Tim ’85 have two kids ages 11 and 12.  Roz is a commercial realtor with D&T Property, Inc., and is a member of the school board for Lakeville Schools.

Kurt Raatz, Apple Valley, MN is a compliance analyst at Wachovia Bank.

Mark and Jinny (Nelson) Riggs, Burnsville, MN both work for Burnsville High School.  Mark was recently named head football coach at Burnsville High School and Jinny is an administrative assistant.

Greg Schaeffer, Burnsville, MN was married to Marilee Cowan on June 9, 2007.  Congratulations!

Jay Schultz, St. Paul, MN is a senior financial analyst for the national headquarters of the American Red Cross.

Cheryl Flor Scott, Arlington, WA and her husband, David, have a five-year-old son.  Cheryl is a property claims manager for SAFECO Insurance Co. of America.

Brenda Jacobson Smith, Blue Earth, MN is a physical education teacher at the Blue Earth Middle School.  She also coaches junior high softball and volleyball.  She and her husband, Todd, have two kids ages 15 and 13.

Susan Burley Sparboe, Annandale, MN is an 8th grade science teacher at Dassel-Cokato School.  She has two kids ages 10 and 11.

John Standbrook, St. Louis, MO is now a vice president of Strategic Tax and Cost Management Co.

Peter Stapay, Breckenridge, CO is the general manager of Healthcare at Avolent Inc.

Beth Gustafson Sudduth, St. Petersburg FL and her husband, Rich, had a new baby girl, Kaitlyn Elizabeth Joy Sudduth, on January 18, 2007.  Congratulations!  Their older son, Christian, just turned two.

Steve Sutherland, Duluth, MN is a child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist for Human Development in Duluth.  He and his wife, Peg, have three children ages 6 1/2, 5 and 2.

Mary Goodman-Theurer, Minneapolis, MN and her husband, Jim, had their fourth child. Claire, on September 27, 2006.  Congratulations!

Kelly Thomton, Sartell, MN is the human resources director at CentraCare Health System (St. Cloud Hospital).  She has a 17 year old son.

Susan Weiskopf-Larson, Lino Lakes, MN works as a CPA and is a principal at HLB Tautges, Redpath Ltd.  Susan and her husband, Jim ’86, have two girls ages 6 and 4.

Angie Wells, Inglewood, CA lives in the Los Angeles area with her two kids and works as a legal assistant/word processor at the law firm of Swedelson & Gottlieb.


Campus News

Construction Update

Work on the new football stadium progressed at a quick pace and most major elements are now in place.  The stadium will be ready for the opening game on Saturday, September 8 when the Gusties host Willamette, OR.  It’s really awesome and will be a great place for Gusties to gather!  Take a daily peak at  Physical Plant crews were also busy constructing additional intramural and club sport fields west of the Swanson Tennis Center.  These fields will replace the fields that were previously on the stadium construction site.

Athletics Hall of Fame

Gustavus will induct new members into its Athletics Hall of Fame at a banquet on November 3.  They are:  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.

Provost Position Filled

Dr. Mary Morton, Gustavus’ new provost and vice president for academic affairs, assumed her position on Monday, July 2.  In this role as chief academic officer, she oversees academic programs and strategic planning at Gustavus.

Gusties Gather! – September 30

Gusties around the world are called to gather on Sunday, September 30.  The Alumni Board is designating this day as a way for Gusties to stay connected with each other.  In research among alumni, we know that Gusties already stay in contact with many alumni, and we know that Gusties have a strong interest in staying connected with other Gusties and with the College.  If there is a gathering in your area, we hope you will consider attending.

Upcoming Alumni Events

  • Gustavus Booth at Minnesota State Fair, Education Building, August 23-September 3
  • Twin Cities Breakfasts, September 19
  • Gusties Gather! – September 30
  • Nobel ConferenceHeating Up The Energy Debate - October 2 & 3
  • Homecoming/Family Weekend – October 12-14
  • A Royal AffairRazzle Dazzle, October 27
  • Athletics Hall of Fame Banquet – November 3
  • Christmas in Christ Chapel – November 30-December 2

See you all October 12th and 13th – It won’t be as much fun without you!

Don’t forget to register for the reunion!  Log on to: to register or use the enclosed form/envelope to send in your registration by October 5.