1960s Class notes


New class notes are posted as time allows.

1963
Victor Hosford (BSMT) has had a wide variety of life experiences since graduating from UW-Eau Claire. He worked his way through college and commuted from Menomonie to Eau Claire until 1964. Victor remembers that his first semester of college in Menomonie in 1956 cost $72.50 per semester — a lot of money back then — and books were furnished for a fee. He reports that he worked at Sacred Heart Hospital for almost a year while also working in Menomonie at the old hospital. In July 1965 he moved to Ventura, California, where he still lives and works part time. He says that having his degree has made his life so much better than his parents' lives. Victor says he is 79 years young and finds it hard to believe that he graduated 54 years ago.

Larry McCaghy (BA), director of choirs at Lakeville High School, Lakeville, Minnesota, from 1965-99, was presented with the FMC Lifetime Achievement Award for 2015 by the American Choral Directors Association of Minnesota at their annual state conference in November. This award is presented to one member each year who has "lifetime experience providing outstanding contributions and distinguished service to choral music in Minnesota" and "significant and noteworthy accomplishments that embody the distinction and significance of the name 'F. Melius Christiansen,' founder of the St. Olaf Choir."

1968
Theresa (Voelkel) Saltzer (BA)
retired in 2009 after 34 years of doing social work in Walworth County. In 2014, she accepted a position as a senior advocate with the Association tor the Prevention of Family Violence in Elkhorn, providing services to seniors who have been victims of abuse.

1969
James Hilt's (BS) book "How to Have a Better Relationship with Anybody" has recently been republished by Moody Publishers into an ebook available on Amazon.com and Barnesandnoble.com.


1961
Kathryn (Kidd) Christenson (BA) has established the Christenson Lectureship at Gustavus Adophus College in St. Peter, Minn. The lectureship honors her late husband, Ronald Christenson '59 (BS), a professor of political science at the college who passed away in 1998. Kathryn has endowed the new lectureship to reflect her husband's dual specialties in teaching and scholarship. She taught courses in English and women's studies at Gustavus and was later a staff associate in development and public affairs there.

1968

Christine Kondrasuk (BA), her husband, Ray Kondrusuk (BA), and their son, Gregory Kondrasuk '91 (BS), recently were in Morioka, Japan, where they visited with Tomoe (Oumi) Ishigaki '97 (BA). Christine reports that the visit was like a mini reunion, as Tomoe and Gregory had been friends, and Tomoe had attended the wedding of Christine and Ray's daughter, Amy (Kondrasuk) Kaiser '93 (B), in 1996 — Tomoe's first American wedding experience. Photo caption: (left to right) Ray, Tomoe, Christine and Gregory.