Get to Know a Gustie: Paul Tillquist ’63

Posted on December 12th, 2018 by


Current Company/Organization: Retired

Grad Year: 1963

Major: History and Communications

 Hometown: Belle Plaine, MN

 Current City: St. Paul, MN

What is your first Gustavus memory? 

As a Boy Scout from Belle Plaine, my first memory is swimming in the Gustavus pool. The pool was a far cry from the large pool in Lund Center. As a first year student, it was a watermelon party on a hillside just south of the library (now Anderson Hall) on the first evening on campus.

 What was your favorite class and/or professor and why? 

Ancient History from Dr. Rodney Davis. Dr. Davis was a task-master and the first professor who really challenged me as a student.

What do you miss most about your time as a student?  

The freedom to explore so many ideas and interact with a large group of peers.  What was missing the most from my student years was a total lack of diversity in terms of race, culture, and geography.

What brought you to campus the last time you visited?

 Christmas in Christ Chapel 

How has your Gustavus experience most impacted your life beyond the Hill? 

Part of my experience was working in the alumni office.  This led to my being a class agent and class officer for over 56 years.  Working with administrators also led to my being asked to join the admission staff upon graduation and eventually to working at Gustavus for 35 years over three different tours of duty.

What do you most enjoy about being a Gustie alum?  

Having worked for Gustavus for such a long time, I have become acquainted with multiple generations of alumni.  While we may have experienced Gustavus in different decades, there is a set of core values that inform all Gustie alumni.


One Comment

  1. Sharon Pinney says:

    You have kept the Gustie spirit alive for our class and for many more alumni. Thank you for all you have done. You are such a great representative of Gustavus.