The Class of 51 Reconnects
In August 2011, members of the UMD class of 1951 met to celebrate their successes and reminisce about the past. Here are three profiles from this 60th year reunion:
Norma (Bergerson) Nummela
With a degree in music and education, Nummela still plays violin with the Omaha Symphony Orchestra. She's been playing with them since 1967. Before that, she taught music, played for several different orchestras, and toured the Midwest with notables such as Tom Jones, Mitch Miller, Elvis Presley, Mel Torme, Barry Manilow, and many others. Nummela plans to retire from music only when "the last note is played." She and her husband, Les Nummela ('52), are celebrating their 58th wedding anniversary.
Donald M. Cook
For the past ten years, Cook has managed the Elizabeth Center for Cancer Detection in Los Angeles, Calif., where hundreds of thousands of people have been screened and educated for early cancer detection. As a UMD psychology graduate, he went on to receive his masters of hospital administration from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. His career began as an assistant professor at George Washington University. He became partner and vice president at Booz Allen & Hamilton, and from 1974-1984, he was chief executive officer for several hospitals across the nation, as well as a consultant for Arthur D. Little.
Nicknamed "Chuck," Sundeen played center for the first UMD hockey team from 1947-1951. Graduating with a major in business and economics, Sundeen worked for the United States Steel Company for over 40 years as an auditor. He traveled throughout the nation, as well as to Canada and Germany, conducting audits. He met his wife in Montreal during his early-career travels, and he is now retired in Gulf Port, Fla.
Photo --- (l – r) Norman Sundeen, Norma Nummela, and Don Cook at the UMD 60–year class reunion.