Dear Luther Friends,
President Rick Torgerson and his wife, Judy, are leaving Luther at the end of the academic year, and we are going to miss their leadership. Many good things have happened over the course of their 14-year tenure: the academic program has been strengthened; the endowment has nearly tripled; and the physical campus looks more beautiful than ever. Diversity on campus has also increased, and Luther continues to attract amazing faculty and outstanding students.
Sustainability has been a main focus during the Torgerson presidency, and the college has made significant strides in this department, garnering national recognition. Luther’s 1.6-megawatt wind turbine offsets about 2.5 million pounds of coal per year and reduces the college’s greenhouse gas emissions by 14 percent. Baker Village is now carbon neutral thanks to a solar energy field, the largest solar energy production facility in Iowa. It is Luther’s goal to be carbon neutral by 2030, and the college is also committed to responsible food-sourcing practices, which means every effort is made to serve locally grown produce on campus. In 2010 Luther was one of only eight U.S. schools to earn an A on the College Sustainability Report Card, and in 2012 Luther received a Second Nature Climate Leadership Award.
Here at Luther, we enjoy celebrating good things, and a number of Sesquicentennial Fund celebrations and Torgerson tribute events have been happening across the country, from January to April. Perhaps you’ve attended an event in your area. The campus and Decorah-area farewell tribute to President Rick and Judy Torgerson is planned for Thursday, May 16, at 8:00 p.m., in the CFL, and all are welcome to attend.
The Sesquicentennial Fund campaign closed on December 31, 2012, having exceeded the $50 million goal with a grand total of over $57 million in gifts and pledges. Thank you to all who participated! One campaign project is still under-funded, the new aquatic center, but construction is almost complete. A delightful video about the new facility is on the athletics website, at http://www.luther.edu/sports/men/swimmingdiving/, and the dedication ceremony is scheduled for Homecoming 2013 weekend, on Friday, Oct. 4, at 5:00 p.m. We hope to see you there!
Have a wonderful spring season,
Sue (Franzen) Drilling ‘78
Director of Special Programs
Obituary for 1934 and 1935
Adolph "Buck" '34 and Doris "Skip" (Erickson) Buckneberg ʾ35 of Hot Springs Village, Ark., died nine days apart—Buck on August 03—and Skip on August 12, 2012, both at age 100, and after 75 years of marriage. After graduation from Luther, Buck served in the U.S. Army during World War II. A highlight for him was participating in a male quartet, the opening act for Mr. Mickey Rooney’s USO shows. Following the war, Buck obtained a master’s degree in music and spent his career teaching high school music. He also played the organ in many silent movies. Skip—the first woman to graduate from Luther—majored in music and also served as a music teacher. Buck and Skip were active members of Christ Lutheran Church in Hot Springs Village, and they were members of the Luther College President’s Council and Legacy Trust. Buck and Skip are survived by a son, Eric Buckneberg ’65, and his wife, Karen; Buck's two sisters, Vola Zander and Arlene Yudstie; Skip's two sisters, Eloise (Erickson) Klinker ’48 and Zola (Erickson) Running; and two grandchildren, Kari and Kris Kuh ‘97. They were preceded in death by a daughter, Kristi (Buckneberg) Kuh ‘69.
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