You should be sending me anecdotes from our Luther days. It would make it a lot easier to write these periodic letters. I am not enough of an investigative reporter to chase around after you. So please volunteer stories you think would tickle Class of 1943 memories.
Meantime, I will tell a couple of Bud Herseth stories that have stuck with me. If they are repeats, you can blame either my short term or long term memory. Both are bad!
Sometime in the 1980s I was on a program with Doc Severinson, an outstanding trumpeter whom you must know from the Johnny Carson show, or as soloist with the Minnesota Orchestra. We struck up a conversation while backstage waiting for the program to begin. I told him that I was a classmate of a trumpet player from Luther College who played with the Chicago Symphony. I got no further. Severinson broke in with a shout, “Bud Herseth―the greatest trumpet player in the world!” He rambled on for several minutes, extolling Bud’s tone, technique, and whatever else trumpeters can excel at. I thought it great praise from one trumpeter to another.
The other occasion was while we were at Luther. In one of our basketball games at Luther, we played a tough team. One of their players laid a heavy block on me and knocked me to the floor right in front of the Luther pep band. Herseth made it all worthwhile by standing in the first row of bleacher seats, wielding his trumpet like a club and threatening my tormenter. It was only a few seconds, but I have been buoyed by the event many times in the subsequent 70 years. Thanks, Bud!
Which reminds me―our 70th year reunion is only a few months away. There are still enough of us around to make it a grand occasion. Luther will make it a festive occasion for sure. Just seeing each other again and having a chance to chat a little will stir our spirits. Plan to be there! Homecoming is October 4-6.
Oh yes, three other important matters. One―At Homecoming we will join 70 years of Luther alums in cheering for a new Luther President. I saw the resumes of the two finalists and thought they looked outstanding. Either will be superior! Two, write a thank-you letter to President Rick and Judy Torgerson. They have been superior leaders for Luther and a show of gratitude would be well-received. Three, Luther needs alumni financial support. Do what you can. Students always need help!
The Lord bless you and keep you always!
WESTON NOBLE was honored in Guam, while conducting Cantate Guam’s Pacific Summer Music Festival, his eighth consecutive year doing so. Governor Eddie Baza Calvo presented Weston with the Governor’s Award, and he declared the week of June 2-8, 2012, “Dr. Weston Noble Week.” Weston was also named a Lowell Mason Fellow, an honor that recognizes outstanding music educators and those who have made lasting contributions to the music education field.
DAVID PREUS published the book Pastor and President: Reflections of a Lutheran Churchman through Lutheran University Press. In the book David reflects on his life and the difference an individual can make in the world.
KENNETH WINWOOD, 89, of Alexander, Iowa, died June 28, 2012. An economics major at Luther, he graduated in 1943; on March 7, 1945, he married his wife, Marcella, and together they worked the family farm. After retirement, Ken and Marcella continued to enjoy country living, remaining on the farm until moving to Pella in 2009, to be closer to their children. Ken was a member of the Alexander United Methodist Church; he loved all nature and enjoyed traveling the countryside with Marcella. An avid hunter since boyhood, Ken went pheasant hunting with his friends and participated in state tournaments. He is survived by Marcella, his wife of 66 years; a son, David; a daughter, Gloria (Julio) Chiarella; a grandson, Greg (Denise) Fink; granddaughters Jennifer (Shawn) Allen and RACHEL (WINWOOD) BECKER ‘06 (and her spouse KEITH BECKER ‘05); 7 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great grandchildren; brother-in-law Bill (Jerri) Rozevink; special family members Karin Winwood, Maria Carla, and Julio A. Chiarella; and other cherished family and friends.
Don't forget your Annual Fund giving!
Each year nearly 9,000 alumni, parents, and friends support the Annual Fund with gifts from $5 to $50,000. Strong support from alumni helps Luther secure additional funds from foundations and corporations, and your gift each year helps us reach our goal of 27% alumni giving. Here’s how your class—and surrounding classes—did in 2012:
Class of 1942 total giving in 2012: $1,405 from 29% of the class
Class of 1943 total giving in 2012: $8,650 from 36% of the class
Class of 1944 total giving in 2012: $29,070 from 42% of the class
WITH SINCERE GRATITUDE:
This list includes all gifts received January 1, 2012, to December 31, 2012. Making a gift each and every year is an investment in the lives of Luther students and a show of support for the Luther College community. Thank you for your support of Luther College through your giving.
Lois (Moe) Jacobsen
Borghild (Teigland) Nassen*
L. Wilson Ruid
* made a gift in each of the last five consecutive years.
Every attempt has been made to ensure the accuracy of this list. If an error has been made, please accept our apology and contact the Luther Development Office at 800-225-8664, or email [email protected].