Mates of the Class of '50,
With the fading of winter and the fresh life of spring not far away, a little arithmetic comes to mind: 2013 minus 1950 plus 21 (or thereabouts) equals 84 (give or take . . .) But here we still are, fading perhaps, but ready for more life. And inching our way toward a 65th reunion!
News from the field—you've been holding back on me—is limited to the passing of classmates Emil Hracek and Norm Rosholt. Norm had been living in Decorah in his later years (as did brother Jerry of network news renown and as currently do cousin Bob and his wife Lucy), so I would see him on occasion. Emil, however, was a figure vividly remembered but long unheard from. My brother Robert '52, who also died recently and played end with Emil on the football team, once reported having seen and talked with Emil at some Luther function. But that's as much as I had heard of him since we graduated. But who could forget the magic he wrought on the gridiron? I can still see him stretched out in the end zone making yet another incredible catch.
On campus major news has been popping. The new aquatic center is now totally enclosed and the interior work well along—you can look forward to seeing the completed facility on your next visit to campus. A new football coach is in place: Aaron Hafner, coming from a scintillating career as a high school coach in Missouri and, most recently, seven years as a top assistant in a successful program at William Penn. It remains to be seen, of course . . . As I write, the men's basketball team is heading into its final game of the regular season tied for the lead in the Iowa Conference. (The women's team still struggles but has begun to turn the corner under its young second-year coach.) After finishing fifth in the NCAA playoffs last year, the softball team now has a pre-season #3 national ranking. (I mention this despite my view that pre-season rankings are pretty silly, though they do show respect for the program.)
Musically, we recently heard wonderful home-from-tour concerts by the college's Symphony Orchestra and Nordic Choir - the quality in each case was simply stunning. Academically, there is a very big deal to take pride in: Senior chemistry major Georgianne Whitely was recently named a Rhodes Scholar (most of the 30+ winners were from Ivy league institutions and their peers). Her special interest is in medical work in African countries, where she has twice traveled to study and do research. President Torgerson introduced Annie and her parents at a recent convocation, noting that he hasn't been able to stop bragging about her achievement. On another front, a new Center for Sustainable Communities has been established on campus, with philosophy professor Jon Jensen as its first director—a further development in the "green" thrust of the Torgerson administration. And a new endowed chair in history is now in place thanks to the family of Luther graduates Kermit '38 and Jane (Haugen) Hanson '39, with Professor Robert Christman as its initial occupant.
Finally, we await the imminent announcement of Luther's next president after completion of on-campus interviews for the two finalists, Mark Hagerott and Ann Hill Duin '77. You have probably read about them, so I won't go into their qualifications. And I won't tell you how I would have voted had I had a vote (though I did tell a member of the Board of Regents who called the other day). Suffice it to say that Luther will have a different kind of president than it has had before. That's always true, of course. And always a good thing.
With the advent of a new era in the college's history, it's a good time to renew your devotion and support, financially and otherwise. Including sending news about yourself!
Here's to a fruitful 2013 for the college and for each of you.
Richard (Dick) Ylvisaker
EMIL FABIAN “Zeke” HRACEK of Cuthbert, Ga., died Oct. 5, 2012, at age 84. Born in Chicago, Zeke was a former resident of Fulk's Run, Va. He attended Luther and worked as an FBI agent before retirement. Zeke was preceded in death by a brother, Otto Hracek. His survivors include two sons, Steven Hracek and Kenneth Franklin Ethridge; a daughter, Peggy Wampler; and four grandchildren.
NORMAN ROSHOLT of Decorah (formerly of Brooklyn Center, Minn.) died Oct. 28, 2012, at age 88. He was a captain in the Air Force and a B-17 pilot in World War II, completing 31 1/2 missions before being shot down and taken as a prisoner of war. Norman held the position of Minnesota State Commander of Ex-Prisoners of War from 1999-2001, and commander of the Twin Cities Chapter of the American Military Order of the Purple Heart from 2002-04. He graduated from Luther and was employed by Lutheran Brotherhood in systems development for 36 years. Norman received the Distinguished Service Award from Luther in 2010. He was preceded in death by his parents, Edith and CARL ROSHOLT ’06; brother, JERRY ROSHOLT ’48; and grandfather, TOLLEF ROSHOLT, Luther Class of 1868. Surviving Norman are his wife of 63 years, Darlene; children, Susan (ROSHOLT) Schumann ‘71, Greg ROSHOLT ’73, Bruce ROSHOLT ‘73, and Jan (ROSHOLT) Tschantz ‘76; grandchildren, Erik Schumann, Leah Schumann ‘03, Ben Rosholt ’03, Peter Rosholt, Luke Tschantz, Molly Tschantz, Emily Franklin; and great-grandchildren, Noah, Isaac, and Elsie. Memorials preferred to Luther College, Cross of Glory Lutheran Church, or First Lutheran Church Food Pantry of Decorah.
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 1949 total giving in 2012: $22,504 from 52% of the class
Class of 1950 total giving in 2012: $63,903 from 47% of the class
Class of 1951 total giving in 2012: $27,629 from 44% 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.
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Janet (Hellie) Barth
Deloris (Smedstad) Burstrom*
Dagny (Fjelstad) Christiansen
Ferne (Ellingson) Coxson*
Marilyn (Trytten) Dain*
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Adeline (Lovstuen) Langland*
Justine (Holum) Lionberger*
Darlene (Rodberg) Mickelson
Florence (Thompson) Moe Olson
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