Class of 1951 Fall Letter

Fall 2011

Dear Classmates,

WOW! What a homecoming! The next Luther magazine will probably cover the overall story, so I will focus on our “class of 1951" matters.

As the 60th anniversary class, we were well-looked-after. Our luncheon on Saturday, October 15, included one graduate from the Class of 1936, two from the Class of 1941, and two from the Class of 1946. There were 20 from our class with spouses and “helpers”; the total celebrants numbered 45.

Earl Vanderwalker, LC 1941, travelled over 1,700 miles (from Seattle) to make this homecoming. Jack and Charlotte Krupicka travelled 1,600 miles (from Utah) and Klete and Lois Rood drove 1,200 miles (from Albuquerque). Ted and Sharyn Hilpert drove their camper 800 miles, from Tennessee.  Lucy and I walked two blocks! (Four days later, George and Phyllis Trytten moved from Decorah to Boise, Idaho, a distance of about 1,400 miles.)

Our luncheon room in the Union overlooked the football field. At one o’clock many of us gathered at the windows and watched the game in comfort. Luther pulled off a neat win, 14 to 7, over Buena Vista.

Lucy and I held an open house after the game. It was similar to the one five years ago. We were pleased with the good turnout. Holly Hunt’s Nordic Choir pictures from 1947 and 1948 and Harold Freid’s football team pictures from our era were on display at both the luncheon and the open house. How young we looked!

Lucy and I want to renew our invitation to you to stop by 612 Center Street when you are in our “neck of the woods,” as we used to say. We could take you on a tour of the campus and the city of Decorah. (A paved trail along the Upper Iowa River is one we traverse quite often.)

The theme of Luther’s sesquicentennial has been “Transformed by the Journey.” A 301-page history of Luther, by that title, is hot off the press! Our schoolmate, Wilfred Bunge (LC 1953), was the lead author. And the text is accompanied by hundreds of photos. Our era is right in the middle of the book. I plopped down $100 for four of them—one for myself, the others for our 3 sons and their families. (No doubt you will get info on how to get hold of one, or more.) Contact the bookstore at 563-387-1036 or 888-521-5039.

Luther College has had many ups and downs. Right now it is up. Our class has played a role in this success story, and I hope we will continue our support.

Lucy and I wish you a joyous holiday season, a manageable winter, and decent health as we move forward in our eighth decade.

Bob Rosholt
1951 Class Agent
[email protected]

Check out the pictures from Homecoming 2011 here.

Don’t forget your Annual Fund giving!
Each year nearly 10,000 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 to reach our goal of 30% alumni giving to the Annual Fund.  Here’s how your class is doing so far this year:

CLASS of 1951 TOTAL GIVING:  $40,051.00 from 32.09% of the CLASS*

Have you made your 2011 gift to Luther?  Please visit to make a difference for Luther students.  Thank you!

Please note: Your Spring 2012 class agent letter will include a listing of your classmates who gave to Luther during 2011.  Be sure to make your gift before December 31 to be included.

*as of October 21, 2011


ARTHUR ROMNESS of Stillwater, Minn., died July 9, 2010, at age 81. After graduation from Luther, he was sent to Germany with the occupation forces during the Korean War. Arthur earned a master’s degree at Mankato State College in 1964 and also studied at the University of Minnesota. He had been a science teacher at Lake Bronson, Maplewood, and North St. Paul (Minn.) schools. He enjoyed travel, fishing, and golf. He is survived by his wife, Elvera; two children; and six grandchildren.

RALPH SKATRUD of Henrico, N.C., died Nov. 2, 2010, at age 81. He served as a radar instructor and communications and electronics officer in the U.S. Air Force at Scott AFB and Lackland AFB during the Korean War, and he received an officer appointment from President Harry Truman. Ralph taught high school for one year at Shiocton, Wis., before joining IBM as an engineer in 1954. He received several patent awards at IBM and retired as a senior engineer specialist after 32 years of service. Ralph was a charter member of Lakeside Lutheran Church in Littleton. He is survived by his wife, Irma; his children, ELLEN SKATRUD-MICKELSON ’74 and MARK SKATRUD ’77; three grandchildren; and four brothers, DALE SKATRUD ’53, ROGER SKATRUD ’57, KEITH SKATRUD ’66, and PAUL SKATRUD ’74.



Bob Rosholt