Class of 1954 Fall Letter

Fall 2012

Dear 1954 Classmates,

Now I somewhat understand: Professor Gerhard Frost said maturity is like the oak tree that is spread out to its maximum strength.  There is no more growth you can expect.  It stands majestic in its fall colors.

I am soon 80 with a beard turning white.  I tend to look back at God’s grace in my life and say thanks to the Almighty for wife, children, health and wealth, years of service enjoyed, and knowledge of a loving Savior. 

Maturity gives more time for intercessory prayer for family, friends, the sick, the suffering, the world. Can’t sleep?  Use the time to wonder at God’s patience during one’s busy years with little thanks thrown heavenward.

Luther College is another theme of my reflections, with thoughts of Frost, Belgum, Hoslett, Qualley, and many more.

For the year 2011 our class ranked 7th in the percent of participation with 45 percent of us giving something to Luther.  We ranked 10th in total amount of money given.  If you have not given lately, and if you are not ready to put Luther in your will or to write a check for a million dollars, please send a check (or give online) for $50 to Luther.  It will raise the percentage of our class participation and result in more grants.  Corporations are impressed by high percentages.

Our sympathy to Eleanor Scheevel whose husband Everett Junge died in June.  We and Rolf and Trudy (Kolstad) Olson were able to attend his funeral in Harmony, Minn.

Our sympathy also to Paul and Dorothea Ofstedal, whose daughter Ann died unexpectedly this summer in New York City.

On a happier note, congratulations to Paul who retired after 11 years as president of China Services Ventures in St. Paul, Minn.

And to James Bergquist who received an honorary doctorate from the Senate of Serampore University of India, recognizing over 45 years of involvement with theological education in India.

Soli Deo Gloria.

Ron and Frieda (Mindrum) Nowland
1954 Class Agents
[email protected]

Don’t forget your Annual Fund giving!

Each year nearly 9,500 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 27% alumni giving to the Annual Fund.  Here’s how your class is doing so far this year:


Have you made your 2012 gift to Luther?  Only 3 more gifts are needed to reach 27% for your class.  Please visit to make a difference for Luther students.  Thank you!

Please note: Your Spring 2013 class agent letter will include a listing of your classmates who gave to Luther during 2012.  Be sure to make your gift before December 31 to be included.

*as of October 18, 2012

RONALD DEAN EGELAND of Borrego Springs, Calif., and formerly of Ames and Huxley, Iowa, died April 30, 2011, at age 81. Ron had a lifelong interest and love for both art and music. He studied fine arts and business administration at Waldorf College and Luther. Following a break in his education in 1951, Ron served in the U.S. Army, then completed his degree and began a career as a right-of-way agent for the Iowa Department of Transportation. He held that post for 31 years. Ron was also a musician and played trumpet in several bands, including his own. After retirement, he moved to Borrego Springs to join his sister in her real estate firm, as her broker. He is survived by his sister, Maxine Nelson.

MARGERY (CARLSON) LURNDAHL of Centuria, Wis., died Oct. 19, 2011, after a lengthy illness. She attended Luther and earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 1956. Margery began her teaching career in Robbinsdale, Minn., as a first-grade teacher. She quit teaching to become a full-time homemaker when she and her husband, Donald, decided to start a family and adopt their daughter, Pamela, and two years later, their son, Jeffrey. A devoted wife and mother, Margery volunteered in her children’s schools and also as a Girl Scout leader. One of her favorite places to travel was the north shore of Lake Superior. After Donald’s death, Margery worked at the UW-Eau Claire library, a Christian bookstore, and a women's clothing store; she retired from a customer service position at Sears. Margery moved to Clear Lake, Wis., in 2006 to be closer to family, and to Sophie's Manor Assisted Living Facility in Centuria in 2009. Margery is survived by her children, Pamela Wielinski and Jeffrey Lurndahl; five grandchildren; and her siblings, Ruth Olsen and Ramert Carlson.



Ron and Frieda Nowland