Dear 1956 Classmates:
As I write this in northern Minnesota, we are still in a very mild, sunny, dry stretch with beautiful fall colors. It is very much like Homecoming at Luther in early October. I’m sure you recall fondly the colors in the Upper Iowa River valley. This year the weather provided a fine weekend not only for many reunion classes, but also for the inauguration of Dr. Paula J. Carlson as the 10th – and first woman – president of the college. The Center for Faith and Life was at capacity for the ceremony, which included an oratorio by Nordic and the Orchestra. The only downside was the football team, having started the season 40, including a win over St. Olaf, was stomped by Central, 477 – but that is a small thing in the broad scheme. If you want to see some photos online, go to www.luther.edu and click on Homecoming Photo Album 2014. An unusual event at Homecoming was the library exhibit of several papyri found in the college archives, acquired by Dean Qualley during his graduate school days while on archeology research in Egypt. The 2,000-year-old pieces were authenticated by experts at the University of Michigan, well known for its archeology program.