Class of 1960 Spring Letter

Spring 2012

Dear Classmates…                                                                                           

A most wonderful time for me this past winter was attending my first Christmas at Luther concert…what glorious and inspiring music!  As spring approaches, I (along with many, many others) am fascinated by the Decorah bald eagles, another reminder of God’s wonderful creation.  If you haven’t seen this eagle family “live,” please reward yourself with a daily viewing by going to  

Winter in the Midwest has been incredibly mild, and I find myself already thinking about summer fun possibilities.  You might want to consider a trip to Luther and Decorah with family or friends during this upcoming spring or summer, either because you haven’t visited for awhile or because it is such a lovely trip.  You can go to the Luther College website at and click on Decorah to locate area events, places to stay, and other information. If you are interested in what is happening on campus, go to the Luther website and click on Alumni and Friends. Lutherlag is scheduled for July 22-27, 2012.

When you return for a visit to Luther College, you realize that the essence of Luther is still there, even though there are changes.  One of my favorite sections to read in each fall edition of the Luther Alumni Magazine is the “Senior Profile” section.  I’m amazed not only at the student accomplishments but also with the quality and quantity of opportunities increasingly available.  Those who attended Luther many years before all of us would probably make the same comparative observation.  It does make me grateful that Luther College is still a place firmly rooted in faith, as it expands its vision to provide challenging and broadening opportunities for students, faculty, and staff. 

Our class has been generous in its support of Luther in 2011.  In the last class agent letter, it was noted that only five more gifts were needed for our class to reach 30 percent participation in total giving, and we exceeded that goal with a 41 percent participation rate!  Thank you very much for your support and your gifts to Luther now and in the future.

Let us know what is new with you (e.g retirement, special honors, family changes) by sending your information to the Luther Alumni Office at [email protected] or to 700 College Drive, Decorah, IA 52101.  You can also submit online comments by going to and scrolling to the end of the latest letter to add your comments.  Thanks for staying in touch…it is so good to hear from you!

Warm regards,

Karen Julesberg
1960 Class Agent
[email protected]

PS.  It's not too late to purchase a copy of Transformed by the Journey: 150 Years of Luther College in Word and Image. Richly illustrated with more than 350 photographs, Transformed by the Journey was compiled and written by Wilfred Bunge '53, professor emeritus of religion and classics, with assistance from Mary Hull Mohr, professor emerita of English, and Dale Nimrod, professor emeritus of chemistry.  Contact the Luther Book Shop at, or call 1-888-521-5039 or email [email protected] to place your order.

LaVern Luther of New London, Minn., died Aug. 14, 2011, at age 73. At Luther, he competed alongside his twin brother, LaRoy, in basketball, baseball, and track and field. LaVern equaled the school record in the 100-yard dash at 9.8 seconds, and was the Iowa Conference champion in that event and the mile-relay (which LaRoy anchored) in 1960. Known as “the Luther twins," the pair joined their uncles―VESTER LUTHER '30 and

ARTHUR GRANDGAARD '38―and father, AUGUST "AUGIE" LUTHER '36, in the Luther College Athletic Hall of Fame. LaVern lived and worked in Bloomington, Minn., for 35 years in sales with Hallmark Cards, earning numerous sales and marketing awards from the company. He was the first recipient of the J.C. Hall Award for Sales Leadership, the highest honor at Hallmark. In retirement, LaVern and his wife, Gretchen, moved to Lake Andrew near New London, and spent their winters in Surprise, Ariz. His hobbies included hunting, fishing, and golfing. Spending time at the hunting shack and fishing with his grandchildren were LaVern's favorite activities. He was a member of Peace Lutheran Church and the Zuhrah Shrine Temple in the Willmar Shrine Club. LaVerne is survived by his wife, Gretchen; two children, Luther College Alumni Council president GREG Luther ’90 and Katie (Luther) Church ‘92; three grandchildren; and brothers LaRoy Luther ’60 and Robert Luther. He was preceded in death by his parents, CARRIE (EVANS) LUTHER ‘40 and AUGUST LUTHER ’36. Memorials may be sent to Luther College.

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 reach our goal of 30% alumni giving.  Here’s how your class—and surrounding classes—did in 2011: 

Class of 1959 total giving in 2011:  $127,189 from 44% of the class

Class of 1960 total giving in 2011:  $148,064 from 41% of the class

Class of 1961 total giving in 2011:  $244,779 from 63% of the class

Your gift can boost the impact your class has on current students!  Please use the enclosed envelope or visit to show your support.   Thank you!


Cathedral Choir 2012