Class of 1963 Fall Letter

Fall 2012

Dear ’63 Classmates,

They say change is the only constant but, thankfully, some things change little, if at all.

When we were at Luther the campus was year-around beautiful. It still is. The new Bentdahl Commons is a wonderful outdoor gathering place. Students still play Frisbee on the lawns, and the carillon still plays from Main. There are 14 more buildings on campus than when we were students, and enrollment has grown from 1,235 students to 2,473. We had 27 majors to choose from; today Luther offers 60 majors and preprofessional or certificate programs.

Did we even know the concepts of sustainability and carbon footprints? Today sustainability is a major goal. Luther has a wind turbine and solar energy, and the 2012 Climate Leadership Award was received by the college.  And 49 percent of the food served on campus is locally grown.    

All the Luther residence halls have been completely remodeled in the last 10 years. And, in Summer 2013 the new Aquatic Center will be completed.

Among all that has changed since we were students, the essence of Luther College remains.  It’s  still a highly regarded residential liberal arts college, still rooted in the core values and traditions we knew. It’s still a beautiful setting, a welcoming and inclusive community populated by students, faculty, and staff who are friendly and, yes, nice.

Come see for yourself, come experience then new―yet unchanged―Luther College.  Come "home" for our 50th reunion, October 4-6, 2013.

Several of our classmates have already volunteered to help plan for the 50th.  Please consider joining us.  We'll have two meetings on campus for those who can attend, and we’ll use technologies to include those who can’t be on campus. We need your ideas!  The more people that serve, the better!  Call or email me to volunteer.

Also, please search your attic or basement and find that box of college “stuff” – pictures, old CHIPS, sundry mementos. We’ll be soliciting pictures for our time on campus for a video and may ask for some auction items.

In addition to all the 2013 Homecoming activities to enjoy, our class reunion will feature a reception on Friday and a luncheon and dinner on Saturday. We’ll get you all the details in plenty of time. For private home housing options, call or email Judy in the Alumni Office, 563.387.1524.

It’s a college tradition for the 50th reunion class to present a monetary gift to the college.  These are not show-off gifts but expressions of sincere gratitude.  Let's aim for 100 percent participation. Please be thinking about your contribution to the Class of ’63 gift.

This summer Dick and I had a great mini reunion with my Luther roommates – Mary Ann Erickson, (Gary) Skundberg, and Sandy Wainwright (Joe) Sakyo. We’ve shared our lives since freshmen beanie days! We gathered at Sayko’s historic home in Frederick, Maryland, for four fabulous days of memories, new adventures, and lots of laughs.

Skundbergs, Saykos, and classmate JON SOMMERS have made their plans for Homecoming 2013. Mark your calendar. Make your plans. Challenge a classmate to join you. You really deserve to experience the “new old” Luther College and to reconnect with the Class of ’63.

It’s our 50th!!!!

Patti (McCullough) Edwards
1963 Class Agent
[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 21 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

Class Notes
ONALEE (CRISSINGER) FUCHS is a self-employed music teacher in Santa Clara, Calif.

ALLEN SOLTOW retired as vice president of research at the University of Tulsa (Okla.), where he has been a member of the faculty since 1969.

CHRISTINA WINCH is CEO at Winch Financial in Appleton, Wis., Christina and her fiancé, John Nienhaus, started a mini farm with a large garden, fruit trees, grape arbor, chickens, and ducks. They are long supporters of the farm-to-food movement and also built their farm’s main structures out of recycled materials.

Martin Luther