It’s fall, so time for another letter to keep you updated about Luther and our mutual friends. Late September found us driving across northern Wisconsin and Michigan’s UP on US Highway 2. It was color overload...fiery reds and oranges and fluttery yellow poplars that just took your breath away. The most common statement was, “Oh, look at that,” or, “Look over there!” It was great. Now our leaves are about gone, but the tamaracks are still valiantly flying their colors. Soon they will be bare, but we’ll still be able to see that brilliance in our minds, and we’ll be hoping for some lovely white snow to brighten the landscape.
That trip made me remember Decorah in the fall. Wow! Remember those huge trees ablaze with their fall finery!? That’s just one of so many memories that can crowd in at unexpected moments. We missed homecoming this year, but we can remember...
When our notice came for the Christmas at Luther weekend, I relived singing in the Messiah, and then going to the very first Juletide concerts when our children were involved. We haven’t been back for that weekend for several years, but we’re sneaking back for the Thursday show this year – if our tickets come.
Luther continues to change. Most of you probably know that President Torgerson is leaving in May 2013, so the hunt is on for a new president. A total of 681 new students at Luther has exceeded the goal. After seeing enrollment slide a little during this tougher economic time, it’s on the way back up. Luther received the prestigious $1.5 million Howard Hughes Medical Institute grant. We should all be proud of the giant wind turbine and Luther’s solar energy field, which no doubt helped the college receive the 2012 Climate Leadership Award, selected by the Second Nature Board of Directors.
All of the residence halls have been remodeled in the last decade. Would we recognize our old digs? Do students still head downtown to find matching bedspreads during those first days in the fall? What weird memories come to mind!
Bob Niedringhaus has retired and lives in Duluth, Minn. Hey, Bob, we’re often in Duluth. Come to a show put on by LOON (Lyric Opera of the North), our daughter’s project, and we’ll probably be there. Last time we were in Duluth I ran into an old friend from the lake, whom I hadn’t seen in years. It’s always fun to reconnect with friends...hint, hint for all of you as you’re traveling around. Which reminds us that we saw our sociology professor David Johnson, at the last Pi Sig reunion. He seems to be staying plenty busy and remembers Luther fondly.
Sadly, we’ve lost some of our friends recently: Marion (Molzahn) Hampel, Bob Johnson, and Pat (Mosbo) Meckstroth. They will live on in our memories.
Thank you! Thank you! to all for your gifts to Luther. It means a lot to our alma mater to have MANY people give financially. Of course dollar amounts are important, but numbers and percentages of givers is also VERY important. Keep it up, and if you haven’t considered a gift, maybe now is the time. It’s really easy to give monthly. Luther will just withdraw it from whatever account you designate. It’s painless to you and means a lot to Luther. Give it some thought.
Soli Deo Gloria
Tom and Maddy Preus Lawrence
1964 Class Agents
PS. Keep in mind – two more years will be our 50th, YIKES FIFTIETH!!!!!!!! class reunion. Be there. Don’t want to be seen using a walker??? Don’t worry – you won’t be alone. We want ALL OF YOU to be there.
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:
CLASS OF 1964 TOTAL GIVING: $307,940.99 FROM 21% OF THE CLASS*
Have you made your 2012 gift to Luther? Only 15 more gifts are needed to reach 27% for your class. Please visit www.givenow.luther.edu 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
DAVID MILLER and his wife, Pat, of Fort Myers, Fla., committed a generous challenge gift to Luther’s fund-raising campaign for the proposed aquatic center, honoring great mentors and coaches in Luther’s history, including Edsel Schweizer and Kent Finanger.
MARION (MOLZAHN) HAMPEL of Palacios, Texas, died Feb. 23, 2012, at age 69.
ROBERT PHILIP JOHNSON of Janesville, Wis., died, Oct. 20, 2011, at age 69. He was a proud graduate of Luther and lived three years in Nigeria while serving with the Peace Corps. He earned a master’s degree in counseling from the University of Wisconsin-Stout in 1968 and had a long, happy career as a guidance counselor at Craig High School. Bob was an Eagle Scout, a Cub master, and scout leader of Troop 402. He lived to sing and happily rounded out the tenor section of the Sandborn Singers and Choral Union. Bob was an avid skier and played tennis in the Moose League. He worked tirelessly as a member of Golden Kiwanis, a Destination Imagination Challenge Master, and a Red Cross disaster relief volunteer. Bob was happiest on a hiking trail; he conquered the Appalachian Trail in 2008 and the Foothills Trail in 2010. He was a wonderful dad, loving husband, and devoted friend. Bob is survived by his wife, Carol; four children: Laura, Ed, Craig, and Kendra; five grandchildren; a sister, Anne; and his hiking friends: Kurt, Les, and Jimbo.
PATRICIA (MOSBO) MECKSTROTH of Bloomington, Ill., died May 6, 2012, at age 69, at her home. She majored in English at Luther and held graduate degrees in English and library science from the University of Chicago. Patricia taught at Valparaiso University, Luther College, the University of Illinois-Chicago, and Illinois State University; she also served as librarian at Northwestern University and Illinois State University, and as an administrator of the general education program at Illinois State University. She was passionately devoted to her students and her calling as an educator and an avid patron of the Chicago Symphony. Patricia is survived by her husband, Stephen; her sons, Christopher and Noah; and two brothers, DAVID MOSBO ‘73 and THOMAS MOSBO ’76. She was preceded in death by her father, ALTON MOSBO ’36.