Class of 1967 Fall Letter

Fall 2012

Greetings Classmates!

Homecoming Weekend 2012 was a joy! The thirty-seven members of the Class of ’67 and many spouses who gathered for our 45th reunion at the beautifully renovated Hotel Winneshiek had a great time reminiscing and getting reacquainted. It was nice to see old friends and classmates after years apart, and to visit campus and see the recent changes, particularly Bentdahl commons, the outdoor gathering space constructed just east of the Union. A link to photographs of those gathered for the reunion can be found here.

At the joint luncheon for Class Agents and Alumni Council held during the weekend, I heard several speakers describe the condition of the college, the challenges it faces, and plans for addressing those challenges in the future. The presentations were very encouraging of a bright future for this very special place, and left me feeling very proud of my alma mater and glad that I have had a long association with Luther.  The college is indeed in good hands.

Congratulations go out to classmate Mel Ashland, who was honored with induction to the Luther College Athletic Hall of Fame during Homecoming ceremonies.  His impressive record on the football field and in subsequent life earned him the privilege of joining classmates Michaele Peters Benn, Areno Kirkendoll, Kathy Barth Van Dine, Jim Ehrie, and John Lehman, who received the honor in previous years.

At the reunion, I had the honor of presenting a symbolic check to President Torgerson, representing the total amount of funds donated to Luther from the Class of ’67, amounting to $866,283.63 over the years. We all had a laugh at the precise rendering of the amount.  Mel had contacted me just before the reunion to suggest that we set a goal for contributions to be met by our 50th reunion in 2017.  We start counting for our 50-year reunion gift on June 1, 2016 and want to present a significant gift to the college at Homecoming 2017.  I plan on doubling my usual contributions for the next five years, and if regular contributors can do similar, and we can convince some who have not yet given back to do so, I think a goal of $1.25 million by October 2017 is attainable.  Let’s give it a good shot!  Please do what you can to help keep our beloved Luther financially sound and moving forward into the future.  I’ll be in touch.

While you are checking out the reunion photos at the Luther website, be sure to update your profile on the Online Alumni Directory, or create one if you haven’t done so.  Also, check out the Luther Class of ’67 Facebook page.  Send me an email at [email protected], or check out the Facebook group and send a request to join. 

As the year-end approaches, please consider a gift to Luther in commemoration of the 45th anniversary of our graduation, or perhaps in memory of one of our 32 classmates who have passed away (25 graduates and 7 others who attended with us).  And please remember Luther as you do your estate-planning.  Thank you!

Wishing you all a joyous Christmas, and a peaceful and rewarding New Year!

Art Johnson
1967 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 29 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
ROSANNE BLISS published Pitching my Way Through WWII: Letters Home to North Dakota, which discusses her uncle’s World War II experiences. She lives in Minneapolis.

ANITA (LARSON) MEYER retired as administrative manager of the Las Vegas (Nev.) Philharmonic. She is cruising the Pacific Coast and Mexico in a sailboat with her husband, John.

LYNN (ANDERSON) SCHLIES is an independent ACT/SAT test preparation tutor in Kaukauna, Wis.

SUSAN (THORSEN) SLETTEN teaches kindergarten in the Robbinsdale School District in New Hope, Minn.

Audell (BETTS) Matson of St. Paul, Minn., died Feb. 27, 2012, at age 93. She earned a certificate in education from Luther in 1938 and returned later to earn a bachelor’s degree in 1967. Audell taught school for 31 years at Maynard, Bondurant, and Cresco (Iowa) Schools; and in Casper, Wyo., and Harmony, Minn. She was a member of St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church (Lydia Circle and ALCW of Granger); and the American Legion Auxiliary in Harmony. Audell lived her last 12 years in Briar Cliff Manor, an unassisted-living apartment in Mahtomedi. Last November she moved to New Harmony Care Center in St. Paul. Audell is survived by four children: Gordon Matson, Gerri Matson, Patricia Bigalk, and LeAndra Matson; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and siblings Wayne Betts and Verna Kruse. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gordon, and sisters Mavis Willson and Norma Cathline Betts.

LOU ANN LUNDEBERG of Kennewick, Wash., died Jan. 1, 2012, at age 67.  She graduated from Luther in 1967 with a bachelor of arts degree in piano and instrumental music education. LouAnn also earned graduate credits in music from the University of Wisconsin, the University of Miami, and Northwestern University. Lou Ann taught instrumental music after college in public school systems in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Melbourne, Australia. She married her husband, Robert J. Vallem, and moved around the country, following Robert’s work. She taught private music lessons from the mid 70s to the mid 90s. Throughout her life, Lou Ann loved music, performing with her sister at the age of five, and later, as a gifted and hardworking teacher, passing on her enthusiasm and knowledge to her many music students. She is survived by her husband, Robert; a sister, Donna Seldal; four nieces, Connie Notstad, Bonnie Vine, Cheryl Seldal, and Lori Boomsma; a nephew, Roland Seldal; an aunt, Tilla Schmudlach; and an uncle, George Hauge.  Lou Ann was preceded in death by her parents; brother-in-law, Oliver “Ollie” Seldal; uncle, Paul Schmudlach; and aunt, Marian Hauge.

Art Johnson