Class of 1970 Fall Letter

Fall 2012


One of the blessings of living in the Midwest is the changing of the seasons.  And while we may look forward to some of the changes more than others, the coming of the fall season is one of the most anticipated.  Fall is where God unleashes the full palette of available hues and turns the landscape into an amazing display of color. 

It has been said: “The only thing that is certain is change!”  We are constantly confronted by a changing environment.  We must learn to accept that despite all our efforts to the contrary, change will occur.  And while change may be difficult at times, we must learn to think of change as an opportunity for growth and advancement.

I have experienced a change recently as I have transitioned from over 35 years as a family physician to becoming the medical director of the new Health Management program for my hospital’s employees.  Here I will lead a team that works with patients that have complex medical problems, which consume a disproportionate amount of health care resources.   My task will be to help improve their health status and at the same time reduce cost.  This role change does take me out of my comfort zone and cause some anxiety, but it was an opportunity that I believe God presented to me as I was struggling with how I would be able to continue my current pace of practice for several more years.

Our alma mater is also facing a change as President Torgerson has chosen to leave Luther and seek a new direction in his life.  There is no question that he leaves Luther a stronger institution with the potential for even more growth and advancement.  While we will all miss his enthusiasm and vision, we can rest assured that God will bring to us another leader to carry forward the mission of Luther College.  We wish President Torgerson Godspeed as he finds more time to spend with his family and start the next chapter in his life.

We need to recall how we were all changed by our years at Luther College.  We came as bright-eyed high school graduates and were transformed into well-educated and more mature college graduates.  I believe we can all point to times in our lives where our Luther experience has prepared us for the changes and opportunities we have faced in our lives.  We are eternally grateful to Luther for how it equipped us to live in a world of change.

Soli Deo Gloria!

Bill and Carolyn (Peterson) Kobler
1970 Class Agent
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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
DIANNE FRANTZ retired from Gulliford Sales Co. in Eden Prairie, Minn. She and her husband recently travelled to France and Greece.

CHUCK GIPP of Decorah was appointed director of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources by Governor Terry Branstad.

BILL KOBLER was elected to the American Medical Association Board of Trustees.

GARY MCKERCHER is music director of the San Diego Master Chorale. The group gave a lauded performance of Faure’s Requiem at the San Diego Symphony Masterworks.

BETTE (GRINDE) STERN is retired in Melrose, Wis.

ELISE (MULLER) KRUEGER of Limestone, Me., died from cancer on Jan. 26, 2012, at age 61. She is survived by her husband, ROGER KRUEGER, and a daughter, Bonnie Krueger.

Bill and Carolyn Kobler