Class of 1972 Spring Letter

Class Notes
Giving List

Spring 2013

Dear Luther Classmates,

Cold, biting, January winds made the five-block walk from Grand Central up Park Avenue excruciating.  Midtown Manhattan, with its grid of streets and avenues and tall towering buildings, is a wind tunnel in the winter, and the only relief from the bitter cold is the occasional warm air rising out of subway grates.  Not sure exactly where I was going and already questioning why I had been foolish enough to venture out, it was a relief to spot the Hawkeye Stages tour buses and know that I had arrived at the right place. 

The interior of St. Bart’s Episcopal Church is beautiful, but the acoustics are even more beautiful, and the cold walk up Park Avenue was certainly worth the wonderful treat of hearing Nordic Choir in concert. I can assure you that despite the absence of Weston Noble, a Nordic Choir concert remains an amazing experience, and the current conductor, Dr. Allen Hightower, has kept the Nordic tradition intact.

My connection to Luther gets renewed every five years when I make the trip to Decorah to see old professors and old friends. Living so far away makes it impossible to make the trip more often.  But I have been feeling especially blessed this year, for in the past five months I have been able to not only attend our 40th reunion, and a Nordic Choir concert, but also an alumni dinner to celebrate the Sesquicentennial Fund, and the service of President Rick Torgerson, held at the Yale Club in Manhattan in February.

As many of you may know, President Rick Torgerson and his wife Judy are leaving Luther after 14 years.  They leave behind an amazing legacy.  The endowment has tripled in the last 14 years. Luther is now counted as one of the Associated Colleges of the Midwest’s 14 outstanding colleges.  Diversity on campus has increased, and Luther continues to attract an amazing and wonderfully talented student body. Under President Torgerson, Luther has received national recognition for its movement towards sustainability.  Baker Village is now carbon neutral and there are solar panels and a wind turbine on campus, which is part of Luther’s goal to be carbon neutral by 2030.  In its effort towards sustainability, Luther now makes every effort to serve locally grown produce in the dining hall. Luther continues to update their physical plant with construction of a new aquatic center and pool.  For those of you who were on campus in October, you must have noticed the beautiful physical transformation of the campus. 

Stewardship was one of the lessons that we learned at Luther.  Under President Torgerson’s leadership, the tradition of stewardship has continued.  But if you were to ask them about their achievements, they would humbly tell you “those who loved Luther did this.  That alumni family and friends did this.” Despite the recession, alumni giving held strong at 29 percent.  Our class’ stewardship has helped to support this transformation, and I hope that you will continue to support Luther in the future. 


Carol Solheim
[email protected]

P.S.  I have it on good authority that Weston Noble continues his connection to Luther College.  He is currently working in the Development Office, and currently raising funds to refurbish the old Steinway pianos that Luther owns as well as to buy new ones.

Deep condolences to our classmate, and my roommate, LINDA ERICKSON GEVOCK, who lost her husband, James Gevock, on February 24th.  James served 20 years in the United States Marine Corps, retiring as a lieutenant colonel.  He returned to Fairfield, Iowa, and served as Region 9 director for conservation districts of Iowa and as a commissioner for Jefferson County Soil and Water Conservation Commission.  He also farmed the family farm since 1992.

Class Notes
KATHY (ESTENSON) CARLSON is retired from teaching elementary physical education and coaching high school women’s swimming and track & field at Burnsville (Minn.) Senior High School.

SUZANNE (SVIEN) and RICHARD WELLS volunteer at Oasis Hospital in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Suzanne serves in medical records and as an ELS teacher; Richard is an IT consultant.

Don't forget your Annual Fund giving! 
Each year nearly 9,000 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 27% alumni giving.  Here’s how your class—and surrounding classes—did in 2012:

Class of 1971 total giving in 2012:  $67,826 from 26% of the class

Class of 1972 total giving in 2012:  $88,460 from 29% of the class

Class of 1973 total giving in 2012:  $102,357 from 30% 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!

This list includes all gifts received January 1, 2012, to December 31, 2012. Making a gift each and every year is an investment in the lives of Luther students and a show of support for the Luther College community.  Thank you for your support of Luther College through your giving. 

Darwin Anderson
Barbara (Kleene) Babine*
Marilyn (Anderson) Bauer
Sonja (Nelson) Bechler
Louis Behensky
Robert Bladorn*
Susan (Finanger) Bohnsack
Janice (Olson) Bond
Beverly (Ulstad) Borgstrom*
Steven Borgstrom*
Steven Broman
Renee (Anderson) Brown*
Steven Burger*
Rebecca (Petersen) Butler
Carol (Solberg) Christ
Robert Christ
Mark Cooper
Marsha (Brainard) Cooper
James Daubendiek*
Jeanne (Tormoen) Daubendiek*
Charlene (Ward) Davis
Kathleen (Kraemer) Davis
Joanne (Wells) Decker
Mary (Doely) Deneen
Jenee (Nelson) Dettmann*
Trina (Smith) Dobberstein
Amy (Christian) Dodd*
Daryl Dodd*
Jill (George) Dorheim*
Marilyn Draheim
Roger Evans*
Randall Finet
Fredrick Fletcher*
Marilyn Fritz Shardlow*
Richard Fromm*
Craig Fure
Lois (Anderson) Garbisch
Kathleen (Rickard) Gentes
Barbara (Scherpelz) Gilroy*
Linda (Hepworth) Goodwin
Dorothy (Ness) Gray*
James Haemker*
Kris (Granzin) Hall
Carl Hansen*
Robert Harmel
Chris Haugen*
Susan (Hanke) Hedberg*
Virginia (Fixsen) Hendrickson*
Jerome Hess*
Patricia Holman*
Lorraine (Bigler) Houck
Douglas Howard
Steven Hultgren
Karl Jacobsen*
Kerry Knodle
James Knudson*
Kenneth Knutson
Craig Kruse
Thomas Lahl*
Leif Larsen
April (Ulring) Larson*
John Larson
James Leix*
Judith (Hetager) Litsey*
Thomas Lovik*
Patricia (Hinkle) Lupia
Cynthia (Flak) McLaren*
Kristin (Schreitmueller) Meier
Joanne (Schuttemeier) Melbostad*
Pauline (Amundson) Miller*
Lennis Moore*
Paul Nelson*
James Nordstrom*
Susan Oertel
Heidi Oertley
Joseph Olsen
Carol (Kershner) Olson*
Lee Olson*
Kenneth Peters
Steven Porth*
Keith Rapp
Stephen Rinderknecht
Richard Rollefson
Joan (Heusel) Rowney
Kevin Sand*
Roberta Schroeder
Darrell Seeley
Catherine Shaw
Karen Smith*
Todd Smith
Carol Solheim*
Steven Sorenson*
Karen (Crump) Spiegler
Robert Spiegler
Joan (Lander) Stach
Richard Stach
John Strand
Rolland Swanson*
William Swetlik
James Symonds*
Susan (Capretz) Symonds*
Carrie Tallier
Richard Theiler*
Nancy Thomas
Diane (Baum) Thormodsgard
Charles Thurston
Alice (Smith) Tittle
Karen (Worden) Tjossem
Robert Torgerson
David Tryggestad
Lynn (Narveson) Tryggestad
Edward Tuecke
Judy Vopava
Jolene Vrchota*
Norris Waalen*
David Walle
Tom Weingartner*
†Donis Whalen
Cynthia (Cowell) Womeldorf*
Diane (Detlefsen) Zaske*
Richard Zaske*
Judith (Henriksen) Zetterberg*

* made a gift in each of the last five consecutive years.

Every attempt has been made to ensure the accuracy of this list.  If an error has been made, please accept our apology and contact the Luther Development Office at 800-225-8664, or email [email protected].

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