Class of 1983 Spring Letter

Spring 2012

Dear Classmates,

I hope you had a chance to attend some of the sesquicentennial events.  Luther did a wonderful job highlighting our rich traditions, including the Royal visit from the King and Queen of Norway, music concerts, sporting events, and providing many opportunities for alumni to reconnect. 

The stories of alumni and their accomplishments are impressive!  I want to share an example of transforming lives.   Our daughter went to Turkey and Jordan on her J-term trip and encountered an '08 Luther graduate.  He was on a Fulbright Scholarship, teaching English to high school students.  She was so impressed by his global commitment to helping others and bridging cultural differences.  Our daughter was really inspired by this young man.  I was amazed and proud thinking about how far Luther students are traveling and positively impacting our world!  

Thank you for your contributions to Luther; all gifts large and small make a difference.  Our 30-year class reunion is only 18 months away!  Start thinking about how much fun you will have attending.  Make a gift to Luther and increase our class participation.  Let's be the best alumni class Luther has! Go Norse!

Soli Deo Gloria,

Martha (Anderson) Looft
1983 Class Agent            
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Kathy (Walsh) Barham
1983 Class Agent
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PS.  It's not too late to purchase a copy of Transformed by the Journey: 150 Years of Luther College in Word and Image. Richly illustrated with more than 350 photographs, Transformed by the Journey was compiled and written by Wilfred Bunge '53, professor emeritus of religion and classics, with assistance from Mary Hull Mohr, professor emerita of English, and Dale Nimrod, professor emeritus of chemistry.  Contact the Luther Book Shop at, or call 1-888-521-5039 or email [email protected] to place your order.

Class Notes
KAY (SANDERS) BILLINGS teaches high school Spanish at Ames (Iowa) High School.

DENNIS FLORANCE is a sales manager at Sears Holdings Corp. in Hoffman Estates, Ill.

RICK GROTHAUS earned a doctorate in education from Cardinal Stritch University. He is an associate professor in the education department at Principia College in Elsah, Ill.

KEVIN HARTMAN is an IT client services manager at Rust Consulting in Minneapolis.

SHARI HORNER is an English professor and department chair at Shippensburg (Pa.) University.

Don't forget your Annual Fund giving! 
Each year nearly 10,000 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 30% alumni giving.  Here’s how your class—and surrounding classes—did in 2011: 

Class of 1982 total giving in 2011:  $65,984 from 28% of the class

Class of 1983 total giving in 2011:  $58,332 from 26% of the class

Class of 1984 total giving in 2011:  $93,175 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!

Symposium 2012