Class of 1985 Spring Letter

Spring 2012

Dear Classmates,

If you've poked around Decorah lately, virtually or in person, you might have observed some civic pride on display.

The Winneshiek County Convention and Visitors Bureau trumpets Decorah's standing as "one of the Midwest's Top 100 Small Town Get Aways," a list pulled together by Midwest Living Magazine. A friend stopped me in our local coffee shop to tell me that he read an article about Decorah in the American Airlines magazine.

In town, you might pick up Inspire(d) Magzine, the hip arts and entertainment magazine promoting positive news about Decorah and the surrounding Driftless Region. Or you might visit them at their online presence, You'll find their tone refreshingly unapologetic.

You might even want to plan a visit yourself.  One way to reconnect with the college is by attending Lutherlag, scheduled for July 22-27 this year.  Lutherlag is a multi-generational gathering of people interested in lifelong learning. The event is designed to give alumni and friends of Luther access to the top-notch facilities, faculty, and qualities that make up the college. It's also a wonderful way to reconnect with Luther and introduce children to the college. Most attendees have a Luther connection of some kind, although that is not always the case. Everyone is welcome.

The program gives individuals the freedom to explore their interests and provides opportunities for families to spend time together for a truly meaningful vacation and educational experience. Adults and teens may choose from a variety of course offerings taught by Luther faculty, staff, alumni, and others. Courses are offered throughout the day, and there are also some evening offerings and special activities to choose from. Friday’s closing breakfast will cap of the week. Hosts for Lutherlag 2012 are Serina (Norvold) '94 and George Bentley and their four children: Nels (11), Carsten (10), Thea (8), and Bjorn (5).

Keep those updates coming―our class notes section is pretty lean―and thank you for remembering Luther in your charitable giving.

Cindy Zautcke
1985 Class Agent
[email protected]

Charlie Hoven
1985 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
LARRY HIGGINS is a sales manager at Century Link in St. Paul, Minn.

KENT STOCK of Marion, Iowa, is relationship manager for Community Savings Bank. He also provided color commentary for KDMI during the Iowa State High School Softball Championships last July in Ft. Dodge, Iowa.

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 1984 total giving in 2011:  $93,175 from 30% of the class

Class of 1985 total giving in 2011:  $70,991 from 25% of the class

Class of 1986 total giving in 2011:  $45,464 from 22% 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!


Opera Scenes from J-Term 2012