Class of 1991 Fall Letter

Fall 2012

Dear Friends and Fellow Classmates Of 1991,

One day I found a longtime patient in my dental chair, and he told me that he had not previously known I was a Luther graduate.  He went on to tell me his daughter had gone to Luther, and what a wonderful experience she had during her years there.  We went on to discuss the fine education, great friendships, and passion for learning that had occurred on this lovely campus in northeastern Iowa we call Luther.

Luther’s passion for innovation continues on campus with a solar energy field―the largest in Iowa―and Baker Village becoming a net-zero emissions facility with the addition of solar panels.  Talk about sustainability, forty-nine percent of the food served on campus was grown locally.  

There will be some changes to Luther’s leadership as President Rick Torgerson concludes his service as president to the college at the end of this school year.  Luther also has a new dean of students and vice president for student life, Corey Landstrom.  The new aquatic center is under construction and should be completed in the summer.  These are exciting times for the college.

Please consider giving a gift―large or small, short or tall―to Luther.  Participation in the Annual Fund is important, and even a small gift makes a difference in the life of a Luther student.  

For whatever path life has taken you on since our days at Luther, may your passion for learning, and life, continue!

With warmest regards,

Brenda Brockman
1991 Class Agent
[email protected]

Jennifer (Hinman) Miller
1991 Class Agent
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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 80 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
MUKESH AGARWAL is senior director of information strategy and architecture at UnitedHealth Group in Minnetonka, Minn.

SUSAN (JOHNSTON) ESCHENBACH is a client service representative at Federated Mutual Insurance Co. in Owatonna, Minn.

KIA (RISKEDAHL) HARRIES is extension educator for youth development at the University of Minnesota Extension in Worthington, Minn.

ROD MANSON is owner of Tri-County Enterprises, a gutter and roofing company in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The business was featured in the Corridor Business Journal and ranked the No. 10 fastest-growing company in the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City area. 

JOHN MOORE is a database consultant at JMC Consulting in Ames, Iowa.

ANGELA (POLASHEK) O’CONNOR is a pharmaceutical investigations specialist at Boehringer-Ingelheim Vetmedica in Fort Dodge, Iowa.

BOB PALMER received the National Park Service Midwest Regional Harry Yount Award, presented annually to an employee whose “overall impact, record of accomplishments, and excellence in traditional ranger duties has created an appreciation for the park ranger profession.”  He is now chief ranger for National Park Service in Harpers Ferry, Iowa.

MICHAEL SKAAR is a vocal music director at Falcon Ridge Middle School in Apple Valley, Minn., where he also serves as head coach of the speech team and directs many of the district musicals. Michael administers a set of performing arts camps and developed the local district 8th grade choir fest. He is also co-chair of the ACDA-MN state 7-8 Boys Honor Choir.

DARLA (NOLTING) STRIEGEL is upper elementary and junior high librarian for the Harvard (Ill.) Unified School District.

TOM WHITFORD is principal for the K-8 school in the Iowa Grant School District in Livingston, Wis.

Michele and MARTY COLE welcomed a daughter, Amelia, in May 2012.  Amelia joins sister Alayna.




1991 Reunion Photo