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Rick and Jill Reed

St. Louis Park, Minn.

Rick and Jill Reed of St. Louis Park, Minn., thoroughly enjoyed their Luther experience as parents, watching Brittany ’06 and Brandon ’10 pursue academic interests—health and physical education for Brittany; economics and political science for Brandon—as well as co-curricular involvement. Brittany played soccer and softball and studied abroad in New Zealand. Brandon sang in Norsemen, Cathedral Choir, and Collegiate Chorale; served on the Sustainability Council and Curriculum Review Board; and studied microlending in Bangladesh. As a Fulbright award winner, Brandon will spend his first year as a Luther grad in Indonesia.

“The connections our children have made at Luther College have been and will continue to be connections that will have a lasting impact on them,” say the Reeds. “Luther allowed them to develop their confidence, challenged them to pursue the unfamiliar, and provided the environment for them to explore the broader world.”

When Brandon enrolled at Luther in 2006, Rick—the Faith Presbyterian Church business administrator—and Jill—director of human resource operations for Xcel Energy—were asked to serve on Luther’s Parents Council. The council meets semi-annually to talk with college leadership about opportunities at Luther, serves as liaison to the broader parent network, and promotes the Roots & Wings annual giving campaign.

Most parents know the routine of writing tuition checks to Luther, but the Reeds also happily respond with additional checks for their philanthropic support: “Seeing our children glean so much out of their college experiences definitely made it an easy decision to support Luther; we know our gift join with those of many others who love this college.”

How do Rick and Jill feel about no longer being a Luther parent? “These past eight years have flown by, and we will definitely miss our regular connection with the college.” But, there’s good news: The son of a family friend may be considering Luther for the fall, and the Reeds are thrilled: “How wonderful for us; we’re already making plans to attend soccer games and come down for major events!”

And there’s no doubt that the Reed family tradition of giving and active, heartfelt involvement will also continue.

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