Classes of 1934-1938 Spring 2014 Letter

Spring 2014

Dear Members of the Classes of 1934-1938,

You may have already heard the exciting news, that Luther College’s 10th president has been elected! Her name is Dr. Paula J. Carlson, and students, faculty, and staff had the opportunity to meet her in late February, when she and her husband, the Reverend Dr. Thomas Schattauer, visited campus. Currently vice president for mission at St. Olaf College, Dr. Carlson will bring an abundance of teaching and administrative experience to Luther, having taught at St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Ind.; Yale University; the University of Wisconsin-Platteville; and the University of Dubuque. 

A scholar of medieval literature and modern American literature, she formerly served as vice president and liaison to the St. Olaf Board of Regents and, at the University of Dubuque, director of the Wendt Center for Character Education and associate dean for academic affairs. According to Luther professor of English Diane Scholl, who has known Dr. Carlson for many years, “She’s a woman of integrity, intellect, and composure.” President-Elect Carlson will begin her term in July.

You can learn more about Dr. Carlson on Luther’s website, at, which is also a great source for other campus news and department happenings. January-Term 2014 student blogs make for some great reading:; I think you’ll agree there’s an amazing range of study abroad experiences available to Luther students. The events calendar is worth checking too,, for athletic competitions, music performances, or alumni get-togethers. Even if you can’t attend (however some performances and athletic events are streamed:, you can at least stay apprised of daily life at alma mater, and opportunities to spend time with other alumni.

Your class will celebrate its 80th anniversary reunion at Homecoming this fall, Oct. 10-12, 2014! We’d love to have you join us if you’re able.

As we navigate the second half of spring semester—under the able guidance of interim President David Tiede and blessed by his grace, wisdom, and intelligence—we look ahead to Commencement weekend and honoring our new graduates. Thank you for your gifts to Luther; we are grateful for your abiding support.


Sue (Franzen) Drilling '78
Director of Special Programs
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This list includes all gifts received January 1, 2013, to December 31, 2013. 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. 

Willard Linnevold *
Selmer Norland *
Borghild (Myhre) Tuecke *

* 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].

Class Note

HAZEL (LEE) WANGSNESS was interviewed by the Decorah Newspapers last summer about her life over the past century.


JULIE (CLAUSON) BOOTS of Decorah died Sept. 22, 2013, at age 97. A native of Winneshiek County, Iowa, she was baptized, confirmed and married at Waterloo Ridge Lutheran Church in rural Spring Grove, Minn. After graduating from Spring Grove High School in 1934, Julie attended Decorah College for Women for two years and graduated from Luther College in 1938. She taught high school English and vocal music in Maynard, Iowa, for two years; afterward, she accepted a teaching and high school library position in Wapello, Iowa, where she remained for two years. In Wapello Julie met a fellow teacher, Kenneth Boots, and they were married on May 18, 1941. They moved to Arizona, where Ken served as U.S. border patrolman for two years, living in Douglas, Gila Bend, and Sasabee. When Ken joined the U.S. Army in October of 1944, Julie and their infant son, John, returned to her parents’ farm home and remained there until Ken’s discharge. In 1946 the couple moved to Wabasha, Minn., which became their home for the next 31 years. As much as Julie enjoyed teaching, she chose to interrupt her career in order to be home with her young children, returning to the classroom in 1961 to teach junior high school English and high school Latin. A devoted mother to four children, she followed their activities with interest, gardened, canned, cooked, sewed, and managed their busy household. While in Wabasha, Julie was an active member of Lyster Lutheran Church in rural Nelson, Wis., participating in circle, choir, ALCW, and serving as Sunday school superintendent. In 1978 Julie and Ken moved back to Iowa, building a retirement home in rural Dorchester, where they lived until moving to Decorah in 2000. In retirement, Julie discovered a talent for rosemaling and spent many productive hours painting and taking classes. She continued her life-long love affair with flowers, entering floral arrangements at the Winneshiek County Fair for years. She and Ken enjoyed a trip to Germany and three trips to Norway to research her heritage and visit relatives. They also made frequent trips to visit their children in various parts of the country, and Julie was always on call for the birth of grandchildren and other family emergencies. A member of Waterloo Ridge Lutheran Church, she was active in women’s organizations, sang in the choir, and was the first woman to serve as deacon of the congregation. Since 2006, Julie resided at Mathilda A. Barthell’s Order of the Eastern Star Home in Decorah. She is survived by two sons and two daughters: JOHN BOOTS ’65, LINDA (BOOTS) CHRISTIANSON ’69, NORMA (BOOTS) REFSAL ’77, and PAUL BOOTS ’80; two sons- and two daughters-in-law, including OWEN CHRISTIANSON ’70; eight grandchildren, including CARL REFSAL ‘98; five great-grandchildren; seven nieces and nephews; and numerous grand-nieces and-nephews, and great-grand-nieces and-nephews. Julie was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 66 years, Kenneth A. Boots, who died April 7, 2008; her sisters: Selma Clauson and JARLA CLAUSON ‘40; two brothers, Gerhard and Peter; and two sisters-in-law.  Memorials may be given to Luther College.

J. KENT TWEETEN, a resident of the Oakwood West retirement community of Madison, Wis., died July 21, 2012, at age 96. A native of Rochelle, Ill., he majored in history at Luther before receiving a medical degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1942. Kent enlisted in the U.S. Army in June 1942 and served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps in Europe from 1943-46, attaining the rank of major. He opened a general medical practice in Madison in 1946, where he practiced medicine until his retirement in 1988. Kent was proud of his Norwegian heritage and contributed support to Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum and the Norwegian-American Genealogy Center and Naeseth Library, and he held membership in the Madison Torske Klubben. He was a longtime member of Bethel Lutheran Church and raised his family in the Lutheran faith. Kent enjoyed travel and was a loyal fan of the Badgers, Packers, and Brewers. He is survived by four daughters, Caroline Sheperd, Eloise Tweeten, Elizabeth Johnson, and Amy Tweeten; a son, Rolf Tweeten; four sons-in-law and a daughter-in-law; and 10 grandchildren. Kent was preceded in death by his wife, June, in 1970; a son, Paul, in 2006; his parents, Maud and JACOB TWEETEN (Luther class of 1903); two brothers, including SIGVARD TWEETEN ’31; and a sister.