Losses of close Luther friends piled up for me during recent months. First it was Ted Jacobsen, then Weston, and now in mid-January came news that Paul (“Cyclone”) Schroeder had moved on. Ted and I grew up together in the Luther environs and spent huge chunks of our young lives in the college gym, tennis courts, Silvercrest golf course, hoeing corn on the college farm, and harvesting hazel, hickory, and walnuts in the hills surrounding Decorah. We were teammates at Decorah Jr. High, Sr. High, and then at Luther. Ted was a year ahead in school, but it never seemed to make any difference. He was a wonderful friend all those years.
My first encounter with Weston was at an orientation mixer during our first year at Luther. Another of our classmates asked Weston if he was the younger brother of somebody in the class. You might remember that Weston looked about 12 years old when we started Luther (he was just 16 years old when he started his first year at Luther). When Weston returned as a Luther professor I saw a lot of him, for my mother was his landlady for many years. Visits home would become visits with Weston as well.
Remember Inga Ford? Cyclone, Morrie Ness, Cal DeBuhr, Torgie Torgerson, and I each chipped in $10 (a stretch for all of us at the time) and purchased the wonderful 1928 Model A Ford just before our junior year at Luther. More than once we had to clean out our pockets to raise $0.19 for a gallon of gas. After Ann and I moved to Minneapolis in 1957, we would see both Cyclone and Morrie Ness quite often for they were teaching and coaching in the Twin Cities area. An occasion of joy was when we attended Paul and Camille’s church and Paul was holding down a chair in the choir’s bass section.
I thought all of us had done well to live into our nineties, but then I read that Minnard “Dusty” Hanson ’38 had recently celebrated his 103rd birthday. I don’t think even the class of ’43 can match that!
Luther works hard to meet its goal of being a school of the Church. It has always been difficult to fulfill that goal, and I suspect it gets a little more difficult every year. There are many reasons why it is so, and I know the Luther leadership is always striving to meet the days’ challenges. In my pastoral work I saw again and again the strength our church college graduates brought to the life of the church, as well as the state. Alumni provide key help to students especially, and through those students lifelong strength to church and state. We need to do our part! God is good, and makes us able.
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Lois (Moe) Jacobsen of Decorah died Oct. 25, 2016, at age 99. Born in Chicago, she grew up during the Great Depression and, at age eight, lost her mother to post-partum suicide. Six years later, Lois’s stepmother died from an infection. After graduating with honors from high school in 1934, she worked in Chicago for two years before receiving a scholarship to St. Olaf College, where she stayed for one year. Lois worked in Chicago for three and a half years before enrolling at Luther, where she majored in sociology and graduated, magna cum laude, in June 1943. She was hired at Luther to teach English and serve as a substitute for Clara Paulson, dean of women; she also served as secretary for President O.J.H. Preus and Dr. Pip Qualley. In 1946 Lois married Robert S. Jacobsen ’37 in Chicago, and they became the parents of four children. In 1947 she received a master’s degree in English from the University of Washington. Lois was first treated for depression her freshman year at St. Olaf, which was the start of a lifetime of coping with mental illness and pursuing treatments and cures. She received electro shock therapy for depression twice in the 1960s and received ongoing treatment and counseling. Lois, who also battled type-1 diabetes, combined a teaching career with raising her children, serving as an English-as- a-second language instructor and substitute teacher for the Decorah school system. She received three Governor’s Awards: one for teaching ESL, another for helping found the National Alliance on Mental Illness in Iowa, and a third for constructing a solar-heated house. Lois served on the care review committee at Oneota Riverview Care Center, where her oldest son, David, lived for many years, and she also served on its auxiliary board. She also served as president of A.L.C.W. and West Side Study Club. A resident of Barthell Eastern Star Home since 2003, Lois taught residents and staff much about living life—and dying with dignity. She is survived by two sons, Karl Jacobsen ’72 (Jerrine) and Ted Jacobsen ’77; a daughter, Anne (Lars) Clausen; four grandchildren, including Emily (Jacobsen) Freeman ’13 (Shamus); one great-grandson; and two brothers, A. Laurance Moe ’53 (Lucille [Sween] Moe ’54) and Paul R. (Judy) Moe. Lois was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Jacobsen ’37, on Oct. 23, 1992; son, David William Jacobsen ’70, on Oct. 31, 2015; sister, Shirley Anne Posson ’47; and two brothers, William Henry Moe, Jr., and Arthur Moe ’53.
Agnes (Kvaase) Woolery of Sun City, Ariz., died July 4, 2016, at age 95. Born in St. Paul, Minn., she was a biology major at Luther, where she met Arlo Woolery, and they were married on Jan. 29, 1943. After graduation, Agnes and Arlo moved to Iowa City, and they became the parents of three children. In 1950 the family moved to Warren, Ariz., (now part of Bisbee), where they lived for 15 years. Agnes was active in PTA, served as organist and pianist at Grace Lutheran Church, and taught piano. She and Arlo later lived in Phoenix; Arlington, Mass.; and Sun City West, Ariz. Agnes liked to travel, read mystery novels and other books, solve word puzzles, and play the piano. She is survived by a daughter, Cathine (Woolery) Sticht ’67 (Douglas), and son, Ethan Michael Woolery, (Sandy); five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and two great-great- grandchildren. Agnes was preceded in death by her husband, Arlo Woolery ’43, and daughter, Sharon Woolery ’65. Memorials may be sent to the Arlo and Agnes Woolery Scholarship at Luther College.