Class of 1944 Spring 2017 Letter

Spring 2017

Dear Members of the Class of 1944,

Greetings from Luther and happy spring semester! As I write to you today in late March, Luther students are enjoying the last few days of spring break. Earlier this month, the Development Office participated in Luther’s second annual Giving Day on March 9, which proved to be a fun day of sharing Luther love all over social media and raising money for the Annual Fund. More than $500,000 was raised that day; thank you to all who made gifts!

You probably heard the news about our beloved Weston Noble ’43, who died Dec. 21, 2016. A celebration of his life will be held on campus at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 13, at the Center for Faith and Life, Main Hall. More details about Weston’s life can be found in the Winter 2017 issue of the Luther Alumni Magazine and on Luther’s website.

While we’re on the subject of music, it was announced in January that Andrew Last ’97, assistant professor of music and conductor of Collegiate Chorale and Norsemen, has been appointed to the post of Nordic Choir conductor and director of choral activities at Luther. He will begin his new duties at the beginning of the 2017 fall semester. You can read more about Andrew Last on Luther’s website, and you can find lots more as well, including students’ J-term course blogs and other course blogs, Alumni Office travel tours and events, links to alumni profiles, comparisons and rankings, life after Luther, etc. It’s easy to find web content that interests you at by clicking the search button next to the “info for” drop-down box at the top right of the page. Type in the word “news,” click on the search button, and you’ll get all of the Luther news, for your reading pleasure.

Attached to this letter is the list of all who made gifts to Luther in calendar year 2016. Thank you for your generosity! Did you know you can sign up for monthly giving to Luther? It’s a great way to ensure a gift is made each year. Those who make a gift at any level for three or more consecutive years become members of Luther’s Loyalty Society. Visit for more details. Regular giving to Luther is a great habit to cultivate!

Do you have memories of past Luther experiences you’d like to share? I’m sure your classmates would enjoy reading about them; send me your stories!

I’ll write again in the fall,

Sue (Franzen) Drilling ’78
[email protected]

Your gift. Put to work, right away, where it is needed most.

Last year more than 10,000 alumni, family, and friends supported Luther’s Annual Fund with gifts from $5 to $100,000. Your gift makes a difference for each and every student at Luther, and we are grateful for your support.


This list includes all gifts received January 1, 2016, to December 31, 2016. 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.

Naomi (Flugstad) Bekkum
Spencer Gedestad
†Francis Haddy
Lillian (Stadsvold) McConnell
Roselle (Olson) Naeseth
Warren Zimmerman

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] (†deceased)


Lorna (Hjelle) Glastra of Kenmore, Wash., died Oct. 14, 2016, at age 94. Born on a homestead near the village of Monitor, Alberta, Canada, she immigrated with her family to Decorah in 1930. Lorna attended Luther for the 1940-41 academic year, before starting nursing school at Fairview Hospital in Minneapolis. In 1944 she moved to the Puget Sound region and worked as office nurse for psychiatrist Dr. Ralph Stolzheise and prominent Seattle urologist Dr. Dean Parker. Lorna also briefly worked for long-time North Seattle pediatrician Dr. James Tucker. She and her husband, Jack, were charter members of Northlake Lutheran Church in Kenmore. Lorna's life was focused on service to God, family, and the church community. She is survived by her sons, Jon Glastra ’76 and Peter Glastra; five grandchildren; and great- granddaughter. Lorna was preceded in death by her husband, Jacob (Jack) Glastra, and brothers, A. John Hjelle ’38 and Lester Hjelle ’38.

Mary (Kvasse) Stalland of Vancouver, Wash., died Jan. 30, 2016. She attended Luther from 1942-44.

Purple flowers in Anderson Prairie