Class of 1949 Spring 2018 Letter

Spring 2018

Dear ’49ers,

I am writing my 2018 spring Luther newsletter in the afternoon of February 23rd. I often wonder about the number of 49ers who are still available to read what I write about ??? It has been a long, cold winter in my opinion.

Last night, (Thursday), Marilyn and I were at the Fieldhouse to watch the Luther women defeat Simpson in the semi-final round of the Iowa Conference basketball tournament. For the fourth year in a row, Luther will play in the championship game, this year against Wartburg. The Luther gals have been a great group for several years—thanks to Amanda Bailey, the head coach. Really, it is quite an event when our college defeats Wartburg in any athletic contest.

From my vantage point, I believe that our college is doing O.K. (remember—what do I know?) I think the decreasing enrollment is a serious situation. Next fall will probably see an enrollment of less than 2,000 students, down from the high point of about 2,500. That brings about a real financial situation and real decisions of cutting back and in what areas. Tough decisions!!!!

I don’t have much to write about. I never hear from classmates. March the first, Marilyn and I plan to be in Hawaii for five days. We are looking forward to the adventure.

I must repeat again in this letter my remark—if you can, please remember our college in any way that you can. Money gifts are always welcome. You can make a gift today by using the attached form and the reusable envelope or by visiting

Francis Peterson
1949 Class Agent
710 Ridge Road
Decorah, IA 52101
[email protected]






























Marian Anderlik of Cresco, Iowa, died April 24, 2017, age 89.

Richard “Dick” Larson of Montevideo, Minn., died May 28, 2016, age 92.

Paul B. Nelson of Iron Mountain, Mich., died July 2, 2016, age 91.

 Donald R. Skaar of North Oaks, Minn., formerly of White Bear Lake, Minn., died April 25, 2017, age 89.

Full obituaries can be found on the Luther College website at:

If you would like a printout of the full obituaries from your class mailed to you, please contact us at: [email protected], or 563-387-1509.