Class of 1949 Spring 2019 Letter

Spring 2019

Dear 49ers—

As I author my Spring 2019 spring class agent letter, it is a very cold February night, below zero.  This past fall and through most of January, we really did not have true winter weather. However, the past three weeks we HAVE HAD winter.

Marilyn and I did attend Christmas at Luther again. It is a great evening of music with some 550 student performers. The five or so choirs move around the CFL, all levels, very often, very swiftly, and in silence.  If you have not attended this special program, put it on your bucket list for next December, “our clocks” are ticking at a very fast pace.

The fall sports season was poor. The winter sports receive my similar evaluation. After some seventy-five years, the Iowa Intercollegiate Conference no longer exists. With Nebraska Wesleyan entering the conference a couple years ago, the new conference is now the American Rivers Conference.

There are a lot of interesting opportunities available in a college community. One of these at Luther is called Life Long Learning. Each school year, three or four subjects are offered, one in October, one in November, one in March, and perhaps one in April. The classroom is in the old food service building. Class begins at 9:00 a.m. with coffee. At about 10:30 a.m., it is coffee break time and at noon class ends with a wonderful lunch. The same procedure is followed for each of the other offerings. Marilyn and I have enrolled the past three Octobers because the topic happened to be of interest to us.

In my fall letter, I mentioned that I had heard from a former 49er. My information was not complete. The following is a more correct version of what should have been.

Mary Louise Ramsland attended Luther College from 1945-1947 and married Henry Sordel, Jr. in 1948. Hank was a renowned athlete, Class of 1948. Ms. Ramsland completed her four year National College of Education in Evanston, Ill. and also completed her M.A.  She was accepted as a PHE candidate at Northern Illinois University and completed 30 hours. She later married Col. Wally Moe, Class of 1947 and resided in California. She is now living at Cordia Senior Residence in Westmont, Ill. She has a son in Washington State and a daughter in North Riverside, Ill. She also has four granddaughters and seven great-grandchildren. Mary taught for 20 years in the Riverside Public Schools. She has been a contributor to Luther College for many years.

I hope all is well with all of you 49ers and when spring arrives that you can enjoy every doing that you like to do.

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



Ruth Marie Lunde of Edina, Minn., died July 16, 2018, age 93.

Olin J. Storvick of Moorhead, Minn., died June 16, 2018, age 92.

The full obituaries of classmates listed in this letter can be found on the Luther College website at:

If you would like a printout of the obituaries listed above in their entirety mailed to you, please contact us at: [email protected], or 563-387-1509.

We are pleased to announce Dr. Jenifer K. Ward as the 11th president of Luther College! For more information about President-elect Ward, visit

As you may remember from your Fall 2018 Class Agent letter, Luther has recently completed an extensive brand strategy research process.


As a result of our research and in collaboration with members of the Luther community, we have developed several statements that will guide future communications.

We know that you, our alumni, are often asked about your alma mater. What you say to prospective students and their families about Luther College can have a huge impact on their decisions to visit campus, apply and, hopefully, enroll.

You know Luther well. You matter to us and we’re interested in hearing from you.

We invite you to take a few minutes to preview some of our new statements and share your thoughts. The example statements, as well as a response survey, are available online:

Many thanks!

If you have any questions please email Catherine Dyer, Brand and Marketing Director at [email protected]