Class of 1952 Fall 2017 Letter

Fall 2017

Classmate of 1952,

Congratulations on observing our 65th anniversary of graduation from Luther College. We thank the Alumni Office for the arrangements that they made to provide the plans for our event.

I regret that it was not possible for me to attend. My loving wife of 63 years, Margene, passed away in August, and the memorial service was the same weekend of Luther’s Homecoming. Our family gatherings spanned many days that first week of October.

I appeal to those who attended to share with the rest of our class your experiences of that special anniversary. Please share it with me, and it will supplement our memories and give us a sense of that special event.

The Distinguished Service Award is the highest honor Luther College gives to alumni. This year eight alumni were honored at the Homecoming alumni dinner on October 6th, and our class is honored as two of our classmates received this award: 

Sheldon Hermanson served 30 years as an Air Force chaplain. He holds meritorious awards from the Air Force and his chapel team was named the finest in the Air Force. Sheldon served in Arizona at Luke Air Force Base.

Larrie Wanberg served a 20-year career as a social worker in the U.S. Army Medical Service and received a Legion of Merit Award.  After serving in the Army, he began teaching, first at Washington School of Medicine, then University of Maryland, University of North Dakota, and later in Strasbourg, France.

Harold Peterson
1952 Class Agent
[email protected]


Conrad Larson of Apple Valley, Minn., formerly of Willmar, died March 31, 2017, at age 87. Born in Minneapolis, he grew up in Hawk Creek Township, Renville County, and later moved to Minneapolis. Following the death of his parents, Conrad was raised by his three sisters. In 1947 he graduated from Minneapolis South High School before enrolling at Luther, where he majored in music. After his Luther graduation, Conrad was drafted into the U.S. Army and served overseas during the Korean War. He married Florence Holien ’54 on Dec. 19, 1954, and they made their home in Mora, where each taught school. In 1955 they moved to Ann Arbor, Mich., and Conrad entered the University of Michigan Medical School, graduating in 1961. He served a general internship and residency in pathology at Mercy Hospital in Toledo, Ohio, and began his medical practice in Decorah. In 1975 the couple moved to Willmar, where Conrad spent most of his years of practice, at Rice Memorial Hospital, serving as chief of pathology, laboratory director, and, later, as chief of staff. He was elected chairman of the Willmar School Board and later appointed to the Willmar Municipal Utilities Board of Commissioners. A member of Vinje Lutheran Church, where he was active in the church choir, Conrad loved music and the fine arts. He also enjoyed writing music and plays; performing as a singer and actor; and reading, traveling, and watching old time classic movies. Conrad is survived by two children, Kristin (Kevin) Amundson and Eric Larson ’86 (Karen); two granddaughters; two sisters, Gertrude Franzen and Dorrie (Larson) Walen ’45; and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife, Florence (Holien) Larson ’54, in 2015, and a sister, Marilyn Goodman. Conrad served as class agent for his class from 1994-2000.

Leigh Wold of Golden Valley, Minn., died Aug. 3, 2017, at age 86. He majored in English and mathematics at Luther and worked for many years as an engineer at Honeywell. A devoted churchman and wonderful baseball coach, Leigh served his Luther Class of 1952 as class agent from 2000-05. He and his late wife, Joyce (Harris) Wold ‘53, received a Distinguished Service Award from Luther in 1997. Leigh is survived by his wife, Solveig Misner; four children: Gail, Marv (Joan), Phil ’82 (Laura [Holcomb] Wold ’83), and Tim Wold ’88 (Leida); grandchildren; and brother, Don. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Joyce (Harris) Wold ’52; brother, Harry; and sisters, Rachel and Ruth.