Class of 1954 Spring 2018 Letter

Spring 2018

Dear 1954 Classmate,

Thoughts for the day:

·         Always end your day with a positive thought. No matter how hard things were, tomorrow is a fresh opportunity to make it better.

·         I have found that if you love life, life will love you back.

Today is Sunday, February 25, 2018 and it is time to share some thoughts from Luther College with my 1954 classmates. Just think: we started Luther College in the fall of 1950—that’s 68 years ago! HOW OLD ARE WE??? WE ARE NOT 50 YEARS OLD ANYMORE???

The Reverend Billy Graham, “America’s Pastor,” has died on Wednesday, February 21. He was “America’s Pastor” who made “Christianity come true.” Long live his memories, teachings, and way of living. All of us have felt the Reverend Billy Graham’s preachings, teachings, and daily lessons for living because he was an active pastor during all of our careers. We were “blessed” to have felt and been influenced by the great Reverend Billy Graham!

·         The only difference between a good day and a bad day is your ATTITUDE!!!

·         Maturity is learning to walk away from people and situations that threaten your peace of mind, self-respect, values, morals, or self worth.

The following is the theme of the Olympic Games:  CITIUS-ALTIUS-FORTIUS, (SWIFTER-HIGHER-STRONGER) than you have ever been before!!!  For these past three weeks we have witnessed young men and women, from many countries of the world, accomplish the meaning of the Olympic theme: CITIUS, ALTIUS, FORTIUS!!! These Olympic athletes achieved goals that were, “swifter, higher, stronger” than any of the goals they had every achieved before. Maybe, just maybe, we were taught: CITIUS, ALTIUS, FORTIUS in our days at Luther College, and took the Olympic theme with us into our working days! I think that is true. Luther College: CITIUS, ALTIUS, FORTIUS!!!! Luther graduates go into society to be swifter, higher, stronger than they have ever been before!!! I know that to be true of our 1954 graduates!

News from the college:

In December campus saw another stellar Christmas at Luther! What a wonderful way to ring in the Christmas spirit and bring people together! I invite you to take a few moments to view photos of the 2017 performance and learn the dates for Christmas at Luther 2018 by visiting You may want to keep in mind that the college offers an impressive dinner in Peace Dining Room before each performance!

Also, as many of you know, Thursday, March 8, was Luther's third annual Giving Day! Thousands tuned in to an all-day livestream from Marty's and joined the fun through social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and more). Overall, a whopping $474,718 was raised for the Luther Fund - WOW! If you'd like to relive the fun (and see the 12-hour livestream), visit THANK YOU to all who donated and made this day such a success!

Luther’s Board of Regents voted in February to approve a new strategic plan: “Inspired. Empowered. Engaged.” The new plan, which will run through 2023, is designed to make Luther more dynamic and innovative in its support of the 21st-century liberal arts student. Expect to hear more about the exciting changes ahead as we take the plan from the concept phase into execution.

·         We are what we repeatedly do, therefore, excellence is not an act but a habit.

·         Positive thoughts can let you focus on the brighter side of life. If you want to use this in your life then you must practice thinking in everything that you do.

The Luther Community lost some memorable individuals over the past year. I list them below. You can find their full obituaries on the Luther website at

Vernon H. “Bud” Bahr ’50 of Decorah, died Feb. 13, 2017, age 92.

Elwin D. Farwell of Decorah, died May 5, 2017, age 98.

Helen Hill Farwell of Decorah, died July 27, 2017, age 97.

Edward Anthony Kaschins of Decorah, died Nov. 1, 2017, age 78.

Paul Jerome Solberg ’61 of Decorah, died November 28, 2017, age 79.

·         Remember that you are the angel of your own life.

·         A positive thought for the day: You are a winner!

·         Anyone can catch your eye, but it takes someone special to catch your heart.

·         Never give up. Have hope. Expect only the best from life and take action to get it.

Thank you to all who supported Luther in 2017. Please consider supporting Luther students with a donation to the Luther Fund this year. Use the attached form and the reusable envelope or visit to give!

Remember, a great attitude becomes a great day, which becomes a great year, which becomes a great life!

Soli Deo Gloria!

God bless, Love,

Kent Finanger
15365 West Earll Court
Goodyear AZ 85395-8510
[email protected]

P.S. In the 2016-2017 school year, our granddaughter, Erika Finanger, (Phil, LC ’79 and Kim) received the Class of 1954 Scholarship. Erika is majoring in elementary education to be a kindergarten teacher. Through her grandpa Kent, Erika expresses her heart-felt “thank you” to each of you. Erika is appreciative!!!


Lavonne Adeline (Hanson) Ramsay of Blaine, Minn., died Aug. 21, 2017, age 84.

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.