Class of 1957 Summer 2017 Reunion Letter

July 2017

Dear Classmate of 1957,

Believe it or not, our very special 60-year class reunion is coming up in a few short months—Saturday, October 7 to be exact. And, as your class agent it is my honor to bid you welcome.  We hope you will be able to attend.  It happens only once in a lifetime.

Class of 1957 60th Reunion

Saturday, October 7, 2017  |  11:00 a.m. Reception, 11:30 a.m. Luncheon

Mott-Borlaug Rooms—Dahl Centennial Union (first floor)

No cost, but please make your reservations through mail or online at


In order to be up on what has happened to our classmates, we urge you, even if you are not able to attend, to tell us a little about what has happened in your life since 1957; a short (or longer) bio, some unusual and/or interesting experience(s) you have had, or places you have been.  AND consider writing down your most cherished memories/experiences from your years at Luther.  Please find the enclosed form to assist you. We will compile these into printed booklets available at no cost at the reunion. They will also be posted online at We will also randomly select a few of the humorous, unusual, or heart-warming happenings to highlight during our reunion luncheon program.

Having a hard time remembering our freshman initiation beanies? “Button your beanie.” And what some girls did with the beanies after initiation?  Do you recall the greased pig?  Find the answers on pages 38 and 39 of the 1957 Pioneer Thank you, Janice (Horn) Anderson and Jessie Duff-McLaurin, for co-editing the yearbook. Do you remember the LUTHER LECTURES on pages 8-15?  It is likely that the lectures garnered international attention.  They are also significant in this year of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.

I don’t need to remind you that the 1957 Pioneer is your go-to book to refresh your memory of who your friends were and what we looked like.  Of course, none of us have changed. By the way, since there is little danger of incrimination now, will someone ‘fess up to lifting a car into the C.K. Preus gymnasium near the end of our senior year?  Who dun it?  And how?

We are the lucky ones who have survived while other classmates have passed away.  We have much to celebrate.

As I have mentioned in every class agent letter, we may not have set the record yet for contributing the most money to Luther, but we have for several years been the class with the highest percent of the class participating.  Can we keep that up? Please find an enclosed donation form!

Soli deo Gloria!

Donna (Ellefson) Fortney
1957 Class Agent

1620 Hyde Park Ave.
Waukegan, IL 60085
H:  847-244-7465
Cell:  847-917-7465
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