Class of 1959 Fall 2018 Letter

Fall 2018

Dear Classmate,

Preparing a classmate letter in early August is a first so no Homecoming news this year. The very late Homecoming, October 26-28, likely would mean your usual friendly Class Agent letter would reach you at Christmas so we are doing a summer letter.

College News-The major campus news item is the start of a search for Luther’s next president. As you may know, President Carlson will leave the presidency after the 2018-19 academic year. Please start thinking about possible candidates and be ready to submit your ideas when the search committee calls for nominations. Selecting a president to lead Luther in these challenging times for private colleges will be a major task for the Board of Regents. Thanks again for your support of the college and its mission of christian higher education. Over the last sixty years you have helped make Luther what it is today.       

Events-If you need information on alumni events in your area call:  1-563-387-1861

Obituaries-Brief obituaries are posted online for our classmates listed below:

Suzanne Bernita Christine (Dregne) Hanson

Orvin Hotvedt

Judy (Anderson) Hovden

Allan G. “Pete” Pederson

New Memory Brain Teasers-

Academic Department Heads our senior year at Luther?

1.    English

2.    Biology

3.    Religion

4.    Elementary Education

5.  Physics

6.  Economics and Business

Memory Brain Teasers-answers to spring 2018 teasers. 

1.    Sponsor of annual “Big Top” carnival?  Sigma Alpha Phi

            2.  Sponsor of annual “Jazz Concert”?  Kappa Phi Tau

            3.  Classmate on Homecoming Court our junior year? Joanne Hamburg Heggen

            4.  Professor designing Messiah setting? Orville Running 

Classmate to do list-

Let us know if you have ideas for our 60-year-reunion at Homecoming 2019

(October 4-6)

Please keep in touch with your friendly class agents.

Best regards,

David J. Roslien
1959 Class Agent
602 Iowa Avenue
Decorah, IA 52101
(563) 382-4597
[email protected]

Walter Rugland
1959 Class Agent
100 W. Lawrence Street
Appleton, Wisconsin 54911
(920) 830-9999
[email protected]


Janet Ann (Natvig) Dotseth of Waverly, Iowa, died Nov. 5, 2017, age 80.

Suzanne Bernita Christine (Dregne) Hanson of Westby, Wis., Died Dec. 17, 2017, age 80.

Orvin Hotvedt of Decorah died May 11, 2018, age 81.

Judy (Anderson) Hovden of West Union, Iowa, formerly of Cresco, Iowa, died April 10, 2018, age 80.

Allan G. “Pete” Pederson, of Lake Mills, Iowa, died Dec. 11, 2017, age 80.

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.