Class of 1966 Fall Letter

Hi Again 66er,  

My appreciation for Luther College was recently reinforced through the eyes of my 16- and 14-year-old granddaughters.  In July of this year they made a visit to campus, first meeting with the admissions representative, who was a Luther grad.  Among other things, they were informed about admission requirements and financial aid. 

They were then handed off to a student who guided them through the campus and was a superb representative of Luther.  Their mom (and our daughter), who is an '89 grad, marveled at all the positive changes even since her time there. My granddaughters liked the beautiful, concentrated–yet roomy–campus.  They wouldn't have to walk across town for classes, as compared with the other college campuses they have seen. 

They felt the facilities were in their words "first class" and the buildings were all upgraded and well maintained, with a good investment in student comfort.  They were especially impressed with the student lounges and study areas in the dorms.  My daughter was pleased to see the "uncrowding" of the dorm rooms.  She recalls when the two-person rooms typically had three persons assigned. 

Being a musician, one of my granddaughters met with an instrument instructor and again was impressed with her and the music facilities.  

Will they attend Luther?  That is yet to be determined.  I'll say this: they were very positive about their experience so Luther competes well with other colleges. 

A second anecdote: another granddaughter, our youngest at age 7, now lives in Decorah.  Luther sponsors a PALS program that matches up Luther students with local kids for a one-on-one activity experience around campus.  Our granddaughter was matched up with a female student for a few hours.  She thoroughly enjoyed it.  What other college would do this and to what other college student would we be willing to give up our 7-year-old without a bit of concern?  We can all trust that Luther is enrolling students with high values and are reinforcing that through their education.

This all proves to me that Luther continues to have top-flight facilities with top-flight administration, faculty, and students.  It is well worth our continued involvement and support.

More later,

Dave Rovang
1966 Class Agent
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*as of October 18, 2012

Class Notes
HAROLD DAHLSTRAND is executive in residence and a full-time teacher in the business department at Elmhurst (Ill.) College.

ELAINE (BRANDSGARD) and RICHARD JAEKE ’65 are retired in Windsor, Wis.  Elaine stays active directing choirs at her church and in Madison.

MARY (JOHNSON) JORGENSEN provided laughter for the Yule Laugh album by Luther alumna LAURA (SMITH) GENTRY ’92, which also featured the Luther College Jazz Quartet. Mary is a life coach at Rising Sun Life Coaching in Decorah.

DAVID ROSHEIM published the book A Pictorial Bibliography of Cities and Towns in the State of Iowa. He is also owner of Timber City Books in Maquoketa, Iowa, where he buys and sells used and rare collectible books.

LEON HOLTAN of Rochester, Minn., died Jan. 4, 2012, at age 95. After graduating from Kasson High School and Kasson Normal Training, he taught in a one-room rural school for seven years. Leon then spent several years farming as the third-generation member to operate the family farm. At the age of 31, with a growing family, he was called to be a pastor. Leon attended St. Olaf College, graduated from Luther Seminary, and was ordained a Lutheran minister in 1952. During his ministry, he served congregations in Clinton and Lanesboro, Minn., and Plano, Ill. While living and working in Lanesboro, Leon completed a bachelor’s degree at Luther. In retirement he served as interim pastor for several congregations in southeast Minnesota. Leon was proud of his Norwegian heritage and spoke the language fluently. He won the Norse Declamation Contest while at St. Olaf, and he often used his Norwegian skills to conduct church services, translate church history, and teach community education classes. Leon is survived by three children: Martha (HOLTAN) Perbix ’65, Paul Holtan, and Carol (HOLTAN) Lucido ‘74; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Bernice Crouch, and Marion Lund. He was predeceased by his wife, Alice; a son, LESLIE HOLTAN ’64; three brothers; and four sisters. 

LYNN WOGEN of St. Paul, Minn., died Oct. 20, 2011, at age 67, after a courageous battle with ALS. He earned a master’s degree in educational psychology from the University of Minnesota in 1973.  Lynn retired after 34 years of teaching in St. Paul Public Schools. In retirement he enjoyed biking, driving school buses, and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. Lynn is survived by his wife, Lois; children: Eric Wogen, Kirsten (WOGEN) Herkenhoff ‘98, and Adam Wogen; six grandchildren; siblings: Audrey (WOGEN) Rober ‘61, Warren WOGEN ’65, Lorene (WOGEN) Hanson ‘69, Maynard Wogen, and Donna Carolus. He was predeceased by his sisters, Nylene and LuAnn.

Dave Rovang