Class of 1966 Spring 2019 Letter

Spring 2019

Dear Friends,

I love getting Christmas cards from Luther friends, even though I am sporadic at best in sending them. This year, one Luther friend shared a birthday greeting from her brother-in-law, “Welcome to your fourth quarter. I hope you make it to overtime!” Certainly brings home the realization that we now have more days in our past than in our future. Hmm-mildly depressing!

Then within the week, we found out that another Luther friend, a Vietnam vet, a fighter pilot, over 80, accompanied a J-term class traveling to Vietnam. I bet he makes it to overtime! This individual is caring and articulate and I can only imagine what he is able to offer to the students’  experiences. 

At this time in our lives the bad news is that good things are continuing to happen in our families and communities without us. The good news is that good things are continuing to happen in our families and communities without us. This is part of our legacy. Others are keeping Luther College vibrant by doing the heavy lifting; we continue to help with our gifts.

I recently read the book, A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. Born an aristocrat, the protagonist loses everything in the Revolution and is consigned to live in a Moscow hotel, albeit a luxury one. He, however, is moved to an attic room and must never set foot outside the hotel.  Used to traveling the world, the gentleman now must figure out how to fill his days within the hotel.  He reaches the depths of despair, but then discovers he can still enjoy a meaningful life.  It’s a good read and I find that it has much to say to all of us when our lives become more restricted.

May your days remain as unrestricted as possible and may you all make it to overtime. Right now I think we are entitled to think of everyday as overtime. Let me know of any adventures you are pursuing, especially those out of your comfort zone. I will gladly share them with the class. They will be an inspiration to us all.

I leave you with one of my favorite prayers: “Lord God, you call your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown. Give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where we go, but only that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.” (Morning Prayer, LBW)

And now, news from the Alumni Office. Luther student musicians are playing and singing at full tilt. Collegiate Chorale and Cathedral Choir just returned from tours of the Midwest, and Jazz Orchestra sets out April 12 for a tout that includes South Dakota and Minnesota ( On top of that, Nordic Choir sings with the Des Moines Symphony April 27 and 28 (

This year, Luther hosted a number of events to commemorate the 50th anniversary ( of the college’s Black Student Untion ( The events included visits from several alumni who were invited back to campus to speak throughout the year, including Christie Owens ’16, Maggie (Steinberg) Hagen ’15, Gaone Masire ’82, Emerald-Jane (Aggrey-Appiah) Hunter ’03, Kara (Skatrud) Baylor ’92, Lorenzo Creighton '75, Barbara Fuller '72, Spruiell White ’67, and Maxie (Jones) Rockymore ’82, who will deliver the Don Kemp Memorial Lecture on April 25. The yearlong celebration of the BSU kicked off at Homecoming and will culminate in an alumni reunion April 26–28.

The Class of 2019 and their loved ones will celebrate Commencement on Sunday, May 26 ( It’s hard to believe, but that means we’ll soon bid a fond farewell to President Paula Carlson, who plans to retire at the end of the 2018–19 academic year.

After Commencement, Luther’s campus will start to buzz with summer visitors young and old. Each June through August, Luther hosts thousands of elementary, middle, and high school students interested in everything from music ( to nature ( to sports ( to science ( This summer, the college will also offer its third annual Dance Camp (, an inclusive, empowering, fun, and inspiring week of movement and expression.

Luther has summer programming for adults, too. If you enjoy singing in fellowship, mark your calendars for the college’s second annual Dorian Choral Retreat for Adults (, June 28–30. And keep in mind that you can host your own event ( on Luther’s campus. Your alma mater would love to have you!

Mary Deters
1966 Class Agent
21867 Deters Drive
Spring Grove, MN 55974
[email protected]


Dennis Vernon Christian of Minneapolis died Nov. 3, 2018, age 74.

Karen Hall Johnson of McKinney, Texas, died July 9, 2018, age 74.

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.

We are pleased to announce Dr. Jenifer K. Ward as the 11th president of Luther College! For more information about President-elect Ward, visit

As you may remember from your Fall 2018 Class Agent letter, Luther has recently completed an extensive brand strategy research process.


As a result of our research and in collaboration with members of the Luther community, we have developed several statements that will guide future communications.

We know that you, our alumni, are often asked about your alma mater. What you say to prospective students and their families about Luther College can have a huge impact on their decisions to visit campus, apply and, hopefully, enroll.

You know Luther well. You matter to us and we’re interested in hearing from you.

We invite you to take a few minutes to preview some of our new statements and share your thoughts. The example statements, as well as a response survey, are available online:

Many thanks!

If you have any questions please email Catherine Dyer, Brand and Marketing Director at [email protected]