Class of 1967 Spring 2019 Letter

Spring 2019

Hello classmates!

It’s early February as I write this, and Northeast Iowa has been in the grip of what they now call a “Polar Vortex” that has chilled us to the bone and beyond! This past week, Decorah had an air temperature of -35° F with wind chills at -60.  It brought thoughts of walking across campus during some very cold winter days when we were there. In either our freshman or sophomore year, Decorah had the lowest temperature in the lower 48 states at -43° F. Wind chill had not yet been invented!  Actually, that day was dead calm, thankfully, so wind was not a factor.

One of the events that I look forward to every year is the Class Agents-Alumni Council luncheon held on Friday of Homecoming Week. Leaders and representatives from various administrative offices present a snapshot of the College, outlining successes in their fields of responsibility, and noting challenges that must be met head-on to maintain and improve the condition of the College.

In addition to greetings from the President of the College, we typically hear presentations from the Admissions Office on recruitment efforts and student demographics, from the Dean of the College regarding the academic program and initiatives to improve student outcomes, and from the Development Office about finances and alumni support. The session always leaves me in awe of the dedicated people who work so hard to keep Luther College moving forward on an even keel. Please do what you can to support our alma mater through their efforts, particularly by considering a gift to Luther through estate planning. Your gift, no matter the size, is important! 

I’ve been your Class Agent for 15 years, and for several of those years before retiring, I was teaching in a secondary school, and could not get away to attend the luncheons.  Those of you associated with teaching know that taking a day off is no simple matter.  Classroom function is disrupted no matter how good the lesson plans are for the sub, and there is never enough time to prepare for being gone, and to get things caught up when returning.

Once retired, though, I have been able to attend, and most years have enjoyed conversation over lunch catching up with retired biology professor and college administrator, Dave Roslien, the Class Agent for LC 1959, and often with other retired faculty. Classmate Tim Fleming, who has been a long-time member of the Alumni Council, often joins us for conversation as well. It’s a good time with good people!

I was a chem major who came late to the biology department to complete a double major in my senior year. Dave Roslien, along with Russ Rulon, organized an Interim trip for about 40 biology students to the Florida Everglades for field study. Through college coursework and on that trip, I developed an admiration and respect for Dave that has grown and continues to this day, so spending some time with him occasionally is precious to me.

This year, my wife, Jackie, and I attended a performance of Christmas at Luther, and found ourselves seated next to Dave and Joy Roslien, with Bob and Jeanne Zaske and Herman Tiedeman’s widow, Julie, just in front of us. It was “old home week,” to be sure, complete with a spectacular presentation of Christmas music. So uplifting! 

Please stay in touch with your Luther family!  If you are a Facebook user, request to join our group “Luther Class of '67”.  Keep up to date on Luther by checking in at where you can find alumni resources.  Contact me at [email protected] or on Facebook @art46j.

Best wishes! Go Norse!

Art Johnson
1967 Class Agent
PO Box 155
Edgewood, IA 52042
[email protected]



Paul Hanson retired after 40 years teaching history at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, Calif.

Roy Prigge of Carlos, Minn., received the 2018 Veteran Volunteer of the Year Award for his work with the Knute Nelson Hospice by the Minnesota Network of Hospice and Palliative Care. This award honors an individual who has exemplified the hospice philosophy and serves as an ambassador of hospice. As a Vietnam Veteran, Roy served our country for six years in the United States Marine Corps, and additional 16 years for both the Iowa and Minnesota Army National Guard. Roy is able to use his past experiences to relate to the Veterans. He is equipped to support the Veterans with honor and dignity.



Joanne (Tesch) Ortman ofMunster, Ind., died Aug. 7, 2018, age 72.

The full obituary of the classmate listed in this letter can be found on the Luther College website at:

If you would like a printout of the obituary listed above in its 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]