Class of 1968 Spring Letter

Spring 2012

Dear Classmates:

What a privilege to greet you all once again!  It seems as though we just communicated with you in the Fall 2011 newsletter, but here we are again, and it’s (almost) spring and it’s a new year and we’re that much closer to another reunion.  I hope you have all been well and have had a tolerable winter.  Joan and I have been enjoying our second winter in the warmth and sunshine of Arizona, and we are looking forward to returning to Iowa as soon as it is warm enough to be relatively assured that we won’t have to shovel snow.  For those of you who have braved the snow and cold, I admire your toughness, but we have enjoyed hiking, golfing, swimming, and just relaxing in the Arizona sunshine and sharing it all with our newly found “winter visitor” friends.

We can all remember what winter at Luther used to be like, when we had to walk barefoot to classes in a raging blizzard and it was uphill both ways.  Nowadays, I think they have banned subzero temperatures and snow drifts over six inches high, but the younger generation just is not as hardy as we were, I guess.  Certainly, things have changed on campus, although maybe not as much as all that.  I was browsing through the online course offerings lately and marveling at all of the new courses, majors, and opportunities for Luther students.  I was reminded of that first course catalog we received before our freshman year, and how impressed I was with everything that was offered then.  It almost makes me want to go back and be a freshman all over again!

Much of that change is directly related to your support and involvement over the years.  Without active and enthusiastic alumni, Luther would not be all it is today.  THANK YOU!  Our giving has continued to be generous and from the heart over the years, and nothing can replace your gifts and prayers.

President Torgerson has recently announced that he will step down as president of Luther, and a search committee is now actively pursuing his replacement.  I know that the Class of ’68 will humbly acknowledge President Torgerson’s contributions to Luther and wish him and his family every happiness.

I have enjoyed hearing from many of you since the fall newsletter was published and, as always, I have done my best to personally respond to each message.  Please continue to stay in touch with me and to send me your news, questions, and even your complaints.  In the meantime, have a warm and refreshing spring and a safe but exciting summer, and I will be back in touch with you again this fall.

Len Bruce
1968 Class Agent
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PS.  It's not too late to purchase a copy of Transformed by the Journey: 150 Years of Luther College in Word and Image. Richly illustrated with more than 350 photographs, Transformed by the Journey was compiled and written by Wilfred Bunge '53, professor emeritus of religion and classics, with assistance from Mary Hull Mohr, professor emerita of English, and Dale Nimrod, professor emeritus of chemistry.  Contact the Luther Book Shop at, or call 1-888-521-5039 or email [email protected] to place your order.

John Blauer of La Vista, Neb., formerly of Decorah, died Aug. 15, 2011, at age 65. He fought a courageous 16-month battle with cancer, and to help others study and fight cancer, donated his body to science. John worked at Blue Cross Blue Shield Nebraska. He previously managed the Decorah Lumber Yard from 1969-86 and owned Discount Liquor of Decorah from 1989 to 2005. John served as treasurer and president of the Decorah Area Chamber of Commerce and was a member of the Elks Club and Silvercrest Golf and Country Club. He enjoyed working, fishing, playing cards, and spending time with his family and friends. John is survived by his wife, CINDY (HINZ) BLAUER ’69; his children, Richard Blauer, Jory Blauer, Stephanie Fitzgerald, and Galen Crozier; and eight grandchildren. 

Mary (NATVIG) Randall of Naperville, Ill., formerly of Oak Park, Ill., died Nov. 16, 2010, at age 64. After graduation from Luther, she earned a master’s degree in education from Northern Illinois University. Mary taught Spanish in the Elgin and Naperville school districts, as well as at Trinity High School in River Forest, Ill., and Immaculate Heart of Mary in Westchester, Ill. She is survived by her husband, Jose Randall; two children, Lindsay Wright and Jesse Randall; two grandchildren; and her siblings, Duane Natvig, Diane Skaaland, Gail Zurfluh, Marilyn Wallman, Tina Velteri, Ellen Rink, and Michael Natvig.

Don't forget your Annual Fund giving! 
Each year nearly 10,000 alumni, parents, and friends support the Annual Fund with gifts from $5 to $50,000. Strong support from alumni helps Luther secure additional funds from foundations and corporations, and your gift each year helps us reach our goal of 30% alumni giving.  Here’s how your class—and surrounding classes—did in 2011: 

Class of 1967 total giving in 2011:  $38,226 from 33% of the class

Class of 1968 total giving in 2011:  $134,673 from 37% of the class

Class of 1969 total giving in 2011:  $53,606 from 29% of the class

Your gift can boost the impact your class has on current students!  Please use the enclosed envelope or visit to show your support.   Thank you!

Softball 2012