Class of 1968 Spring 2019 Letter

Spring 2019

Greetings, Class of ’68;

Wow, wow, wow! It has only been about three months since we all met for Homecoming, and the warm, fuzzy feelings of reunited friendships and tales of times gone by. I sincerely hope everyone who was there had as good of a time as Joan and I did. We loved every minute of it, except, perhaps when we came back to our hotel room on Friday night and discovered that a car had driven through the wall and crashed into our room!  One final round of “Thank Yous” to everyone on the reunion committee, the Luther Alumni and Development Staff, and to everyone who made our record-setting Reunion Gift of 5.5 million dollars a reality. WOW!

So, are you wondering what’s happening on campus now? Well, 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.

What to do this summer? 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!

Best wishes to you all for a safe and happy spring and summer. If you have been subjected to the dreaded Polar Vortices this winter, warmer weather will be most welcomed, right?

As always, feel free to contact me with any questions or comments you might have and I will always try to answer quickly, if not correctly, as soon as possible.

Soli Deo Gloria,

Len Bruce
1968 Class Agent
516 Brown Street
Bettendorf, IA 52722-4623
[email protected]



Stan Kant retired in 2013. He had a practice that diagnosed and helped improve dyslexia, attention deficit disorders, language disorders, and gifted children with learning disorders.

Susan (Kosowski) Keller of Pewaukee, Wis., retired from Westwood Health and Fitness.

Mark Wrolstad of Onalaska, Wis., retired as professor emeritus of finance at Winona State University.


Cheryl H. Barsness of Starbuck, Minn., formerly of Glenwood, Minn., died Aug.13, 2018, age 72.

Warren C. Meyer of Rapid City, S.D., died Nov. 12, 2018, age 72.

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]