Class of 1969 Spring 2017 Letter

Spring 2017

Hello Classmates!

Today is March 1. Although this day is a snowy, windy one in my part of Wisconsin, I always greet the arrival of March with happy relief. Spring is on the horizon and that means more light, warmth, and the emergence of new life! March heralds a time of great hope.

I experience a sense of hope every day when I go to work at Whitehall [Wis.] Schools. Hope is there in the eagerness to learn on the part of the students. Hope is there as teachers debate the effectiveness of particular approaches to meet the special challenges of individual learners. Hope is there as weekend food bags are prepared to supplement the unhealthy diets of many students whose parents cannot afford better choices. Hope is there when students visit every business in town to meet customers with holiday greetings and candy, and to thank the adults for providing an excellent school. Hope abounds in all of our lives!

In educational circles, there is an ongoing discussion about the purpose of education. One voice insists that the primary and perhaps sole purpose is to prepare a person to work for a living using technical skills learned in class and on the job. Another voice counters with the idea that education should be centered in the development of critical thinking skills arising from a diverse curriculum that helps the student to approach life issues with a curious and creative mind. It would seem that the discussion could be described as the doers versus the dreamers.  

I guess my educational experience illustrates the discussion to a certain extent. I studied nursing in a hospital-based, thirty-six-month program that gave me much clinical experience along with a strong theoretical base. Then I came to Luther and became a better nurse, even though the nursing program at Luther came along several years later. I became a better nurse because I studied human reaction to life through the reading of great literature. I became a better nurse as a sociology major, examining human behavior both individual and communal. I became a better nurse in religion classes wherein I began to formulate a theology of nursing practice. Luther College melded the doer within me with the dreamer, making me a person with more to help me live a productive life of service.

Schools are facing serious challenges these days. The liberal arts are especially vulnerable to misguided criticism for failing to prepare students for jobs. Therefore, colleges like Luther are working hard to show that they are the best places to prepare young people for living life. Now more than ever, Luther College, the community of faith and learning that we love, needs our support. We can give generous monetary gifts to the Annual Fund—let’s be competitive with the classes next us [especially ’68!]. We can identify and encourage prospective students—sponsor a Dorian Camp experience for them. (It costs much less than some of the “toys” we think we must have.) We can keep in touch with the Luther of 2017 by reading the Luther Alumni Magazine and information on its web page, by attending concerts of touring musical groups visiting our community, by visiting campus, and by talking to students and staff.

In a little more than a year, we will gather to celebrate the 50-year anniversary of our Luther commencement! Please make plans to attend (October 26-28, 2018). It will be so good to see everyone. After all, it is the people we grew to know and love that made our days at Luther rich beyond description!  

Soli Deo Gloria!

Richard Staff
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Judy (Miller) Nelson
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Last year more than 10,000 alumni, family, and friends supported Luther’s Annual Fund with gifts from $5 to $100,000. Your gift makes a difference for each and every student at Luther, and we are grateful for your support.


This list includes all gifts received January 1, 2016, to December 31, 2016. Making a gift each and every year is an investment in the lives of Luther students and a show of support for the Luther College community. Thank you for your support of Luther College through your giving.

Scott Addington
Richard Ancelet
Diane Anderson-Stine
John Avers
Donald Bachman
Charles Backman
Cathryn (Elmer) Baldner
Ann (Brainard) Belletire
Kathryn (Olson) Biederwolf
Barry Bishop
Robert Bishop
Stephen Blackmore
Gracia (Kraabel) Blanchard
Stephen Blanchard
Rolf Blank
Cynthia (Lee) Bleich
Ann (Bornor) Boline
Gary Borlaug
Catherine (Turner) Boulanger
Gale Brinkman
Douglas Carden
Aleta (Reckling) Chossek
Diane (Buros) Christensen
Linda (Boots) Christianson
Maren (Severtson) Coates
Bev Crumb-Gesme
George Curry
Georgette (Yoder) Dabroski
Richard Dale
Carolyn (Hain) DeYoung
David Dickson
Charles Edison
David Ellingson
Mary Engebretson
Kathleen Engel-Hunt
Benjamin Le Essex
John Ferden
Karen (Anderson) Forde
Joyce (Jensen) Fossum
Michael Fossum
Gene Frank
Deborah (Lynam) Franke
Carol (Nelson) Gibson
Carl Glamm
Bjorn Grandal
Connie (Tolo) Gray
Judith Gray
Nancy (Wendt) Gunning
Eugene Hagen 
Carl Hanson
Diane Hanson
Jane Hardy
Karn Haugen
Fredrick Haugo
Leona (Knoblauch) Haupt
Robert Heins
Susan (Jorgensen) Herney
Randall Hinrichs
Edwin Hollenbeck
Richard Homstad
James Hoover
Marilyn House
Robert Hutson
Edith (Held) Jacobsen
Steven Jacobsen
Betty (Langrehr) Johnson
Dean Johnson
Keith Johnson
Mary (Bay) Johnson
David Keller
Janet (Hefti) Knutson
Ingrid (Kloster) Koch
Loy Krambeer
Karen (Oyloe) Kramer
Frederick Kreusch
Meredith Kvalness
David Larson
Caren (Braaten) Markley-Sletten
Margeen (Bolson) Mau
Berit Midelfort
Craig Miller
Richard Miller
Karen (Schiesser) Montgomery
Susan (Polak) Myhre
Gary Neist
Dean Nelson
Judith (Miller) Nelson
Kenneth Nereng
Kay (Wilson) Nickelsen
Helen (Stuepfert) Olson
Marsha (Schneeman) Olson
Jaerdis (Osmundson) Olson-Nesheim
Paul Onerheim
Carole (Rust) Orness
Allen Peckham
Karen (Anderson) Peckham
Marie (Smith) Peer
Myrna Petersen-Konajeski
Mary (Dennis) Pons
James Potter
D. Eric Prestegaard
Elizabeth Preus
Marie (Hagene) Quanbeck
Donald Richardson
Mary (Kirkland) Richardson
Sara (Wooster) Richardson
Richard Rima
Richard Roehrkasse
Ruthanne (Gordon) Rollefson
Everett Rowland
Nancy Rud-Gordon
Judith (Jorgenson) Russell
David Ruzek
Susan (Helleckson) Ruzek
Ross Schipper
Judith Schroeder
Paul Searles
Marlene (Hove) Severe
Rachel (Holt) Shidler
Leonard Skoglund
Jack Smith
Richard Staff
Wendy (Tessman) Stevens
Leonard Stone
James Stromberg
Mark Temte
Paul Tokheim
Donald Tresemer
Mary Trettin
Twyla Trytten
Harold Usgaard
Michael Vertanen
Linda Voss
Janet (Storhoff) Weber
Rolf Wulfsberg

Every attempt has been made to ensure the accuracy of this list. If an error has been made, please accept our apology and contact the Luther Development Office at 800-225-8664, or email [email protected].