Class of 1971 Spring 2017 Letter

Spring 2017

Dear Friends,

I begin what is entitled the “Spring Letter” with a longing gaze towards the real spring. Not that I mind winter. There are more books to read, movies to watch, winter walks, and sweaters to wear. I almost look forward to being stuck inside with projects to do that I would never consider when it was nice outside. Yes, this Southern California boy has become a confirmed Midwesterner, and I’m at that point during the year where I look forward to yet another seasonal change.

For most of us, this is the year of our 50-year high school reunion! How is that possible? Just the other day I was learning to drive, going to my first high school dance, and trying to air out my PE locker! (Not that it needed it.) Oh well.

Christmas at Luther was, again, amazing this year. I just don’t know how any professional orchestra or choral groups could sound any better, and I’m sure many don’t sound as good! (Ok, so I’m not qualified to be a music critic, just sayin’.) What a treat for the ears. Christmas at Luther replaced the revered annual performance of Handel’s Messiah, performed by nearly half the student body and led by the beloved Weston Noble ’43. As you may have heard, he died on December 21, 2016. There are many of you who studied under Weston and considered him to have had an exceptional influence on your lives. A celebration of life for Weston will be held on the Luther campus at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 13, at the Center for Faith and Life, Main Hall. More information about Weston’s life can be found here.

I’m still getting comments from classmates about how much they enjoyed your stories at our reunion. Perhaps we should expand on that theme when we reconvene in 2021. If any of you are reminded of stories and memories and would like to share them, I would be happy to be a “clearing house” and share those in future fall and spring letters—[email protected].

Here’s the link to photographs from the class reunions this fall.

As always, I encourage you to check in with what’s going on at our alma mater through Luther’s website, Blogs from J-Term, old issues of CHIPS, Alumni Directory, alumni events, travel opportunities, etc.

I’m running out of ideas to share and out of time (procrastination), so wherever this letter finds you—yearning for the first signs of spring or already basking in the Florida, Arizona, or California sun—may you cherish God’s blessings in your lives and find comfort and support in His love.

Soli Deo Gloria,

Jim Hinrichs
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Mark Reinertson retired from UnityPoint Clinic Pediatrics after 40 years of service as a pediatrician in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.


Thomas Williams of Sturgeon Bay, Wis., and Florence, Ariz., died Jan. 4, 2015, at age 65. Born in Decorah to Everett and Marjorie (Knowlton) Williams ’37, he grew up in Winthrop Harbor, Ill., and graduated from Zion-Benton High School in 1967. Tom majored in political science and sociology at Luther and worked in printing/graphic arts for the Charles Munder Co. in Zion, and for other companies. He was also employed at Bear Realty in Paddock Lake, Wis. Tom married Mary Beth Dolan on Nov. 1, 1975, and they made their home in Wilmot, Wis., for many years and most recently in Sturgeon Bay and Florence. A faithful member of Faith Lutheran Church in Antioch, Ill., he served in a variety of leadership positions. Tom enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his girls and grandchildren, and he loved a good conversation with anyone. His hobbies included camping, golfing, and spending quality time on his Harley. Tom is survived by his wife, Mary Beth; three daughters, Emilie (Nathan) Carlson, Lesia (Jason) Leitzinger, and Erin (Jon) Peterson; five grandchildren; brother, J. (Darlene) Williams; stepmother, Fern Williams; two brothers-in-law, David (Mary Lou) Dolan and John (Carol) Dolan; and many nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents.

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