Class of 1972 Spring 2017 Letter

Spring 2017

Dear Classmate,

In co-chairing the responsibilities of being your class agent, Marilyn was kind enough to write the fall letter to you. Now it is my turn to do the honors. As I was thinking about composing this letter, I was trying to come up with a single word that could define Luther for me. The word CONNECTIONS immediately popped into my mind. I realized we are all bound to each other by some Luther connection. Perhaps you have been in a room with a group of people you don't know very well, but as you scan the room you notice a Luther College ring—instant connection.

Perhaps we are connected because we all had to wear the freshman beanies. Or maybe because we lived together on the same dorm floor. Marilyn and I lived on second floor Larsen together. Freshmen women were connected that year because we all had "hours," unless we had a note from a parent excusing us from that rule for second semester. Whose signature was really on those permission letters?

Maybe you connected with a fellow classmate because you gave him/her your extra blue exam book one Saturday morning during a Core class honor code test. Didn't many of us connect at the 4th meal? My junior year roommate, Jan (Ferguson) Hjelle ’72, and I would head over there after we completed jogging around the track. How productive was that? Another connection was brought to mind while viewing the Best Picture Award nominee, Arrival, in which Amy Adams is trying to decode the language of alien visitors. I couldn't help but think of Dr. Weilgart's unique language we learned about. Do you remember what the name of it was?

Sometimes we are bound by connections beyond our experiences on campus. Perhaps you first connected with Luther because a family member attended. The first time I was at Luther I was in sixth grade. I attended a football game when the field was located near the public swimming pool. (Yes, the same pool where there were frequent sunbather sightings at the bottom before it was filled with water for the summer months.) We were there because my dad (’48) was attending a class reunion and we were staying with the family of Warren Berg ’48 (business professor), as he had been a classmate of my dad's. Recently, while visiting my uncle (’50), I asked him where he had lived on campus. He said, "In the barracks, of course." That was a surprise—they were apparently located where "married student housing" was when we were there. Oh, how things have changed over the years! And, to keep the Luther connection going—I am married to Steve ’72, and one of our daughters (’07) attended as did my sister (’80). Of course our 10-year-old granddaughter is quite convinced she will be walking the halls of Valders one day.

Should our memories of days gone by fail us, there are still ways to stay connected with Luther. Keep in mind all of the upcoming activities commemorating the Reformation. Note that Marty Haugen ’73, renowned composer of church music, will be leading a hymn festival on October 29. Do you know about the Alumni Directory? A new connection that can be made with current students on the Careers website. This is Luther's link to jobs, internships, and online campus interviews, many of which are posted by Luther alumni and friends. Perhaps you know of someone who would like to host an internship. Also, another great way to stay connected is to pass on the word about Luther and continue the connection into the future. And one last, but certainly not least, way to make another long-lasting connection is through giving to the Annual Fund, whether it is your first time or ongoing.

I hope this has jarred your memory and you are now thinking about other Luther connections.

Please write them down and bring them to our 45-year class reunion during Homecoming Weekend, October 6-8. It will be wonderful to reconnect and reflect on many of the other experiences we’ve shared together. More information will be coming to you about this. Hope to see you then!

Soli Deo Gloria,

Bev (Ulstad) Borgstrom 
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Marilyn (Fritz) Shardlow
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Class Note

Joyce (Sponheim) and Duane Baun ’71 of Detroit Lakes, Minn., are retired.

Your gift. Put to work, right away, where it is needed most.

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.

Darwin Anderson
Barbara (Kleene) Babine
Marilyn (Anderson) Bauer
Louis Behensky
Linda (Sundby) Bergen
Robert Bergen
Diane (Schultz) Beversdorf
Robert Bladorn
Randy Blank
Susan (Finanger) Bohnsack
Janice (Olson) Bond
Beverly (Ulstad) Borgstrom
Steven Borgstrom
Steven Broman
Renee (Anderson) Brown
Steven Burger
Katherine (Estenson) Carlson
Ronald Caucutt
Mark Cooper
Marsha (Brainard) Cooper
James Daubendiek
Jeanne (Tormoen) Daubendiek
Charlene (Ward) Davis
Kathleen (Kraemer) Davis
Joanne (Wells) Decker
Jenee (Nelson) Dettmann
Trina (Smith) Dobberstein
Amy (Christian) Dodd
Daryl Dodd
Marilyn Draheim
Roger Evans
Ruth Anne (Dismer) Feller
Randall Finet
Fredrick Fletcher
Marilyn Fritz Shardlow
Barbara Fuller
Lois (Anderson) Garbisch
Barbara (Scherpelz) Gilroy
Dorothy (Ness) Gray
James Haemker
Kris (Granzin) Hall
Kenneth Halstead
Carl Hansen
Chris Haugen
Susan (Hanke) Hedberg
Peder Hegland
Virginia (Fixsen) Hendrickson
Jerome Hess
Judith Hetager Litsey
John Hinze
Patricia Holman
Thomas Holman
Douglas Howard
Karl Jacobsen
Martha Jacobsen
Gary Kittelson
Kerry Knodle
James Knudson
Kenneth Knutson
Craig Kruse
Kevin Laabs
April (Ulring) Larson
John Larson
James Leix
Barbara Loken
Thomas Lovik
Richard Lund
Jerry Maland
Cynthia (Flak) McLaren
Joanne (Schuttemeier) Melbostad
Sheila (Olson) Merrell
Stephen Merrill
Pauline (Amundson) Miller
Paul Nelson
James Nordstrom
Susan Oertel
Joseph Olsen
Carol (Kershner) Olson
Lee Olson
Marlene (Mann) Petersen
Ronald Petersen
Steven Porth
Keith Rapp
Charlotte (Holmberg) Reckling
Stephen Rinderknecht
Joan (Heusel) Rowney
Kevin Sand
Cheryl (Kimball) Sasse
Debra (Unger) Sauke
Catherine Shaw
Todd Smith
Karen Smith-Emerson
Carol Solheim
Steven Sorenson
Karen (Crump) Spiegler
Robert Spiegler
John Strand
Larry Swalheim
Rolland Swanson
William Swetlik
James Symonds
Susan (Capretz) Symonds
Richard Theiler
Susan (Siekmann) Thompson
Diane (Baum) Thormodsgard
Charles Thurston
Karen (Worden) Tjossem
Robert Torgerson
Edward Tuecke
Judy Vopava
Jolene Vrchota
Norris Waalen
Mary Waarvik
Mary (O'Reilly) Walker
Susan (Groth) Walters
Tom Weingartner
David Weller
Janis (Ferguson) Weller
Arlivia (Owens) Williamson
Kristin (Dumas) Wilson
Constance (Langland) Witkowski
Cynthia (Cowell) Womeldorf
Diane (Detlefsen) Zaske
Richard Zaske
Judith (Henriksen) Zetterberg

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].