Class of 1976 Spring 2018 Letter

Spring 2018

Dear Classmate of 1976,

Well, another year... more memories... more years ahead!

Hopefully all are doing well and living a healthy and happy life. It is amazing how every year we add more memories to our world and hopefully meet more awesome people we can call friends. It is always great catching up with our very own classmates and meeting Luther alumni and students. Every time we see someone with a LUTHER shirt, cap, ring, etc. it’s like we are meeting FAMILY... our Luther family. 

We realize this is a spring letter, but it is being written in February. HA. We understand that the Minneapolis area just received about 10 inches of snow... while we are enjoying record setting temperatures here in sunny Florida. Retirement can be an awesome journey. However, Rod is recovering from total hip surgery as WE are writing this letter. All went well and we are extremely thankful for the doctors, nurses, and staff at Manatee Memorial Hospital in Bradenton, Florida.

One of our "jokes" here in Florida at the 55 and over community is the discussions in the hot tub... i.e. what joint replacements have you had, what medications are you on, and most importantly, where are the best HAPPY HOURS? Of course, every hour is Happy Hour.....

Wishing all of you a happy healthy life, we are part of the SKI (Spending Kids Inheritance) Club... Love Life.

The remainder of this letter includes updates on our awesome LUTHER COLLEGE...

Even though it may seem at times as though the Midwest is still in the middle of winter, we know spring is just around the corner. If this season has you daydreaming about taking a trip, you might get your fix by reading Luther students’ J-term blogs at This January, 286 students participated in one of Luther’s 17 programs around the globe, studying everything from choral singing in Namibia and South Africa, to religion and corporate culture in Japan, to entrepreneurship in Silicon Valley.

These experiences have profound impacts on students. As Izzy Michaud ’19, who studied environmental issues at Holden Village in the Pacific Northwest, writes, “My time at Holden has . . . renewed my faith in people and in God. It has allowed me to find parts of myself that I believed to be lost, and it has given me good courage for the journey ahead.” Experiences like Izzy’s are hallmarks in a Luther College student’s journey.

If a trip abroad or to Holden Village isn’t in your near future, remember, Decorah is also a great place to visit, especially in the spring/summer. Consider making plans to attend these upcoming events: the Oneota Film Festival, April 19-22 ( and Nordic Fest, July 26-28 ( Also, did you know there are two breweries in Decorah? Toppling Goliath ( and Pulpit Rock Brewing Co. ( have made Decorah a beer tourism destination! If you haven’t been to Decorah recently, be sure to check out for area hotels, B&Bs, coffee shops, restaurants, and shopping. 

Also, as many of you know, Thursday, March 8, was Luther’s third annual Giving Day! Thousands tuned in to an all-day livestream from Marty’s and joined the fun through social media. A whopping $478,193 was raised for the Luther Fund – wow! You can relive all the fun at

Finally, Luther’s Board of Regents voted in February to approve a new strategic plan: “Inspired. Empowered. Engaged.” The new plan, which will run through 2023, is designed to make Luther more dynamic and innovative in its support of the 21st-century liberal arts student. Expect to hear more about the exciting changes ahead as we take the plan from the concept phase into execution.

Thank you to all who supported Luther in 2017. Please consider supporting Luther students with a donation to the Luther Fund this year. Use the attached form and the reusable envelope or visit to give!

Best wishes for a happy, healthy spring season!

Rod and Geri (Grimm) Dirth
1976 Class Agents
651-660-0503; 952-215-7854
[email protected]
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Bradford J. Krambeer of Waukon, Iowa, died Sept. 2, 2017, age 67.

Full obituaries can be found on the Luther College website at:
If you would like a printout of the full obituaries from your class mailed to you, please contact us at:
[email protected], or 563-387-1509.