Class of 1976 Spring 2019 Letter

Spring 2019

Dear 1976 Classmates;

When you receive this letter it will be APRIL... as we write this letter there is a snowstorm in Minnesota and Iowa.. with frigid chill on the way... (writing this letter is late January). Rod and I are enjoying the wonderful world of retirement in our Florida home. Lots of golf, pickleball, pool time, and every hour is Happy Hour. Hoping all of your lives are filled with happiness in every hour, too.  

With that being said, we receive a motivational message every day and the last one we received relates to happiness.  ATTITUDE: I am sure many of you have seen this before but it is a great reminder on how our lives can be controlled with our ATTITUDE:

It stated: 

The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill. It will make or break a company, a church, a relationship, a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. WE cannot change our past... we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. THE only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and this is our attitude. Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it. 

This spring, Luther student musicians will be playing and singing at full tilt. Collegiate Chorale and Cathedral Choir tour the Midwest, and Jazz Orchestra sets out April 12 for a tour 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 Union ( 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.

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!

Luther classmates:  How is your attitude? We have a choice everyday!   Make it one that makes you proud to be YOU!!!  


Rod and Geri (Grimm) Dirth
1976 Class Agents
222 Pier Drive
Ruskin FL 33570
651-660-0503; 952-215-7854
[email protected]
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Dan England of Cape Coral, Fla., is retired.

Dee Gajewsky retired from Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency in Webster City, Iowa, after 32 years as a school social worker working with challenging behavior students.


David Bruce Muether of Decorah died July 17, 2018, age 66.

The full obituary of the classmate listed in this letter can be found on the Luther College website at:

If you would like a printout of the obituary listed above in its 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]