Class of 1982 Fall 2017 Letter

 Fall 2017

Happy Fall!

Just a few weeks ago, many of our class were on campus for our 35-year reunion. We tasted the Class of 1982 beer at Pulpit Rock Brewery, where we met to watch the Homecoming Parade together. We shopped at the Luther bookstore to update our Luther gear. On Saturday night, we met up at the Steyer Opera House in the Hotel Winneshiek for our dinner and a fun time.

The Reunion Committee did such a great job planning the party. Many thanks to Lynn Mickelson Dwyer and Karen DeBauche for organizing the door prizes. Thanks to Judy (Eide) Knowler for creating and donating all of the beautiful Luther centerpieces and decorations. Thanks to Kari Hampton for being in charge of the set up at Pulpit Rock Brewery. Thanks to David Crowe for creating the music playlist of 80s hits we listened to all night. Thanks to Dawn Deines-Christensen for donating Luther-themed prayer pebbles for everyone to have. Thanks to Marsha (Weckwerth) Olch for organizing the Class of ’82 bike ride, even though it had to be cancelled due to rain. Thanks to Kris Tostengard Michel for the wonderful prayer before our meal. Thanks to the entire Reunion Committee for donating the money to rent the photo booth for the evening and for doing all of the other small and large tasks behind the scenes to make the reunion a success—Sue (Livingston) English, Barbara (Tostenrud) Garrett, Stuart Geiger, Jone (McDonald) Johnson, Joy Meyer-David, Dave Ray, Edye (Gausman) Ray, Marilee Torres, and Phil Wold.  Even though he is in the Class of ’81, thanks to Pete Espinosa, and his master brewers for making a Class of ’82 beer at Pulpit Rock when I approached him about it last year. Thanks to Kris Gregersen for donating nice glassware as a thank you to everyone on the Reunion Committee.

Thanks to David “Chip” Norris for being the emcee of the evening and for Marsha (Weckwerth) Olch, Chip, Doug Kintzinger, and Bruce and Kari (Nottleson) Shatzer for offering to match funds for the $82,000.82 Challenge. We ended up raising $210,953.20 and 34.58 percent of our class has participated so far. It is an amazing accomplishment. Thank you so much for your donation and for continuing to support Luther College.

Fun Fact:  Our class lifetime giving is: $2,830,568 and since graduation, 82 percent of our class has made a gift to Luther at least once. I love that number: 82 percent. Wow. Thank you.

If you’d still like to contribute, you can!  Just go online to In just a few keystrokes, you can make your donation and still have it count in our 35th reunion gift and be matched dollar-for-dollar as well. 

At our reunion, I announced that although it has been my honor to be your class agent for the past 25 years, I am ready to retire and allow someone else to have the fun. I would be happy to pass along this task. I won’t retire until I have found a replacement, so please email Mariah Bringer Smith, [email protected], for more information. It’s a lot of fun being the class agent. Please think about it.

I look forward to hearing from you so I can include your news update in the spring letter, and please consider emailing me about being our next class agent.

Katie Hanson                                             
1982 Class Agent
Phone:  563-388-8702
[email protected]


David Evensen of North Las Vegas, Nev., is general manager for Tectonics.

Laurie (Peterson) Jeddeloh is director of pastoral care at Sky Ridge Medical Center in Lone Tree, Colo. She received the 2016 Outstanding Local Leadership Award from the Association of Professional Chaplains.

Mark Johnson is senior IT project manager at Express Scripts Holding Company in Bloomington, Minn.

Gaone Masire of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, visited Frieda (Amunyela) ’85 and Usko Shivute ’82 in Windhoek, Namibia, last December.

Julie (Klausen) Moe of Eagan, Minn., is the patient care supervisor for Fairview Health Services in the Hiawatha and Highland Park Clinics as well as Highland Park Urgent Care.

David “Chip” Norris is group president for Alerus in Minnetonka, Minn.

Julie (Kremer) Phillips is broker and assistant team leader for Keller Williams Realty Treasure Coast in Stuart, Fla.

David Ray of Custer, Wis., is attorney and top legal counsel for Portage County, Wis.

Beth Shepard is associate archivist for Weill Cornell Medicine in New York City.

Mark Steege is president of Titan Developments & Investments in Rochester, Minn. He is also on the boards of the Rochester Downtown Alliance and the Rochester Family Y.

Tom Vix retired as a high school science teacher at Rushford-Peterson School in Rushford, Minn. Vix was also the basketball coach for the school, and led the teams to a record of 659-230, 15 visits to state tournaments and three championships in 1989, 2006, and 2015. He was inducted into the Minnesota High School Basketball Hall of Fame and is considered a legend in the world of high school sports. Tom and his wife, Judy, live just outside of Houston, Minn., where they farm and manage Cushon’s Peak Campground.


JOEL MARTINSON and David Reece, Oct. 29, 2016.