Class of 1986 Spring 2017 Letter

Spring 2017                                

Dear Member of the Class of 1986,

Greetings from Luther and happy spring semester! As I write to you today in early March, Luther students are nearing the end of the first half of the current term and likely thinking about spring break and a well-deserved change in routine. The Development Office is gearing up for Luther’s second Giving Day on March 9, which will be another fun day of sharing Luther love all over social media and raising money for the Annual Fund.

You probably heard the news about our beloved Weston Noble ’43, who died Dec. 21, 2016.  A celebration of his life will be held on campus at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 13, at the Center for Faith and Life, Main Hall.  More details about Weston’s life can be found in the Winter 2017 issue of the Luther Alumni Magazine and on Luther’s website.

While we’re on the subject of music, it was announced in January that Andrew Last ’97, assistant professor of music and conductor of Collegiate Chorale and Norsemen, has been appointed to the post of Nordic Choir conductor and director of choral activities at Luther. He will begin his new duties at the beginning of the 2017 fall semester.

You can read more about Andrew Last on Luther’s website, and you can find lots more as well, including students’ J-term course blogs and other course blogs, Alumni Office travel tours and events, links to alumni profiles, comparisons and rankings, life after Luther, etc. It’s easy to find web content that interests you at by clicking the search button next to the “info for” drop-down box at the top right of the page. Type in the word “news,” click on the search button, and you’ll get all of the Luther news, for your reading pleasure.

Attached to this letter is the list of all who made gifts to Luther in calendar year 2016. Thank you for your generosity! Did you know you can sign up for monthly giving to Luther? It’s a great way to ensure a gift is made each year. Those who make a gift at any level for three or more consecutive years become members of Luther’s Loyalty Society. Visit for more details. Regular giving to Luther is a great habit to cultivate!

Do you have memories of past Luther experiences you’d like to share? I’m sure our classmates would enjoy reading about them; send me your stories or share them on our class Facebook page at “Luther College Class of 1986!”

I’ll write again in the fall,

Alicia Anderson
[email protected]


Bill Kass is senior health inspector for the City of Minneapolis Health Department.

Martha (Stormo) McGrory is a pediatric nurse practitioner of craniofacial/plastic surgery at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare in St. Paul, Minn.

Jane (Dalen) Miller of Decorah was inducted into the St. James (Minn.) High School Athletic Hall of Fame.

The Annual Fund – make your gift today:
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.

Stephanie (Manson) Allaire
Alicia Anderson
Mark Anderson
Kari (Bergan) Baisden
William Barth
Diane (Davis) Barton
Carol (Brekke) Behm
Deborah Betsworth
Mark Birchard
Paul Blaisdell
Jennifer (Christensen) Boswell
Bonnie (Beutler) Brix
Cynthia (Yocum) Carolan
Robert Carr
John Carrington
Michael Clough
David Cotton
Michael Dorner
Laura Dotseth
Grace (Beard) Eichten
Peggy (Braun) Ellefsen
Laura Ellis
Gwen (Knight) Filer
Lisa (Schnoebelen) Fries
Chris Gade
Cheryl (Christopher) Gielau
Robert Gielau
Natalie (Luchterhand) Good
Ruth Granger
Matthew Grotnes
Maree Hampton
Barbara (Lande) Hanisch
James Hansen
Teresa (Palmquist) Hansen
Suellen Hanson
Kimberly (Bruce) Hazlett
Carolyn (Randecker) Hellyer
Amy (Walter) Hildebrandt
Pamela (Hansen) Hill
Jonathan Holt
Kathleen (Thronson) Hook
Joni Howland
Jeanne (Palmquist) Hulse
Kurt Hulse
Bruce Iverson
Michelle (Halse) Jennings
Lisa (Villarreal) Johnson
Jacqueline Johnson-Howell
Linda (Hesse) Judd
Steven Kaare
Judy Kittleson
Kevin Klepper
Anne Knutson
Brian Knutson
Holly (Greedy) Knutson
Mary (Lynch) Koukkari
Timothy Kunau
Jennifer (Carlson) Lembezeder
Ricky Lien
Kaia Long
David Meirick
Dennis Meirick
David Melby
Diane (Korte) Mikelsons
Bradley Miller
Jane (Dalen) Miller
Susan (Olson) Muench
Annette (Niemann) Musso
Carrie (Askew) Noonan
Margaret Nord
Jennifer Parker Wrzeszcz
David Peckham
Carol (Reiels) Pratt
David Pratt
David Reppe
Joyce (Hanson) Richert
Walter Roach
Stephan Sandness
Gina Sauer
Scott Sawyer
Susan Schaper
Jurgen Schroeder
Lauren (Riley) Schroeder
Charles Sena
Marcia Severseike Vetter
Valerie (Peno) Simays
Tina (Boyd) Sinnott
Angela (Erwin) Smith
Joseph Sweet
Denise (Wills) Thoen
Sarah Thompson Baird
James Thomsen
Ragna Urberg
Timothy Watson
JoLynn Wettach
Peggy (Roys) Whiteplume

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].