Class of 1958 Fall 2019 Letter

Fall 2019

Dear '58 Luther Classmates,

Soli Deo Gloria is very appropriate everyday and especially as a person is honored to be one year older!  Remember that last year, 2018, was our 60-year anniversary from graduating from Luther College!  Onward we go and privileged to live and be a part of this life which God has given to us!

It promises to be an exciting year for Luther.  In November, the college inaugurated its eleventh president, Dr. Jenifer K. Ward.  President Ward joins the Luther community with more than three decades of experience, as an educator, scholar, and academic leader after serving most recently, as provost and dean of the college at Centenary College in Shreveport, Louisiana.  Prior to joining Centenary, President Ward served in several leadership roles at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, Washington, including dean of the college, interim provost, and associate provost.  She was also a faculty member at Gustavus Adolphus College, where she taught German.

In a message to the Luther community, President Ward, said, "Our work together must be strategic, collaborative, creative, and - most importantly - must articulate what it means to be both grounded in Decorah, Iowa with a face to the world, and set goals for how we can adapt Luther's past and present for a sustainable future."

A self-described extrovert and lover of art, film, and literature, President Ward started her duties at Luther July 1, and her official inauguration took place November 1-3. 

You can learn more about President Ward - including her thoughts on food, art, Twitter, Decorah, and higher ed - on Luther's You Tube channel, then search "Luther College President Ward" or in the fall issue of the Luther Magazine:

Thank you to all of you for still remembering Luther in many areas, including financial aid and talking to our friends/community about the wonderful world of Luther in Decorah, Iowa!  We as alumni can play a direct role with the Admissions Office in recruiting the next generation of Luther students.  Every student referred receives a $1,000 scholarship each year, for four years, should they decide to enroll at Luther.  More info:   Also, make use of the

Please keep in mind that Christmas at Luther takes place December 5-8.  This year's theme is Whom Angels Greet with Anthems Sweet.  Luther would be happy to see you there!  Homecoming will not be possible for us to attend this year since our grandson has his wedding that very weekend, but we do plan to attend the Christmas concert!  Roger and I have now been married 60 years, which is wonderful to think about since we met at Luther. Thank you, LUTHER COLLEGE!  It would be fun to hear from you all and let us know how many years for you!  Hope to see you sometime at Luther!

We especially enjoyed the Dorian Camps for students this summer. Our granddaughters each attended a Dorian Camp this June. Since Thea is a sophomore, she was in the high school age camp and Tova in the middle school age camp. We drove to each concert and thoroughly enjoyed hearing the many youth involved! Luther is now holding a Dorian Choral Retreat for adults also.

Another informative site is Tuesday, which is available on line  It is published for faculty and staff and has many announcements and events included.  August 28 the faculty and staff were invited to a branding workshop, community lunch and annual Service of Dedication.  It was for a day of building community and celebrating the beginning of the academic year.

Please consider supporting Luther College in its many concerns and offerings!  Each of us is very important in continuing the spirit and life of Luther College. Hope to see you soon!  Let us all know of your life stories! 

Soli Deo Gloria,

Marilyn Sorlien Skatrud
1958 Class Agent
2108 Concord Trail
Eau Claire, WI 54703


Carl R. Rognholt of Richland Center, Wis., died April 5, 2019, age 88.

The full obituary of the classmate listed above 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 563-387-15