Class of 1979 Summer 2019 Letter

Summer 2019

Grace to you and peace from God, our loving parent, and Jesus, the Savior of us all, and the Holy Spirit, who guides us in all wise endeavors.

By now, I hope you have had a letter, a phone call, an email, a text, or some other communication with a member of our 40-year reunion committee. We are excited to be able to serve you in this way. Some of you have indicated that you will not be able to share in the reunion activities; others are making plans to be in Decorah (I’ve had my hotel reservations since December). If you are still on the fence, here’s what we know is happening (as chronologically as I can make it!):

Friday, October 4, 2:00 p.m. – Our first event is informal. We’ll use the trails around Decorah and explore the bike ways. Bring your own bike or rent one early from Decorah Bicycles (563-382-8209).

Then, at 6:30 p.m., the Alumni Dinner will be held in the Dahl Centennial Union. Class members Carl Stecker and Carol Tomer will receive Distinguished Service Awards. Cost is $30 per person to attend this event.

Finally, at 8:00 p.m. at the Courtyard and Cellar in downtown Decorah, a kick-off party will be held. A cohort of Nottingham Alumni are sponsoring the party. Mary (Swenson) Rettig and her husband David have graciously donated wine from their vineyard for this occasion; some of the rest of us are chipping in to provide munchies. Other refreshments will be available for you to purchase.

On Saturday, events kick into high gear. There are so many, you can’t possibly take them all in. There is the Homecoming Parade, the Sherman Hoslett Memorial Lecture in biology (Remember Chad Abernathey’s or Kevin Josephson’s lectures? Great experience!) The Ironside Distinguished Nursing Lecture will be given by Carl Stecker at 11:00 a.m. in the Noble-Jensen Recital Hall. Alumni Rugby, flag football, and swimming events are planned. The Luther vs.Central football game is at 1:00 p.m. Preus Library celebrates 50 years!

Later in the day, Steve Corson and Coach Jeff Wettach will be inducted into the Luther Athletic Hall of Fame. The ceremony is at 5:00 p.m. in the Jenson-Noble Recital Hall.

Our final event will be from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. at the De Novo Barn, a beautiful space owned by classmate Dave Jensen and his wife Jane. In the past, these events have been formal dinners. At the urging of our committee, Luther is experimenting with a different format for our reunion. To encourage more flexibility and opportunities for people to talk, we will be doing it in a reception style with hearty hors d’oeuvres. Last year’s class had 200 people in attendance and there was hardly room to move between the tables. We will be ditching most of the tables and opening up the floor for more movement. We will also feature a place to remember those who are no longer with us. The program for the evening will be short and occur when President Jenifer K. Ward makes her appearance at our gathering. Cost for the evening is $35 per person.

There is worship on Sunday and the Homecoming Concert in the afternoon to round out the weekend.

Reservations for all events can be done by mail by returning the enclosed form or online at

Most of all, it’s the stories that I love to hear. And you tell them in many and various ways. Marilyn Mylrea LeFeber has been instrumental in establishing a food bank in an old Lutheran church in her neighborhood. She and I worked on constitutions and by-laws for a student group while at Luther; she said it was a helpful experience as she waded through 501(c )(3) paperwork for the food bank!

I saw Kent Smith and his wife Lois Holz ’74 (Rhena’s sister) regularly when our children attended Iowa City West together. We shared the harried lives of show choir and theater parents. Scott and Kari (Schroeder) Broghamer attend the same church as I do. Their children are older than mine; it is always amazing to hear what they are doing.

David Faldet has told stories through his book about the Oneota (Upper Iowa) River Valley. Now he is telling a different story in the recently published King. Oneota Flow was a loving portrait of the area and reminded me of one of my favorite college texts A Sand County Almanac. King is that mystery I love to unravel. I can’t wait for his next book!

Tell your stories; share your good and bad news. Let people, especially your families, know what is important to you. You may not feel like you’ve done anything great, but your story can inspire others.

In service,

Richard Tiegs
1979 Class Agent
5 Chad Court
Coralville, IA 52241-3228
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