Spring 2020

Dear Members of the Class of 1968,
Like colleges all over the country (and the world), Luther College is experiencing a spring semester like no other. Our students are participating in remote learning, connecting with their professors and classmates online. It certainly isn't the spring semester we imagined, but Luther is responding with resiliency and creativity.
Many of us are making adjustments, sometimes daily or even hourly, to these uncertain times but we wanted to connect with you and to send you Len's letter that he wrote to you, the Class of 1968, just weeks before we became immersed in the COVID-19 pandemic. We think you'll enjoy reading what he has to share, knowing, of course, that any events referenced may have been cancelled or postponed.
Especially now, gifts to the Luther Fund can make a big difference in supporting students as they navigate all that's ahead. If you can ,   I hope you will consider making a gift today.

We hope you and your loved ones are safe and healthy during these times. For updated information about Luther's response to the pandemic, visit luther.edu.

Many thanks for your steadfast love and support.
Mariah Bringer Smith ‘95
Director of Development, Current Gifts
Greetings, Class of '68,
I am writing his letter to you on Tuesday, March 16, coincidentally, the due date to submit my letter to the Alumni Office at LC. This date, normally cushioned between the Ides of March and the St. Patrick’s revelry, has taken on a new and disturbingly more uncomfortable tone this year. We are surrounded by news, updates, warnings, and effects of the rapidly growing coronavirus, COVID-19. I know that it takes some time for this letter to be edited, processed, and made readable to you, and that by the time you receive this mailing, the current situation will have changed – hopefully, for the better. I sincerely wish for you to be safe, healthy, protected, and free from this virus or any other harmful disease that might be out there. Our lives will be different for a while, and we need to all take care of ourselves and each other and trust our medical and scientific world to bring us through this safely. So, in the meantime, wash your hands, lower the curve, and be safe.

You have probably been saturated with coronavirus advice for now, so how about some Luther news? If you have not been to the Luther website recently, there is some pretty cool stuff there you may want to check out:

·    A community blog , Ideas and Creations is a podium for the Luther community to ask questions, offer ideas, or comment on what is on your mind. Check it out and enjoy scanning the writings.

·    A new partnership with Northeast Iowa Community College, NICC, has been established for social work students to follow their study at NICC with two years of follow-up at Luther for an enhanced degree program.

·    And, in what could not possibly be a more timely program, a new global health program will be launched in the fall of this year.

As always, I want to thank you for your support to LC and for the opportunity for me to continue to serve as your class agent. When you have questions, comments, gripes, or advice, remember that I will always listen and offer whatever assistance I may have available.

Best Wishes and Soli Deo Gloria,
Len Bruce
1968 Class Agent
516 Brown Street
Bettendorf, IA 52722-4623

Bob Sathe of Cincinnati was elected to serve on the Council of Trustees of the Horizon Community Funds of Northern Kentucky.


Phyllis (Holm) Leslie of San Francisco died Sept. 16, 2019, age 97.

Gerald “Pastor Pete” L. Petersen of Elkhorn, Wis., died Dec. 1, 2018, age 72.