Spring 2020

Dear Members of the Class of 1974,
 
Like colleges all over the country (and the world), Luther College has just wrapped up a spring semester like no other. Our students participated in remote learning, connecting with their professors and classmates online and on Sunday, May 24, we celebrated the Class of 2020 with a virtual commencement . It certainly wasn't the spring semester we imagined, but the Luther community responded with resiliency and creativity.
 
Many of us are making adjustments, sometimes daily or even hourly, to these uncertain times but we wanted to be sure to connect with you and to send you Barb and Mike's letter. We think you'll enjoy reading what they have written to your class.
 
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
Dear fellow classmates,

Mike Voltmer and Barb Westre here - writing to you as your new Class Agents. We thank the 45-year reunion attendees for unanimously voting us in! Our first line of business is to thank Sue Ness Johnson and Julie Wall for their years of dedicated service as our former Class Agents. Job well done and very much appreciated! 

Mike and Barb met on January 18, 2020, in Cozumel, Mexico. We are sorry none of you got the memo of the meeting. We discussed plans for our 50-year Luther reunion that will be here before we know it (October 2024 - SAVE THE DATE). Hopefully COVID-19 will be extinct by then! 

Perspective from Mike, who lives in Decorah: Luther is a different place because of the nation's response to COVID-19. As you know, classes have been suspended and online distance learning is the new normal. The parking lots at the Field House and Preus Library are empty of cars, there are no spring sports to watch, and groups of students walking to the downtown during the spring warm weather are nowhere to be seen. That doesn't mean nothing is going on. Professors are busy working to find the best methods of distance learning, the facilities are being properly maintained, and the campus grounds have never looked better. Decorah is not the same without the students. It's not just the economic impact but the vibrancy it brings to the community that is sorely missed. 

Perspective from Barb, who lives in St Louis: I reflect on 50 years ago...as most of us were celebrating our high school graduations. We were looking forward to starting our college days at Luther. And now, so many Luther students are not being able to experience those joyful days like we did. Our hearts go out to them as they experience a whole new way of Luther life. 

As Luther alumni, we must continue to provide support to our alma mater. We hope you will consider making continued donations to Luther to keep LUTHER STRONG! 
Mark your calendar for October 2024 so we can have the biggest 50-year Luther Reunion turnout in the history of Luther!!! 
Mike Voltmer
PO Box 462
2806 College Drive
Decorah, IA 52101
563-382-0865
Barb Westre
3 Westwood Country Club
Saint Louis, MO 63131
314-495-8458

CLASS NOTES

Stephanie Hoff , now of Decorah, retired from her position as the Iowa Administrative Code editor.
 

OBITUARIES
 
Anthony Alan “Tony” Buechler of Pewaukee, Wis., died Oct. 4, 2019, age 67.
 
Linda Louise (Gisvold) Schwitzer of Minnetonka, Minn., died Sept. 26, 2019, age 67.