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Alumni & Friends: In Memoriam


In Memoriam is regularly included in the Epistle magazine. We will periodically publish special notices here.


Nick Spehar, our colleague and friend, died on July 7

Nick Spehar

Nick had worked at LSTC, tending the building and grounds since November 1967. Nick’s ministry encompassed much more than his official duties. With his sense of humor and always present smile, he made everyone feel welcome at LSTC.

A wake was be held Wednesday, July 11, 3 – 9 p.m. at Michael Coletta Sons Funeral Home/Blake Lamb Bridgeport Funeral Home, 544 West 31st Street, Chicago. The funeral service was held Thursday, July 12 at 10 a.m. at St. Jerome Croatian Catholic Church, 2823 South Princeton Avenue, Chicago.

A service of prayer and remembrance was held at LSTC on July 9. A memorial service at LSTC is being planned for early fall.



L. Dale Lund

L. Dale Lund, (Augustana, 1945, M.Div.) who served as the first dean of faculty at LSTC died on July 14 at the age of 93. As dean from 1965-68, he oversaw the shaping of the school’s curriculum and integration of a combined faculty. In 1968 he was elected president of Midland Lutheran College and served for 13 years. Read more


Randall Lee

Randall Lee, (Christ Seminary-Seminex, 1982, M.Div.; 1983 S.T.M.; LSTC, 1985, Th.M.; 1992, S.T.D.) who was assistant vice president of development at LSTC in the 1980s, died on July 4. He went on to serve as the executive assistant to the ELCA secretary and as ELCA Director of Ecumenical Affairs and Inter-religious Relations. Read more


Todd Murken

Todd Murken (1985, M.Div.; 1998, Ph.D.), pastor of Holden Lutheran Church, Mt. Morris and Wild Rose, Wis., died July 7 from injuries sustained in a bicycling accident. Read more


Ruth VanDemark

Pastor Ruth VanDemark died on June 23, 2012, from metastatic breast cancer. She had served Wicker Park Lutheran Church in Chicago since 1999. She helped rebuild the church – both the building and the congregation -- during her years there. Read more


George W. Carlson

The Rev. Dr. George W. Carlson, 84, died peacefully at hisSan Diego home surrounded by family on November 13, 2011. Read more


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