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Thursday, January 5

DEATH OBITUARY : Elwin Farwell, Former Luther College president dies

Elwin Farwell, Luther's sixth president, died at home in Decorah this morning. We extend our deepest sympathy to the Farwell family and his many friends. President Farwell's legacy lives on at Luther College.

"President Farwell was a kind and gracious man who loved Luther College. He transformed the college during his nearly 20 years as president, and the Luther community is forever grateful for his visionary leadership," said Luther president Paula Carlson.

People are paying tribute on social media.


Dear Luther community,
I write to share sad news: President Emeritus Elwin Farwell died at home in Decorah this morning at the age of 98. President Farwell was Luther's sixth president, serving from 1963 to 1981, during a time of great change for the college and the nation.
President Farwell was a kind and gracious man who loved Luther College. He transformed the college during his nearly twenty years as president, and the Luther community is forever grateful for his visionary leadership.
Funeral arrangements are pending at Fjelstul Funeral Home.
God bless the memory of Elwin Farwell.
Paula J. Carlson
President.


Shedding some tears in Decorah today, friends. Dr. Farwell entered the church triumphant today. He was a visionary leader, a humble servant and a good friend. Soli Deo Gloria.


First Lutheran Church
May the light of Christ shine perpetually on this good and faithful servant. Funeral arrangements are tentatively scheduled for Monday, May 8 at 10:00 a.m. at First Lutheran.

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