Walter (HS'51, HSU'52) & Greg Posehn (HS'78)
Did You Know?
Students admitted to Luther College are not required to be Lutheran or Christian. By welcoming students of all faiths and religious backgrounds, Luther College enjoys a richly diverse student body.
Luther graduates have gone on to universities such as Harvard, Oxford, Pennsylvania State, McGill, Queen’s and other renowned educational institutions throughout Canada, North America and the world.
The Tuck Shop for snacks was at the bottom of the south stairs going to what is now the cafeteria. The legendary beans in a cone were considered a healthier & cheaper alternative to what students purchased across the street at the Aintree.
The International Baccalaureate provides an enriched curriculum that both covers and extends beyond regular Saskatchewan curricula in its depth and detail. It emphasizes the development of the necessary critical skills that university-bound students need to master: reflecting, inquiring, thinking, analyzing and evaluating.
Did you know there is a 3rd floor to the boy's dorm? It was traditionally assigned to upper level students who were more mature & responsible. Students who lived up there in the 1940’s confessed, in hushed tones, to having a radio when those devices were against school policy.
Luther College High School is recognized as one of the four best university preparatory schools in western Canada with as many as 96% of Luther graduates pursuing post-secondary educations.
The choral tradition at Luther began in 1914. In addition to in-school performances, the choir has shared its ministry of music with many congregations across Canada and has performed regularly on local and national radio and television shows, at contests and festivals.
When the College was first looking to relocate from Melville to Regina, it considered land at College & Winnipeg, College & Broad, and 23rd & Albert, finally settling on 18 acres of land on the west end of property owned by Government House, now called Royal Street.
Walter (HS'51, HSU'52) & Greg Posehn (HS'78)
Walter Posehn (HS’51, HSU’52) grew up near Kronau, Saskatchewan during the Depression and war times. When he came to Luther in the fall of 1947, Walter recognised his good fortune. Not everyone his age enjoyed the privilege of pursuing academics. This realisation and his Luther experience influenced Walter throughout his life and likely inspired his philanthropic nature.
After completing his first year of university at Luther in 1952, Walter attended the University of Regina to become a chemical engineer. For the next twenty-two years, he worked across Canada in Regina, Calgary, Fort St John, and British Columbia as well as working abroad in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. In 1978, he left the oil business to become a full-time farmer, taking over his wife Jean’s family farm near Lorlie, Saskatchewan. This gave him the opportunity to care for Jean, who dealt with health issues in her later years until she passed away in 2003.
Walter’s spirit of caring and thoughtful ways of planning for the future extended to Luther. For many years he loyally supported the College. In later times, Walter created a charitable remainder trust to benefit Luther.
A charitable remainder trust is an arrangement where a donor places a sum of money into an irrevocable trust. While the donor is alive, any income from the trust is typically paid to the donor. After the donor’s death, the money or assets left in the trust are transferred to the registered charity appointed by the donor.
When Walter passed away in 2010, all the funds in his charitable trust came to Luther College. With the blessing of his family, Walter’s gift provided an important boost to our A Time to Build project.
Gregory Posehn (HS’78) has followed in his father’s footsteps. When his parents decided to move to Saudi Arabia in 1976, Greg had just completed grade 10 in Calgary, Alberta. The family had to decide where Greg would finish the last two years of high school. They considered a number of options, including Switzerland and London UK but in the end it seemed only natural that Greg enrol at Luther College High School in Regina, Saskatchewan.
Living at Luther opened Greg’s eyes to what was going on in the world outside of his own experience. Luther became a home for him, providing comfort and security as well as intellectual stimulation. Greg recalls fond memories of fun with fellow students and the daily filing into chapel as well as his weekly laundry routine and coffee hang-out at the Paddock with fellow dormers. The annual musical productions nurtured his lifelong appreciation for music.
Greg appreciates the valuable experiences he had at Luther, such as learning how to interact with other students from varying backgrounds. He credits Luther with preparing him to work with, understand and successfully relate to others.
After graduating from Luther in 1978, Greg attended the University of Saskatchewan where he studied Finance and Economics. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts, he continued his studies and obtained a Master’s degree in Economics as well as an MBA from the College of Commerce. Today Greg works as a portfolio manager with CIBC.
Greg also carries on his father’s legacy of valuing community and like Walter, has made careful philanthropic plans. Motivated largely by his father, Greg established the Posehn Foundation in 2006 through the Investors Group. Since then, the Foundation helped to create and fund the Posehn Choral Leadership Award at the High School (see inset) and provide support for the A Time to Build campaign.
Greg is a modest, unassuming nice guy. Those who knew his father would say that Walter demonstrated the same characteristics before leaving his mortal coil. Both are legacy champions, whose plans shape the lives of many Luther students – past, present and future.