The 130th Anniversary Celebration was an incredibly enjoyable weekend. However, it had a bittersweet moment, as it also marked the end of Trudy van Luyn’s tenure as the German Club Mother. She and her husband, Robert “Dutch” van Luyn ‘62, were long-time residents of Blacksburg, but recently moved to the Richmond area to be closer to family members.

For the past 14 years, Trudy’s service to the Club and her presence at the Manor have been a welcome sight to both Club members and alumni. She became well known for her semi-annual German Club Etiquette Dinner, and recently hosted one of these events with over 35 Club members in preparation for the 130th reunion.

In February 2022, Trudy and Dutch were honored at the Manor by a large group of close friends. At the 130th Anniversary Welcome Reception, Trudy was presented with a book of letters, cards, and composites from alumni and students who were acquainted with her over the years.

The German Club and GCAF wish Trudy and Dutch all the best and express our deepest gratitude for her service to the German Club. We remember great times with them and look forward to seeing them again soon.