The Orville Dahl Society

Orville Dahl

"Let us both be practical and visionary. Let us be both humble and courageous, changing crisis to victory, changing problems to opportunities, and contributions into investments. With such a spirit we cannot fail...without such a spirit there is no point in succeeding." - Orville Dahl

What began as a dream of a Lutheran college in Southern California became reality through the effective leadership of Dr. Orville Dahl, California Lutheran University's founding president. In the words of a later president, Dr. Luther Luedtke, Dr. Dahl "was a man of extraordinary faith, courage and leadership who envisioned a great institution of Christian higher education where others saw only chicken coops and fields of dirt."

The Orville Dahl Society gives everyone the opportunity to carry on Dr. Dahl's work. Membership in the society is open to all who have made some form of estate or deferred gift commitment of any amount to Cal Lutheran.

If you believe that you qualify for membership or would like information on how to become a member of the Orville Dahl Society, please call the Development Programs Office  at 805-493-3837.

Membership benefits include:

  • Orville Dahl Society Membership Pin
  • Special invitations to campus cultural and educational events
  • Personal assistance with campus visits and other requests