Foundation named Charter Member of 1973 Society at Wisconsin Lutheran College


Milwaukee, Wis. — Wisconsin Lutheran College (WLC) recently established the 1973 Society to recognize the extraordinary support from supporters who have given $50,000 or more to support WLC’s mission since founding the college. Since 1989 the A. O. Smith Foundation has supported the WLC.

“Words cannot fully express how transformational your support of WLC has been — and continues to be.  We have established the 1973 Society as a way to publicly thank and acknowledge you for your generous support throughout the years,” said Dr. Daniel W. Johnson, president of Wisconsin Lutheran College, in a letter thanking the Foundation.

As a lifetime member of the 1973 Society, the A. O. Smith Foundation will receive:

  • Recognition on a campus display and in the WLC Annual Donor Report
  • Invitations to special events
  • Updates from President Johnson throughout the year
  • A keepsake 1973 Society lapel pin

In 1973 a handful of dedicated Christian men organized the WLC, an independent, residential, liberal arts college in Milwaukee. Consistently ranked as one of America's Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report, WLC serves nearly 1,200 traditional undergraduate, adult, and graduate students through its on-campus, on-location, and online programming. The college, which prepares students for lives of Christian leadership, is recognized for its academic excellence and superior student experience. For more information about the WLC visit

The A. O. Smith Foundation is celebrating its 60th anniversary throughout 2015.  The Foundation is committed to make the communities in which A. O. Smith has operations better places to live and work. It achieves this by partnering with and supporting higher education, cultural and social welfare, medical research, and improved health services.