Donald Anderson ’38 Inducted 1980

Basketball, Football, and Track & Field

Donald   Anderson

Donald V. Anderson 30 played left end and did the punting on the starting eleven in football for the state championship teams of 1935, 1936 and 1937. He was also named All-State in 1937. Don lettered three years in track as a shot putter. In addition, he played guard on the starting five in basketball for four years, was team captain from 1936-38, and was named All-State in 1938. Gustavus defeated Hamline in 1938 to tie for the Conference Championship. After this game, the team left for Mexico City to play in the International Basketball Tournament. The Gusties placed second in a field, which included four teams from the U.S. and four teams from Mexico.

Don coached football, basketball, and track from 1938- 40 in Clarkfield and his team was football conference champs in 1939. He coached football and track and taught phy. ed. at Alexandria from 1940-43 and at Spring Valley from 1943- 45. His Spring Valley football team won the conference championship in 1944.

He operated a restaurant in Hayfield from 1945-51 before traveling in Washington and Oregon selling Red Wing Shoes to retailers from 1952-77, Don retired from Red Wing Shoe Co. in 1977 and now owns and three Red Wing Shoe stores in the Portland, Oregon, area.

He and his wife Jean have five children and seven grandchildren and live in Portland.