James Anderson ’56 Inducted 1995
Track & Field
Jim Anderson's track and field career at Gustavus began in his freshman year when Coach Lee Krough timed him running the 100 yard dash in ten seconds flat in a physical education class. Krough convinced Anderson to come out for the track team where he became one of the premier sprinters in school history.
Anderson excelled in the 440 yard dash where he was undefeated and conference champion in both 1953 and 1954. His time of 48.5 seconds at the MIAC Championships in 1954 stood as the school record until 1969 and it is still the second fastest effort in school history. Anderson was also the anchor of the mile relay team that claimed MIAC titles in 1953 and 1954.
After graduating with a degree in English, Anderson taught and coached in Minnetonka, followed by a two-year stint in the Anny. He then worked with Coronet Educational Films for 12 years where he became vice president for sales. Anderson then started his own company in Dallas, Texas, focusing on education, training, and agricultural markets in the Southwest, Central America and the Caribbean. Anderson's wife,
Dr. Betty Anderson, worked with him in his company until last year when she died of cancer. Jim has five chiidren.