Jack Colvard ’56 Inducted 2002
John "Jack" Colvard was a key player on the Gus Young-coached basketball teams that won three straight conference championships in 1954, 1955, and 1956. An all-city, all-conference, and all-region selection at St. Paul's Humboldt High School, the 6'5" forward lettered all four years at Gustavus, earning a reputation as a rugged rebounder who played "bigger" than he already was. He was a three-year starter on teams that went 23-9, 22-7, and 20-9. In his sophomore season, he averaged 11.7 points per game while playing alongside All-Americans Jim Springer and John Patzwald. In his junior and senior seasons, he became one of the "go to" guys in big games against such teams as Hamline, Western Kentucky, Tennessee A&I, Texas Southern, Beloit, and Western Illinois.
A business major at the College, Colvard went on to Northwestern College of Chiropractic in Minneapolis, where he earned a doctor of chiropractic degree in 1959. He established the West St. Paul Chiropractic Clinic in 1964, where he remained in private practice until retiring in 1997. He has been active in the Minnesota Chiropractic Association, serving on its peer review committee, chairing its ethics and jurisprudence committees, and being named to its board of directors. The association awarded him its Distinguished Services Award in 1987. In 1994 Governor Arne Carlson appointed him to Minnesota's Board of Chiropractic Examiners. The parents of two daughters, Colvard and his wife, Sharon, now live in Eagan, Minnesota.