John Feldman ’75 Inducted 1997
Football, Track & Field, and Wrestling
After starring in football and track at Rochester Junior College, John Feldmann was convinced by assistant football coach and head track and field coach, Tom Hosier, to continue his education and athletic career at Gustavus in 1972.
During his two years in St. Peter, Feldmann became one of the most successful track and field athletes in Gustavus history. In 1973, Feldmann won the long jump, the pole vault and the triple jump at the conference meet and was named the Most Valuable Performer of the meet by the MIAC track coaches. He then went on to finish 10th in the long jump at the NAIA Track and Field Championships.
At the completion of his track career, Feldmann held school records in the long jump, the triple jump and the pole vault. While two of his three records have since fallen, his long jump record of 23' 3/4" still stands 25 years later. In addition to his track success, Feldmann wrestled for the Gusties as well as starting at defensive back on the football team.
After graduating with an art major in 1975, John taught art at Bloomington Jefferson High School for one year. He then worked in construction until 1987 when he accepted a position at the St. Peter Security Hospital. He has served as a security counselor at the security hospital for the past ten years. Feldmann, who lives in rural St. Peter, is the father of two daughters, Kelsey and Karissa.