Sven Langsjoen ’48 Inducted 1981
Basketball and Football
Sven "Beanie" Langsjoen '48 lettered four years in both football and basketball, and graduated summa cum laude. He was a star halfback on the '45 and '46 championship football teams and was named All-Conference both of those years. From July '44 to November '45 he was a member of the Navy V-12 unit stationed at Gustavus and was a regular on the '45 championship basketball team although it was not recognized as such by the conference because of wartime regulations. He was awarded the Schleuder Medal for excellence in athletics, scholarship, and leadership in '47, and the Myrum Key for the highest grade-point average of graduating senior athletes in '48.
He received his M.A. from Univ. of Wisconsin, an M.F.S. from Univ. of Maryland, and a Ph.D. from Univ. of Wisconsin. He taught at St. Olaf College prior to joining the staff at Gustavus in 1958. While at Gustavus, he was Professor of German and chair of the Department of Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures.
Beanie and his wife Miriain had a son, Thomas '73, and daughter, Laura.