Harold LeVander ’32 Inducted 1986

Football and Track & Field

Harold   LeVander

Harold LeVander came to Gustavus after demonstrating both athletic and academic excellence at Watertown High School of Watertown, Minnesota, earning nine athletic Ietters, and attaining recognition as an orator, public speaker, and debater. While at Gustavus, LeVander earned three letters in football and four in track. He set the state coilegiate record in high hurdles while a senior and in that same year, finished first in high hurdles, third in pole vault, and third in low hurdles at the MIAC Conference meet.
Amidst lots of practices, LeVander also competed with the college debate team, joined a fraternity, and served as student council president his sophomore and junior years. In addition, he served as class president in his freshman and senior years. After receiving his B.A. from Gustavus in 1932, he went on to the University of Minnesota Law School where he received his LLB in 1935. In 1967, after a thirty-two year career as an attorney, educator, civic leader and churchman, LeVander was sworn in as the 32nd Governor of the State of Minnesota after having received with the highest vote total ever by a Republican up to that point. Upon concluding his term, he rejoined the law firm of LeVander, Gillen, Miller and Magnuson in South St. Paul. Gov. LeVander, who died in 1992 was survived by his wife, Iantha, and their three children, Hap, Jean, and Dyan, all of whom attended Gustavus.