Russell Lund Family Inducted 1998
The Russell T. Lund family has been exceptionally committed and generous to Gustavus Adolphus College for many years. Russell, Rhoda, and Patiricia Lund all served in leadership positions on the Gustavus Board of Trustees and were principal supporters of programs ranging from the Annual Nobel Conferences, Gustavus Library Associates, and student scholarships.
This evening we honor in particular the family's long affiliation with and support of athletics at the College through the building of the Lund Center. Beginning with the construction of the Lund Arena for ice hockey in 1976, Lund Center evolved into the primary venue for a number of major college sports serving many hundreds of student athletes each year and became the benchmark by which institutions planning similar indoor facilities have measured themselves since 1985.
In addition to the 23 intercollegiate teams that train or compete in Lund Center, this outstanding facility provides recreational and health maintenance opportunities for thousands of other students, employees, and members of the Saint Peter community.
Lund Center has helped to ensure that Gustavus would have one of the premier intercollegiate sports programs in the nation. The physical health of the Gustavus community and the entire athletic program of the college, both intercollegiate and intramural, are greatly indebted to members of the Lund family for their vision, their dedication, and their generous support over more than three decades.