J. David Nordstrom ’59 Inducted 1999

Swimming & Diving

J. David Nordstrom

One of the premier swimmers in the golden era of Gustavus swimming in the mid-'50s, Dave Nordstrom was a three-time MIAC champion in the breast stroke and a key member of MIAC Championship teams in 1956, 1957, 1958, and 1959. He was the MIAC Champion in the 200 yard breast stroke in 1957 and 1958 and then claimed the 100 yard breast stroke title in 1959. While the Gusties were dominating conference competition during Nordstrom's tenure they were also making quite a splash on the national scene as they were competing against the likes of the University of Texas, the University of Houston, the University of Minnesota, the University of Georgia, Columbia University and Illinois State. The Gusties defeated their major college opponents from Houston and Illinois State and tied Columbia. Nordstrom's school records in the 100 and 200 yard breast stroke stood for almost 20 years and his pool records remained intact until the Alumni Hall Pool was closed in 1984. He was chosen by his teammates to receive the Hedin Trophy, which is given to the most valuable swimmer, in both his sophomore and senior seasons and he served as captain of the team his senior year.
Nordstrom, who graduated with a major in chemistry, went on to receive a doctorate in chemistry at the University of Iowa. He has spent the majority of his professional career with Ford Motor Company and DuPont Industries developing automotive coatings. He has registered 30 U.S. patents and recently received a prestigious award from DuPont for meritorious service and outstanding contributions to the automotive coatings industry. Dave lives in Huntington Woods, Michigan, with his wife, Marie. They have four children, Andrea, Paul, Kristin, and Tim.