John Oist ’43 Inducted 1991
Baseball, Basketball, and Tennis
In the difficult years during World War II, John "Chic" Oist distinguished himself as a versatile athlete who could move from the baseball diamond to the tennis court with equal grace. But Oist's real strength was on the basketball court, where he won three letters. Oist's skills and dedication were rewarded his senior season when he was named to the 1943 all-MIAC squad at guard.
After graduation, Oist entered the military and served as part of the Allied invasion force at Normandy. Upon his rerurn to Minnesota, he taught and coached at Cloquet High School until 1961. The following year, he accepted a new teaching/coaching position in Palmdale, Calif., where he worked until refiring in 1987. When he wasn't coaching, Oist officiated high school and college football games and served as an assistant golf pro at Desert Aire Golf Club in Palmdale. During the summer months, he worked as head pro at Big Lake Golf Club near Cloquet.
Today, Oist and his wife, Patricia, live in Cloquet, where he enjoys hunting, fishing and golfing. The couple has a daughter, Linda Kunze, and two stepchildren, Kenneth Young and Debi Cooke.