Eugene Payne ’51 Inducted 1988

Football and Track & Field

Eugene   Payne

Gene Payne began his athletic career at Gustavus as a freshman quarter miler on the 1948 track team. He decided quickly, however, that his speed could be put to better use on the gridiron than on the cinder track. Gene entered the Gustie backfield as a halfback on Coach Lloyd Hollingsworth's 1948 team, becoming an integral part of a successful 7-1-1 campaign and a second-place finish (4-1) in the MIAC. Over the next two seasons, the Gusties amassed a total record of 17-2, with Gene as one of the pistons driving the offensive engine. The 1950 Gusties captured the MIAC championship, and Gene was voted to the all-conference team.
Not content with excelling only in athletics, Gene received the 1951 Myrum Key, the award for the senior letter recipient with the highest grade point average. Since his graduation in 1951, Gene has gone on to an outstanding career in law enforcement, serving for 28 years in the FBI and then as corporate security director for John Morrell.
Then, Gene was a field representative for Mid States Organized Crime Information Center. He lives in Sioux Falls, SD, with his wife Beatrice. They have three children: Harlan; Martha; and Sarah.