Gordon Quist ’50 Inducted 1988

Football

Gordon   Quist

Gordon Quist was a part of a very special chapter in the history of Gustavus athletics. As was the case with professional sports, the ranks of men's collegiate athletics during World War II were depleted. With the end of the war in 1945, eighteen year-old men conscripted to fight on foreign soil returned, ready to resume their education and their athletic careers.
Gordy was one such soldier. He started at defensive end for the Gusties' 1946 MIAC championship team and the 1947 conference runner-up. Though he left Gustavus after those two years, Gordy is remembered by all who saw those Hollingsworth teams for the no-nonsense style of his defensive play.
Gordy's ties to the college remained strong. He married 1950 graduate Jan Wampler, they had five children, Greg, Gary, Mike, Jennifer, and Amy. Greg, Gary, and Mike all are Gustie grads. Gordy passed away in 1968, and his induction into the Gustavus Athletic Hall of Fame is a tribute to one remembered by those who knew him as an honorable and courageous man.