Kenneth Quist ’51 Inducted 1988

Baseball and Football

Kenneth   Quist

Like Gene Payne, Kenny Quist was part of the Hollingsworth tradition of triumph during the late 1940s. As a member of the last teams employing the old one-platoon system (in which men at the college level played both offense and defense), Quist saw action on offense as center and on defense as linebacker. It was at the latter position that Kenny won all-MIAC honors for the 1950 MIAC championship campaign, the first year the Gusties employed the two-platoon system, and the year that the team went on to play in the postseason Refrigerator Bowl.
Kenny didn't limit himself to football, however. He played for Jiggs Westergard's Gustie baseball team in 1949 and 1950, doing outfield duty in his first year and alternating between catcher and first base in his second.
Kenny's determination on the playing fields of Gustavus has served him well in his life since then. He was director of scientific services at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, GA, until 1986, and now works part-time at several small animal clinics. His wife Lois worked for many years as a reading paraprofessional for the DeKalb County school system. They have three children: Peter, Steven, and Thomas.