Raymond Sponberg ’37 Inducted 1983

Football and Gymnastics

Raymond   Sponberg

Raymond H. Sponberg '37 lettered three years in football and one year in gymnastics at Gustavus. The 1935 team shared the championship with St. Olaf & St. Johns. The 1936 team won the championship outright and was undefeated and unscored on in its five MIAC games. Ray was named All MIAC guard in 1936. He was in the original group of athletes who started hockey in 1935-36; the sport had club status and no letters were awarded, George Myrum appointed him asst. football coach in 1937- 38 and the team was MIAC champs both years.
He was named acting athletic director following Myrum's death and in 1939 served as asst. for John Roning. He was responsible for solicitation of pledges for the fieldhouse and secured the first large gift which started the drive. During his years on the athletic staff he also served as a field representatfve for Gustavus and started the news bureau at the college in 1937. Ray joined the sales staff at Hormel's in 1940 and then served as a Captain in the U.S.A.F. during WWII (1941-46). He was an instructor at OCS Miami 1942-43, and then served as Training Officer Ferrying Command 1943-46 in Dallas and Nashville. In April 1946 he joined the L.O. Swanson Agency of National Life. He qualified for the Million Dollar Round Table his first year and is currently a Life and Qualified Member. He received his CLU designation in 1946 and LUTC designation in 1957.
He currently is MDRT Membership Relations chairman and has held offices in the local , state and national associations. Ray and his wife Fiorence have four children - Michael '65, Miriam '67, Elaine 72, and Ann Kay '83, and live in rural North Mankato.