Reuben Waltman ’40 Inducted 1981
Basketball and Tennis
Reuben E. Waltman '40 graduated from Hibbing Jr. College and came to Gustavus as a junior, lettering in both basketball and tennis his two years at GAC. In '39 and '40 he was captain of both the basketball and tennis teams. In '39 he was the MIAC Singles Tennis Champion. He was named to the second team of the All-Conference in basketball in '39'; and in '40 was among the top 10 scorers in the conference (2nd highest scoring guard). In 1940 he was U.P. All-Conference selected by coaches and sports writers, Mpls Tribune State College All-Conference, Mpls. Times Tribune All-State including all Minnesota colleges and the Univ. of Minn., and Associated Press All-State. He was especially noted for his basketball dribbling ability and successfully stalled out several games.
He taught and coached all sports at Frost, Janesville, and Appleton, where in 1943 he had the first undefeated football team since 1913. He then went to Watertown, South Dakota, as basketball coach and athletic director. His basketball teams went to the state tournament three of the five years he was there - once losing in the semi-finals and once as consolation winner. He was president of the South Dakota Coaches Association in 1947 and 1948.
He left the teaching profession and worked for Pickands, Mather & Co., Coal Div., for 10 years, returning to St. Peter in 1962 as assistant coach and senior social studies teacher. He retired in 1977. He was a counselor at American Legion Boys State in South Dakota for five years and in Minnesota for seven years.
Ruben and his wife Margaret have a daughter, Mary, and a son, Ed, and live in St. Peter.