Jack Westin ’59 Inducted 1984


Jack   Westin

Jack Westin is known as "the toughest crashing end in Gustavus football history," according to his coach, Lloyd Hollingsworth. A regular on the 1951 championship team as a freshman, his athletic career was interrupted by military service during the Korean War. He returned to Gustavus in 1956 and captained the 1957 second-place team and the 1958 championship team. Coach Hollingsworth recalls that most of his teammates went out of their way to avoid blocking him in practice! In both 1957 and 1958 he attained all-MIAC honors, and in '58 he was named NAIA First Team All-America. Westin went on to a career in education, teaching science in the Osseo School District for 27 years. He also coached junior high football for 18 years and track for seven. Football has always been his special interest, however, and he participated in city league touch programs until age 39. He has also pursued ventures ranging from potato farming in the metro area to gold mining in Alaska.