Tom Zwiener ’55 Inducted 1982
Baseball, Football, and Hockey
Tom Zwiener '55 lettered 3 years in football, 3 years in hockey, and 2 years in baseball at Gustavus. He attended Gustavus from 1948-55, which included two years of active military duty during the Korean War. He was quarterback on the 1949-51 football teams (both '50 and '51 were championship teams), was named All-Conference both championship years, and received Honorable Mention for the Associated Press Little All-America in '51. He led the first aggressive Gustavus passing team and established a Gustavus passing record until it was broken in 1975. Considered a clever signal caller and an accurate passer, he had four successive touchdown passes on four successive possessions in 1951 and led the nation in total offense for several weeks. He also quarterbacked the Gustavus team that lost to Abilene Christian of Texas 14-7 in the Refrigerator Bowl. He played center on the hockey team 1949-51, and was third baseman on the 1951 and 1952 baseball teams.
Following graduation, he was an insurance adjuster for Milwaukee Mutual from 1955-59 in Grand Rapids and from 1959-73 in St. Paul. From 1973-75, he was in sales with Electrolux Corp., and since 1975 has been in sales with Clover Leaf Creamery Co. He and his wife Lynn have two sons, Wade '81 and Steven and a daughter Betsy, and live in St. Paul.