Athletic Hall of Fame

The Gustavus Adolphus College Hall of Fame was established in 1978 at which time 19 "Charter Members" were inducted either as coaches or as athletes. As of the fall of 2019, 327 individuals (305 athletes, 15 coaches and 10 benefactors) have been elected to the Hall of Fame.

The beautiful Hall of Fame room on the second floor of the Lund Center was originally partially endowed by the families of both Dwight Holcombe's (the only father/son combination holding membership in the Hall). The hardwood plaque upon which the individual plates are permanently displayed was donated by the family of former football coach and Hall of Fame member Jocko Nelson, who passed away in 1978.

Donald Anderson

Basketball, Football, and Track & Field

Inducted: 1980

Donald V. Anderson 30 played left end and did the punting on the starting eleven in football for the state championship teams of 1935, 1936 and 1937. He was also named All-State in 1937. Don lettered three years in track as a shot putter. In addition, he played guard on the starting five in basketball for four years, was team captain from 1936-38, and was named All-State in 1938. Gustavus defeated Hamline in 1938 to tie for the Conference Championship. After this game, the team left for Mexico City to play in the International Basketball Tournament. The Gusties placed second in a field, which included four teams from the U.S. and four teams from Mexico.

Don coached football, basketball, and track from 1938- 40 in Clarkfield and his team was football conference champs in 1939. He coached football and track and taught phy. ed. at Alexandria from 1940-43 and at Spring Valley from 1943- 45. His Spring Valley football team won the conference championship in 1944.

He operated a restaurant in Hayfield from 1945-51 before traveling in Washington and Oregon selling Red Wing Shoes to retailers from 1952-77, Don retired from Red Wing Shoe Co. in 1977 and now owns and three Red Wing Shoe stores in the Portland, Oregon, area.

He and his wife Jean have five children and seven grandchildren and live in Portland.