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 2022, 348 individuals (321 athletes, 16 coaches and 11 benefactors) have been elected to the Hall of Fame.

The former 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, now in the Hall of Champions, was donated by the family of former football coach and Hall of Fame member Jocko Nelson, who passed away in 1978.

Roger Carlson

Football and Track & Field

Inducted: 1983

Roger W. Carlson '54 was All Minn. Valley Conference fullback and Conference track low hurdle champion his senior year at University High School. A member of the championship football teams of '57, '52 & '53 at Gustavus, he was named All MIAC fullback in '52 and '53, and Little All America in 1953. He called both offensive and defensive p7ays in '52 & '53, and his senior year was cocaptain, was named MIAC and Gustavus Most Valuable Player, and was recipient of the Paulson Award. He also served as Student Senate.. V.P. and was recipient of the St. Ansgar Award for leadership, participation and scholarship.
In 1954, Roger tried out with the Green Bay Packers. He then served as a U.S. Army Counter Intelligence Corps Agent 1955-57. In 1957 he became Director of Sales & Operations for Central Warehouse Co., St. Paul, and in 1966 became V.P./Manufacturing for Marquette Corp., Minneapolis. Since 1970 he has been President of Space Center, Inc., Distribution Services Division, St. Paul. He served as president of American Warehousemen's Assn. 1977-78, was board member and V.P, of St. Paul YMCA 1970-80, and currently serves on boards of his church, Roseville State Bank, Minnesota Citizens Council on Crime & Justice, and Bethesda Hospital Foundation.
An active alumnus, he was president of the Minneapolis Hilltoppers 1959-60, served as Class Agent 1954-60, and was a member of the Health, Physical Education & Athletic Complex Building Committee at Gustavus. Roger and his wife Janet (Christenson) '53 have a daughter and three sons - Kristin 79, Bradley '81, Steven, and Douglas '85, and live at 2706 Mackubin, St. Paul.