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.

Dwight Holcombe

Football and Hockey

Inducted: 1988

Dwight Holcombe Jr. stands as a living illustration of the old maxim, "Like father, like son." Dwight's father is one of the charter members of the Gustavus Hall of Fame, and like his father, Dwight Junior excelled at the sports that were part of his college experience. He was a member af the 1948, 1949, and 1950 football teams, becoming recognized his senior year as a premiere pass-catcher on that season's MIAC championship team.
Though Dwight distinguished himself at Gustavus with the pigskin, the puck may have been his projectile of choice. Dwight took the ice as a wing for the Gustie hockey team each of his four years, serving as coach of the team in 1951.
His athletic success at Gustavus has stayed with him in his later life Dwight was president and chief executive officer of Marigold Foods in Minneapolis, producer of Kemps Ice Cream. He has also continued to serve Gustavus through a term on the board of trustees, of which he was president from 1983-1985. Dwight and his wife Carol live on the Hawk Ridge Farm in Elk River, MN. They are the parents of two children, Dwight and David.