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.

Wallace Johnson

Baseball and Football

Inducted: 1983

Wally Johnson '42 was center on the Gustavus basketball team during the years 1938-42 and was All MIAC his soph. , jr. & sr. years. He was captain of the '41-42 team. He also played right end for the '39, '40 & '41 football teams, & also lettered in fresh football in '38. His sr. year he received the Schleuder Medal for athletic/scholarship/leadership excellence. From 1942-79 he was employed in various capacities with the Federal Communications Comnission including Chief of the Existing Facilities Branch, Chief of the New & Changed Facilities Branch, Chief of the Broadcast Facifities Div., Asst. Chief of the Broadcast Bureau, and as Chief of the Broadcast Bureau (1971-79). He did graduate work at Gee. Wash. Univ. and Fed, Exec. Institute. Since '79 he has been Exec. Director of Assn. for Broadcast Engineering Standards, and partner in a consulting radio engineers firm.
Very active in the LCA he presently serves on the board of Luth. Theological Southern Seminary and is chairman of the Council for Ministry; Virginia Synod. His professional activities have included chair of the Nat'l Radio Systems Committee '80-'82), U.S. delegate or rep. at int'l meetings in Buenos Aires, Brazil, Geneva, Mexico and Rio de Janeiro during 1981, and service on Federal Communication Advisory Committee on Radio Broadcasting, A member of AFCCE and Broadcast Engineers, and a Fellow of Society of Broadcast; Engineers, Inc., he received a Distin- guished Alumni Citation from Gustavus in '75, and was recipient of the '81 Nat'l Assn. of Broadcasters Engineering Award. Wally and his wife Peggy have a daughter Gayle and son Wally, 3r., and live in Falls Church, Virginia.