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 2017, 313 individuals (289 athletes, 15 coaches and 9 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.

Art Peterson

Basketball, Football, and Track & Field

Inducted: 1981

Arthur A. Peterson '25 was a four year letterwinner in both football and basketball while also lettering 2 years in track. His football prowess started in St. Peter. Then at Gustavus, he was in the backfield and captain of the '23 team when Gustavus won its first conference game. The '24 team had the 1st home conference victory at homecoming when it beat St. John's 33-0. He played guard on the '23, '24, & '25 basketball teams, the '25 team being the first to garner a conference championship. (The '24 team had the best conference record but was not named champions because a 3rd Concordia game was not counted).

In '23 & '24 he ran the half-mile and mile on the track team; the '23 team was the first entry from Gustavus in a conference meet. He was recipient of the first Schleuder Award which was given for excellence in athletics/scholarship/leadership in 1924.
Art's coaching career included: football, basketball & track at Grand Rapids (1925-29) and Willmar (1929-36); football, hockey, & track at Harding H.S. in St. Paul (1936-42); football, baseball & hockey at Central H.S. (1942-46); and football, basketball & baseball at Humboldt (1946-65). He was also athletic director at Humboldt from 1965-69. His 1930 Wilmar football team was undefeated and never scored on, and his Humboldt 1949 Humboldt basketball team took home the state championship.

He did graduate work at the Univ. of Ill., the Univ. of Minn., and received his M.A. from the Univ. of Iowa. He received the Mpls. Star & Tribune Quarter Century Award for outstanding coaching service in high school athletics and the WCCO Radio Good Neighbor Award. In addition to these honors, Art was cited by the Governor of Minn., the Mayor of St. Paul, the St. Paul Board of Education, and others upon his retirement. Art and his wife, Katherine, had a daughter, Heather (Davis) '58.