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.

Howard Sandin


Inducted: 1990

In the best tradition of student-athletes, Howard Sandin excelled in the classroom and on the football field. A center for Coach George Myrum, Sandin helped lead the Gusties to an undefeated season in 1937. His prowess didn't go unnoticed. Sandin was named to the 1937 Coaches' All- Star team, the Collier's magazine team, and the all-MIAC squad. In addition, he was an honorable mention selection to the Little All-America team, and was president of the G-Club during his senior year; Sandin's best achievements weren't limited to the gridiron. After graduating from the St. Louis University School of Medicine in 1943, Sandin interned at St. John's Hospital in St. Louis. Later that year, he entered the Army Medical Corps, serving with Gen. George Patton's Third Army in Europe.
Sandin returned to St. Louis after the war as a resident doctor in obstetrics and gynecology until 1950 when he moved to Ashland, WI, where he remained until his death in 1975. Sandin's years in Ashland were fulfilling. Aside from his private medical practice, he served on the Wisconsin State Board of Nursing, the hospital board in Ashland and his church council. Sandin and his wife, Caroline, were the parents of seven children, Sarah, twins Victoria and Catherine, Martha, and Elizabeth. Caroline('66) and Howard ('69) are Gustavus graduates.