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.

Kenneth Stockton

Baseball and Football

Inducted: 1983

Kenneth W. Stockton '26 lettered four years in baskeball and three years in football at Gustavus. He played center and guard on the '23 and '24 team and was captain and All MIAC guard on the MIAC championship team in '25 which had a 10-1 record, and was also All MIAC guard on the championship team of '26. He played on the '23 and '24 football team, and played end and quarterback on the '25 team which had the first successful season- a 2nd place finish with a 4-1 record. Following graduation he taught and coached in Redwood Falls and had undefeatefd and regional championship teams. He entered the insurance field in the early '30s, and then had a chain of music schools in three states with offices in Austin.
Ken served as a Captain in the U.S. Army during WWII and on his discharge moved to Watertown, So. Dak. , where he was employed as Superintendent of Agencies for Midland National Life Insurance. In 1960 he had his own insurance and estate planning agency and became the leading agent and president of the "Presidents Club of the Midwest Division." He was also a member of the Million Dollar Round Table. Hewas very active in golf in Watertown andserved as president of the Country Club for two terms. After his death the club had the Ist of three yearly memorial tournaments in his memory; the golfers wore buttons with his picture and nickname "The Gray Fox." In 1966 he moved to Mesa, Ariz., where he continued his work as a broker and estate analyst, and continued his interest in golf. He retired in 1973. Ken died on October 7, 1975. He is survived by his wife Adeline, son Arthur and daughter Lana.