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 2022, 348 individuals (321 athletes, 16 coaches and 11 benefactors) have been elected to the Hall of Fame.

The former 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, now in the Hall of Champions, was donated by the family of former football coach and Hall of Fame member Jocko Nelson, who passed away in 1978.

Dee Swenson


Inducted: 2014

Working under the philosophy that you catch more flies with honey than you do with vinegar, the effervescent Delores "Dee" Swenson served as the matriarch of the Gustavus Athletics Department from the fall of 1974 until the spring of 2000. The longtime St. Peter native reported to three different athletics directors during her 27-year career, including 25 years with Jim "Moose" Malmquist. Swenson, a highly organized, professionally trained bookkeeper juggled an impressive array of responsibilities, which included serving both the Athletics Department and the Physical Education/Health and Exercise Science department. Respected throughout campus, Swenson served as the public face of the department and offered a warm hello and a hot cup of coffee to anyone entering the athletic/physical education office. She accepted virtually every assignment served up to her, including receptionist, budget manager, travel manager, ticket manager, test typist and supervisor, assistant eligibility coordinator, mimeograph operator, copier repair person, NAIA/ NCAA Championship liaison, and hostess and caterer just to name a few. Swenson's genuine care for the faculty, staff, and students and her positive, can-do attitude was the driving force behind the family atmosphere that existed first in the Myrum Fieldhouse and later moved over to the Lund Center. She never missed recognizing a birthday or special occasion, and attendance at those celebrations was standing room only because everyone knew Dee would bring her special desserts to the event. She was awarded the Augusta Carlson Schultz Award for Outstanding Support Staff at Gustavus in 1996.

Dee and her husband, Phil, who worked as a custodian in the Lund Center for 20 years, were married for 53 years before Phil passed in December of 2007. They have three children—Steven, LuAnn, and Kris.