1940-1949

R.H. "Bob" Lounsberry - 1940

Inducted - 1975

  • Earned three letters in football, three in basketball and four in track
  • Played offensive tackle on 1938 Iowa Conference championship football team
  • Served as captain on the track team
  • Two-time Iowa Conference champion in the mile
  • As a sophomore, finished second in the mile and 2 mile at the conference meet
  • Farmed near McCallsburg, Iowa
  • Elected Secretary of Agriculture of Iowa in 1972; re-elected in 1974

Clarence Melson - 1940

Inducted - 1985

  • Four-year letter winner in football as offensive and defensive lineman
  • Member of 1938 Iowa Conference championship team
  • Voted Most Valuable Player by teammates and elected to first all-conference team his senior year
  • One-year letter winner in track for discus and pole vault

Richard J. Skale - 1940

Inducted - 1980

  • Four-year letter winner in football
  • Member of the 1938 Iowa Conference Championship team
  • Four-year letter winner in baseball as catcher
  • Served as captain of team in his senior year
  • Signed a contract with the Chicago White Sox and played two years of minor league baseball
  • Letter winner in track, competing in the javelin event
  • Served in the U.S. Air Force with the rank of lieutenant during World War II as a flight instructor and bomber pilot - 1941-45

Alvin G. Gisvold - 1941

Inducted - 1981

  • Three-year letter winner in baseball
  • Served as Captain his senior year
  • Served in U.S. Navy - 1942-45
  • Coached 19 years of high school baseball with his teams posting a record of 202-49
  • Led seven teams to the Minnesota State Tournament
  • Received first Minnesota High School Baseball Coaches Association Dick Siebert Award in 1966
  • Elected to Minnesota State Baseball Hall of Fame - 1970

Stanley I. Kvam - 1941

Inducted - 1982

  • Transferred from University of Iowa
  • Three-year letter winner in football, basketball and track
  • Played fullback on 1938 Conference championship football team
  • Co-captain of basketball team as a senior
  • Named to the Des Moines Register all-conference basketball team
  • Competed in discus and javelin throw on track team
  • Enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force after graduation
  • During World War II he joined the Blue Eagle Squadron on the U.S. Air Force and flew 150 missions as a night fighter pilot with the Royal Air Force.
  • Area director of circulation for the Des Moines Register and Tribune

Curt Jacobson - 1942

Inducted - 1985

  • Four-year letter winner in football
  • Played on 1938 and 1941 Iowa Conference championship teams
  • Served as co-captain his senior year
  • United Press all-conference selection at fullback
  • Three-year letter winner in basketball
  • Letter winner in track in the discus
  • Sergeant in U.S. Army during World War II - 1942-46

Leo J. Sebastian - 1942

Inducted - 1977

  • Four-year letter winner in football
  • Played on 1938 and 1941 conference championship teams
  • Served as captain his senior year
  • Des Moines Register first team all-conference selection
  • Four-year letter winner in baseball
  • After graduation served three years in the U.S. Marine Corps with the rank of captain
  • Minnesota Football Coach of the Year Award, 1968
  • Member of Minnesota Football Coaches Hall of Fame
  • History teacher and athletic director at Tracy, Minn.

Clyde F. McDonald - 1942

Inducted - 1982

  • Earned 10 letters, four in football and basketball and two in baseball
  • Played on the 1938 and 1941 championship football teams
  • Served as captain of the basketball team his senior that was invited to NAIA National Tournament
  • Named to all-conference team
  • Served as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy, During World War II in the Atlantic and Pacific Theater and in the occupation of Japan - 1942-46
  • Earned M.Ed. from University of Minnesota, 1950
  • Coach and athletic director at Moorhead High School (Minn.) - 1947-50, and at St. Paul Harding (Minn.) - 1950-1980

Lloyd "Skip" Herwig - 1943

Inducted - 1983

  • Four-year letter winner in basketball..
  • Played on the Iowa Conference championship team - 1943
  • Played on NAIA National Tournament teams in 1942 and 1943
  • Served as Luther College student body president his senior
  • Received a M.S. degree in physics from University of Iowa, 1947 and a Ph.D. degree in physics from Iowa State University in 1953

David W. Preus - 1943

Inducted - 1978

  • Four-year letter winner in basketball and tennis
  • As an outstanding guard and team captain, led basketball team to Iowa Conference championship - 1943
  • All-Iowa Conference guard his junior year
  • Played on NAIA National Tournament teams in 1942 and 1943
  • Iowa Conference champion in doubles his junior year
  • Served in U.S. Army - 1943-46
  • Ordained in 1950 and served as a parish pastor and leader in youth work
  • Elected President of the American Lutheran Church in 1973

Edsel Schweizer - Coach

Inducted - 1984

  • Loyal, dedicated and faithful servant of Luther College for 34 years
  • Hired as Dean of students, assistant football and basketball coach at Luther in 1950
  • Head football coach from 1952-1977 posting a record of 150-79-6
  • Led Norsemen to six Iowa Conference championships
  • Led Norsemen to Corn Bowl Championship
  • Coached 53 All-American/All-Lutheran players
  • Head coach of Luther track teams that won schools first and second league titles in 1957 and 1958
  • Director of Athletics at Luther College, 1966-1982
  • Professor Emeritus in 1984
  • Twice served in the U.S. Marine Corps

Lloyd W. Woodiwiss - 1946

Inducted - 1981

  • Three-year letter winner in football
  • Associated Press first team all-conference fullback - 1939
  • Captain and Most Valuable Player - 1940
  • A member of the 1941 Iowa Conference championship team - 1941
  • First team all-conference fullback - 1941
  • Also participated in track
  • Served in the U.S. Air Force as a bombardier during World War II with the rank of Major - 1942-1945
  • Flew 27 missions to Japan in a B-29 and was awarded the Purple Heart

Harold E. "Rocket" Haugo - 1947

Inducted - 1985

  • Three-year letter winner in football
  • Member of Iowa Conference championship football team in 1941
  • Served in the U.S. Army 1941-45 and received numerous awards for bravery in the Pacific Theater
  • Four-year letter winner in track
  • Member of Iowa Conference champion 880-yard relay team in 1946
  • Placed second in the 100-yard dash, 220-yard dash and the broad jump that same year
  • Participated in the Drake Relays - 1946
  • Held the college record in the broad jump and tied the record in the 100-yard dash as a senior
  • Served as Principal and coach at Starbuck, Minn. (1947-57) and Principal and counselor at Kasson-Mantorville, Minn. (1957-1982)

Neal A. "Pluto" Davis - 1948

Inducted - 1983

  • Four-year letter winner in football and three-year letter winner in track
  • Member of 1941 championship football team
  • Served as a staff sergeant during World War II
  • Received a Purple Heart, four battle stars and two Invasion Arrowheads
  • Served as team captain of football team - 1947
  • Second team all-conference selection - 1947
  • Received a M.A. in 1950 from University of Iowa
  • Taught and coached at Canby, Waseca, Owatonna and Rochester, Minn.
  • Elected to the Minnesota Coaches Hall of Fame in 1979

Norman H. Everson - 1948

Inducted - 1983

  • Earned eleven letters - five in basketball, five in track and one in baseball
  • Consistently high scorer on the basketball team, he was the first Norseman to score over 1,000 points - 1,010 total
  • Played on 1942 team that was invited to NAIA National tournament
  • Served as an aerial navigator in the U.S. Marine Corp, 1942-1946, attained the rank of Master Sergeant and received a Presidential Unit Citation
  • Won first place honors in several events at Iowa Conference Track Meets

Donald "Rufe" McDowell - 1948

Inducted - 1980

  • Four-year letter winner in basketball, baseball and track
  • Played on two Iowa Conference Championship Basketball Teams and on two NAIA Tournament teams, serving as captain his senior year
  • Iowa Conference 100-yard dash champion - 1943 and 1946
  • Conference 220-yard dash champion - 1943, 1946, 1947
  • Highest batting average on baseball team - 1943, 1946, 1947
  • Served in U.S. Air Force during World War II

Eugene M. Olsen - 1948

Inducted - 1988

  • Four-year letter winner in football and baseball
  • Left Luther after one year to serve in the U.S. Navy in North Africa, the Persian Gulf and the Pacific Theater during World War II
  • Played Center, linebacker, and kicker for football teams
  • Played Infielder, clean-up hitter, and served as team captain in baseball
  • Served as high school teacher and coach at Ellendale, Dassel and Hutchinson, Minn.
  • Inducted into the Minnesota State High School Coaches Association 25-year Club in 1981
  • Inducted into the Minnesota Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1982

Donlad W. "Esty" Estenson - 1949

Inducted - 1979

  • Four-year letter winner in basketball
  • Left Luther after one year and served in the U.S. Army including 14 months overseas during World War II
  • Played on Iowa Conference championship basketball teams in 1943 and 1949
  • Served as co-captain during 1948-49 season
  • Named to 1948-49 all-conference basketball team
  • Played in NAIA National Tournament - 1943
  • Played in National AAU Tournament - 1949
  • M.A. degree in education, California State University, Long Beach, 1962
  • Taught and coached in Nicollet and Hector, Minn., and Fullerton, Calif.

John Holmen - 1949

Inducted - 2004

  • First-team all-state in basketball, Mason City, Iowa - 1943
  • High scorer for the state championship basketball tournament, scoring 42 points - 1943
  • Iowa High School Boys Athletic Association, Iowa High School Boys Basketball Hall of Game inductee - 1999
  • Three-year letter winner in basketball
  • Member of two Iowa conference championship basketball teams - 1948-49

Stanley "Ben" Raabe - 1949

Inducted - 1994

  • Four-year letter winner in baseball, 1934-35;1947-48
  • Undefeated pitcher in his collegiate career
  • ERA of less than 1.0
  • Played Semiprofessional baseball in Minnesota and Iowa

Ollie C. Ulvilden - 1949

Inducted - 1979

  • Three-year letter winner in football
  • Four-year letter winner in basketball
  • As an outstanding guard, played on Iowa Conference championship basketball team and in the National AAU Tournament - 1949
  • All-Conference selection - 1949
  • Served in Army Air Force Cadet Program - 1944-46
  • Successful sporting goods salesman, owner of O-J Sporting Goods Company, Park Ridge, Ill.

Arnold "Judge" Veglahn - 1949

Inducted - 1974

  • Entered Luther in fall of 1946 after serving in World War II
  • Letter winner in basketball, football and baseball
  • Broke all-time scoring record with 1,020 points
  • Set the single game scoring record with 33 points
  • Set single season scoring record with 404 points as a senior
  • Led Iowa Conference with a 20.5 per game average and was named to the all-conference team
  • As a high school basketball coach at St. James, Minn., he led three teams to the Minnesota State Tournament.
  • in 1972 his "James Gang" finished with an unblemished record of 29-0 winning the Class A state championship over Melrose on a halfcourt shot at the buzzer, and went on to win the overall state championship after defeating the Class AA state championship team Mounds View High School by eight points
  • He also took two baseball teams to the state tournament