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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Paul Gust, Jr. (Inducted 1990)

Paul Gust, Jr. Biography from the Hall of Fame Sports Luncheon, July 28, 1990.
 
      Mention outstanding Otter athletes in the late 1940s and Paul Gust, Jr. is high on the list. He was an all-around athlete in four sports (football, basketball, baseball and track) at Fergus Falls High School from 1947 through 1949, later becoming active as an adult in City League basketball and other sporting events in and near Fergus Falls.
      Gust was a basketball forward for the Otters three successive seasons, in 1947, 1948, and 1949. He was football end for three seasons and played first base in baseball for the Otters from 1947 to 1949. He participated in track dashes in both 1948 and 1949.
      Special high school awards came his way. Gust was named to the National Athletic Honor Society in both 1948 and 1949, was Most Valuable Player in baseball for the Otters in 1949, and was a member of the Region 6 all-tournament Basketball team in 1949.
      The 6-foot 160-pound Gust was a member of the Gust Elevators City League basketball team that won seven consecutive titles from 1955 through 1961. He also participated with independent summer baseball, playing for Underwood, Dalton, and Battle Lake. He also graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in accounting.
      Gust was president of the first Quarterback Club established in Fergus Falls in 1976. He served as a member of the Fergus Falls School Board for six years and was a representative on the Minnesota State High School League.
       Formerly associated with Gust Elevators in Foxhome as an owner, he was forced into early retirement because of multiple sclerosis and now lives in Fargo. Gust and his wife, Delaine, have three children, Dana Gust Carr, Paula Laugen, and Jonathan.
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