Hall of Fame - 1978 Inductees
Courtesy: UND Athletics Media Relations
Release: 01/20/2007
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John J. Burma (FB; Tr 1929-31)
  He lettered as a football and trackman, 1929-31 on the teams that were known and featured throughout the breath of this great country. He was a super fullback, known as the "Bombastic Buster", and played on nationally-ranked Sioux football teams that compiled a 26-4-1 record, winning three straight North Central Conference championships. He was team captain in 1931, the year the Sioux defeated the Los Angeles Fireman on Christmas Day in Los Angeles, 14-9. He twice was named to the All North Central Conference team at fullback. Mr. Burma was a very fine ball-carrier and gained many yards for the Sioux. Had there been a proliferation of All America teams we have today there is little doubt that he would have been named to all of them. Burma was a teacher and coach at Ortonville, Minn., 1932-4 and from 1944 util this retirement in 1974 a high school counselor at Owatonna, Minn.

Charles E. Gainor (FB; Box; Tr 1936-38)
  Following his illustrious UND athletic career, Gainor played pro football in 1939 and 1940 with the Chicago (Now St. Louis) Cardinals, St. Louis Gunners and Wilmington Clippers. At UND he lettered 1936-38 in football as a standout end and a super pass-receiver and blocker. He was a co-captain of the 1938 and played on West-coached Sioux teams that won 18, lost nine against some of the top teams in the Midwest. He was named to the All North Central Conference football team at end three straight seasons, one of few to achieve that honor. In addition to his brilliant football career he also lettered as Sioux track weightman and was an excellent boxer, in an era when UND had strong boxing teams. He retired from the U.S. navy in 1962, as a naval aviator, serving at many European and Pacific stations and retired with 6,000 hours pilot time.

Stuart MacMillian (FB 1927-29)
  MacMillian certainly ranks as one of the University's all-time great football centers. The late C. D. Locklin, during the long tenure as sports editor of the Grand Forks Herald, several times referred to MacMillian as North Dakota's greatest center in the era he covered Sioux sports, 1913 to the early 1960's. He was a contemporary of the John Burma on the 1929 team. MacMillian displayed tremendous football ability plus enormous tenacity, lettered 1927-29. He was named to the All North Central Conference in 1928 and 192. He later served as a freshman football coach under the late head football coach and athletic director C.A. (Jack) West.

Grant N. (Bub) Nelson ( FB; Tr 1922-24)
  Nelson will receive a posthumous induction into the Hall of Fame, and after his death he received a Sioux Award in 1964. An outstanding quarterback, Nelson displayed great tenacity and desire to excel and certainly did that. The late Ed Boe, himself a member of the first UND Athletic Hall of Fame class and a teammate of his unequivocalby called him "a super player and competition who didn't know the meaning of defeat." In addition to his football, in which he lettered in 1923 and 1924, Nelson was a standout trackman as javelin thrower, establishing the school record that stood for many years. He also held the North Central Conference javelin record from 1924 until 1946. He was captain of the 1925 track team. In addition to his athletic ability he was very active in the ROTC activities, president of the sophomore class, vice president of the junior class and secretary of the senior class. He served as secretary of the Athletics Board of Control and Chairman of the Campus League Athletic Board. After school was over also had a distinguished career in the U.S. Army.

Ben A. Cherski (H 1951-55)
  He was called Bullet Ben for his very hard and very accurate hockey shot during the UND playing days, which spanned 1952-55. Cherski was twice named to the All America team as a forward in 1953 and1954. He richly deserved those honors for he was a super hockey player and scorer of such great ability that none have come close to breaking his records, except a teammate, Hall of Famer Bill Reichard, who played 1954-57. Cherski, who will be a first to tell you that records are made to be broken, he fired goals at a pace unmatched my any Sioux hockey player since, even in the era of expanded played schedules. He owns these UND records: 40 goals in one season made in 1953-54 in 27 games; 131 goals in a four-year career in 1951-55 in 100 games; 188 total points in a four-year career; 7 three-goal hat-tricks in a season in 1953-54 in 27 games; 17 career three-goal hat-tricks; and consecutive games scoring a goal of 13 in 1951-52.

Edmund G. Weber (BB 1946-50)
  In the post-World War II basketball era the Sioux player names upper midwest basketball fans recognized instantly was Ed Weber and his teammate, Hall of Famer Louie Bogan. Weber was named to the All North Central Conference team his junior and senior seasons. He was a Sioux standout 1946-50 under coaches Harold (Cookie) Cunningham and Hall of Famer Glenn L. (Red) Jarrett, who recruited him at his great career at Minot high school, where he is an all state court performer. Weber led the Sioux in scoring his junior season, when he averaged 17.2 points a game, and his senior season with an 11.2 average. As a super forward, Ed frequently drew raves for his fine all around performances. He was quick, an expert shooter and tough defender and rebounder. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Commerce in 1950 he assisted Bogan coaching the Sioux freshman basketball team in 1950-51 and entered the U.S. Army.

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