Hall of Fame - 1981 Inductees
Courtesy: UND Athletics Media Relations
Release: 01/20/2007
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Phillip D. Jackson (BB; Base 1964-67)
  Jackson, a 6-foot-8 200 plus pounds, came to UND from Williston, N.D to further his education and athletic career, in which he was extremely successful in both endeavors. Many honors were given because of his great career. He earned both season and career records in scoring, field goals made, free throws made and attempted, rebounding, total points and season point average. Jackson was named to the Little All America first team by the Associated Press and United Press International in his junior and senior seasons, and was a unanimous All North Central Conference selection. Besides basketball he also lettered as a fine left-handed baseball pitcher two years which stunned the athletic world with his effective hurling. After graduating college with a philosophy and Master's Degree in Counseling and Guidance, he was drafted by the New York Knickerbockers where he played 10 there for 10 seasons. He played two years with the New Jersey Nets and scoring over 6, 000 points in his 12 year pro career. After playing he later became the assistant coach for the New Jersey Nets.

William J. Mjogdalen (FB 1928-31)
  Mjogdalen came from Hillsboro, N.D., and was a strong two-way football player both offensively and defensively on West's teams. They won three straight North Central Conference titles and posted a 24-3-1 record. The records of 6-1-1 and two straight 9 and 1 seasons were made against teams including Army and Duquesne, and two of the nation's top teams. He was twice named an All North Central Conference guard. After graduating in 1932 he played one year of Canadian professional football for the Regina Roughriders, and played for the Grey Cup championship, symbolic of Canadian pro football supremacy.

Grace O. Rhonemus (Multi 1923-26)
  Rhonemus a native of Emerado, N.D., is endured as one of the two greatest women athletes ever to attend and compete at UND. She was a tremendous student-athlete participating in track, baseball, volleyball, basketball and riflery. In track Rhonemus was a consistent top point winner. She attended school from 1923-25, then taught all over N.D. before returning back to receive her Bachelor of Arts in 1937. From 1944-56 she was Director of Physical Education for Women at UND where she served as an instructor from 1956 to the time she retired. She was a skilled and energetic teacher of dance and other recreation type activities during her UND career. She also produced recordings that were widely used, and was published in many journals. Several honor awards were given to her, one from the Central District of the American Association of Health, and another from the Physical Education and Recreation in 1958 and several others in 1962.

Dr. Will N. Spear (Tr 1939-41)
  Dr. Spear came to UND from Dickinson, N.D., was a standout trackman. He set a new record in the javelin in the North Central Conference meet at Sioux Falls, S.D., hurling the spear 201 feet five inches on his last throw of the event. That record stood in the books for 14 years. He also served as the UND track team's Captain in 1941. He graduated in 1941 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree, and the following year with a Bachelor of Science in Medicine, and later his M.D. degree from Temple University in Philadelphia in 1943; and is still a great supporter of not only UND athletics, but the University itself.

Era Bell Thompson (Muliti 1925-31)
  Thompson is said to be one of the great all around women athletes UND has ever had to. Her career spanned from 1925-31 in track, basketball, baseball, soccer and field hockey. In one track meet in 1929 she broke five North Dakota College records, and in the same meet she tied the American women's college record in the 60-yard dash. Besides a track star she was a standout in basketball as forward, guard and running center. In baseball she played first base and in the outfield, in soccer was a fullback and a center in field hockey. Because of all the sports she played in she was named Most Athletic Coed.

Lee Bohnet (SID 1953-88)
  Bohnet started on the UND athletic scene in 1946, and began as Sports Information Director in 1953. In 1951 he graduated UND with a journalism degree, and was a sports writer for the Dakota Student. After he graduated he held a few other sports writing jobs before becoming the Sports Information Director, which he became a full-time athletic staff member and was the first man to serve in that capacity. Bohnet also became a member of the North Central Conference Hall of Fame in 1978. He has published hundreds of UND athletes, helped make some of them All Americans in their sports and assisted in the development of the entire program to where it ranks among the best in the country in NCAA Division II.

Raymond A. Bostrom (FB 1942; 1946-47; H 1946-47)
  Bostrom is a long-time UND enthusiast following his outstanding football career, which began in 1942, and was interrupted by the service in World War II in the U.S. Navy. He came back in 1946 and 1947 as an outstanding center and tackle. Bostrom was named All North Conference lineman in 1946 and 1947, and named Sioux Most Valuable Football Player in 1947. He also was a hockey defensemen on the first post-war hockey team in 1946-47. Bostrom graduated with a degree in commerce in 1948, and after his Sioux career he had a tryout with the Baltimore Colts. He was the first of many Sioux players to get a shot at the pros.

Milton E. (Prince) Johnson (H 1947-50)
  Johnson a native of Webster, S.D., he and his brother Russell formed the first brother star hockey combination at UND. He was a flawless skater and excellent scorer. "Prince" frequently led UND in scoring and for a long time his scoring feats were in the Sioux record book. Johnson lettered in 1948-49 and again in 1949-50. He was also a member of the U.S. National Hockey Team that played in the World Tournaments in Stockholm, Sweden, and London, England in 1949 and 1950.

Russell L. (Buzz) Johnson (H 1947-50)
  Johnson, with the help of his brother, Prince, sharpened some of his hockey skills in Canada before enrolling at UND. He was an outstanding playmaker, an all-around fine player and a very potent scorer. Johnson was a member of the team that beat Michigan, 6-5, at Ann Arbor in January 1948, making UND entry into big time collegiate hockey. Like his brother he was a member of the 1949 and 1950 U.S. National teams in world tourney. He graduated in 1953 with a degree from the Business School. After finishing his Sioux career he played semi-pro hockey in the states.

Errol D. Mann (FB 1965-66)
  Mann ranks as one of the all-time great kickers in UND football history. He lettered in 1965 and 1966, putting his name in the UND record book for his kicking feats. During his two-year Sioux career he made 53 of 62 extra point attempts and 18 of 34 field goals, including a couple times making three in a game. After finishing at UND he began a 12-year career with the Denver Broncos and ended in 1979 with the Oakland Raiders. In between he kicked for the Cleveland Browns, Green Bay Packers and the Detroit Lions.

Dr. Robert H. May (H 1949-51; co 1957-59)
  Dr. May came to UND after service in the U.S. Navy in World War II and played hockey. A few years after graduating from UND with a physical education and history degree, he returned to UND to coach the hockey team, leading UND to its first national hockey championship in 1959. His two-year Sioux coaching record was 44-17-2. After that he took a short fling at coaching pro hockey in Denver and later coached the Minneapolis Millers pro team.

C. James Medved (H 1947-50)
  Medved is a native of Crookston, Minn., and was an outstanding hockey center on the first Sioux post World War II teams and frequently led UND in scoring. He lettered 3 years in 1947-50 as a standout center, scoring 45 goals and 50 assists in the 41 games he played. That's better than a goal a game, which is an outstanding achievement. He was also team captain his senior year.

Kenneth J. (Pinky) Mullen (BB 1931-34)
  Mullen had an outstanding basketball career under the late great Hall of Fame coach Clem Letich 1931-34. He was a starting forward on teams that won 46 of 55 games, and winning the North Central Conference championship and finishing second in the conference the other two seasons. Pinky was an effective all around player and usually shone brightest against the archrival Bison when he was the top game scorer. In 1934, his senior year, he was named All Conference forward. After graduating with a law degree in 1935 he played some semi-pro basketball with the Crookston, Minnesota Gunners and the Deep Rock Oilers of Fargo.

Jerry D. Olson (FB co 1968-77)
  Olson a native of Hoople, N.D. area, is a retired Sioux Head Football Coach of 1968-77. His football teams won the North Central Conference championships in 1971, 1972, 1974, and 1975. He first served as an assistant UND coach under Marv Helling from 1962 until 1968 when he became head coach. His Sioux teams frequently were ranked in the top10 in NCAA Division II; he developed 52 All Conference players and 12 All Americans. He was named North Dakota College Coach of the Year in 1972, the same year the Sioux won the Camellia Bowl title in California; and NCC District 6 Coach of the Year. Olson is also a member of the North Central Conference Hall of Fame.

Harold R. Tait (FB; Bb 1932-35)
  Tait came to UND from Bismarck, N.D., and had an outstanding basketball and football career in 1932-35. He was a standout basketball forward for the late Clem Letich and played right end for Coach C.A. (Jack) West on Sioux championship teams. The football teams he played won 17, lost 7 and tied 1 and won the NCC championship his senior season and finished close second the other two seasons. The basketball teams won 46, lost 9 over his three-year career and won one conference championship. After his Sioux career and graduating in 1937 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Commerce he played semi-pro Bismarck Phantoms in 1936 and 1937 as a forward.

Halvor A. Tvedten (FB 1928-29)
  A native of Crookston, Minn., "Tweet," as his teammates used to call him was an All Conference football guard on the late Coach C.A. (Jack) West conference championship teams of 1928 and 1929. At UND he was one of the most rugged and outstanding guard UND has ever had. He played on teams that won 15 games, lost 2 and tied one. Halvor says it was an honor and privilege to play on the football team at UND and with the outstanding men on those teams.

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