2012 Hall of Fame Inductees
Four North Park University athletes were inducted into the Viking Hall of Fame at an October 12 ceremony during the University’s annual Homecoming festivities. This year’s inductees were John Douglass A’64, football, basketball, track and field; Nels “Art” Edstrom C’53, basketball, baseball, tennis, and coach; Laura Mount C’07, basketball; and Austin Person C’07, soccer. Athletic director Dr. Jack Surridge, along with coaches and family members, presented the inductees.
John Douglass A’64
Douglass was co-captain of the football team in 1962 and 1963. The 1963 team won the Private School League championship, and Douglass was named to the All-State football team as a running back. He was captain of the basketball team his senior year. He was also a four-year track team member, played trumpet in the band and was a member of the National Honor Society. Douglass was active in student government for four years, serving as student senate president in his senior year. After graduating from North Park Academy, John had an outstanding undergraduate career at DePauw University, Greencastle, Ind., where he starred as a linebacker on the football team, and continued his record of academic achievement. He earned a bachelor’s degree from DePauw in 1968. In 1971, he earned a juris doctorate from Northwestern University School of Law, Chicago, and a master of business administration from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, in 1983. After distinguished careers at Green Giant and Ecolab, Douglass retired and is currently the managing general partner of Rice Family LP, North Oaks, Minn. He has served on the University board of trustees and the board for Minnehaha Academy, Minneapolis, serving as board chair from 2001 to 2005.
Nels “Art” Edstrom C’53
Edstrom was a multisport athlete as a freshman and sophomore, lettering in basketball, baseball, and tennis. He was recognized by classmates as “most popular male” and “most athletic male” in his class. His playing career continued at Taylor University, Upland, Ind., and also with the 2nd Army basketball team. Edstrom’s coaching career included several North Park sports, and he served as acting athletic director. Edstrom led an academic campaign which resulted in the North Central Accrediting Association approving the University’s physical education degree. Edstrom was among the most honored high school swimming coaches in Illinois history. He was president of the Illinois Swimming Association for 25 years, is a member of the Illinois Swimming Hall of Fame, was awarded the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association National Coach of the Year Award, and the John Newman Award. Edstrom and his wife, Sandy, are both North Park alumni and their four children attended North Park. Two of 10 grandchildren have attended North Park, and a third is attending this fall.
Laura Mount C’07
Mount was a four-year starter on the women’s basketball team. She was named to multiple all-tournament teams including four tournaments in her senior year when the University captured championships at Lakeland College, Sheboygan, Wis.; Manhattanville College, Purchase, N.Y.; Rockford College, Rockford, Ill.; and Whittier College, Whittier, Calif. Mount scored in double figures in all 24 games her senior year, averaging 18.2 points per game. She currently ranks fifth all-time in scoring with 1,204 points, second all-time in made free throws with 407, second in steals with 228, and fifth in assists with 295. She was named to the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW) first team by unanimous vote of the conference coaches in 2006 and 2007. Following graduation as an athletic training major, Mount accepted an assistantship at Minnesota State University, Mankato, where she completed a master’s degree and served as athletic trainer for the national championship women’s basketball team. Mount was head athletic trainer and adjunct professor at Trinity International University, Deerfield, Ill., for two years, and is currently pursuing a degree as a physician’s assistant.
Austin Person C’07
Person is the most dominant goal keeper in the history of North Park University and CCIW men’s soccer. A biology major from Omaha, Neb., Austin distinguished himself in the classroom as an outstanding student. He is a Jack Swartz Award winner and multiple-year academic all-conference recipient who graduated with a 3.613 cumulative grade point average. On the field he led the Vikings to conference and tournament championships in the CCIW in 2004, 2005, and 2006. Person was named three times to the CCIW first team, three times to the All-Region team, two times as a National Soccer Coaches Athletic Association Academic All-American, and one time as a National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-American. In 2005, Person was named the CCIW Player of the Year and Male Athlete of the Year when the Vikings won the CCIW championship at Wheaton, and advanced to the NCAA national tournament. He has traveled to Bolivia and Zambia on mission and service trips, and was recently recognized for his research on health care for the underserved in youth correction facilities. Person is currently attending medical school at the University of Nebraska.