Augsburg Legend Celebrates 100th Birthday

Updated: 08/18/2014 5:51 PM
Created: 08/18/2014 5:47 PM

It was a banner day at Augsburg College, Monday, as hundreds gathered to celebrate the life of a legend.

Edor Nelson, a Dawson native, turned 100-years-old. He played football, baseball and basketball for the Auggies in the 1930's. He later coached football, baseball, basketball and wrestling at Augsburg. Many of his former athletes attended the ceremony, which was held at Edor Nelson Field. 

It was also an opportunity to show off Augsburg's new video scoreboard that will serve the field where five sports will be able to use it.

Nelson told reporters that life, even at 100, still excites him, "Thinking about old times, how much fun you had, [it] keeps you alive.  I've enjoyed retirement and old age too. It's still a good life."

Nelson served in World War II, part of Patton's Third Army. He was captured by the Germans in 1944, and spent several months in prison camps in Germany and Poland before being released by the Russians in 1945.  He returned to Minnesota later that year.  

Nelson served as Augsburg's head football coach from 1946 to 1969.  

Edor Nelson, Augsburg legend, turns 100-years-old
Kerry Klatt

Minneapolis/St. Paul

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