Buchanan inducts fourPublished 7:45pm Sunday, January 22, 2012
BUCHANAN — A California doctor, former Buchanan business owner and two former Buchanan teachers were inducted into Buchanan High School’s Hall of Fame during a ceremony Friday night.
• Matt Dinolfo, Class of 1965, is being recognized for his contributions to society. Dinolfo is a private practice doctor of internal medicine and infectious diseases at UCLA. He was recently elected by his peers to Best Doctors in America, a national organization to which only 5 percent of doctors in the country belong. Dinolfo was born in the area in 1947 to immigrant parents with limited English.
Upon graduation, Dinolfo studied at Western Michigan University and Wayne State University of Medicine, where he graduated from in 1976.
He lives in Santa Monica, Calif., with his wife and two children.
• The late Dale Rifenberg, Class of 1950, is being recognized for activities relating to the school. The owner of Dale Rifenberg Insurance Agency had an impressive athletics resume while at Buchanan.
He was named Berrien County Sportswriter Athlete of the Year, earned All-State Honorable Mention honors in football and set the school scoring record in basketball. He was a contributing factor in the football teams’ conference championships in his sophomore, junior and senior years; ranking them third in the state his junior year.
Rifenberg helped lead the football and basketball teams to All-Conference honors in his junior and senior years. He finished his football career with 133 career points and more than 1,500 rushing yards.
• Don and Kay Trull are being recognized for their lifelong contributions to Buchanan High School. Don was an assistant principal at the high school in 1961 and served as principal at the middle school from 1962-72.
He taught in Australia on an exchange fellowship from 1972-74 before returning to Buchanan to teach until retiring in June 1989. Don officiated track and cross-country meets until 2008 and has been an active member of the school board’s Farm Board Committee since 2003.
Kay began her teaching career with Buchanan in 1974 as an English and biology teacher and retired in 1989. She was elected to the Buchanan school board in 1991 and served on the board for multiple terms.
She has been a member of the Buchanan College Club for decades, making sure there is enough money to award scholarships each year and money for any college student in need of an interest-free loan.