Denfeld Hall of Fame to induct 12 new members

Old Denfeld Photo postcardThe Denfeld Hall of Fame will induct the following new members in a ceremony on August 2:

1938, Bob Lund — Capt. All-City lineman on undefeated team. Class President and Little All-American at St. Thomas. Super salesman for Chevrolet as General Sales manager in Detroit. Set sales records of 3,000,000 then 4,000,000 Chevrolets in late 1960’s-early 1970’s. Introduced the Caprice. (Deceased 2007)

1942, Major General Wayne Gatlin — All-Conference QB on City Championship team and Golden Gloves Champion in 1941. Fighter pilot in WWII flew 55 missions. From 1966-84 Group Commander of 148th Fighter Wing. Minnesota Aviation Hall of Fame.

1947, Howard Sivertson — Artist, Illustrator, Historian, Author. Expert on the North Shore and Isle Royale early settlements. Has written five award-winning books.

1950, Ted Litman — U of Minnesota Sociology Professor retired. Main interest on politics and health care. Has co-authored best selling text Health, Politics, and Policy. Book review editor of the journal of Health and Human Behavior.

1955, James Banovetz — Mother was from Doyle family. Began U of No. Illinois Center for Governmental Studies and began graduate program in Public Administration ranked #2 in the nation. Credited with helping Illinois go to professional politicians rather than depend on cronyism, patronage and corruption.

1957, Jim Heffernan — Journalist, humorous writer and social commentator. Wrote for Duluth Herald and Tribune for 42 years. Compiled his memories in book Cooler Near the Lake.

1960, Jack Puglisi — All-state and All-American high school FB/LB on undefeated 8-0 team. Heavily recruited by Big 10 and Big 8. Attended U of M, later transferred to UW-Superior. Tryout with Miami Dolphins. Owned Gun Emporium and purchased Czar Nicholas II shotgun for $287,500 (Deceased 2011)

1962, Betty Suliin — Secretary to the Principal at Denfeld for over 40 years. Noted for professionalism and character.

1963, Dave Hicks — State H.S. Ski Jump Champion 1961 and 1962. US Olympic team 1964 and 1965 competed in World Ski Jump Championships. National ski jump champion 1965, 1966. Later professional teaching pro golfer and 1987 Masters National ski jump champ.

1965, Fred Friedman — Longest serving Minnesota public defender. Selected as a Super Lawyer. Rating of AV as a lawyer — highest ranking possible based on integrity and legal ability. Sports trivia expert.

1982, Janee Harteau — First woman Chief of Police in Minneapolis history.

Jean Endrizzi — English teacher/Speech Coach (2 state championships) at Denfeld 29.5 years. Involved in many civic groups.