Dec. 26, 2008
Ten luminaries to be inducted into Hunter
Hall of Fame
The newest members of the Hunter Hall of Fame
will be honored in a special induction ceremony on Saturday, Aug.
1, 2009. The event will be part of Denfeld’s centennial, celebrating
the school’s first 100 graduating classes.
The Denfeld Alumni Association’s board of
directors chose the honorees from over 150 nominations.
Al Amatuzio graduated from Denfeld
in 1942 and spent 25 years in the Air National Guard. In 1972, he
founded Amsoil, a company that became the largest independent manufacturer
of synthetic lubricants in the world.
Dorothy Arnold graduated from
Denfeld in 1935 and became a Hollywood actress, appearing in 15
films between 1937 and 1939. She died in 1984.
Michael Colalillo was drafted
into the Army at age 18. In one attack, he killed or wounded 25
Nazis and assisted a wounded American soldier, earning him a Congressional
Medal of Honor.
David Karpeles graduated from
Denfeld in 1953. He eventually amassed the world’s largest
private collection of original documents, opening nine Karpeles
Manuscript Library Museums.
Duane Kerin graduated from Denfeld
in 1960 and became a certified public accountant. He began acquiring
com-panies in 1976, and later established the Kerin Family Fund
inside the Minneapo-lis Foundation for charitable giving.
Helen Lind (Vitich) graduated
from Denfeld in 1947. She is best known for her work as a gardener
for the city of Duluth and her involvement in numerous community
John “Jack” Moon
graduated from Denfeld in 1946 and served in the Army during the
Korean War. He later became a prominent lawyer and real estate investor.
He died in 2001.
Marie Saltwick graduated from
Denfeld in 1925 and returned to teach biology for 41 years, becoming
one of the school’s most inspirational teachers. She died
Gail Sederski was a standout athlete at Denfeld,
graduating in 1976. She went on to play basketball and fast-pitch
softball at the University of Minnesota.
Lenore Snodgrass taught English
at Denfeld for 34 years, dying unexpectedly in 1953. A scholarship
fund setup in her memory later became known as the Greater Denfeld
These honorees will join 29 previously inducted
members in the Hunter Hall of Fame. The Aug. 1 induction ceremony
will be held in Denfeld’s auditorium at 2 p.m. There will
be no charge for admission.