William F. Reifsnider: Remembering of Our Friend and Colleague

 William F. Reifsnider: Remembering of Our Friend and Colleague

Saturday, January 12, 2013, Barry University Miami Shores Campus
Please join us with your family

4:00 pm           Memorial Mass in honor of Bill, Cor Jesu Chapel

5:00 pm           Alumni cookout with Barry University baseball team and coaching staff

6:00 pm           Inaugural Reifsnider Alumni Baseball Game

It is always difficult to lose a loved one.  In May, the Barry University community mourned the loss of our alumnus, scholar-athlete and friend, Bill Reifsnider, ’90.    He was one of our best - a kind man with a quick, genuine smile and a caring heart.  We miss him.

Bill was an acomplished athlete and a gifted scholar.  He was a 4-year starter for the Buccaneers baseball team, named a GTE Academic All-American and won the Woody Hayes National Scholar-Athlete Award in 1990.  In addition, Bill was Barry’s first Rhodes Scholar candidate.  That same year he led the nation in  double hits.  Bill topped off an outstanding career at Barry University with a batting average of .359,  a standout in Barry’s history. 

In 1996, Barry Universiy recognized Bill’s accomplishments by inducting him into the Barry University Athletic Wall of Honor. After graduating, Bill took his desire to teach and coach baseball to Czechoslovakia where his talents enriched the lives of children in a nation giving birth to a more democratic society.

To keep alive the vision of one of Barry’s most accomplished and giving alumni, Barry University has established a named scholarship in Bill’s honor for baseball scholar-athletes.  The Reifsnider family and friends of Bill have donated more than $17,000.00.  Recipients of this scholarship will know of the kindness of the man for whom the award is named and his desire to “pay it forward.”  If you would like to make a secure gift, please visit this site: https://www.barry.edu/giving/donate/.  In "Apply gift to" section, please select "In honor of" and write in "William F. Reifsnider."  Checks may also be mailed to Barry University, 11300 NE 2nd Ave, Miami Shores, FL 33161.  Checks should be payable to "Barry University in honor of William F. Reifsnider."

You are invited to the alumni events that will honor Bill’s memory.  On Saturday, January 12, 2013 we invite you to a special Mass in memory of Bill at 4:00 pm in Cor Jesu Chapel on the main campus in Miami Shores.  We will follow with a cook out and alumni baseball game at 6:00 pm on the baseball field. Please join us with your family.  You can RSVP this day of remembrance by calling Rosemary Eichenberg in the Division of Institutional Advancement at 305.899.4081 or email us at reichenberg@mail.barry.edu

We hope you can be a part of these tributes that allow us to give thanks for the gift that was Bill Reifsnider with his family and friends.   

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