Thursday, September 14, 2017

Don Rehfeldt

Donald W. Rehfeldt

January 7, 1927
Chicago, IL

October 17, 1980
Wisconsin Rapids, WI

1943-44 Amundsen High School - Chicago, IL (High School)
1944-45 Amundsen High School - Chicago, IL (High School)
1946-47 University of Wisconsin (College)
1947-48 University of Wisconsin (College)
1948-49 University of Wisconsin (College)
1949-50 University of Wisconsin (College)
1950-51 Baltimore Bullets (NBA)
1951-52 Baltimore Bullets (NBA)
1951-52 Milwaukee Hawks (NBA)

After graduating from Amundsen HS in 1945, Rehfeldt joined the U.S. Army. However, World War 2 was coming to an end, and Rehfeldt was discharged a year later. He enrolled at Wisconsin and played four years there, becoming the first Badger to score 1000 points. He was drafted by the Bullets but was sold a month into his second season to he Hawks.

After playing two years in the NBA, he returned to Wisconsin, taking the job as a salesman for a trucking company.

In 1966, Rehfeldt was diagnosed with cancer, which he fought for many years until his death in 1980 at 53.

Illinois Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame
Obituary, Daily Tribune (Wisconsin Rapids), October 17, 1980


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