Anthony "Tony" Rinaldo has been an active Bucknell alumnus almost constantly since he graduated 50 years ago. Currently he is the gift chair for the 50th reunion of the Class of 1960.
Tony's dedication to Bucknell, both at the class and University leadership levels, has earned him accolades from classmates and staff. He was a "go-to" guy while attending Bucknell, and remains a consistent workhorse for all things Orange and Blue.
As an undergraduate, Tony - also known as "The Buffalo" - played football and basketball and was on the wrestling team. His love of athletics at Bucknell eventually led him to serve on the Bison Club Board of Directors as an alumnus for many years, including the newly formed Executive Board from 2003-2005. He has also established the Rinaldo Annual Scholarship for athletes with proven financial need.
Beyond athletics, Tony was President of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity and was treasurer of the Interfraternity Council. He had a leadership role in Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society, was Vice President of his Junior Class, served on the Men's Council, House of Representatives and was Chair of the Judicial Board. He also was involved in the Chorale, the Bucknellian and WVBU radio station. He was a member of the Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities. He participated in the Army Reserve Officers Training Program, and he was a Distinguished Military Graduate and Commissioned Officer. Therafter he served on active duty in the U.S. Army.
After he graduated from Bucknell in 1960 with a Bachelor of Arts in English, Tony embarked on his plan of becoming a lawyer. He graduated from Emory Law School. He was a Prosecutor for the Union County Prosecutors Office before moving to Rinaldo and Rinaldo Law Firm in Union, NJ. He is past President of the Union County, New Jersey Bar Association, a member of the New Jersey Trial Lawyers Association, and a Master of the American Inns of Court. He has been involved in several roles in New Jersey politics.
As an alumnus, Tony's volunteerism picked up where his undergraduate service left off. He became President of the North Jersey Bucknell Club and President of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Alumni Association. He served on the Board of Directors of the Bucknell Alumni Association for 11 years, from October 1974 until May 1985. He was its Treasurer for two years, Vice President for 1½ years and President for 2½ years. The five years following his tenure on the Alumni Board were spent serving on the University Board of Trustees, where he served on the Legal Committee.
His 50th reunion is not the first time Tony has led the gift drive for his class. He has helped raise funds for many years, and previously chaired his 35th Reunion.
Anthony Rinaldo has shown his love for Bucknell in many ways over many years. The Bucknell Alumni Association is proud to honor him with its Loyalty to Bucknell Award.
It is with great pleasure that the Bucknell Alumni Association honors Anthony Rinaldo with its Loyalty to Bucknell Award.