WYANDOTTE — A former longtime city resident will be honored by his college alma mater next month.
During a banquet at 6 p.m. Oct. 23 in the Red Cedar Room of the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center in East Lansing, Noel C. Bufe will be inducted into the Michigan State University Criminal Justice Hall of Fame. The induction also will land him a place on the university’s Wall of Fame.
He and four other distinguished alumni also will be honored Oct. 24 at a home football game against the University of Iowa at Spartan Stadium.
In 1966, Bufe became the first executive secretary of the Michigan Law Enforcement Officers Training Council. He was appointed administrator of the Office of Criminal Justice Program by then-Gov. William Milliken and later named chairman of the state Crime Commission.
Bufe was deputy administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for the U.S. Department of Transportation in Washington, D.C. He also served for 23 years as the director of the Traffic Institute at Northwestern University.
Additionally, Bufe led the National Safety Council and is a past president of the MSU Alumni Association.
“Noel gives credit to his K-through-12 public education that he received in Wyandotte,” said John Stewart, his cousin and a former state representative. “Noel Bufe fondly remembers the support and encouragement of his family, teachers, coaches and many friends, such as (Councilman) Jim DeSana.”
Bufe was born in Wyandotte on Dec. 25, 1933. His father, Carl Bufe, was the superintendent of the city’s light and water plant for more than 20 years.
The younger Bufe was an all-state end when he graduated from Roosevelt High School in January 1952. He was a member of the Michigan State football team for four years and played in the 1956 Rose Bowl, when the team won a national championship.
Academically, Bufe received a bachelor’s degree, a master’s in criminal justice, and a doctoral degree in education from MSU.
“I admire the accomplishments of … my cousin, Noel Bufe,” Stewart said, “and we can all be proud of the fact that (he) came from Wyandotte, Michigan.”