John and Virginia Reifel
Ginny Reifel was a dedicated Grand Rapids Public Schools teacher who taught first grade in the inner city for many years. Ginny’s commitment to educating her students led her to supplement school-provided resources and to develop individual curriculum tailored to each student’s needs. She continues to volunteer in various schools as much as she can.
John Reifel is a Professor of Economics who enjoyed sharing with students how an understanding of economic principles can provide insight into a wide variety of economic phenomenon. Over the years he developed and introduced into the curriculum new courses in current economic issues, urban economics, public economics, and economic development. His research focuses on housing related topics including housing demand, determinants of housing value, and discrimination in housing markets. In his more than 40 years of service to GVSU and the Seidman College of Business he also served at various times as Economics Department Chairperson, Associate Dean, and Interim Dean of the Seidman College of Business.