Fred Raymond Dingley H’68

Fred Raymond Dingley H’68, who received an honorary doctor of humane letters degree from the College in 1968, died on April 9, 2004, in Lincoln, Maine.

Born on August 8, 1908, in South Portland, he prepared for college at South Portland High School and graduated cum laude from Bates College in 1930. He was successively a science teacher at Lisbon High School and Sabattus High School, principal and a teacher at Winn High School, Carmel High School, and Mattawamkeag High School, and submaster and guidance director at Stearns High School in Millinocket. In 1946, he joined the staff at Lee Academy, where he remained until his retirement in 1971, serving as headmaster and a teacher. In 1937, he received a master of arts degree from Bates and, in 1963, an honorary doctor of pedagogy degree from Ricker College. He was the author of two books of poetry, 600 Acres and Eyes to the Sea, and was the major author and historian in charge of preparation for the book History of a Frontier School – Lee Academy 1845. He was a trustee of Husson College from 1965 to 1981. The citation for the honorary doctor of humane letters degree that he received from Bowdoin in 1968 said, in part, “… a son of Maine who has dedicated a full lifetime of educating the sons and daughters of Maine.” He served as President of the Maine Association of Independent Schools and the Maine Teachers Association, as chair of the Maine State Board of Education, as moderator of the town of Lee from 1948 to 1981, and as executive secretary of the Independent Schools Association of Northern New England. He was designated Honorary State Farmer in 1965 by the Future Farmers of America. In 1931, he was married to Margaret Lancaster, who died in 1957, and was married again in 1964 to Madeline Lancaster, who survives him, as do two nephews , Stanley E. Flink of Barre, VT, and Fred C. Dingley of Lewiston; and a niece, Paulette Dingley of Lewiston.