One of the finest student-athletes in Maine during the late 1960's, Fred Radke's performance in both the classrooms and playing fields of his hometown of Orono propelled him to the Ivy League and eventually to a distinguished career in medicine. From Orono High School to Dartmouth College to his current role as chief surgeon at a major Portland hospital, he has experienced success during every step of the way.
Radke was a star athlete at Orono High School where he excelled in football, basketball, and baseball, earning eleven varsity letters during his storied career. One of the top players in the Little Ten Conference, Radke was a four-time varsity performer for the Red Riot football program and earned All-Conference honors as a junior and senior as a fullback and a linebacker.
On the hardwood, Radke was a four-year varsity player for Coach Bob Cimbollek's Orono basketball clubs. The 6'6" forward helped lead the Red Riots to state championships in 1967 and 1969 and was selected to the Bangor Daily News Class L All-Tournament team as a junior and a senior. He was also named a third-team All-State player in 1968 and earned second-team All-State honors during his senior season. In recognition of his stellar career, he was selected to the Orono High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2008.
Upon his graduation from Orono, Radke entered Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. He played defensive end on the Dartmouth freshman team and helped lead that squad to a 7-0 record. As a sophomore, he earned a starting position at defensive end for Coach Bob Blackman's Big Green team that finished 9-0. Ranked fourteenth in the nation, the 1970 Dartmouth club won the Ivy League title outright and was awarded the Lambert Trophy as the East's top collegiate program. Radke was the only member of his class to receive a starting berth and for his efforts he earned All-Ivy and All-New England honors.
When Jake Crouthemal replaced Blackman as head coach of Dartmouth in 1971, the talented Radke was a key in his plans to continue the Big Green's success. A series of knee problems limited Radke's play in 1971 and 1972, but his leadership was integral in leading Dartmouth to a share of two more Ivy titles. He was a team co-captain during his senior season. During his three years on the Dartmouth varsity team, Radke's teams accumulated an overall record of 24-2-1, including 18-2-1 against Ivy League competition.
An excellent scholar, the biology major was on the Dean's list for six terms. Radke was one of only 33 college football players in the nation to be named an NCAA Postgraduate Scholar in 1972. He also earned the Naitonal Football Hall of Fame Foundation National Scholar-Athlete Award that same year and received an Earl Blaik graduate fellowship.
Radke earned his medical degree from Dartmouth Medical School in 1976 and returned to Maine to meet his residency requirements. Since 1994, he has served as Chief of Surgery at Mercy Hospital. In addition, he was president of the Maine College of Surgeons in 2004 and has been a clinical associate professor with the University of Vermont College of Medicine. Today Dr. Radke lives in Falmouth with his wife Claire and is the father of six children.
Maine Sports Hall of Fame
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Cumberland, ME 04021
Phone (207) 807-7666
The Maine Sports Hall of Fame was established in 1972 for the purpose of: 1) appointing and bestowing recognition awards and scholarships to outstanding Maine high school scholar-athletes; and, 2) to formally honor and memorialize Maine athletes and sports figures who have brought distinction and honor to the state of Maine.