Ted Curtis, retired University of Maine faculty manager of athletics, for monumental contributions to the state's college and high school sports welfare for 60 of his 82 years, gains well-deserved 1983 entry in the Maine Sports Hall of Fame.
He was an all-round athlete four years at Freeport High School; captain of an undefeated freshman basketball team plus three-year varsity hoop, winter sports and tennis standout at U-Maine, graduating in 1923.
He was vocational agricultural teacher and coach of seven (cross-country, boys' and girls' basketball, boys' and girls' winter sports, boys' and girls' track) for five years at Lee Academy. One of his star runners, Harry Richardson, later won state, New England and National ICA-4 cross-country for the University, the '30 National harrier crown shared with teammate Bud Lindsey.
Lee coaching record: 220 victories, 35 defeats. Combined mark: 82-36. Curtis coached two years and nine teams at Caribou High.
He established varsity winter sports, coached 31 years, won 25 state titles. Charley Akers of Andover was two-time Olympian and once All-American as national cross-country ski champion. Ted Pidacks of Rumford, non-skier before he met Curtis, also was an Olympian. Win Robbins was a high-ranked early snowshoer. Maine ski teams defeated 933 foes, lost to 675 running Ted's school-college coaching record to 1,235-746.
Long a leader in state, New England and national collegiate sports organizations charged with maintaining policy and championship events - Curtis was everybody's official at meets large and small.
Recipient of the Black Bear Award in '56 for devoted service to the University, guest of honor at Bowdoin's homeČ? coming luncheon in '54 and presented certificate of appreciation.
Also, there was his civic service and longtime YMCA activity at local and state levels (building at the State Y camp at Lake Cobbossocontee dedicated to Ted).
Married to the former Augusta Tolman of Randolph, MA, they have three daughters, Mary Betts, Edith Partridge, Marian MacDonald, and a son, Theodore S. Curtis, Jr.
Maine Sports Hall of Fame
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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.