Inducted in 1985
Norman Parent
Born on November 11, 1923 in Lewiston, Maine
Education:
Lewiston High School
Bates College

As a Lewiston High School three-star athlete and Bates College football-baseball standout, and later as a successful football coach at Lewiston, Norm Parent forged an illustrious record.

The height of Parent's playing fame saw him center Bates' 1946 state championship football team that took a perfect record into the initial Glass Bowl in Toledo, Ohio, where the Bobcats lost the game but made many friends because of their outstanding performance. Parent gained All-Maine and All-New England honors, as well as All-American honorable mention, in football as a member of Raymond (Ducky) Pond's Bobcats.

Following his graduation from Bates, Parent assisted Mose Nanigan in guiding the Blue Devils to the 1950 state Class A football title - the first such official designation by the State Principals' Association.

When Nanigan became athletic director, Parent succeeded him as the head coach of football and went on to record five state "A" titles - in 1957, 1960, 1963, 1965 and 1969 - and a co-championship in 1964.

Parent retired from coaching following the 1965 campaign and succeeded Nanigan as athletic director, only to take up the coaching reins again in a 1969 emergency. He guided the Devils to a perfect 10-0 record and another state championship.

It was a one-year comeback, however, as he settled for the athletic director's duties thereafter.

Always close to youngsters, Parent found time to coach Little League Baseball, Youth Football Teams, and Youth Hockey Teams as well as umpire baseball games.

In the fall of 1974, Parent died in an automobile accident while returning from a hunting trip, after searching for and finding a young member of the hunting party who was lost in the Maine woods. Parent is survived by son, Kurt, and daughter, Karen David.

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