Class of 1979 Winter 2021 Class Note

I am writing this on a lovely September day. Here’s hoping that everyone is
healthy and happy and that we see an end to this COVID nightmare soon.
On to positive news!

Dale T. Phillips, who took writing classes from Stephen King ’70, ’87 L.H.D.
during his tenure at the University of Maine, has three new books out, available
in fine bookstores, or online at They are Neptune City, Deadly
Encounters, and The Return of Fear.

Kennebunk High School is missing Brian Dill in the classroom and on the football
field and baseball diamond this school year. Brian has retired after 41 years of
coaching and teaching. He worked as a special education teacher and as
assistant football coach and varsity baseball coach. His colleagues and former
players praised him for his patience, calm demeanor, and ability to relate to the

John D. “JD” Martin has joined his younger twin brothers Konrad ’89 and Kevin
as the chief financial officer at their company, Tech Advisors of Medfield, MA.
Before joining Tech Advisors JD had a long career as director of finance in
Virginia public schools. He also owned his own CPA firm in Blue Hill, ME, for 16
years, He now lives in Virginia with his wife, Tracy, who teaches first grade. They
have three grown children.

Lee Dellicker recently sold his Massachusetts-based construction management
business, Windover Construction, to his employees through an ESOP
transaction. Windover is now 100 percent employee owned. Lee and his family
have now relocated to Charleston, SC. Lee remains on the Board of Windover
and will stay on as an advisor and advocate for the next few years.

Farm Credit East, a financial products and services business, recently
announced the retirement of Fred Morton after 40 years of service. Fred began
his career as a loan officer and concluded it as executive vice president and
regional manager, overseeing five offices, two in Maine as well as offices in
Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. He has also served in
leadership roles for a number of industry organizations including serving as a
director on the Maine Forest Products Council and the University of Maine’s
Board of Agriculture.

Bob Whalen ’86G has been the coach of Dartmouth’s baseball team for 31
seasons. Under his leadership, Dartmouth has accumulated 600 victories, a
record that puts him fourth among Ivy League coaches at one school in any
sport. Bob has also led his teams to two Ivy titles, 11 Red Rolfe Division crowns,
and 77 first-team All-Ivy and All-EIBL selections, plus sent 28 players to the
professional ranks. He played college baseball under head coach John Winkin at
UMaine from 1976 to 1979, appearing on the school's 1976 College World Series
team. Bob began his college coaching career prior to the start of the 1982
season as an assistant at UMaine. He coached at Maine through the end of the
1989 season and was associate head coach for his final three seasons there.
During his tenure, UMaine reached four College World Series.

Chris Decker ’99G is a retired educator from Turner, ME. He has worked as a
teacher at Turner Elementary School, as principal at Rumford Elementary
School, and assistant principal at Mountain Valley High School.

Please feel free to send news of your doings! It would be especially interesting, I
think, to hear how you all are coping with social distancing, staying home, and
Zooming. Share your tales!