LEE – Fred Raymond Dingley, 95, died April 9, 2004, at a Lincoln hospital. He was born Aug. 19, 1908, in South Portland, the son of Albert Smith Dingley and Alice May (Raymond) Dingley, both formerly of Richmond and Bowdoinham. Fred attended South Portland schools, graduating from South Portland High School in 1926 and received the following degrees: Bates College, AB cum laude, 1930, MA, 1937; Ricker College, Honorary Dr. Pedagogy, 1963; Bowdoin College, Honorary Dr. Humane Letters, 1968. He married Margaret Lancaster, of Lincoln in 1931 (deceased 1957) and Madeline Lancaster, of Lincoln, in 1964. He held education positions as follows; teacher, Lisbon High School, 1930; teacher, Sabattus High School, 1931-1934; principal, Winn High School, 1935-1941; principal, Carmel High School, 1942-1943; principal, Mattawamkeag High School, 1944; submaster and guidance director, Stearns High School, Millinocket, 1945; submaster and teacher, Lee Academy, 1946-1952; principal, 1952-1971. He was a member of Elm Street Methodist Church in South Portland; Poetry Fellowship of Maine; Josselyn Botanical Society; Benevolent Lodge in Carmel AF & AM; Forest Grange in Lee, past master; Maine State Grange; College Club, Bates College; State Principals Association; PTA, life member; Maine Teachers Association, life member and past president in 1947; National Education Association, life member. He was also past president of many educational organizations: Maine Association of Independent Schools; Maine Teachers Association; Penobscot County Teachers Association; Sednec Teachers Club in Carmel; Pioneer Teachers Club in Lee; Millinocket Teachers Club. Mr. Dingley was active in many educational organizations in New England; member of the Commission of Independent Schools (three terms); the New England Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools from 1956-1967; executive secretary, Independent Schools Association of Northern New England; member of the State Board of Education in Maine, member 1950-1961, vice chairman 1958-1959, chairman 1960-1961; Degree of Honorary State Farmer in 1965 from the Future Farmers of America. He was moderator of the town of Lee, 1948-1981; trustee of Husson College from 1965-1981 and recipient of the President’s Award for Distinguished Service in 1982; honorary trustee of Lee Academy, 1971 to date; director of Hospital Administrative District No. 1, representing the town of Lee from 1973-1980 and recipient of Distinguished Service Award in 1981; member of four-county Advisory Committee, Dept. of Health and Welfare, 1973-1977, chairman 1976-1977. Mr. Dingley published two books of poetry, “600 Acres” in 1980 and “Eyes to See” in 1986. He was the major author and historian in charge of preparation for the book “History of a Frontier School – Lee Academy – 1845 – 1988.” Mr. Dingley was a well-known contributor to “Letters to the Editor.” He served as a supply pastor to various churches and was a speaker and illustrative lecturer. In addition to his wife, Madeline, he is survived by two nephews and a niece, Stanley E. Flink of Barre, Vt., Fred C. Dingley and Paulette Dingley, both of Lewiston; great-nieces and great-nephews. A graveside service will be held 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Lincoln Cemetery, with the Rev. Dr. Bruce Young officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Margaret Dingley Fund at Lee Academy, the Lee Academy Alumni Fund or the Fred R. Dingley Husson College Scholarship. Arrangements with Clay Funeral Home, 7 Lee Road, Lincoln. For an online register book, please visit www.clayfuneralhome.com.