|Year of Graduation:||1948 & 1954|
Dr. Delmont N. Merrill was born Aug. 5, 1925, in Ellsworth, Maine. “Del” graduated from Ellsworth High School in 1943 and then served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. Merrill was a flame thrower for the 5th Marine Division and one of the thousands who stormed the beach on the Japanese island of Iwo Jima.
Del returned to live in Ellsworth and graduated from the Bangor Maine School of Commerce, the precursor of Husson University, in 1948 with a business teacher education diploma. He then taught and coached at Sullivan High School and Sumner Memorial High School in Sullivan, Maine.
He returned to Husson in 1953, where he served as a teacher and coached baseball and basketball. He is widely credited with building the school’s athletic department. Also, during this period, he served as the Director of Athletics. His baseball accomplishments at Husson included a record of 186 wins, 88 losses, and four ties, five National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) playoff selections, eight NCC championships, a NAIA District 32 championship, and NAIA District 32 Coach of the Year in 1968, 1969 and 1973. In basketball, his Husson teams won 197 games and lost 86. They won seven NCC championships and two Maine state small college crowns.
He was named president of Husson College in 1978 and often credited his years of coaching as good preparation for being a college president. He retired from education in 1987 and entered the family business, Merrill Blueberry Farm Inc. At the time of his second retirement in 2009, he had served as president for 17 years. Dr. Merrill passed away on April 19, 2010.