Fryeburg Academy names next Hall of Excellence induction class

Fryeburg Academy Hall of Excellence is pleased to announce the 2016 inductees!

This will be the seventh group inducted into the Hall of Excellence and includes: Clayton Burnell, Class of ’47; June Walker Hammond, Class of ’54; Alan Bennett and George Weston, both Class of ’60; Barry Woodbrey, Class of ’62; Hillary Stacy Allocco, Class of ’99; and Harry “Pinky” True as a Significant Supporter.

The induction ceremony will take place during Fryeburg Academy Homecoming, on Saturday, Oct. 22.

Clayton Burnell

Clayton Burnell

Clayton M. Burnell, Class of 1947

Clayton was a four-year member of the football, basketball and baseball teams. During his freshman year, he received the Freshman Speaking Prize in 1943 for “Dunkirk,” a one-act play, and served on the Student Council his sophomore year. In February of 1945, Clayton and six other Fryeburg Academy athletes enlisted in the Navy, and returned to the Academy a year later to complete high school.

In 1946 as a junior, Clayton led the basketball team to the Western Maine playoffs with only one loss. He was also on the baseball team when it tied for the Western Maine Conference Championship in 1947.

Clayton went on to receive his degree in chemical engineering at the University of Maine, working for Hammond’s Lumber in Hiram during the summers. He was student president of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers in 1952-53 while at Orono, and participated in this organization throughout his career.

Clayton worked for Central Maine Power and Eastman Kodak Company in Rochester, N.Y., prior to moving to Honolulu, Hawaii, where he worked for Kodak Hawaii and played golf, winning his club’s championship in 1957. Soon after, Clayton moved to San Francisco, where he remained through his retirement in 1989, working for Eastman Kodak Company in its Health Science Division.

Since 1990, Clayton has participated in senior aerobics exercise classes, and is a volunteer instructor for the same in the Millbrae and Burlingame, Calif. areas. Clayton and his self-proclaimed “greatest achievement”— wife Gloria, FA ’49 — live in California and visit his boyhood hometown of Hiram every summer.

June Walker Hammond, Class of 1954

June was a wonderful athlete, who played field hockey, basketball and softball during her four years at Fryeburg Academy.

June Walker-Hammond

June Walker-Hammond

During her junior year, she led the field hockey team to a league championship. In addition to sports, June involved herself in public speaking, chorus, one-act plays, and Y-Teens, where she served as president. June earned National Honor Society membership during her junior and senior years and received numerous awards in Latin. June attended Wellesley College and earned a degree in economics. While at Wellesley, she continued to play field hockey and golf, making great contributions to the teams.

On June 23, 1962, she married the love of her life, Ed Hammond, and subsequently honeymooned, tenting across the United States. June and Ed later moved to East Lyme, Conn., and both taught at the Lillie B. Haynes Elementary School until 1977. After retiring, they moved back to Maine to raise their three children — Valerie (Hammond) Tripp, Gregory and Todd Hammond.

Ed and June had many adventures traveling and camping with their family. They also enjoyed special times at their Sebago Lake cottage. June sold real estate with Bill Severance in Lovell, and then went to work at the Fryeburg Fair, serving as secretary for the next 25 years. June also substituted occasionally for math classes at Fryeburg Academy. She retired in 2012.

June involved herself in the Fryeburg community for many years as a member and president of the Library Club. She worked in the Fryeburg Extension Office for 20 years, and the Fryeburg Academy Alumni Association, where she was president for two years. June was also a trustee of Fryeburg Academy for 12 years.

June and Ed spend their winter months in Florida, returning to the Fryeburg area in the summers to enjoy their well-deserved retirement and spend time with children, grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

George Weston, Class of 1960

George Weston’s leadership generated a lasting impact on the Fryeburg community. During his four years at the Academy, George was involved in the One-Act Plays, Senior Drama, the Student Council, and served as class president. George also served as class president all four years at Fryeburg Academy. He was unable to play sports due to polio yet managed to be involved by serving as the team manager.

George Weston

George Weston

After graduating from the University of New Hampshire, George returned to Fryeburg to farm with his father, John F. Weston. George’s commitment to the Fryeburg community included serving as a town selectman for 17 years and as the chairman of the Bradley Park Committee. In addition, George has been a trustee and moderator at the First Congregational Church, a member of the Memorial Day Parade Committee, and a member and president of the Fryeburg Academy Alumni Association. George also served on the water company, the Western Maine Forest Nursery and the Maine Vegetable, and Small Fruit Growers Association. Currently, he is involved as the Livestock Chairman Trustee, Second Vice President for the Fryeburg Fair, and a Fryeburg Business Association member.

Weston’s Farm, LLC, is now operated by George, his wife, Laurie, and son, John. They have developed Stark’s Hill into one of the most picturesque sets of Nordic ski trails in Maine. These trails are also used by many in the nearby communities for walking, mountain biking, and home for Academy teams.

Alan Bennett, Class of 1960

Alan received six letters for his participation in soccer, football, basketball and baseball. Due to a concussion, however, he was only able to play football one year, but played basketball and baseball for all four years.

Alan was captain his senior year in basketball and received Most Valuable Player in baseball. He was elected secretary of his class during his sophomore year and advanced to vice president in his junior and senior year. In addition, during his junior year, he was elected to the National Honor Society and served as president in his senior year.

Alan Bennett

Alan Bennett

Alan attended Bowdoin College, where he played a year of basketball and baseball and earned his A.B. degree in Economics.

From 1964 to 1994, Alan spent 30 years as owner of Bennett Transportation, dealing with bulk milk transportation and school and charter busing. Since his retirement, he has kept busy bookkeeping for his wife and daughter’s retail shop, “Spruce Hurricane” in North Conway and helping his grandson with bookkeeping for Bennett Transportation, as well as being an investment manager and accountant.

In addition, Alan organized, played and coached the North Fryeburg Eagle adult men’s softball league for over 10 years. He is a former selectman for the Town of Lovell, member of the budget committee and planning board. He is the past president of Paris Farmer’s Union and the Maine Industrial Milk Haulers Association.

Alan has been trustee of the Fryeburg Fair Association since 1980, as well as trustee of Fryeburg Academy from 2000 to 2012. He is now Trustee Emeritus.

Alan and his wife, Nettie, currently spend the winters in a warmer climate. They always return to Fryeburg in the summer through fair time with their daughter, Amber, and grandchildren.

Barry Woodbrey, Class of 1962

Barry Woodbrey

Barry Woodbrey

Barry was a four-year member of the football team and also played baseball. As team captain his senior year, he lead the ’61 team to a win over Gould Academy for the first time in 17 years! Barry had the distinction of being singled out by Coach Buck Austin at a pep rally for being the only team member to make the honor roll!

Barry was also a member of the Student Council and received second place in the Maine Student Craftsman’s Association his senior year.

After graduating from Fryeburg Academy, Barry went into what would be a 22-year career in the Air Force. After serving a three-year tour in Guam, he was transferred to Andrews Air Force Base and attached to the 89th Special Missions. In 1974, Barry received the Presidential Service Badge for his service as crew chief for Air Force One, where he served under four presidents — Nixon, Ford, Carter and Reagan. Also, Barry received the rank of Chief Master Sergeant in under 20 years, which is — in itself — a great accomplishment.

Barry is husband to Kathleen (Stevens) ’62 and a father of three children — Barry Jr., Michael and Carole. He has been a youth football, baseball and basketball coach and is actively involved in his church council.

Hillary Stacy Allocco, Class of 1999

Hillary Stacy-Allocco

Hillary Stacy-Allocco

Hillary was a 12-sport athlete for Fryeburg Academy playing field hockey, basketball, and softball. During her career, she was inducted into the Western Maine Conference All Conference team in field hockey and basketball. She was a field hockey captain her senior year and captained her softball and basketball teams as a junior and a senior. In addition to her athletic career, Hillary was selected to represent the Academy at Girls State, was a National Honor Society member, and received two Latin awards, and an English Merit Award.

After graduating, Hillary went on to have a remarkable athletic career at Wells College. In field hockey, she was a four-time team MVP; named an AWCC Rookie of the Year as a freshman; was invited to join the All-State Team; was recognized as the AWCC Player of the Year; and received the Distinguished Athlete Award twice.

Hillary is the current record holder at Wells College for points in a career and most assists. In addition to playing on the field hockey team and also being a two-year captain, she played softball and was a team captain and a member of the AWCC All Conference Team.

Now married to her husband, Luke, this mother of three has volunteered countless hours to the Maine Adaptive Sports and Recreation programs, the New England Visually-Impaired Ski Festival, and to the Denmark Lions Club. As the owner and operator of her own daycare center, Hillary continues to use education skills with children.

Harry G True, Significant Supporter

Harry G. True joins the Hall of Excellence as a Significant Supporter. In his 37 years in education, 1953-1990, Mr. True served as a teacher and coach at Porter High School, Gardiner High School, Lake Region and Skowhegan.

Harry G. True

Harry G. True

He arrived at Fryeburg Academy in 1964 and served as a teacher, coach, athletic director and assistant headmaster until he left to be the Headmaster at Maine Central Institute in 1976. Three years later in 1979, he returned to Fryeburg Academy as the Headmaster and also coached basketball until he retired in 1990. He won the State Championship in 1976. Harry’s success and passion for basketball — as well as his love for high school athletics— are well-represented by his induction into the USM Hall of Fame, MCI Hall of Fame, and the Gorham High School Hall of Fame. In addition, he has been recognized with the Bob Brown Contributor Award, the MABS Contributor Award, Citation for Distinguished Professional Service, The MIAAA Distinguished Service Award, and the WMC Outstanding Contributor Award in 1990.

Harry served in the Navy for two years, served in the House of Representatives from 1992–2000, and was an advocate for Senior Citizens/Veterans with the AARP. In addition, he was in the Kiwanis Club, Lion’s Club, American Legion and SAM.

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