Inducted in 2007
David Fernald
Born on June 24, 1940 in Hartland, Maine
Education:
Maine Central Institute, 1958
Bowdoin College, 1962
Stanford University, 1979

It should come as no surprise to anyone who grew up with David Fernald that he went on to become a leader in the high technology market.

He was, after all, a very unique individual growing up in Maine.

Fernald was one of the best football players in Bowdoin College history, possibly in Maine college history.

Three times he was voted an all-Maine selection, once at center and twice at offensive guard, a feat that was never duplicated.

Gerard O. Haviland, a teammate at Bowdoin, said Fernald's intelligence was matched only by his intensity. "No opponent ever out-battled Dave on the football field," said Haviland. "He was fast, tough, intelligent, and relentlessly competitive."

Fernald was born in Hartland and attended Maine Central Institute in Pittsfield where he played both baseball and football. He was captain of MCI's post-grad team in 1957. That team went 7-0 and did not give up a point all season. Then it was off to Bowdoin where he majored in Mathematics.

Fernald played both football and lacrosse for the Polar Bears and was co-captain of the gridiron team his senior year.

Nels Corey coached Fernald in both sports and said, "He led by example and inspired his teammates with dedication and competitiveness."

Fernald played center his sophomore year then switched to guard for his final two seasons.

In his junior year, the Polar Bears won the state championship by beating Colby, Bates, and the University of Maine. The final game against UMO was played before 10,000 fans at Bowdoin.

"I believe strongly that Dave Fernald should be rated as one of the great linemen in Bowdoin football history," said Corey.

After Bowdoin, Fernald received his MBA from Stanford, then began a long, successful career in the communications business.

He currently is the president and CEO of Terralink Software Systems, Inc. in Portland, an environmental software products and services company that he founded.

He is president of the Board of Directors of the Maine Technology Institute, appointed to the position by Governor John Baldacci.

Maine's politicians have obviously looked to Fernald for leadership as former Governor Angus King appointed him to the Board of Directors for the Small Enterprise Growth Fund.

He also has a long history of civic participation, serving on various homeowners' organizations and coaching youth sports at various levels.

His former teammate, Haviland, said Fernald certainly epitomizes what a Hall of Fame member should be. "If the purpose of the Maine Hall of Fame is to recognize and to honor Maine athletes who have excelled in the game of football and in life, I can think of no one more deserving that David Fernald," he said.

David Fernald and his wife, Mary, or Muffie, live in Portland and have three children, Robin Woolson, Elizabeth Garcia, and Margoe Shaw.

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