For class performance exemplifying golf's highest ideals in ethics and sportsmanship over an inordinate period of time, Dr. Ray Lebel's entry into the Maine Sports Hall of Fame is most fitting.
Simply put, the stocky Lewiston native, Falmouth resident and Portland oral surgeon has won championships - and is still winning-for 43 of his 58 years.
Here is an incomplete list of his accomplishments:
For Ray Lebel, the master links craftsman and sportsman with the infectious grin and friendly manner, has ever been in considerable demand to grace invitational events.
Golf sages all along the line have claimed Ray would have fared well in the professional golf ranks.
But the Navy fighter pilot in WW II - with the D.F.C. and five Air Medals - chose another profession, dentistry, has reached the pinnacle in his specialty.
Dr. Lebel is married to the former Jean Albert from Westbrook. They have four sons, Mark, Michael, David, and Paul, and three daughters, Susan, Marie, and Vicki.
Maine Sports Hall of Fame
P.O. Box 2
Cumberland, ME 04021
Phone (207) 807-7666
The Maine Sports Hall of Fame was established in 1972 for the purpose of: 1) appointing and bestowing recognition awards and scholarships to outstanding Maine high school scholar-athletes; and, 2) to formally honor and memorialize Maine athletes and sports figures who have brought distinction and honor to the state of Maine.