Inducted in 1984
Oakley Melendy
Born on September 30, 1916 in Augusta, Maine
Education:
Gardiner High School
Phillips Andover Academy
Bowdoin College
Columbia University

Well-known Augusta surgeon Dr. Oakley Melendy - one of the state's most versatile athletes while at Bowdoin College.

Melendy, Class of 1939, set a state record by earning 12 varsity letters in four major sports - football, hockey, baseball, and track.

Freshmen weren't eligible for varsity play in those days as he won numerals in four sports his sophomore year.

In addition, he found the time and had the skills to play tennis and independent basketball (Bowdoin then had no varsity hoop team) and was twice college champion in both pool and billiards.

Melendy played three different backfield positions - tailback, fullback, and quarterback - on three straight state championship football teams under Hall of Famer Adam Walsh.

As a crack center-wing, he helped Linn Wells' hockey team to two state crowns, was All-New England in 1939. He also played a key role in a state baseball title as shortstop and dependable hitter for former Hall of Fame president Wells.

A two-time state champion javelin thrower, he helped Hall of Famer Jack Magee's track team take state honors in 1939 and placed second in the New Englands.

Prior to his unmatched Bowdoin career, Oakley was a letterman in football, basketball, baseball, and tennis two years for Gardiner High and at Phillips Andover Academy.

For more than 30 years, Dr. Melendy has ranked among the state's better amateur golfers and master tennis players with many titles to his credit - including the Maine Seniors Golf championship at age 60 and the Number One rating in the Maine Tennis Association Senior Division in 1976.

An ankle fusion operation a year ago ended his tennis career.

His wife is the former Joan Marie Hyland, and they have two daughters, Mary Lou and Meredith, and two sons, Michael and Mark.

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