Born in Sanford, Maine, Gene Sturgeon grew up in Portland.
He was an outstanding athlete at Deering High School and later at the University of Maine in the 1940s and 1950s.
Gene's athletic career included participation during military service and in independent and semi-pro organizations state-wide in Maine.
A significant period of Gene's athletic background and sports-related activities was his outstanding basketball officiating career. He was a member of the International Association of Basketball Officials (I.A.B.O), the Federation International De Basketball (FI.B.A.) and the Collegiate Basketball Officials Association (C.B.O.A.).
Gene's basketball-officiating career began while he was a student at the University of Maine. His mentors were Charlie Wooten and Charlie Koharian. His work culminated in Gene's selection as a New England representative to C.B.O.A.
He was ultimately elected as President of that organization in 1978-79. Gene attained the position at a time when C.B.O.A. was the largest organization of basketball officials in the world.
In the Eastern United States, C.B.O.A., through its affiliation with the Eastern College Athletic Conference, serviced colleges from Maine to Virginia and west to New York and Pennsylvania.
Before he was calling them as he saw them, Gene had an up close and personal look at athletics on the fields and courts at Deering High School.
His playing career with the Rams spanned the years 1942-1946. He lettered in football, basketball and baseball. In 1946 Deering was the Western Maine runner-up in basketball and the same year won the Telegram League baseball championship.
He spent the next two years in the US. Navy and continued athletics with fleet competition in spare time from duties aboard the USS Phillipine Sea and USS. Kearsage.
Returning to civilian life, Gene enrolled at the University of Maine in Orono. He played three seasons of varsity football, 1949-1951. In 1949 he received honorable mention on the All-Maine team selected by the Maine Sunday Telegram.
Two years later, Gene (5-10, 170 pounds) was voted an All-New England defensive back by the Boston Globe and was an all-Maine defensive back in a poll conducted by Maine College Coaches.
He played varsity baseball in 1952 and received his B.S. degree in education. That fall Gene was a graduate assistant in football. The following spring he was awarded a Master's degree in education.
Following college he played amateur basketball with Aceto's Atoms of Portland, the A.B.C. Western Maine and state champions. He was also a member of the Bangor Hoboes.
From 1948-1955, Gene played in the Twilight League with a variety of local teams including the Press Herald Braves who won the state championship in 1949. In 1954, Gene's batting average was .362 with 34 hits.
In addition to his athletic contributions, Gene had a long involvement with many civic and charitable organizations.
Gene retired in 1991 after 35 years with Northeast Utilities as Director of External Relations responsible for liaison with the administration, Congress and regulatory agencies in Washington, DC.
Gene and his wife Judy have three children, David, Scott, and Lori.
Maine Sports Hall of Fame
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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.