NORTHPORT, Maine — Former Bangor Daily News photojournalist Bob DeLong was posthumously inducted into the Maine Press Association Hall of Fame Saturday during a ceremony held at the Point Lookout conference center.
Also inducted into the 13th class of honorees were Don Levesque, retired publisher of the St. John Valley Times in Madawaska, and the late Bill Clark, former columnist for the Portland Press Herald, Central Maine Morning Sentinel and Kennebec Journal.
“Bob told stories, not just with his pictures, but also in the images he painted with the stories he shared with his friends and co-workers,” said Bangor Daily News Photography Editor Scott Haskell, addressing a luncheon crowd of approximately 100 journalists and family members of the inductees while a slide show of DeLong’s best photos played on a large screen.
DeLong worked for the BDN for 34 years, the last 22 as a staff photographer before he retired in 2002. He died in 2008 after a brief illness. Over his career as a photographer, he won numerous state, regional and national awards.
“I suspect that Bob was proudest of his collection of daily life photos and all the friends he made along the way that he shared with our family of readers over the years,” said Haskell, fighting back tears.
Members of the DeLong family accepted a plaque commemorating his induction. His son, Michael DeLong, said his father “would have been honored to go into the MPA Hall of Fame.”
Previous inductees from the Bangor Daily News include former sports editor Ralph “Bud” Leavitt, former news editor Kent Ward, former publisher Lillis Towle Jordan and former reporter Ted Sylvester.
Levesque was presented for induction by friend and retired Bangor Daily News reporter Beurmond Banville, who praised the former publisher for “having the temerity and guts” to print columns written in French on the pages of the St. John Valley Times in order to preserve the region’s Franco and Acadian culture.
Co-presenters John McCatherin and George Smith praised Clark for his incisive columns portraying life in rural Maine. Clark began writing his “Logrolling” column in 1957 and was still writing a version of it until his death in 1988.