BANGOR, Maine — John Dudley, 73, a native of Topsham and now a resident of Stillwater Health Care in Bangor, was honored recently as part of National Nursing Home Week, May 13-19.
He received a lifetime achievement award from the Maine Health Care Association on April 13 at the State House in Augusta. The award is given each year to 36 people living in long-term care facilities in Maine.
Dudley spent his career teaching at Morse High School in Bath and serving as football coach, with five consecutive state championships to his credit. He also organized and and facilitated an annual golf tournament to benefit the Jimmy Fund, which raises funds to to support adult and pediatric cancer care and research.
Scott Walker, Morse High School athletic director, said, “John is a legend around here.”
As a special honor, Walker had the Morse football squad and coaches sign a football, which was presented to Dudley on May 15.
The high school established an award for excellence in his name, the John L. Dudley Dedication to Excellence Award, given annually to the most outstanding football player at Morse High School.