BANGOR — Delmont “Del” Merrill, Down East blueberry grower and past president of Husson University, has died at age 84. A Husson official says Merrill, who died Monday, had battled leukemia.

Merrill served as Husson’s president from 1978 to 1987 before leaving academia to run the family blueberry business, Merrill Blueberry Farms, where he served as president. The World War II veteran also served as a professor, athletic director, administrator and coach at Husson.

Husson President Robert Clark said he’ll be remembered for “his dedication, his patriotism, his love of his family, and his commitment to Husson.”