David R. Hastings II ’46 died Feb. 14, 2010, in Fryeburg.
David R. Hastings II ’46 died Feb. 14, 2010, in Fryeburg. He was born in Fryeburg and graduated from Fryeburg Academy. He entered Bowdoin in 1942, a member of Theta Delta Chi, but left in 1943 to join the Army Air Corps. He became a flight navigator and had several domestic postings before his discharge in 1945, achieving the rank of first lieutenant. He then returned to Bowdoin and graduated cum laude, a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He went on to Harvard Law School, and he married Doris Graustein in 1947. After graduating, he, Doris, and her two young sons moved to Fryeburg. In addition to their own children, they took in two nephews whose mother had died and whose father served in the Navy. He had a long and successful career as an attorney, joining his father in the Fryeburg practice his great- grandfather had founded in 1847. He worked there alongside his father, his brother, and later his son, almost until death. In addition to his private law practice, he served on the Maine Governor’s Council, was elected three times as attorney for Oxford County, served as chairman of the board of trustees for Fryeburg Academy and the board of directors of Carroll County Trust Company, Indian Head Bank, and chairman of the board of directors of Consumers Water Company. He also spent more than 50 years as secretary, trustee, finance committee member, and in his last years, president of Fryeburg Fair. He is survived by his stepson, John A. Graustein ’63; son David R. Hastings III ’72; daughter Ann E. Hastings; eight grandchildren, including Andrew D. Graustein ’01 and Bradley R Graustein ’04; five great-grandchildren; brothers, Hugh W. Hastings II ’51 and Peter G. Hastings ’57; and sisters Jane H. Folsom and Mary H. Dumas. He was predeceased by his wife in November 2009; his step-son, LCDR Robert S. Graustein, a naval aviator who was killed in action in December 1972 during his third tour of duty in Vietnam; a sister, Helen H. Stearns, and a brother, Edward E. Hastings II.