Harold A. Thurston ’46 died on August 20, 2010, in Hyannis, Massachusetts.
(The following was provided by The Cape Cod Times on August 25, 2010)
OSTERVILLE — Harold Arleigh Thurston, 85, passed away at the Cape Cod Community Hospital in Hyannis on Friday, August 20, 2010. He was the beloved husband of Mary Elizabeth Thurston for fifty-nine years, and the devoted father of Arleigh E. Thurston of Huntersville, N.C., and Dean H. Thurston of Milwaukie, Ore.
In addition, he counted among his special favorites, his niece, Mary Louise Ferriero, his daughter—in law, Pauline Thurston and his granddaughter, Peggy Elizabeth. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harold E. Thurston of Lynn, as well as a brother, Robert, predeceased him.
Born in Lynn, Mass., he graduated from Lynn English High School. Following high school, he participated in the Navy’s V-12 program, attending Cornell University, Bates College and graduating from Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine, in 1946, receiving a bachelor of arts degree in English. Harold served as a Navy Lieutenant from 1943-1946, serving on the Eniwetok Atoll in the Marshall Islands.
Early in his business career, Harold worked for Lever Brothers in a sales promotion capacity and then spent five years with the Flying Tiger Line. He studied sales management and air and marine transportation and logistics at Boston University. He later became manager of the Pocahontas Steamship Company and then manager of supply and transportation. He invested more than thirty years of service as a supply and transportation manager for Conoco with assignments in Salem, Mass., Pittsburgh, Penn., Stamford, Conn., and Houston, Texas.
Harold was a longtime and dedicated member of the Osterville United Methodist Church. He provided leadership to the congregation and sang in the choir. He was recognized as one of the church’s beloved members.