Merrill Hastings, Jr. ’44 died on April 30, 2008, at his ranch in McCoy, Colo.
Born on May 12, 1922, in Dedham, Mass., he became a member of Psi Upsilon Fraternity and the men’s skiing team at Bowdoin. He left theCollegeduringWorldWarIIto join the Air Force, and then transferred to the Army’s 10th Mountain Division at Camp Hale in Colorado. He also served as a medic with the American Field Service in the European Theater. After the war, he and other members of the 10th Mountain Division cut trees and cleared brush for the Arapahoe Basin ski area, and he later became a director of the Berthoud Pass Ski School. In 1948, he married Priscilla Brayton, and together they started Rocky Mountain Skiing, a newspaper that later evolved into Skiing magazine. After selling Skiing to Ziff- Davis Publishing in 1964, he founded Winter Sports, Colorado Magazine, and Colorado Business.When Priscilla was diagnosed with cancer in the 1980s, he launched Cope, a magazine for oncologists, and Coping, aimed at cancer survivors. Priscilla died in 2005, and he married Joanne Cosby in 2007. In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Deborah “Jesse” Hastings of Durango, Colo.; and a son, Bill Hastings of Lakewood, Colo. He was predeceased by his son, Peter, who was killed in a climbing accident in 1968.