Robert P. “Hap” Hazzard III

Robert P. “Hap” Hazzard III ’54 died at his home May 22, 2012, in Brunswick. He was born February 15, 1932, in Gardiner, and prepared for college at Deerfield Academy and Gardiner High School, where he played football and hockey. He was a member of Zeta Psi fraternity and continued to play football and hockey, earning the Polar Bear hockey program their first of many championship banners in 1954. He was a highly ranked New England runner in his age groups through his 40s and 50s, running the Boston Marathon twice. He served to lieutenant junior grade in the Navy, then continued his education at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. He began a career in accounting and financial management in Boston, working as an accountant at Haskins & Sells. He moved back to Maine in the early 1960s to work as a CPA for Ranger, Noyes and Hazzard in Portland. In 1966, he was named vice president and trust officer in the trust division of Canal National Bank; in 1974, he was appointed vice president and trust officer of Depositors Trust. He recently got back into competitive swimming and in 2011 was featured in Sports Illustrated magazine’s “Faces in the Crowd,” a brief profile of the team of masters swimmers from Maine who set records in the over-75 category at the 2011 New England competition in Cambridge, Mass. He swam at the same New England Masters event just a few weeks before his death. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Anne Bates Purinton Hazzard; four sons, Rob, Pete, Jim, and Will; and a daughter, Molly.

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