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Philip K. Hastings

Philip K. Hastings, 90 of Williamstown professor emeritus of psychology at Williams College died on November 13 at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield. Professor Hastings who was born in Worcester, Mass., to Eunice and Rowland Johnson Hastings was a graduate of Williams College in the class of 1944.

In 1945-1946 he served in the United States Navy in Hawaii and was discharged as a lieutenant, junior grade.

He earned a master's degree (1949) and a Ph.D in psychology at Princeton University in 1950. He was an instructor of psychology at Princeton in 1950 and the following year became assistant professor of psychology at Williams College where he remained until his retirement as full professor. He was the author of many articles in professional publications and periodicals.

During his tenure he developed and expanded Williams small collection of Elmo Roper's opinion polling data into the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research, a repository of public opinion research studies from 90 countries with data from 1,000 research organizations, the largest such archive in the world.

Upon his retirement from Williams Professor Hastings founded Survey Research Consultants, Inc. In addition to conducting many marketing and opinion surveys in New England, the organization brokered surveys abroad under contract with the United States federal government for several years. It also published monthly World Opinion Update from 1978-2007.

With his wife, Elizabeth, his co edited twenty-one volumes of The Index to International Public Opinion which were published annually by Greenwood Press.

He was a member of the American Psychological Association, the American Association of Public Opinion Research, and was a president of the World Association of Public Opinion Research.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Elizabeth, and his daughters Pamela Hastings of Wilton, Connecticut, Ann Cioffi of East Greenbush, New York, and Mary Hastings of New York City.

Another daughter, Elizabeth, is deceased. There are six grandchildren.

There will be no funeral or memorial service. Those who wish may make donations in his memory to: Berkshire Humane Society, 214 Barker Road, Pittsfield, MA. 01201 or Mohawk Hudson Humane Society, 3 Oakland Avenue, Menands, N.Y. 12204

This obituary was originally published in the North Adams Transcript.
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Published online on November 17, 2012 courtesy of North Adams Transcript.

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