Hal Eastman, 81, formerly of East Orleans, the husband of Carolyn Bell Eastman for 58 years, died peacefully at his home in Newton on April 16. In addition to Carolyn, Hal is survived by three children, Wayne, Carroll, and Rebecca, eight grandchildren and two step-children, and two older brothers, Paul and Bob. Before moving to Newton in 2010 and to the Cape in 2000, Hal lived with Carolyn in Madison, New Jersey. Hal received his B.A. from Amherst College, his M.B.A. from the University of Washington, and his doctorate in business administration from Harvard Business School. He was a professor at the Graduate School of Management at Rutgers University, where he served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Director of the MBA Program, and Chair of the Management Department. Hal led cross-country camping trips with his family, gardened, and pursued an avocation of folk music performance in the tradition of Woody Guthrie by playing his Gibson guitar and singing. Hal delighted in all sports-he played football for Amherst, and loved golf, tennis, skiing, and canoeing. After relocating to Cape Cod, he and Carolyn continued to pursue their shared passion for world travel, which took them to all the continents except Antarctica. He served as President of the Friends of the Snow Memorial Library in Orleans. Hal will be remembered by all who knew him for his deep spirit of optimism, his commitment to rationality, his willingness to serve, his self-reliant courage in the face of adversity, his beautiful voice, and his love of life. Donations in memory of Hal may be sent to the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, PO Box 236, South Wellfleet, MA 02663, where Hal and Carolyn enjoyed camping with their children and grandchildren for many years, or to Amherst College, PO Box 5000, Amherst, MA, 01002.
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Published in The Cape Codder from Apr. 25 to May 2, 2012