RAYMOND D. GASTIL

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GASTIL--Raymond Duncan Beloved husband and father, died December 14. A social scientist, he worked with Hudson Institute, Battelle Seattle Research Center, USAID, and OECD. He launched the Freedom in the World survey, and served on the Council for a Community of Democracies. He earned his Ph.D. at Harvard, after Fulbright and Ford fellowships in the Middle East. A specialist in democracy and culture, he wrote Cultural Regions of the United States, Social Humanities, and Progress, and was an editor of the Encyclopedia of Southern Culture. Committed to conservation, he served on the Essex Planning Commission, and Essex Land Trust. He is survived by his wife Jeannette, daughter Leila, son Raymond, and brother Gordon. Contributions in his memory may be made to the Phillips Brooks House, Harvard Yard, Cambridge, MA 02138.

Published in The New York Times on Dec. 19, 2010