Elden Herbert Dustin
1911 - 2012
Elden Herbert Dustin, 101, died Monday, August 6, 2012, at Havenwood-Heritage Heights.

Elden was born February 18, 1911 in Contoocook, the son of Daniel Herbert and Sylvia Ashby Dustin. He graduated from Hopkinton High School in 1928, and Bates College in 1932, Phi Beta Kappa. In 1952, he received his Masters in Education from New Haven State Teachers College – Yale University.

He married his beloved wife, Rosamond Durell Nichols January 1, 1934, and together they had three children, Sara F. Dustin, Susan D. Clarke and Daniel E. Dustin.

Elden started his career as Principal of Alstead High School at the age of 21, and continued on that track the rest of his working life. He accepted a job as Principal of Madison High School the following year, where his new bride soon joined him. They moved to Laconia a few years later where he assumed the position of Head Master at Belmont High School. In the early 1940's, he moved the family to Stratford, Conn. where he finished out his working career as Principal of Stonybrook Elementary School followed by a promotion to Vice-Principal of Stratford High, and culminating in his transfer as Principal to the newly built Frank Scott Bunnell High School where the Auditorium was named in his honor. Time away from education and after retirement was spent with gardening and volunteering at the Stratford Historical Society as well as being an active member of the First Congregational Church of Stratford, Conn. He and Rosamond retired to New Hampshire in 1993 to be near family and lived many happy years at Havenwood-Heritage Heights.

Elden is predeceased by his wife Rosamond; his brothers Dr. Eben H. Dustin and Daniel Edward Dustin; and his sister Adelaide Dustin Nichols.

He is survived by his three children; ten grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made in his or Rosamond's name to the First Congregational Church of Hopkinton, or the Stratford, Conn. Historical Society, 967 Academy Hill, Stratford, CT 06615-0382.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, August 16, at 2 p.m. in the auditorium at Havenwood, 33 Christian Avenue, Concord.

Bennett Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.

Messages of condolence may be offered at www.bennettfuneral.com.
Published by Concord Monitor on Aug. 11, 2012.
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Mr. Dustin showed great kindness to the Goodsell girls. We will always be grateful and remember him. Our condolences to the family.
Bonnie Smith and Connie Barrett
August 23, 2012
My heartfelt condolences and fond remembrances to the Dustin family. Looking back on my years as a student at Bunnell from 1966-1969, I understand, now more than ever, how wonderful Mr. Dustin was in his quiet and calm leadership. Furthermore, I will never forget his kind and personal interaction with all students. He was an incredible influence on the Stratford public school system and the lives of hundreds of teachers and thousands of students. I sincerely appreciate his part in the incredible education I received in Stratford. Eric M. Vogel, Class of 1969, 42 Blueberry Lane, Shelton CT 06484
August 20, 2012
Dear Sara and family, Your father will always be included in our memories of Stratford...our years growing up in the Congregational Church and as members of Stratford High's Class of 1955. Our sympathy to you all.
Rod and Sandy (Kaeser) McFarland
August 18, 2012
To the family of Elden, may God's word give you comfort and strength at this time of great loss. (Isaiah 12:2) It is with my deepest sympathies that I send my condolences.
August 14, 2012
We may have been rascals while attending Bunnell during his reign, but I think I am speaking for the majority of us when I say, he was respected and loved by us all.
Sharon (Schirillo) Kay
August 14, 2012
Elden Dustin served the noble cause of education with a caring elegance. The SHS Class of 1958 was privileged to receive his mentoring. We extend our sympathy to Mr. Dustin's family and other friends.
Andrew Terwilleger
August 14, 2012
I had the pleasure to care for elden at the Havenwood. I will miss his stories. He was always pleasant. He would always say "thank-you for taking care of me". then he'll go to sleep. My deepest sympathy. Marsha Steffen
August 14, 2012
I wish to add my sincere sympathy to the passing of Elden. I write this note on behalf of my Mother, Irlene Young Holmes, who graduated with Elden, Class of 28, Hopkinton High School. They were good friends in High School and Mother was very sad to hear of his death. She will be 101 in November. God Bless.
Sandra Smart
August 14, 2012
Dear Family and friends,
It is hard when a familiar face is no longer seen, even after a long time. To know Mr Dustin is gone is to realize the past closing. I feel sad and recall some of the times he gave a word of encouragement. Funny how things stay with you even after years. He was a man of peace, grace, and mercy. Diana D Peake, Southington, Ct
Diana Peake
August 14, 2012
Our sincere sympathy to your family. We are sending thoughts and prayers your way.
From: Mary Homan's sister and husband
Barbara and Stuart Kolner
August 14, 2012
A Great man has passed R.I.P. Mr.Dustin... ..Bunnell High Class of '72.............
Ron Jones
August 13, 2012
My sincere sympathy in your loss. I remember Mr. Dustin at SHS as a kind and compassionate man. He was dedicated to education and helping others with their individual needs.
Gerry Primavera
August 13, 2012
To The Family of Elden Dustin,

The Stratford High School Class of 1958 extends since sympathy on the passing of Mr. Dustin. He touched and influenced many lives, and was respected and well liked by everyone.

"What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monumenhts, but what is woven into the lives of others." Pericles

Natalie Glowatsky Siavrakas
Class Officer
Natalie Siavrakas
August 13, 2012
I am so sorry to learn of Mr. Dustin's passing. But what a life he lead! And what a legacy he left behind. They say the true test of a person are the lives they have touched. He devoted his life to education and touched many, as judged by the testiments given to him. I remember him as a gentle giant, passing through the halls, never raising his voice, but getting his point across. While we in the class of BHS 64 are planning or 50th reunion, Mr. Dustin will be there in spirit. I'm sure his family will have many memories to sustain them during this difficult time. Know that he meant a lot to us and he will be missed.
Peggy Sherwood
August 13, 2012
Mr Dustin was the Principal when Bunnell HS opened in the Fall of 1960. I was an incoming Freshman at that time and I remember him as being very professional yet easy to talk to. He was a real class act. My thoughts and prayers to the family. May God rest your soul Mr. Dustin...................Michael S. Pastir, (class of 64)
August 13, 2012
Dear Family of Elder Dustin, Sharing life is a day to day time. I remember him, Mr Dustin coming down the hall, with a smile, a little bent over. Just his presence gave me peace and assurance. I knew he was there to help. A father to all of us. Diana D Peake
August 13, 2012
I send my condolences to Mr. Dustin's family and friends on behalf of the faculty and students of Bunnell High School. He is fondly remembered by many Bunnell alumni and we still memorialize his many contributions to our school and community every time we hold events in the Dustin Auditorium. He was a remarkable man who touched many lives.
Dudley Orr
August 13, 2012
Dear Sara, Susan, and Dan,

I send you my sincere condolences on the loss of your dear Dad. He was a fine gentleman, as Shakespeare said, "To the manner born," and a wonderful principal. As a 1963 graduate of Bunnell High School, I have the joy of being able to look back upon many days when he and I greeted each other in our hallways.Yes, he always knew our names.
Danny, perhaps you remember that I sat behind you (1st Clarinet section) of the concert band! Know that you, your sisters, and parents are in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless.
Anne Trevethan Birkhoff San Diego, CA
Anne Trevethan-Birkhoff
August 13, 2012
I am a 1971 graduate of Bunnell High School and it is because of Mr. Dustin that I proud to tell people that I am a product of public schools. Thank you Mr. Dustin for everything you did for us and please understand all the lives you touched in a very positive way.
Ellen Rasmussen
August 13, 2012
I remember both Mr. Dustin -- even now I cannot call him Elden -- and his youngest son at Bunnell High School. He was soft spoken, fair and nice. He gave so much to so many. My condolences to his family.

Karen Klebe Isaacs, BHS '63
August 13, 2012
God's peace
Terri Tompkins-Santos
August 12, 2012
Rest in Peace, Mr. Dustin ~
Your dedication to educating others was a special gift. I will remember you for your kindness, compassion and integrity. My sincere condolences to your family.
Bunnell High School, Class of '69
Melanie Majesky Turner
August 12, 2012
You were a king among men, Mr. Dustin. There is not a kid that passed through your care that doesn't remember your warmth and kindness. You made a lot of kids (including this one) feel good about themselves and about learning, and that was quite a miracle at times!
Jeff Wignall
August 12, 2012
I've dusted off the cobwebs in my brain and have found memories of Stratford High and The Congregational Church in Stratford. Mr Dustin was part of all that time in my life as well as his daughter, Sara. Sincere sympathy to all his family.
Orpha Bonnell-Platt
August 12, 2012
I knew Mr. Dustin during his last school year at SHS (1959-1960)and have many fond memories of him. He was, truly, a gentleman and a scholar.
Tony Mach
August 12, 2012
My condolences to all of you on your father's passing. Elden was a superb mentor to me during the time I served as his assistant principal at Bunnell High School. He was a wonderful role model who gave me a secure image of the way a school principal should administer. May he live on in your hearts as he does in mine.
Walter Dunbar
August 12, 2012
My sympathy to a great and comassionate asst. principal at SHS ('51-'55) I never had to sit on the "bench" but Mr. Dustin was always looking and kept us in line.
Donald Simson
August 12, 2012
Please accept my condolences for your loss. I remember Mr. Dustin fondly and recall his words to me as I pushed the envelope with my skort (which had a skirt not shorts underneath). He was fair, kind and understanding with a lovely dry sense of humor which related to.
Celia (Varley (Urbano)
Class of 64
August 11, 2012
Dear Sara and Susan, You and your family lived in the apartment above the Bacik family in Stratford in the 1940s, and I graduated from Stratford High School in 1950, when your Dad was the Vice-Principal. You have my most sincere sympathy on his passing. May he rest in peace. Jim Bacik
James J. Bacik
August 11, 2012
Dan & Family; Your dad was one of the most caring educators I have known. From graduation in 1964 and through my 30 years as a music instructor, I can say he was the most concerned individual for his students.
Both your Mom & Dad were a tribute to education and I am a better person for having known them. Our parish, St. Mark in Stratford will be rembering him at all masses this weekend. And yes, after 51 years, I am still organist and music director at St. Mark in Stratford. Peace be with them and you, their family. Pete Nelsen
August 11, 2012
Sincere condolences. He was my principal at Stonybrook (1945) and SHS (1949). An admirable man.
Barbara Deaso
August 11, 2012
Mr Dustin was my high school principal at BHS. Thanks to him, we were able so have somewhat of a girls softball team at Bunnell way before Title IX.

Thanks for all you did for us Bunnell kids..

Cathy Holden Slosar
Bunnell High School '68
August 11, 2012
I was a 1967 graduate of Bunnell High School and remember Mr Dustin as a very nice soft spoken man..My sympathy goes to his family during this difficult time. Georgeann Erhardt Class of 1967
August 11, 2012
God bless & rest in peace Mr. Dustin. My sincere condolences to the family.
Bunnell High School, class of '69.
Jan Nalewajk Carroll
August 11, 2012
Dear Sara and the family, So sorry to learn of your Dad's death.....he was a friend and mentor to many. I remember well serving as his secretary when he was administrator of Adult Education at SHS as well as his being Vice-Principal when we were in school. Sincere condolences to you and your entire family. Very sincerely, Charlotte Tillman Matthews
Charlotte Matthews
August 11, 2012
Mr. Dustin may not have been famous in the current sense of the word, but he was more important than that - he was the bricks and morter of society. He made a lasting and positive impression on all of us who knew him, and the ripple effect of his kindness and integrity has a value which cannot be calculated, just appreciated. Thank you for a life well lived in the service of others. Walt Holberg, class of '62.
Walter Holberg
August 11, 2012
So sorry for your loss. He lived a long and healthy life and will be fondly remembered by the students he encountered along the way. His dedication to educating others was a special gift. This world needs more men like Mr. Dustin

Gail Cadwell Brennan
SHS Class of 1960
August 11, 2012
We, in Stratford, were blessed to have had Elden as an educator. I am recalling fond memories of his involvment with our scout troop and his significant contributions to our school system. My deepest condolences. He was exemplary.
Bob Altieri
August 11, 2012
With sincerest sympathy in the loss of your Dad - a truly special gentleman. Dick and Donna Reynolds - First Congregational Church
Dick/Donna Reynolds
August 11, 2012
August 11, 2012
My sincere condolences to the family of Mr. Dustin who was the principal of Bunnell High School when I was a student there from 1964-68. I have fond memories of him as a gentleman and an educator.
Robert Pistey
August 10, 2012
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