Hampstead, NH — Hampstead, N.H.'s first Eagle Scout, David K. Duston, age 72, died Sunday at his home. The loyal son of Kenneth and Dorothy Whitely Duston and brother of Janet Lamson, David was class valedictorian of the last graduating class of Hampstead High School in 1958. He attended MIT earning B.S and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering. He continued his education at RPI earning an EE PhD in 1969 while working at G.E. in Niskayuna, N.Y. He worked extensively with optics and laser technology in the 1970's and held several patents for a laser smoke detector and precision laser drill press. He was also entrepreneurial starting two businesses — Memorial Drive VW and White Mountain Outfitters. In 1976, he moved back to New Hampshire to manage Duston Oil Co, Inc. and grow his family's business. He was an active leader in the Oil Heat Council of NH and the New England Fuel Institute. Dave was instrumental in drafting state legislation to protect the environment from oil spills; he also showed dealers how to buy better group health insurance. As a businessman, he was appreciative of loyal customers.
David loved adventures and people to share them. In his early years, he enjoyed hiking, rock climbing, boating and skiing with his cousins. He continued these hobbies with his Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity brothers, then with his wife, Beth Berglund. They raced sail boats, played golf, doubles tennis and bridge, and listened to Pops concerts. In their 31-year marriage they had two daughters, Karin Getschow (husband, Christian, and daughters, Carolyn, Cindy, and Clara) and Kristina Magnusson (husband, Robert, and daughters, Cori and Grace), who were often unwitting participants in these adventures. David served his community volunteering 27 years as an EMT-I and third-generation Hampstead fireman to save people and property. He taught boating safety and navigation classes in Power Squadron.