Trustee Phil Haselton passes on.

Haselton was the grandson of Leonard Baldwin, who co-founded Drew’s College of Liberal Arts. On homepage, Haselton is second to right, next to former Drew President Paul Hardin, in 1982.
Haselton was the grandson of Leonard Baldwin, who co-founded Drew’s College of Liberal Arts. On homepage, Haselton is second to right, next to former Drew President Paul Hardin, in 1982.

Not only was Philip H. Haselton Drew’s longest-serving trustee, devoting 43 years under four presidents, but his family is woven into the university’s very fabric.

Haselton died on Feb. 27 at the age of 88.

The Haselton name appears across campus, including a family scholarship in his parents’ names, the Cynthia Baldwin Haselton and Philip H. Haselton Scholarship; a research fund bearing his wife’s name, Shirley Haselton; the Haselton Room at the Simon Forum and Haselton Hall, home to six theme houses. In addition, Mr. Haselton’s nephew, the Rev. Dr. D. Stuart Dunnan, is a very active member of Drew’s Board of Trustees.

Haselton was also the grandson of Leonard Baldwin, who, together with his brother Arthur, founded Drew’s College of Liberal Arts.

“His family was part of the tradition at Drew,” says Trustee Heath McLendon. “And his connection to Drew was part of his family’s history.”

Born in 1925 in Orange, N.J., Haselton served in the U.S. Army from 1944 to 1946. He studied civil engineering at Pennsylvania Military College and the University of Maine at Orono. After being discharged from the Army, Haselton attended Cornell University and graduated in 1948. He married the former Shirley Brown, and they raised four children in Short Hills, spending considerable time in West Boothbay Harbor, Maine.

Haselton served as president and chairman of Detex Corporation, a security hardware company co-founded by his father in 1923. He served on the Drew Board of Trustees and was chair from 1979 to 1984.

“We are deeply grateful to Philip and his entire family for their generosity and service to Drew for a remarkable 85 years,” said Drew President Vivian A. Bull. “Our entire community would be sorely diminished without them. Phil and his legacy will not be forgotten.”

Hasleton’s survivors include daughters Kay Wilder and her husband Matt, Carol Pfister and her husband Paul, son Philip Haselton and his wife Kerry, daughter-in-law Cyndi Ames Haselton, who was married to his late son Gary, 11 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, his friend Barbara Rumsey and dog Greeley. Haselton’s wife, Shirley, died in 2006.

A private memorial service will be held this summer in Maine, and plans are being made for a Drew service later this year. Gifts may be made in his memory to the Shirley Haselton Endowment for Undergraduate Neuroscience Research at Drew.—Liz Moore