May 4, 1926 – Aug. 13, 2013

Franklin G. Hastings of Amherst, a retired research scientist with General Motors Corp., died Tuesday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst, after a brief illness. He was 87.

Born in Newark, N.J., he served as an instructor in the Army Signal Corps during World War II.

Mr. Hastings attended Columbia University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering in 1948 and a master’s degree in chemical engineering in 1950.

During his 43-year career with General Motors, Mr. Hastings served as chairman of the board of Southern Ohio Rubber Group and was a member of the American Chemical Society. He also served as president of the Dayton, Ohio, chapter of the Leukemia Society of America.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, the former Rosemary Geiger; a daughter, Diane Cullen; and two sons, Craig and Steven.

Local services were Saturday. A graveside service is planned Thursday in Dayton Memorial Park Cemetery, Vandalia, Ohio.