Retired Maj. Gen. Kester Lovejoy Hastings, 86, who was the Army's Quartermaster General from 1954 to 1957, and was a decorated veteran of the Korean War, died May 26 at his home in Alexandria after a heart attack.
Gen. Hastings was a native of Lewiston, Idaho, and graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1918. He served with occupation forces in Germany after World War I. During the 1920s, he was stationed in this country and Europe.
At the outbreak of World War II, he was assistant to the quartermaster of the Army War College. In 1942, he became executive officer of the personnel division in the Office of the Quartermaster General. By 1945, he was head of the personnel division.
In May 1949, he went to Tokyo as quartermaster of the Far East Command. During the Korean War, he received the Silver Star Medal for gallantry in forward areas of the fighting while supervising deliveries of supplies to the troops. He later supervised the program that brought the remains of our war dead for burial in this country.
He was named acting Army Quartermaster General in 1953, and became Quartermaster General a year later. He retired from that post and active duty in March 1957.
Gen. Hastings was a graduate of the Army Signal School, the Quartermaster School, the Army Industrial College, and the Command and Staff College. In addition to the Silver Star, his decorations included Distinguished Service Medal, and the Legion of Merit.
After retiring from active duty, he became special services director with the Melpar, a branch of the Westinghouse Airbrake operation. From 1961 to 1973, he was executive director of Medico, which later merged with CARE. He had been vice president of the Washington chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution.
Survivors include his wife, Ruth, of Alexandria; two sons, Army Col. James E. Hastings of Rockville, and retired Army Lt. Col. David A. Hastings of Laurel, and five grandchildren.