John E. F. Hastings fonds

Title: John E. F. Hastings fonds

Dates of creation: 1887-2002

Physical description: 11.26 metres of textual and other material

Biographical Sketch: Elgin Rowland Hastings (1885-1958) was a public school teacher near Agincourt studying medicine at the University of Toronto.  He graduated with his MB in 1913 and set up his practice in Toronto. Elgin married Helen Mary Ferguson (1893-1973) in 1925. Helen was a graduate of the Household Economics program for teachers at the University of Toronto and was a public school teacher in Hamilton until 1925Their son, John Elgin Ferguson Hastings, was born on 28 June 1928 in Toronto. In 1968 he married Ulrike Wilhelmine Dobe (1944- ). They have four children.

John Hastings received his MD from the University of Toronto in 1951 and went on to do graduate work in public health at the University of Toronto and Johns Hopkins University. Hastings held many academic and administrative posts at the University, including Chair of his Department and Associate Dean of Community Health in the Faculty of Medicine. He retired in 1993.

Hastings was as an advisor to governments and public health agencies from 1961 to 1981, including acting as chair and principal investigator for the Community Health Centre Project, known as the Hastings Report (1971-1972).  He worked as a consultant for the World Health Organization in the 1980s. Hastings served on the executive of the Canadian Public Health Association and was a member of a number of other professional associations, mostly relating to public health. He has received numerous awards for his service to public health and the University of Toronto.

Scope and content: Records of  the Hastings family, particularly Elgin Rowland and Mary Ferguson Hastings and their son, John Elgin Ferguson Hastings.  Included are records of Elgin Hastings' years (1908-1913) as a medical student at the University of Toronto, along with material documenting his wife's life and activities.  Most of the records document John Hastings' years as a student and as a professor of public health administration at the U of T, and as an advisor and consultant on community and public health issues from the local to international levels, including India and Japan, the Royal Commission on Health Services, the Community Health Centre project, the Sault Ste Marie study, and the Caribbean Health Initiative.  There are also files on his involvement with Canadian Council of Churches projects and the United Church of Canada.  Includes photographs, an audiotape, two videos, and artifacts.

Finding Aids: Series description

Access: Open

Accession number: B2002-0014