Harland Eastman, Class of 1947, has had two amazing careers. He graduated from Colby College, the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in Medford, Massachusetts, and the London School of Economics. He joined the United States Foreign Service. While Mr. Eastman is well-known locally, few people know of his great foreign service career. He was a diplomat from 1955 until his retirement in 1979. Mr. Eastman served in high positions in Washington D.C.; Paris; Saigon; Dahomey (now Benin); Liverpool, and Tel-Aviv. Mr. Eastman's final station was as United States Consul-General in Tangier, Morocco.
Following his retirement, Mr. Eastman made outstanding contributions in his second career of community service. To name just a few of his accomplishments, Mr. Eastman has taken more than 3,000 children on historic walking tours of Sanford, Springvale and Alfred.; he has promoted community pride by sponsoring a "What I like best about Sanford/Springvale contest." Of the two thousand children that participated, Mr. Eastman gave as gifts copies of his photographic history books to the three hundred winners. Through his community service, Harland Eastman has probably done more to bring pride and an appreciation of our local history than any individual of the last century.
SANFORD - During their lifetimes, most people are fortunate if they have one career that would qualify as exceptional. Harland Eastman has had two. His first career, as a member of the United States Foreign Service took him all over the world as a career diplomat, from Paris to Tel-Aviv, Israel.
Upon his retirement from the Foreign Service in 1979, Eastman took on a second career, community service. Through his community service, Eastman has probably done more to bring an appreciation of Sanford's local history than any individual in the last century.
It is for his dual accomplishments in both the Foreign Service and his work to preserve local history for future generations that Harland Eastman has been selected as an inaugural member of the Sanford High School Hall of Fame.
Upon his graduation from SHS in 1947, Eastman went on to Colby College, where he graduated Cum Laude in 1951.
He went on to earn a Master's Degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in Medford, Mass. Eastman also attended the London School of Economics as a Rotary Scholar from 1952-1953.
In 1955, he began working at the Department of State in Washington, D.C as an economic officer, embarking on a diplomatic career that would span 24 years and take Eastman to six foreign countries.
He served as a member of the United States delegation to NATO in Paris from 1957-1960, following that assignment, Eastman stayed in Paris as the economic and commercial officer at the U.S. Embassy until 1962.
Eastman's next assignment took him to Vietnam, where he was the head of Consular Services at the U.S. Embassy in Saigon from 1962-1964.
Following a stint in Dahomey (now called Benin), Eastman returned to Washington, D.C. where he was a Political Officer at the Department of State from 1966-1971.
Eastman went back overseas in 1971, becoming the Acting Consul General at the U.S. Consulate General in Liverpool, England.
In 1974, Eastman became the Consul General and the Counselor of Embassy at the U.S. Embassy in Tel-Aviv, Israel.
Eastman finished off his diplomatic career as the Consul General at the U.S. Consulate General in Tangier, Morocco from 1975 until his retirement in 1979.
After his retirement, Eastman returned to Sanford and began his second career in community service.
He has written and published five photographic history books about Sanford and the surrounding towns. Eastman is also the publisher of new editions of Edwin Emery's History of Sanford, Usher Parsons' History of Alfred, Amasa Loring's History of Shapleigh, and Joseph Fullonton's History of Acton.
He has also taken over 3,000 children on historic walking tours of Sanford, Springvale, and Alfred using his photographic books to show the changes that have taken place over the years in those towns.
Three years ago, Eastman promoted community pride by sponsoring a "What I Like Best About Sanford/Springvale" contest. Children were encouraged to express their pride in their community through whatever method they chose. More than 2,000 children participated in the contest, and the 300 winners received one of Eastman's books as a gift from him.
In addition to his work with the children of Sanford/Springvale, Eastman is the chairman of the Sanford Historical Committee, and he serves on several other boards as well.
As Harland Eastman has dedicated his second career to preserving the legacy of Sanford's past, it seems fitting that his own legacy will be preserved as an inaugural member of the Sanford High School Hall of Fame.
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