Herald and news editor for the Associated Press, died April 14 from pancreatic cancer. He was 76.
Mr. Darst was born in Spartanburg, S.C.
He was a 1959 graduate of the Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire and a 1963 graduate of Harvard College.
He served in the Army before joining The Trentonian newspaper, where he began his journalism career in New Jersey and prepared columns for the Public Information Office at Fort Dix, N.J.
He later worked for United Press International in Boston and joined the News Office of Harvard University.
Mr. Darst was then employed as news editor for the Associated Press bureau in Boston, where he worked before joining the Detroit bureau to cover the auto industry in 1977.
He then joined the Washington bureau to cover energy and environmental issues and worked for the AP until 1991.
Mr. Darst was then hired by Pasha Publications in Arlington, Va., where he worked until 1994.
He was then employed as a chief editorial writer and deputy editor of the editorial pages at the Boston Herald until retirement in 2002.
He often told friends that writing editorials in Boston was the most rewarding part of his professional life because “they pay you to shoot off your mouth.”
He is survived by his wife, Caroline Greve, and three brothers, David Martin of Greenwich, Conn., Charles Lee of Rice, Wash. and Daniel Stephen of St. Louis, Mo.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Massachusetts Chapter, 9 Erie Drive, Natick.
A memorial service will be held at Loeb House (formerly the old President’s House), 17 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA, Tuesday, April 18, at 11:00 AM.