September 4, 1923, Brooklyn, New York.

March 11, 1979, Syracuse, New York.

Sunset Hill Cemetery, Clinton, New York.


Bristol was educated at Hamilton College, Clinton, New York (BA); Trinity College of Music, London (organ studies); and the Institute for International Studies, Geneva, Switzerland (graduate studies). He worked in New York for the Bristol-Meyers Company (the family business) in advertising and public relations, 1948–62. From 1962–69, he served as president of Westminster Choir College, Princeton, New Jersey. In 1972, the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada made him a fellow of the society.

Bristol came from the same family line as hymnist Thomas Hastings.

Bristol’s works include:

  1. Let Us Now Depart in Thy Peace
  1. Sedgwick