October 2, 1918, near Echo, Minnesota.
June 22, 2013, Chicago, Illinois.
After Hustad’s father died in a hunting accident when he was an infant, his family lived in Boone, Iowa.
Donald began studying piano at the tender age of four, and went on to study at John Fletcher College (BA 1940) and Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois (MMus 1945, DMus 1963).
Hustad was an associate of the American Guild of Organists (1969), and Fellow of the Royal College of Organists in London (1974).
He worked as a staff musician at radio station WMBI in Chicago, Illinois (1942–45), and as music director for
Club Time on ABC radio (1945–53).
He was later an Associate Professor of Music at Olivet Nazarene College, Kankakee, Illinois (1946–50); director of the Sacred Music Department at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago (1950–63); and conducted the Moody Chorale.
He also played the organ for Billy Graham crusades, and directed the
Crusader Men on the
Hour of Decision broadcast. In 1966, he became Professor of Church Music at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. In 1950, he became an editor for Hope Publishing Company in Chicago and Carol Stream, Illinois.
His works include: