Monday, January 18, 2021


Dr. Douglas Hall

A Christian, a scholar and a gentleman, Dr. Douglas Hall died December 8, 2020 at the age of 91. Son of John G. and Miron (Weir) Hall, Douglas was born July 24, 1929, in Montreal, Canada, where he lived until the age of 12, when his family moved to Toronto. He graduated from the University of Toronto in 1951 with a B.A. in Applied Mathematics. He then attended Princeton University where he received a Ph.D. in Mathematics in 1956. He taught as an instructor in math at Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts, for 2 years. He was married in Amherst on December 27, 1957, to Elizabeth L. Brown and moved to East Lansing, Michigan, where he taught for 42 years at Michigan State University, becoming a U.S. citizen in November, 1961. From 1973 to 1990 he acted as an Associate Chairman of the Math Department for the Undergraduate Program, retiring at age 70 in 1990, having enjoyed his many years teaching and advising students.

Professor Hall had a Canadian's love of hockey and followed the fortunes of the Montreal Canadiens all his life. He was an enthusiastic supporter of M.S.U. teams and in retirement was active always, skating, swimming, biking and also walking with his Golden Retrievers, Teddy and Nelson. He enjoyed sea and spy stories, novels and especially British and American history. A member of Eastminster Presbyterian Church from 1959, he served as an elder for 9 years, a deacon for 6 years and a treasurer for 2 years.

Douglas is survived by his children Alan, Don and Jean. He is also survived by: Alan’s daughter April (Ray) and their children Madeline, Amelia, Tatum and Nolan; Alan and Carol’s children Austin (Brittany), Chelsea (Will) and their daughter Elizabeth Lynne, and Dallas; Don and Maria’s children Geoff, Amy, Lauren (James) and Annie.

Interment of ashes will be in Eastminster Presbyterian’s Memorial Gardens. He will be sorely missed.

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